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Dr. Bruce W. Gladstone   Ph.D. Lic # PSY.6173

Dr. Gladstone is a licensed clinical psychologist in California (CA Lic.#: PSY 6173).  He was born and raised in Portland, Oregon where he attended Reed College and majored in psychology, graduating Phi Beta Kappa.   His graduate studies in psychology  took him first to Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia for one year (1969-1970) and then to University of Kansas in Lawrence Kansas, where he earned his Masters in Human Development  (1972) and  his doctorate in Child Development and Psychology (1973). At that time, in the early 1970s, the Department of Human Development at University of Kansas was one of a small number of pioneering graduate programs in the field of applied behavior analysis and child development, inspired by the work of B.F. Skinner, Sidney Bijou, Donald Baer, Albert Bandura and others.

 Following graduate school Dr. Gladstone taught psychology at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and worked as a clinical and research psychologist at Rideau Regional Center, a large residential facility for developmentally delayed and emotionally disturbed children and adults. In 1975 he took a year's leave of absence to deepen his practice of meditation, become a meditation teacher, and to study the physiology of meditation at Maharishi European Research University in Switzerland.

In 1977, after a year in deep meditation, he came to Santa Barbara, California with his close friend, Dr. David Doner, physician (nephrologist) and also a meditation instructor. Together they created a wholistic, multidisciplinary medical practice that also included a nutritionist and a physical therapist. In 1978 he married Dixie Russell, (who was born and raised in Gladstone Oregon),  and moved from Santa Barbara to Ojai , just 20 miles east, where they have lived ever since, raising their two sons who are now young adults.  Since 1979 Dr. Gladstone has maintained a private practice in Ojai called Gladstone Counseling Center.

Over time his practice interests gravitated toward helping victims of child abuse. In 1995 Dr. Gladstone and his wife, Dixie, created the ASTER Foundation,  a non-profit corporation dedicated to providing assistance to low-income  parents who are survivors of child abuse and to promoting community awareness of substance abuse and its relationship to child abuse.  ASTER stands for  Abuse Survivors Treatment and Education Resources. Along with his interest in treating survivors of trauma and abuse,  Dr. Gladstone maintains a strong interest in behavioral medicine and is Director of the Healing Wounded Hearts program at Gladstone Counseling Center which offers psychological services for persons with cardiovascular illness. (Click on Healing Wounded Hearts on Home Page).  He also does couples and family therapy. His long term interest in bringing the practical knowledge of psychology to the community is reflected in his weekly column with the Ojai Valley News called State of Mind,  (Click on State of Mind on Home Page), which he has been writing since 1991.  He is also a member of the California Psychological Association (CPA)  and the Ventura County Psychological Association (VCPA) for which he serves on the Board of Directors as Chair of Disaster Response and Media Relations.

Rich Van Sol M.S., L.E.P. # 2574

Experience: 1994-present Educational Psychologist Ojai Unified School District
Conduct psycho-educational assessments, provide group and individual counseling, consult with teachers and parents, implement workshops, chair educational meetings, supervise staff and interns.
1995-96 (P/T) School Psychologist: Ventura County Supt. of Schools.
Conducted psychological assessments of severely disabled and encarcerated youth. Provided counseling and facilitated parent and staff educational meetings.
1993-95 (P/T) School Psychologist: El Tejon Unified School District
Conducted psychological assessments, provided counseling, chaired educational meetings.
1986-1993 Case Manager: Mass. Mental Health Center, Boston, Ma. Facilitated psychological assessments and referrals for inner city children and adolescents. Supervised case managers, collaborated with psychiatric crisis team and hospital management teams.
1986. Mental Health Coordinator: Head Start, Olympia, Wa.
Provided individual and group counseling for children and parents Conducted evaluations of child abuse. Collaborated with social services, psychiatric and law enforcement professionals.
· Licensed Educational Psychologist (LEP. # 2574). B.B.S.
· Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS). U. Mass. Boston.
· Master of Science in Counseling Psychology (MS). Oregon State U.
· Bachelor of Science in Psychology (B.S.) Grand Valley State U., MI.
§ Psycho-educational assessment and treatment of learning disabilities, emotional, attention and behavioral difficulties.
§ Crisis intervention, counseling, behavioral and disability management.
§ Facilitation of trainings and workshops in educational intervention.

Patricia Michaels, M.A.  Psychological Assistant (CA Registration # PSB 35941)

 Patricia Michaels is a Registered Psychological Assistant and a doctoral candidate supervised by Dr. Bruce Gladstone. She was born in Covina, CA, but raised in Ojai, CA since 1965 where she graduated from Nordhoff High School. She attended California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA, where she received her undergraduate degree in Animal Science. Following undergraduate school Patricia was a journalist on a horse racing magazine, California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) in Arcadia, CA.. She expanded her agricultural background by working for Production Credit Association (an Agricultural lender) as a loan officer. Ms. Michaels was inspired by the readings of Freud and Jung in her early 20’s; she began her psychology education at Antioch University, Santa Barbara, CA and graduated in 1992 with a M.A. degree in Clinical Psychology. She continued in her finance career as a bank vice president, supervising lending offices from Reseda to Oxnard and as a V. P. branch manager within the retail banking in Ventura County including Ojai. After retiring from her 30 year financial career Patricia returned to school in 2007 and enrolled in Antioch University's doctorate Clinical Psychology program. This program concentrates in family psychology and family forensic psychology. The program prepares psychologists to evaluate and assist  families who are facing divorce, adoption, parenting challenges, family violence and other stresses.  Her dissertation  focuses on the psychological aspects of our relationship to money.  It combines her background in finance  and managing money with her interests in psychology and human relationships.. Ms. Michaels' student experience includes individual counseling with children, adolescents and adults; as well as facilitating substance abuse groups and parenting workshops within the Child Abuse and Neglect (CAAN) organization, Ventura County Mental Health Department, Aegis Clinic (a methadone clinic for opiate addictions), and Ventura Youth Correctional Facility (an adolescent State incarceration facility). Ms. Michaels is certified as a Child Development Intervention Specialist (CCDIS) and certified Marijuana Addiction Treatment Specialist (CMATS) both approved by the American Psychological Association (APA).  She is also a student member of the Ventura County Psychological Association (VCPA). Ms. Michaels is a mother of two adult children, both raised in the Ojai Valley and a grandmother of two granddaughters. Patricia has been active within the Ojai Valley community as a volunteer within many organizations during her banking career. She has many interests and hobbies which include horses, golf, hiking, and dancing. Patricia brings a vast amount of life experience and educational experience to the Gladstone Counseling Center.


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