About Dr. Pamela Collman

Dr. Pamela received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology in 1996. She is a licensed psychologist in the state of Georgia and in California. She has many years of licensed professional experience in both private practice and a variety of other challenging work settings. After eight years of rigorous academic and supervised hands on graduate training, she acquired many years of after-the textbooks experience. Some of this clinical experience focused on the evaluation and treatment of young children struggling with trauma, psychosis, ADHD, anxiety, depression,and developmental challenges. Her decade of clinical services with military families who experienced repeated deployments to the Middle East, endowed her with expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of separation anxiety, as did her focus on attachment phenomena. Dr. Pamela’s chemical dependency and relapse prevention experience began while working in a federal prison for women. Although newly licensed Psycholog ists tend to be hard working and enthusiastic in their professional work, Dr. Pamela’s many years of post licensure experience allows her to frequently diagnose problems quickly and intervene more effectively. She values her experience and hopes that her patients will too!

Developmentally sensitive dyadic therapy with caregivers and infants is a comfortable approach to treatment for women experiencing Postpartum Depression and/or Anxiety, or a diminished sense of joy in parenting an infant child. It can also be a helpful for caregivers of babies with developmental risk factors such as Prematurity, or having a sibling with Autism spectrum disorder. The goal of this therapy is to attain a mutually joyful relationship for both caregivers and infants, while attending to the rapidly changing developmental growth of a young child.

Emotional baby checkups are intended for all motivated caregivers and children zero to 24 months of age. The checkup can provide developmentally targeted coaching to address the complexity of parenting with this young age group. The checkup examines several dimensions of the developing child, including language and communication, personality, shyness, attachment status, motor development, etc...

Dr. Pamela strives to diligently provide her patients with quality emotional health services. She sometimes travels out-of-the country to attend exceptional continuing education opportunities. She aims for professionalism that is culturally sensitive and diverse. She enjoys learning the nuances of other languages including Arabic. She has struggled with infertility in her personal life and did not benefit from effective emotional health guidance as a full- time professional parenting an infant toddler age child.

Dr. Pamela is currently or has been a member of the following professional organizations:

The International Marce Society for Peri & Prenatal Mental Health
The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)
The International Congress of Infant Studies
Australian Psychological Society (APS), Clinical College Member
The American Association of Suicidology
The International Dyslexia Association
The Georgia Psychological Association, Speaker’s Bureau
The California Psychological Association
Dr Pamela Collman's educational background pertaining to the field of Clinical psychology is briefly summarized here, but does not include her year of coursework in Art and Language in Paris, France and Florence, Italy.

BA with departmental honors in Psychology, Stanford Univ., Stanford, CA
First year of graduate coursework in Clinical Psychology, Univ. of CA at Los Angeles (UCLA)
Masters of Science (MS) and Doctoral Degree (PhD) in Clinical Psychology from Pacific Graduate School of Psychology (PGSP), now the Palo Alto Univ., Palo Alto, CA.

We are conveniently located just off interstate 5 near the Del Mar racetrack and fairgrounds.

The parking deck ceiling is unfortunately very low. If you drive a taller than standard SUV or tall vehicle, you may wish to park on the street and simply walk into the building at the parking garage entrance.

There is a slope to walk up if you park on the street, but street parking is ample and free. Parking at the very top of the parking deck is free. There is an elevator or stairs to descend one level to the ground floor from the top of the parking deck.

The practice space, suite 110 Y is handicap accessible, and opens to a courtyard with a table and benches on the ground floor. If you are early, it’s best to wait there or in your vehicle.