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8am to 5pm Mon - Fri

Care Team

The Desert AIDS Project Care Team is staffed by astute, compassionate healthcare professionals who lovingly support the healing process of each unique patient.

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Timothy Carroll, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Timothy has a background in mindfulness, dialectical behavior therapy, and psychodynamically informed cognitive behavioral therapy. His method is very much about teaching tools and skills, but also looking at deeper issues such as someone’s core identity: Where does it come from? How can it be changed? He believes that part of the change process is first validating how and why someone would have the experiences they have. This often includes an exploration of early childhood and how adaptive and/or maladaptive patterns often begin there.

But just knowing where something comes from often isn’t enough for change to happen. So Timothy uses a wide array of change strategies, from tools and skills to achieving small, doable goals that help propel a person forward.

His favorite thing about working at DAP is being able to facilitate group therapy, which he notes is difficult to do in private practice.

Originally from a small town in Indiana, Timothy was a full-time staff psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at Kaiser Permanente in Santa Rosa for 17 years before joining DAP in 2014. A few of his many responsibilities there included individual assessment and therapy, group therapy, teaching and supervision of postdoctoral individuals, and program development. For many years, Timothy also had an entirely different career as a producer of corporate communication events in New York City.

"My Buddhist background helps me to remain grounded and in acceptance of the present moment, which I impart to my clients. I like to reflect on this quote from the Dalai Lama: ‘Let us try to recognize the precious nature of each day.’”

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