About Dr. LaPilusa

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Dr. LaPilusa’s utilizes an extensive and comprehensive approach to treatment. His philosophy is grounded in the tradition of Acceptance and Commitment therapy and existential psychology. He focuses on mindfulness, release from the trappings of the mind, identification of values, commitment to action and acceptance of pain in the aim of purpose and value-based living. His primary focus includes the treatment of mood disorders, chronic pain, stress, and trauma. Dr. LaPilusa provides individual, couples, and group psychotherapy. He is proficient in both face-to-face treatment as well as telemedicine (telephone) based approaches.

Dr. LaPilusa is a well-known and highly respected psychologist serving the greater San Diego area. He treats a wide variety of clients and patients out of two office locations in the heart of San Diego. He provides individual and couples therapy to clients and patients aging in range from 13 to 83-years-old. His treatment ranges from beginner to advanced level. So whether you are looking to learn basic coping skills or if you are interested in advanced strategies and philosophies, Dr. LaPilusa has an style and approach that will best fit you.

He has served as the director of psychological services for a telemedicine organization. As the director of psychological services, he was responsible for training psychologists and therapists to facilitate cognitive behavioral therapy via telephone and video to under-served and/or non-ambulatory patients and clients. In his effort to provide the highest level of training and expertise in the area of telemedicine, Dr. LaPilusa is certified as a tele-mental health expert through the tele-mental Health Institute.

He was also given the position of Clinical Director of Functional Restoration San Diego, formerly known as Pain Solutions Center of San Diego, a prominent functional restoration program. He was responsible for helping injured workers return to work following lengthy battles with chronic pain, depression, and physical injury. As the clinical director, Dr. LaPilusa was in charge of devising and implementing the most up to date therapeutic approaches for improving physical and emotional functioning.  Prior to his position at Functional Restoration San Diego, he served as the Clinical Director for Southern California Pain and Wellness Center.

Dr. LaPilusa has also served as a clinical supervisor for Turning Point Crisis Center. Turning Point is short-term acute residential treatment facility. At Turning Point, he was responsible for training and supervising doctoral and masters level students so that they meet the high standards necessary to treat clients dealing with severe mental illness including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, severe depression, PTSD, and substance abuse and dependence.

Currently, Dr. LaPilusa maintains a successful forensic practice. He is a Qualified Medical Evaluator in the state of California. He conducts independent medical evaluations, and psychological consultations within the Workers’ Compensation system. He has conducted psychological clearances for surgery, spinal cord stimulator trials, intrathecal morphine pump trials, bariatric surgery and fitness for duty. In addition, he provides second appeal evaluations for law enforcement pre-employment applicants. He has also served as a pre-employment psychological evaluator for the California Highway Patrol.

Dr. LaPilusa has conducted research in the areas of personality assessment, chronic pain, depression, and multicultural issues.

In an effort to remain current, Dr. LaPilusa is a member of the following professional associations:

  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • San Diego Psychological Association (SDPA)
  • American Psychological Association, Division 22: Rehabilitation Psychology
  • American Psychological Association, Division 56: Trauma Psychology
  • American Psychological Association, Division 41: American Psychology-Law Society

 Dr. LaPilusa Online Articles: http://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/get-done-doing-how-to-be-productive-when-you-just-dont-want-to-0606174