For counseling that focuses on positives to improve life satisfaction and happiness through:

Dr. Joel Lazar, PhD.
Clinical & Consulting Psychology
(858) 597-0505
(619) 540-6038
  • Individual Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Couples Therapy
  • Parent Education
  • Psychological Testing
  • Executive Coaching

Joel D. Lazar, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist (CA License # PSY12520) who has provided counseling and psychological assessments to clients of all ages for over 20 years. In addition to working with adults, he specializes in working with children, adolescents and families. He helps them work toward their common goals of mutual respect and improving children's happiness, judgment, social skills and pro-social behavior. His unique style emphasizes humor and an integration of cognitive therapy and family systems theory. Dr. Lazar has particular expertise in gender role issues, and works to help people develop all of their potential rather than being limited by outdated, restrictive definitions of masculinity and femininity.

As an industrial-organizational psychology consultant, Dr. Lazar has served as a Feedback Coach for the Center for Creative Leadership since 1997. He has helped managers and executives increase their effectiveness through “360 degree” feedback both on site as well as telephonically. Through assessment and coaching sessions, Dr. Lazar helps supervisors leverage their own and their direct reports' strengths to create more successful organizations. He has specific skills for working with individuals and groups to detect and reduce burnout before it becomes problematic.

Dr. Lazar has made numerous presentations to professionals and the public, has taught at the college level, and has been called upon many times to give expert commentary on newsworthy subjects by local television and radio stations. Dr. Lazar is crrently the President of the San Diego Psychological Association, has taken a leadership position in the California Psychological Association and is a member of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Lazar has private practice offices in La Jolla, Point Loma and Chula Vista, California.