Dr. Brandi Stoops, Ph.D
Dr. Brandi Stoops is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, with over 20 years of clinical experience in the field of addiction. She has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings, as well as in private practice.
Dr. Stoops received her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. After obtaining her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, she went on to complete her doctoral studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute.
Dr. Stoops specializes in co-occurring disorders such as bipolar, depressive and anxiety disorders, PTSD and physical and sexual trauma. She has worked with a wide array of populations, including “at risk” youth and homeless men and women at programs such as Project Recovery for the Salvation Army, local high schools and a homeless winter shelter.
Dr. Stoops’s clinical work is most influenced by Attachment Theory. Attachment theory holds that it is biologically impossible to regulate our own affect continuously, without the interaction of each other. Individuals that have experienced early developmental failures and lack the ability to establish and maintain emotionally regulating attachments are prone to enlist primitive defense mechanisms, such as addiction, to regulate their emotions.