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Nicholas Furnari MA, PhD(c)

Licensing & Certifications:

  • Registered Psychological Associate: PSB94027643
  • Doctoral Candidate Pacifica Graduate Institute

Professional Background

I hold a Master’s in clinical psychology and am currently completing my PhD in Clinical Psychology. My years of training include work with both adolescent and adult populations employing emotion-focused modalities to help patients heal. My dissertation research is on obsessive compulsive disorder and improving treatment for this debilitating set of symptoms.

Currently I work clinically with both adolescent and adult populations. I specialize in trauma, anxiety, depression and obsessive compulsive disorder. I use an emotion focused therapy called Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) which has a growing evidence base for treating complex and treatment resistant symptoms.

I have a private coaching practice https://nickfurnari.com/ in which I specialize in coaching therapists dealing with burnout. I help them with their own anxiety in relation to patients and colleagues in order to limit symptoms of burnout and fatigue. I develop group curriculum and individual interventions for therapists across the country.

I also work as an adjunct professor teaching various psychology courses at Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU).

I have spoken at international conferences on the role of emotion and anxiety reactions in chronic pain.


  • Pacifica Graduate Institute PhD Clinical Psychology- Expected 2025
  • Pacifica Graduate Institute MA, Clinical Psychology-August 2023
  • Point Loma Nazarene University, BA Psychology- December, 2019

Professional Affiliations

  • International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association (IEDTA)
  • International Forum for Psychoanalytic Education (IFPE)

Why I Write for Choosing Therapy

I write for Choosing Therapy because of their exceedingly high editorial standards. I am honored to be a part of a company that strives to put accurate and precise information out to consumers alongside other licensed mental health professionals.

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Area of Focus

Specializing in anxiety, depression, OCD, and trauma, Nick also addresses interpersonal challenges and helps clients improve sexual potency using acceptance and emotional reconciliation techniques.

  • I work with anxiety, depression OCD and trauma
  • Interpersonal difficulties and relational patterns
  • Improving sexual potency through acceptance and emotional reconciliation
  • Religious trauma
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“It is difficult to live a human life. I help people who are ready to accept these challenges and learn to live a meaningful life in the midst of it. Healing is possible. And I am honored to partner with individuals on that healing journey. ”