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Conversations with the Inspiring Tslil Feinberg

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tslil Feinberg.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Tslil. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
When I began my undergraduate studies at the University of Arizona, my goal was to pursue a career in medicine. My degree was in psychology with a pre-med emphasis. I was passionate about research and I spent a couple of summers working at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona as part of an immunology research lab.

Once I began taking psychology courses, I was drawn to the field and I wanted to learn as much as possible. I joined a Social Psychology lab and found mentors in the field who opened my eyes to the various career paths you can pursue with a Psychology degree. I had not considered clinical Psychology as a career until I joined a 6-month volunteer program in Israel working with children who suffered from behavioral difficulties. This experience showed me how rewarding it can be to help others overcome their mental health problems and further encouraged my passion for clinical work. I decided to apply to graduate school.

I started my doctoral program at Alliant International University with an open mind and the goal to find my niche. This centered around exploring which patients I was most excited to work with. In addition to my clinical training, I pursued research opportunities in areas that interested me which led to working with a wide variety of patients. I joined a Hoarding and Anxiety Lab at the Veterans Medical Research Foundation (VMRF) as well as an Anxiety Research Lab at San Diego State University (SDSU). A common theme I found when working with individuals who suffer from anxiety or depression is many have a history of trauma. I was interested in learning more about the impact of trauma and treatment approaches for PTSD. I spent the last years of my training working in the PTSD Clinic at the Veteran Affairs hospital in Phoenix and San Diego.

An exciting opportunity I encountered while working at the VA was providing online-based therapy for veterans. The VA hospital offers teletherapy for veterans living in rural communities or for those who struggle attending in-person appointments due to a disability. I loved the concept of leveraging technology to make therapy accessible to everyone and knew right away that online therapy would be a tool I bring to my private practice. I recognized that online therapy could benefit civilians as well who have busy lives, live in areas with limited access to care, or struggle with anxiety. The act of coming to therapy can stir up a lot of anxiety for patients and if they have to sit in traffic, find parking, and sit in a crowded waiting room it can be enough of a barrier to prevent them from getting the help they need. I thought if I could offer online therapy as an option – it would enable me to reach those who might not pursue therapy.

By offering services through my own company, it provides me with a greater level of flexibility to make therapy more accessible to patients. After completing my postdoctoral fellowship at the San Diego Veteran Affairs Hospital, I became a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and opened my practice: The Center for Anxiety, Sleep, and Trauma (CAST) aka CAST Wellness Online.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
When you pursue higher education or entrepreneurship you are going to be tested in many ways. I, of course, experienced bumps along the road – whether becoming overwhelmed with the amount of work that goes into a graduate program or having no practical experience running my own business. Today, I am grateful I had these challenges – especially while I was still in my doctoral program. I am grateful for the support of my school (Alliant International University), supervisors, and mentors who helped me to arrive where I am today. I expect there to be new and unique challenges that come with owning a business but am excited for what is to come and to continue providing short-term evidence-based treatment. Our mission is to help our patients lead healthier lives – no matter where they are on their mental health journey. Founding CAST Wellness Online is empowering and the best decision I have made. As for advice to young women who are beginning their journey: I recommend endeavoring to try out and experience as many different things as possible while in school. Follow your heart and don’t shy away from taking risks. You have to take risks, calculated or other, to achieve your goals in life.

What do you do, what do you specialize in, what are you known for, etc. What are you most proud of? What sets you apart from others?
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in California and I specialize in treating a range of anxiety disorders including panic disorder, hoarding, OCD, generalized anxiety disorder, PTSD, and Insomnia. Our website is:

www.castwellnessonline.com

What makes the Center for Anxiety Sleep and Trauma stand-out is our commitment to the use of short-term evidence-based treatments grounded in research. I do not believe people need to be in treatment for years. We want to empower others through therapy to get the tools they need to live a full life. This means providing accessible care to help patients manage their symptoms while taking back control of their life.

Another thing that makes us unique is that we offer online therapy using HIPAA compliant video software for individuals with busy schedules or who live in remote areas. We have seen this be an asset for many of our patients who have full work schedules and we can see them in the comfort of their own home or office.

As CAST continues to grow, I remind myself of why I got into this field and one thing I have always been passionate about is community outreach and education. I have a Meetup group where I share new and exciting talks I give in the community. For example, I hosted a mental health lecture series at The Japanese Friendship Garden at Balboa Park. I also have a YouTube channel and am on social media where I provide free educational resources for mental health. This is a great starting point for those who are interested in learning more but may not be ready yet to engage in treatment.

What do you feel are the biggest barriers today to female leadership, in your industry or generally?
You will encounter barriers of various types along the way – this is regardless of your industry. I think you have to expect there to be roadblocks to success. Be persistent! By starting my own practice, I established my own female leadership position with CAST Wellness Online.

As a clinician, it is important to be up-to-date with research, clinical techniques, and various types of training. I meet regularly with a close group of female psychologists in San Diego. They are outstanding providers who are leaders in their areas of specialty. We support one another in our endeavors.

Be relentless, be exceptional — there are always ways to be better. Understand that the world is constantly changing around you.

Pricing:

  • 15 Min Consultation Call – FREE
  • Individual Therapy – 45 min $150
  • Initial Intake Appointment – 75 min $250
  • Sliding-scale slots available!

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Antoinette Albert – a1lovephotography

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