Dr. Abby Brewer-Johnson is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in working with children, adolescents and young adults with a range of socio-emotional problems. She offers parenting consultations, child therapy, group and family sessions. Known to her clients as “Dr. Abby”, her approach incorporates an empathic, practical, playful and relational approach to psychotherapy with clients and their families. Respected for her strong diagnostic and clinical skills, her treatment is relationship based and incorporates current research in neuroscience, developmental psychology and attachment theory. With extensive training and experience in the field of psychology and social services, Dr. Abby has worked with children with a range of socio-emotional, developmental and behavioral problems at all stages of development.
In addition to an active private practice, Dr. Abby also serves as a Mental Health Consultant for AKA Headstart. Her diverse experience includes previous roles as Supervising Psychologist at Rady Children’s Hospital Outpatient Psychiatry, Psychologist at UCSD and SDSU counseling centers.
She obtained her pre-doctoral training from Chadwick Center for Trauma Counseling and SDSU Counseling Center. Her post-doctoral training included work in private practice and serving as a Registered Psychologist for the STAR Program San Diego. Dr. Abby earned her doctoral degree from California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego, CA and she is certified as a Child Development Intervention Specialist. She is the current co-chair of the San Diego Psychological Association Child and Youth Committee and involved in multiple associations committed to the wellbeing of children and their families.
Dr. Abby is also the proud mother of two wonderful children and thinks that her own parenting experience has enriched her therapeutic work providing her with greater empathy and understanding for the children and parents she serves.