What is PCI

Our Story / Founding PCI

dr hamideh

Welcome to the Psychological Care Institute (PCI) website!

To better help you understand the vision behind the founding of PCI, I would like to share a little about my personal journey, specifically my education and previous clinical work.

I have been working as a psychologist since 1990. My journey started in Brazil, and I then moved to Argentina to obtain my PhD in Psychology. In 1995, I moved to the United States; upon arrival, I worked for the Ventura and Santa Barbara County Mental Health Division. In 2001, I became a licensed psychologist in the great state of California.

After many years of working in various clinical settings, teaching at the graduate level, and conducting research, I realized how imperative it was to develop a new model for rehabilitation, as the models in place were largely inadequate. I desired to create a space where it would be possible to apply a better treatment philosophy, one that best serves individuals suffering from mental health and addiction disorders and their families. The problem, however, is that the unique model I envisioned to help people did not exist…yet.

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

To provide comprehensive psychological treatment to our patients and their families using a model that focuses on wellness — a model of both the mind and the body—and an environment of safety and comfort tailored toward 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 sow the seeds of wellness and recovery in our community throughout the years. I hope that this letter helps you understand more about me, Dr. Miriam Hamideh, and the Psychological Care Institute.

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