Matthew J. Jarvinen

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Phone: 619-858-3105 x 148

Mission Valley Office

Dr. Jarvinen is a licensed clinical psychologist and adjunct professor of psychology in Point Loma Nazarene University’s Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling program. He is also the Clinical Director & Director of Clinical Research at BOLD Health, an intensive outpatient program for addiction in Encinitas, CA.


Dr. Jarvinen earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary’s School of Psychology in Pasadena, CA. He has published articles in the Journal of Psychology & Christianity and the Journal of Positive Psychology and has served as an academic manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Positive Psychology. His clinical specialties include addiction, trauma, Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP), and the integration of psychotherapy and religion/spirituality.

Dr. Jarvinen’s diverse work experiences include positions with:

  • Clinical internship with Kaiser Permanente's Department of Psychiatry & Addiction Medicine

  • Child abuse research with San Diego’s Child and Adolescent Services Research Center (CASRC)

  • Substance abuse research and intervention with UCSD’s Project Options

  • Social/behavioral intervention, supervision, and parent training with Comprehensive Autism Services and Education, Inc.

  • Psychotherapy with seminary students, pastors, and community clients with Fuller Psychological and Family Services

  • Neuropsychological/dementia testing with UCLA’s Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Human Behavior

  • Intensive outpatient/partial hospitalization services with Huntington Hospital’s Della Martin Center in Pasadena, CA

  • Teaching associate with San Diego State University

  • Adjunct professor of psychology with Azuza Pacific University

Dr. Jarvinen is experienced in working with a wide range of people, areas of difficulty, and clinical disorders, including:

  • Trauma/PTSD

  • Addiction

  • Spirituality/Religiosity

  • Relationships/Intimacy

  • Emotional Difficulties

  • Anxiety/Depression

  • Grief/Loss

  • Sexuality

  • Personal Growth

  • Psychological and Neuropsychological Testing

  • Adults

  • Children/Adolescents

  • Couples

  • Families

  • Pastors/Religious Leaders

Education and Training:

  • Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary, School of Psychology

  • M.A. Religion (Emphasis in Theology), Point Loma Nazarene University

  • M.A. Psychology, San Diego State University

  • B.A. Philosophy/Theology, Point Loma Nazarene University

  • B.A. Psychology, Point Loma Nazarene University



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