Services

Our Services

Mental Fitness & Performance
Mental Fitness & Performance

Do you need assistance with a problem or situation? Our trained staff can help you reach your potential with coaching, modeling and other proven strategies.

Addiction Treatment
Addiction Treatment

We continually strive to provide the best outpatient evidence based strategies by teaching clients critical skills to support lasting recovery. We also provide Suboxone treatment.

Superior Medication Treatment
Superior Medication Treatment

CWC is committed to providing appropriate, high-quality medication therapies to all clients, as needed. Our mental health medication treatment services are the best in the Southern California area.

Mindfulness
Mindfulness

An evidence based practice that helps explore the newest approaches to calming the mind. Mindfulness is scientifically proven to calm down the brain and improve wellness. Come and join us to learn how.

Trauma Informed Care
Trauma Informed Care

Many of our staff have over 20 years of experience treating trauma. We establish a safe environment where you can share the experience with a non-judgemental perspective that will help heal the mental wounds of trauma.

The Functional Medicine Approach
The Functional Medicine Approach

Our bodies need overall biological balance to perform optimally and to maintain wellness.
The solution gets down to what the body needs more of, and what the body needs to get rid of.

Cambria De Marco

Specialties

We offer Personalized Medicine using the Institute of Functional Medicine principles. Areas of specialty include

Neurological Health

​Neurologic disease or dysfunction does not start or end in the brain. Whether the concern is Autism Spectrum, ADHD or Alzheimer’s, achieving Neurologic Health requires a healthy system. The brain cannot function well in an inflamed, toxic, metabolically deranged environment. At Functional Medicine Specialists, we focus on evaluating our patient’s overall system and create specific plans to remedy any imbalances. There are very effective customizable ways to optimize your individual genetic expression and create the chemistry necessary for improved brain health.​
Areas of focus:

  • Autism
  • ADHD / Learning Disabilities
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Micro-Current Neurologic Treatments
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Preventing Cognitive Decline
  • Migraine Prevention
Digestive Health

“The gut is not like Las Vegas; what happens in the gut, does not stay in the gut.”

Alessio Fasano, MD

Digestive problems wreak havoc over your entire body leading to allergies, arthritis, autoimmune disease, rashes, acne, chronic fatigue, mood disorders, autism, dementia, cancer and more.

It is central to your entire health. It is connected to everything that happens in your body.

Your entire immune system (and your body) is protected from the toxic environment in your gut by a layer only one cell thick. This thin layer covers a surface area approximately 3000 square feet. This single cell layer basically contains a sewer from entering the rest of the body. If that barrier is damaged, toxins, chemicals, bacteria and proteins have a direct route into your body, leading to a myriad of health issues. We typically start the healing process for many conditions by addressing the gut. Many times, if we heal the gut, other symptoms disappear.

Areas of focus:

Optimizing Digestion, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Abdominal Pain, Bloating, Acne, Acid Reflux, Crohn's disease, Eczema.

Cardiovascular Health

 

Ninety percent of heart disease is preventable, yet heart disease is still the number one killer in this country.
If your body were a computer, food would be the information or input to which your genetic code reacts. That in which you bathe your genes will determine how they are expressed.

Specific phytonutrients can actually help regulate blood sugar, lower LDL levels and even lower blood pressure. At Functional Medicine Specialists we can teach you how food can be your medicine, instead of depending on pharmaceutical pills that can have many unwanted side effects and do not address the root cause of the problem. If your parents had heart disease or diabetes, it does not mean you have to.

We utilize scientifically researched nutrition plans that are customized to your specific genetic and chemical needs. We also have motivating and caring wellness coaches to help you facilitate lasting diet and lifestyle changes.

Areas of focus:

Diabetes, Obesity, Heart Disease, Hypertension

Autoimmunity / Allergies

 

If you have food allergies, it will affect how you think, function and feel.
If you are depressed, or your concentration and mental clarity is lacking it might be food allergies. Food allergies can be the root cause of chronic inflammation and is also associated with many chronic diseases. You will be amazed how discovering and eliminating food allergens can change your life.

Areas of focus:
Evaluation for Food/Environmental Allergies
Eczema, Fibromyalgia, Chronic
Pain, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Lupus/MS/RA

Hormonal Balance

 
The human body is like an orchestra. When everything balanced, you feel amazing.
When it is out of sync, nothing works right. Balancing hormones is complex needs to be done safely or a great deal of damage can be done. Balancing hormones safely requires knowledge of how each hormone works with the others and how to monitor if the hormones are being metabolized and detoxified correctly. When you change or adjust one hormone, it affects the others. At Functional Medicine Specialists we want you to feel and function at your best. We use a systems approach to full body health and use bio-identical hormones to safely bring back the harmony of your hormonal symphony.

Areas of focus:

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  • Thyroid Conditions
  • Menopause
  • Male Hormone Balance
  • Acne
  • PCOS/PMS
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Multidisciplinary Approach

Cambria uses both a Functional and a Conventional Medicine approach. She incorporates the best parts of traditional medicine and services, but dives deeper into the biochemistry so that she can truly understand the underlying mechanism of the issues at hand. Cambria also incorporates the best studied and most successful integrative strategies to give your child the best available of all disciplines. Cambria takes a detailed history, and looks at all the key systems, discerning what the body needs more of, and what the body needs to get rid of.

Autism/Asperger's

Did you know that you have a Pediatric Special Needs expert in your back yard? At Functional Psychiatry and Medicine, we now have the resources of an IFM trained and Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs (MAPS) trained practitioner to help all children reach their best potential. Cambria DeMarco, MSN, ACNP-BC has over 20 years of experience recovering kids from Autism (including her own) and helping all children thrive.

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are characterized by social-interaction difficulties, communication challenges and a tendency to engage in repetitive behaviors. However, symptoms and their severity vary widely across these three core areas. Autism is caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Autism affects information processing in the brain by altering how nerve cells and their synapses connect and organize; how this occurs is not well understood but we are learning more about this everyday.

In 2014 one in 68 children had Autism and one in 42 males were effected. Today the numbers are even higher. This is primarily a function of our individual genetic vulnerability coupled with an increase in toxic burden, mitochondrial disfunction, gut dysbiosis and oxidative stress. It has been shown that 50% of Autistic children have mitochondrial dysfunction and 80 % of children have sleep disorders. Additionally, 70% of Autistic kids have a nutritional deficiency or have an increased nutrient requirement due to their toxic burden, oxidative stress or mitochondrial dysfunction. Cambria looks at these key areas of mitochondrial function, oxidative stress, toxins, stress, sleep and neuro/gut inflammation. Then she corrects any imbalance, allowing the body to reach homeostasis and to heal.

Allergies and the Microbiome

Other potential areas of testing are food allergies, as almost all children with autism have increased intestinal permeability. In children with allergies, there is an increase in histamine production. Histamine is an excitatory neurotransmitter and it causes neuroinflammation. Cambria also looks at the microbiome and gut health. It is known that some bacteria, like Clostridia for instance, inhibit the conversion of dopamine to norepinephrine. And Candida, another prevalent organism, not only increases Arabinose (which makes disrupts the integrity of the tight junctions of the intestine) but it also can drive sugar cravings and produces both alcohol, acetaldehyde and canditoxin. These byproducts can cause anxiety and inability to concentrate. These metabolites can also bind to, and deplete important vitamins and nutrients that are important for health and are needed to make serotonin.

Folate

Additionally, approximately 70% of Autistic kids have folate receptor antibodies, and this results in Cerebral Folate Deficiency. Symptoms of CFD include irritability, sleep disturbance, and developmental regression or psychomotor retardation. The mechanism often includes a cross reactivity to cow’s milk. Cow’s milk contains soluble Folate Receptor Antigen which is 91% similar to human Folate Receptor Antigen. In some kids, they produce antibodies to this Folate receptor antigen and this inactivates the folate receptor, leading to Cerebral Folate Deficiency. In children that have this antibody present, we remove milk, and supplement with folinic acid or leucovorin. If this is the major issue, children can respond as early as one-to-two weeks.

Optimizing Function

Cambria follows the guidance of IFM expert Dr. Michael Stone, and she looks for the right mechanism, and she applies right intervention at the right time and in the right situation to allow for optimal function.

If there is a history of Autism in the family, we also recommend genetic testing for particular SNPs regarding mitochondrial and detox pathways and I do organic acid testing right away to see if there is any biochemical evidence of mitochondrial disfunction.

Trained Therapists on Staff: Cambria DeMarco, NP, Dr de Brito, Heather Metzger

Our Services

How We Can Help

Improve Your Life

Functional Psychiatry and Medicine is a holistic clinic with a diverse number of programs and therapists to cater solutions that are customized to your needs.

Our staff is trained in the latest techniques in neurology, psychology, and evidence based practices. While providing a genuine therapeutic environment that supports you, the client.

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Personal Empowerment

Involves developing the confidence and strength to set realistic goals and fulfill your potential. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses and a range of skills that are used in everyday situations, but all too often people remain unaware of or undervalue, their true abilities. Let us help you with your true potential today.

Trained Therapists on Staff: Dr. Dirk de Brito, Cambria Demarco, Heather Metzger

Addiction and Recovery

Individuals do not recover from an addiction by just quitting. Individuals recover by creating a new life where it is easier to not use. If you don’t create a new life, it’s harder to recover. Addiction is a treatable disorder. Research on the science of addiction and the treatment of substance use disorders has led to the development of research-based methods that help people to stop using drugs and resume productive lives.

Therapy For Depression and Anxiety

Depression is hard but often Anxiety becomes part of the individual as well. CWC will help you find the skills needed to treat both the depression and anxiety in tandem. When it comes to depression and anxiety there are several factors that can cause the symptomatology. So each treatment must take into account genetics, biochemistry, age, factors and sequences of events leading to your depression and anxiety. Here at CWC, we will customize an individual treatment plan for you, with the most effective treatment suitable for you.

Trained Therapists on Staff: Dr. Dirk de Brito, Cambria Demarco and Heather Metzger

Couples Counseling

Are you lost in your relationship or needing help communicating your needs to your partner? Perhaps just needing counseling before taking the big plunge into marriage. Our trained therapists can help you and your loved one form a long-lasting relationship of friendship and love.

Trained Therapists on Staff: Heather Metzger, Cambria Demarco, and Dr. Dirk de Brito

Family Counseling

Is the family meal an uncomfortable, silent, or awkward? Are you getting nagged by a family member or members? Do you wish you could open up more to your family? Families can be a handful especially when there is more than one person involved. Modern families are also much different than what they were in several decades ago. CWC will help you reconnect with your family members with proven evidence based strategies based on your own family dynamic. We will help you find that inner joy and respect that makes family a home for your heart.

Trained Therapists on Staff: Heather Metzger,Cambria Demarco, and Dr. Dirk de Brito

Parenting Support

Parents need all the help they can get in this ever-changing world. Here at CWC, we will teach you effective strategies to open up communication with you and your child. CWC has several parents on staff who have children of their own and very much understand the struggles of modern day parenting. We also provide specific programs for the single parent, parents of adult children and parents of differently abled children that will help you build a bridge to your child.

Trained Therapists on Staff: Cambria Demarco, Heather Metzger and Dr. de Brito

ADHD/ADD

ADHD and ADD is a chronic condition including attention difficulty, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness. These conditions are common but nonetheless difficult to manage without treatment. ADHD often begins in childhood and can persist into adulthood. It may contribute to low self-esteem, troubled relationships, and difficulty at school or work. However with the correct treatment and therapy, individuals can harness and grow, even surpass their potential.

Trained Therapists on Staff: Dr. Dirk de Brito, Cambria Demarco, Heather Metzger

Spiritual Issues

Facing a crisis of conscious? Spiritual distress may result in feelings of depression, low self-esteem, loneliness, anger, bitterness, fear and unrelieved physical symptoms. Facing a moral dilemma or change in conscious can be a very hard on the psyche and even may cause Moral Injury. Moral injury refers to an injury to an individual’s moral conscience resulting from an act of perceived moral transgression which produces profound emotional shame. No matter what your spiritual dilemma we at CWC can help you on your spiritual journey.

Autism/Asperger's

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are characterized by social-interaction difficulties, communication challenges and a tendency to engage in repetitive behaviors. However, symptoms and their severity vary widely across these three core areas. Autism is caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Autism affects information processing in the brain by altering how nerve cells and their synapses connect and organize; how this occurs is not well understood. Our staff expert Heather Metzger can help you understand these area of your life and help you communicate your concerns in a meaningful way.

Trained Therapists on Staff: Heather Metzger

Work and Career Issues/Employee Assistance Program

The workplace is no longer just a “place” rather it has expanded to every part of our lives including the phone, computer and internet. It’s hard to step away from the workplace. Its can be difficult to separate work life from real life. Let CWC help you build a space of control, boundaries and respect so that when you are out of the office, you are truly out of the office.

Eating Disorders

Stress makes us look at food in a negative way. Sometimes stress makes us stress eat, binge, purge even stops us from eating altogether.” Let us help you take control of your life and help you with creating a plan that you will make you feel positive again.

Trained Therapists on Staff: Cambria Demarco, Dr. de Brito, Heather Metzger

Life Transitions

Change can be a very stressful process. Whether it is empty nesting, moving to a new area, going to college, retirement, being diagnosed with a chronic illness or becoming a new parent or guardian. CWC can provide a variety of therapists can help you take that next step in life.

LGBTQIA Support

There are nuances in the LGBTQIA+ environment that are not addressed by the heteronormative community. Cambria Demarco, Heather Metzger and Dr. de Brito can address the mental health needs of the LGBTQIA+. Whether it is the need for supportive talk or interests in transitioning our therapists are fully trained to address your needs in a supportive and beautiful way.

Trained Therapists on Staff: Cambria Demarco, Dr. de Brito and Heather Metzger

Chronic Pain and Illness

At CWC we frequently see patients who struggle with issues of chronic physical pain or chronic illness. We use an approach that allows them to talk about their pain and feel supported while simultaneously developing a meaningful life alongside their pain. Let us help you with your chronic pain or illness with proven methods and effective skills that help you cope with your struggles.

Aches and pains, chronic illness and psychosomatic reactions may be telling us that something important is going on emotionally. Often chronic illness gets worse when we are stressed or vague illness seem to come out of nowhere when we are suffering from a loss or other trauma. These psychosomatic experiences are frustrating because we experience them as cut off from our larger emotional and psychic lives making it impossible to improve or eliminate conditions like; rashes and wounds that don’t heal, the neurological conditions, fibromyalgia, feeling faint or about to pass-out out, shaking and seizures, headaches and migraines or chronic pain. Therapists at CWC are able to help make the links between our physical and emotional symptoms improving the way we care for and understand ourselves.

Caregiver Stress and Coping

For most caregivers, being there when a loved one needs you is a core value and something you wish to provide. But a shift in roles and emotions is almost certain. It is natural to feel angry, frustrated, exhausted, alone or sad. Caregiver stress is extremely taxing to the human body and help is needed to offset that stress. CWC can help you create a plan to assist in the care of your client while helping you take care of yourself.

Stress Management

Stress is your body’s way of responding to any kind of demand or threat. Long term stress can have lasting damage to the body and brain. When you sense danger, whether it’s real or imagined, the body’s defenses kick into high gear in a rapid, automatic process known as the “fight-or-flight” reaction. The stress response is the body’s way of protecting you from harm. CWC can assist in reprogram your stress response with proven and effective strategies that will bring calm and rest back into your life.

Conflict Resolution

Conflict resolution is conceptualized as the methods and processes involved in facilitating the peaceful ending of conflict and retribution.Resolving conflict is a key part of the therapist’s role. At CWC we try take the most effective path by taking a positive, courteous approach.The skill of conflict management can be the key to professional growth. We can help you build the skills that can turn conflicts into opportunities. We all have the need for feeling comfortable and safe, and we can assist you through most severe challenges in your personal and professional relationships.

Grief Counseling

Grief counseling is a form of psychotherapy that aims to help individuals cope with the physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and cognitive responses to loss.The purpose of grief counseling is to help individuals work through the feelings, thoughts, and memories associated with the loss of a loved one. Although grieving can occur for other types of loss as well (such as loss of goals, ideals, and relationships), grief counseling is generally directed toward positive adjustment following loss after the death of a loved one.

Grief counseling helps the individual recognize normal aspects of the grieving or mourning process, cope with the pain associated with the loss, feel supported through the anxiety surrounding life changes that may follow the loss, and develop strategies for seeking support and self-care.

Anger Management

Anger is a normal, healthy emotion. But it’s unhealthy when it flares up all the time or spirals out of control. Chronic, explosive anger has serious consequences for your relationships, your health, and your state of mind. Let our team of highly trained therapists help find the causes for your anger and find healthy positive skills to keep anger from hijacking your life.

Proven Strategies

Our psychotherapists have an amazing variety of skills, assessment techniques and evidence based therapies to help you. Our therapists also participate in group training twice a month on the newest and latest techniques. This is just a short list of just some of the strategies that we can add to your individual care plan.

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Mindfulness
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy
  • Object Relations
  • Attachment Parenting
  • Solution focused therapy
  • Trauma focused CBT
  • Problem solving Therapy
  • Mentalization
  • Transference Focused Therapy
  • Ego Psychology
  • Life Span Theory
  • Gottman Model
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Reframing
  • Neuroplasticity
  • PLISSIT
  • Emotional Focused Therapy
  • Liberation Psychology
  • Test of Variables of Attention
  • Resiliency model
  • Dignity Therapy
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy
  • EMDR (Stages 1 and 2)
  • Play Therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Person in Environment