Dr. John Rettger

Therapeutic Focus

Dr. John Rettger is a San Diego-based licensed psychologist (CA license PSY27863) and staff psychologist at The Center for Men’s Excellence. Dr. Rettger specializes in the treatment of trauma, anxiety, stress, and depression among children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Rettger works also works with couples and families.

Therapeutic Approach & Psychotherapeutic Modalities

Dr. Rettger’s psychotherapeutic focus uses a holistic approach to mental health that is grounded in research and evidence-based methods such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Cognitive Processing Therapy. For couples, he applies the research-supported Gottman Method for couple’s therapy. Drawing from his research expertise, Dr. Rettger integrates mindfulness and relaxation techniques into psychotherapy for holistic well-being.

Background, Education & Doctoral Research

Dr. Rettger attended Duquesne University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA for undergraduate (Business & Information Technology) and graduate studies (M.S.Ed. child psychology concentration). He earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Sofia University in Palo Alto, CA. During his doctoral studies his research concentrated on spiritually integrative approaches to psychotherapeutic healing. Dr. Rettger completed his pre-doctoral training at Sofia University’s Community Center for Health & Wellness and completed his post-doctoral training hours at the Stanford Early Life Stress Research Program.

Dr. Rettger’s previous work at Stanford University focused on researching and delivering mindfulness interventions in community settings and was was featured on the PBS Newshour’s segment called “Teaching students how to combat traumas of poverty on the yoga mat.” He also co-edited a book called Applied Mindfulness: Approaches in Mental Health for Children and Adolescents published by the American Psychiatric Association Publishing about the applications of mindfulness for mental health across community and treatment settings.

Dr. Rettger conducts online mindfulness instruction through a collaboration with Stanford University’s Early Life Stress & Resilience Program where he previously directed mindfulness programming, and Pure Edge, Inc., where Dr. Rettger served as a consultant and research collaborator.

Please call 858-609-1549 or contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rettger.