What is PCI

Our Story / Founding PCI

dr hamideh

Welcome to the Psychological Care Institute (PCI) website!

I would like to let you know a little about my own personal journey into education, and clinical work, in order to help you understand the vision behind the founding of PCI. I have been working as a psychologist since 1990. My journey started in Brazil, and then moved to Argentina. Moreover, I moved to the United States in 1995. From the moment I arrived, I worked for the Ventura and Santa Barbara County Mental Health Division. I became a licensed psychologist, however,  in California, in 2001.

After many years of working in different clinical settings, teaching, and doing research, I realized we need to create a new model. We needed a space to apply a better treatment philosophy, which will best serve patients and their families suffering from mental health and addiction disorders. The problem, however, is the unique model needed to help people didn’t exist…yet.

In February of 2015, I created the Psychological Care Institute with a clear mission:

Provide comprehensive psychological treatment to our patients and their families using a model that focuses on the wellness. A model of both the mind, and the body, in an environment of safety and comfort for successful personal growth. PCI integrates proven, or “research-based,” methods of treatment with supportive and highly-trained professionals.

I cannot express how gratifying it has been for me to be sowing the seeds of wellness, and recovery, in our community through the years. I hope that this letter helps you understand more about me, and the Psychological Care Institute.

For Your Integrative Health and Wellness,
Miriam Hamideh, PhD
Executive and Clinical Director
Psychological Care Institute