Child and Family Counseling Center, San Diego, offices in Del Mar and Encinitas
About Dr. Margo Napoletano

Margo Napletano, Ph.D.
Dr. Margo Napoletano, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in evaluation and counseling services for children (infancy to adolescence) and their families.

Over the last 15 years, she has developed an effective blend of knowledge, skills and experience in both clinical and educational psychology.

She specializes in brief therapies, play therapy, pediatric psychology, trauma, clinical hypnosis, biofeedback and EMDR.

Approach to counseling:

  • A solution-focused approach which utilizes techniques proven to be effective in a brief period of time


  • University of Colorado, Ph.D. in Counseling/Educational Psychology
  • California School of Professional Psychology (San Diego), Post-Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology


  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist (CA) PSY12248
  • National Register of Health Care Providers in Psychology (#42498)
  • Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (#T1029)
  • Clinical Hypnosis (#R9113) from American Society for Clinical Hypnosis

Professional Memberships:

  • American Psychological Association
  • San Diego Psychological Association
  • Association for Play Therapy
  • American Society for Clinical Hypnosis

Clinical Experience:

  • 15 years in private practice, Director of Biofeedback Clinic at Children’s Hospital Pain Clinic, Clinical Supervisor at Family Recovery Center and Mercy Hospital, Court-Approved Evaluator & Therapist

Teaching Experience: 

  • Alliant International University (San Diego):  Family Therapy, Infant Mental Health, Developmental Psychology, Clinical Consultation
  • UCSD  Medical School and Play Therapy Certificate Program

Community Talks:

  • "Therapeutic Use of Magic with Children & Adolescents"
  • "Solution-Oriented, Brief Therapy" at CSU-San Marcos
  • "Play Therapy to Increase Children’s Emotional & Behavioral Regulation"
  • "Use of Clinical Hypnosis for Weight Loss" KUSI TV Interview
  • "Clinical Applications of Hypnosis & Biofeedback to Pediatric Patients"


  •  Currently writing a book on Child and Adolescent Therapy
  • "Using Stop Signs to Manage Children’s Disruptive Behavior" CALAPT, Vol.13 (2), pg 1
  • "Are Too Many Toys Harmful for Children?" Family Magazine, May 2004