Ann Minnich, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of California. Ann has been providing counseling and therapy to children, youth, families and adults since 1997. Ann is currently a therapist at Personal Evolution Psychotherapy (PEP) and she works together with clients and families to establish goals and develop insight to make changes and improve their lives. She is a compassionate therapist who provides a warm, genuine and non-judgmental space to develop a supportive therapeutic relationship. She believes all clients have the strength and ability to achieve a better path and helps them build on their strengths to achieve their goals at a pace that is comfortable for them.
Ann received her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from California State University, Long Beach in August 1997. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University in December 1992 with a major in Psychology. Ann currently works at Personal Evolution Psychotherapy, where she provides individual, couples and family therapy. She has over 20 years of experience and training in working with individuals, teens, children and families of diverse backgrounds. Ann joined PEP in July 2015 and has been providing Gender Therapy to transgender and genderqueer adults, adolescents, children and their families as well as working with the LGBTQIA community and the poly/kink community.
Ann’s previous experience includes clinical internships at Torrance Hospice in Torrance, California and providing individual and family therapy at Orange County Social Services in the Parents and Children Together Program (PACT) in the city of Orange, California. From 2004 through 2015 Ann was working as an LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) for Prince William County Community Services Board in the state of Virginia. Her clinical work was focused on severely emotionally disturbed youth, adolescents and their families. Ann provided intensive in home, school based and outpatient counseling to a diverse group of youth and families. Ann worked with clients with diverse emotional and mental health needs including those who are diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, Borderline Personality Disorder as well as various trauma related issues including PTSD. She also worked with clients with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders and clients on the Autistic Spectrum. Ann has had additional experience as a program director providing wrap-around services to families and additional clinical experience working with children and families in the foster care and CPS system as well as working with youth in a residential facility.
Ann has completed multiple trainings in order to further her clinical knowledge and skill including trainings in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Informed Care, Gender Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy including Intensive Training in Dialectal Behavior Therapy with Dr. Kate Comtois and Dr.Jennifer Waltz and Advanced DBT training: Dialectical Behavior Therapy in Action: Case Based Training with Dr. Shari Manning and Dr. Kate Comtois. She has also completed several other trainings focusing on treating depression, anxiety, gender therapy, substance abuse and co-occurring disorders, mindfulness and auricular acupuncture. Ann meets for weekly DBT team consultation with Personal Evolution Psychotherapy and their expert DBT consultant, Dr. Shari Manning. Ann also meets with PEP’s gender consultation team to assist with gender therapy. This is founded by Sue Boyd, a clinical expert in gender therapy and is the oldest gender consultation team in San Diego County.