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Down the Rabbit Hole
Paul Kiritsis, PsyD Clinical Psychology, DPhil., MA (History)

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About Me



Paul Kiritsis, PsyD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist


Education

Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology), Sofia University

Master of Science in Medicine (Clinical Neurophysiology), The University of Sydney

Master of Arts in Psychology, Sofia University

Master of Arts in History, Exeter University

Graduate Diploma in Professional Writing and Speech, Latrobe University

Bachelor of Behavioral Science, Latrobe University


Interests

His diverse academic interests straddle cognitive neuroscience, clinical psychology/neuropsychology, and philosophy of mind on one end of the spectrum and esotericism, comparative religion, history, and mythology, on the other. He enjoys cycling, weightlifting, playing the keyboards, reading, drawing, and scuba diving in his spare time.


Theoretical Orientation

Paul considers himself eclectic, integrative, and transtheoretical when it comes to idiosyncratic therapeutic style, and he draws upon techniques from the psychodynamic, humanistic-existential, and transpersonal traditions as well as the evidence-based behavioral therapies like ACT, CBT, and DBT. The illumination and cultivation of personal strengths, trust in the process, and self-discovery are all fundamental to the Work which unfurls in a hermetically sealed container. He is also trained in clinical hypnosis.   


Specialties

Paul is especially interested in:

  • Co-morbid substance abuse and mental health issues in individuals, couples, and families
  • Marital conflict
  • Intergenerational trauma and its impact on individuals, couples, and families
  • Psychotic and dissociative processes (i.e., schizotypal thinking)
  • The role of dreaming cognition in the therapeutic process and healing
  • Co-morbid neurological and psychiatric conditions (i.e., TBI and severe depression, or temporal-lobe epilepsy and auditory verbal hallucinations)
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • IGBTQIA (i.e., sexual fluidity) and neurodiversity (i.e., achromatopsia/color blindness, dyslexia, ADD/ADHD) issues
  • The extreme aberrations of human behavior and experience: antisocial personality/tendencies and mirror-touch synesthesia (i.e., the absolute paucity of empathy in the former and an overabundance of empathy in the latter)


Experience

Overall, Paul has six years of clinical and psychological assessment experience with heterogeneous clinical populations and has worked in numerous health care settings (i.e., university clinic, inpatient psychiatric hospital, community health care center, etc.) His postdoctoral fellowship included working with individuals with neurocognitive, neurodevelopmental. and severe mental illnesses at the Community Institute for Psychotherapy (CIP). Moreover, he counseled middle-schoolers with behavioral issues at Davidson Middle School and members of the geriatric population suffering from neurodegenerative conditions at Skyview Bay Club in San Rafael during his predoctoral internship. During his year-long inpatient residency at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, he led groups and conducted individual therapy for inpatients with psychotic decompensation. His volunteer and service work has encompassed endeavors that are disparate and heterogenous in scope and subject; from offering psychoeducation and counseling to US war veterans suffering from PTSD, anxiety, and depression via Sponsor a Vet for Life (a non-profit organization based in Wharton, NJ), to offering hands-on practical aid to vulnerable giant pandas through the special volunteer program at Dujiangyan Panda Base in Chengdu, China, to serving as a committee member for literary projects spearheaded by the Greek-Australian Cultural League.


Publications

To date Paul has authored six books including the creative compendium Confessions of a Split Mind (2017) and the literary collection Hermetica: Myths, Legends, Poems (2007), and is the recipient of twenty book/literary awards, including the Paracelsus Award by the Alchemy Guild for the exceptional esoteric and academic content published on my personal website Down the Rabbit Hole. More recently he won a Reviewer's Choice Silver Award in the category of Societal Issues for The Creative Advantages of Schizophrenia (2019) and a Pacific Book Award for the same book in the category of Best Psychology Book, as well as a Best Books Finalist Award for A Critical Investigation into Precognitive Dreams: Dreamscaping without My Timekeeper (2020) in the category of Science. 


Curriculum Vitae