Nicholas Furnari, MA

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MA Clinical Psychology – PSDB94027643
Doctoral Candidate Pacifica Graduate Institute
Registered Psychological Assistant – California Board

Area of Focus:

● Anxiety
● Depression
● Suicidality
● Personality Adaptations (Cluster B, pertaining to early trauma resulting difficulty relating to self and others)
● Trauma (verbal, physical, sexual, complex)
● Obsessive compulsive disorder
● Sexuality (pertaining to helping individuals experience deeper fulfillment and engagement in their sexual functioning where it has been hindered by emotional difficulties)
● Somatic symptoms and chronic pain (especially pain with no direct medical cause)


MA – Clinical Psychology

Professional Organizations

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

Reviewed Articles

Professional Background

Nicholas Furnari is a California Board Registered Psychological Assistant serving individuals in Southern California. He holds a Masters in Clinical Psychology and is completing his Doctoral Training. A majority of his training was dedicated to working therapeutically with adolescents and their families with severe emotional difficulties. He now specializes in both adolescent and adult care, working within a therapeutic framework that helps individuals get to the root of their emotional conflicts and get back to living lives they are proud of. He utilizes methods that create the potential for expedient but durable results. This is primarily done through in depth consultations, intensive block sessions and consistent follow ups that allow patients to get to the roots of their difficulties. 

Nicholas’s work with adolescents allowed him to intervene with individuals at early stages of the development of their emotional difficulties that helped them alleviate their suffering and begin practicing healthier habits to increase their autonomy and create a life they desire to live. He has experience with adolescents struggling with suicide, depression, and anxiety. 

With adults, Nicholas focuses his therapeutic work on the emotional conflicts that precipitate self and interpersonal dysfunction. By helping individuals feel and make sense of the root emotions that create conflict in self and interpersonal functioning, he aids individuals in facilitating healthier and more fulfilling relationships. 

His doctoral research focuses upon obsessive compulsive disorder and developing more durable treatment modalities to help individuals suffering from this debilitating disorder. 

Nicholas also serves as an adjunct faculty member at a liberal arts university where he has specialized in teaching classes pertaining to psychopathology as well as spirituality and psychotherapy integration.

Outside of therapy, Nicholas is a life coach who helps people realize their potential.