The East West Psychology Department (EWP) offers a global approach to the exploration and study of psychology and spirituality.
Adina Morguelan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with a doctoral degree (PhD) in East-West Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. She has a unique orientation that borrows from the mindfulness traditions of the East, as well as the psycho-therapeutic approaches of the West. Adina has expertise delivering therapy interventions to clients with multiple diagnoses and substance abuse concerns, conducting psycho-social assessments, providing training and consultation on a number of topics pertaining to the provision of mental health services in our local urban environment, and case-management particularly in the HIV/AIDS community. With a strong commitment to evidence-based practice and program development, Adina is highly trained in both qualitative and quantitative research methods including: survey development, in-depth interviewing (phone and in-person), focus groups, recruitment, coding, and data analysis. Her dissertation research study intended to shed light upon the relationship between gender identity and sexual orientation utilizing a qualitative grounded theory methodology. The goal of the research was to depathologize individuals who exist at the intersection of multiple queer identities. The focus of Adina's clinical work reflects her areas of interest and expertise including self-esteem, self-care, healthy relationships, coping with chronic illness (such as HIV/AIDS), substance ab/use, gender identity, and sexual orientation. She is especially adept at motivational interviewing (MI), motivation enhancement therapy (MET), cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical-behavioral therapy (DBT), and mindfulness approaches as well as psychodynamic and systems-based interventions.