ph. (858) 336-3740

Licensed psychotherapist since 1993 and clinical experience with a diverse population in a wide range of settings.  I closed my psychotherapy practice December 31, 2018.  I continue to do supervision, training, workshops and instinctive meditation coaching.

Areas of Expertise

  • Addiction & Sexual Compulsivity
  • Expressive & Experiential Groups
  • Couples
  • Life Transitions
  • Intimacy & Sexuality
  • Emotion, Physical & Sexual Abuse
  • Trauma, PTSD
  • Anger Management
  • Instinctive Meditation

Professional Experience:

Private Practice – San Diego, CA 1997-2019


  • Providing supervision, individual, couples, and group psychotherapy in private practice setting
  • President of the IIBA 2/2017-3/2020
  • IIBA Coordinating Trainer for SCIBA, 2014- present
  • IIBA Coordinating Trainer for Beijing and Shanghai Bioenergetic Training Groups, 2013-present
  • Member of Scientific Committee for 2015 IIBA Conference in Recife, Brazil
  • Board of Trustees for International Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis (2008-2014) Chair of Teaching for IIBA 2012-2014.
    2011 IIBA 21st Conference Chair
  • President of San Diego Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis. (2002-2007) Faculty Chair (2009-2011, 2014-present)
  • Faculty for Southern California and San Diego Institutes for Bioenergetic Analysis (SCIBA and SDIBA 1998).
  • International Faculty for International Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis (teaching in US, Brazil, Argentina, China and New Zealand.) IIBA Professional Development Workshop faculty in 2010, 2012, 2018, .
  • Supervising of MFT intern in private practice setting.
  • Core Adjunct Faculty at National University, PSY 464 Etiology and Treatment of Sexual Addiction, PSY 480 Senior Project, PSY 626 Human Sexuality, 631B Practicum. (97-05)
  • Member of Clinical Network for Survivors of Torture International. Psychological evaluations and psychotherapy. Testify in court as expert witness.
  • Contracted with Vietnam Vets of San Diego Residential Treatment Center, working with clients suffering from PTSD and Addiction using EMDR (97-00) Continue to work with Vietnam Veterans on individual basis.
  • Group Therapist for The EYE F.I.R.S.T. Program (1997) working with sex offenders, nonprotective and nonparticipating parents, and adolescent girls.
  • Per Diem Therapist for Vista Hill Behavioral Health Center (97-98) Group therapy with chronically mentally ill and dual diagnosis patients in day treatment program (schizophrenia, schizoaffective, bipolar, and chronic depression).
  • Member of Steering Committee that produces annual Southern California Bioenergetic Conference in San Diego, CA. (96/97)

Center for Community Solutions 2/98-9/00

Intern Program Coordinator (9/99-9/00)

  • Provided group and individual supervsion of MSW and MFT trainees and interns.
  • Provided recruitment and training of MSW and MFT trainees and interns.

Director of Clinical Services (2/98-9/99)

  • Supervise clinical staff of 17 including MSW and MFT trainees and interns working with trauma issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other relationship issues in adults and children. Supervision regarding AMAC and Sexual Assault, conflict resolution, boundaries, limit setting, and sexuality.
  • Program and training development.
  • Outcome and evaluations development.
  • Member of San Diego Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee.

Private Practice – Redondo Beach, CA 1993-1997


  • Providing individual therapy in areas of shock trauma, addiction, developmental trauma, sexuality, anger management, separation and individuation, intimacy, as well as more severe pathology.
  • Working with couples and families on a broad range of relationship issues including, negotiation, sexuality, money issues, infertility, parenting, limit setting and boundaries, domestic violence and addiction.
  • Facilitating groups and workshops covering a variety of topics including infertility support group, bioenergetic exercise groups designed to reduce physiological, emotional and psychological stress, workshops on couples and money, and body awareness.
  • Public speaking engagements included South Bay CAMFT, Health Fair, Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce, South Bay Network, Southern California Bioenergetic Conference.
  • Supervising of MFCC intern in private practice setting.

Education and Licenses:

Marriage, Family Therapist, California State License #MFC31177

Certified Bioenergetic Analyst since 1995
Southern California Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis, Costa Mesa, CA

IMAGO Relationship Therapist 2006

Certified Yoga Teacher -200YTT. 2011

Certified Radiance Sutra Meditation Teacher 2017

M.A.- Clinical Psychology
Antioch University, Marina del Rey, CA – 1991
B.S. – College of Human Resources and Family Sciences
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska – 1972

Profession Affiliations and Community Involvement:

California Association for Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
Clinical Member
Approved Supervisor (2000)
San Diego CAMFT
Retired Clinical Member

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT)
Clinical Member
Approved Supervisor (2000)

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Network
Trained EMDR therapist, Levels I and II (1993)

International Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis (IIBA) Faculty,  President 2017-2020
Southern California Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis (SCIBA)
Board of Directors: Program Director (5 yrs.), Faculty
San Diego Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis (SDIBA)
Board of Directors, Past President, Faculty

Imago Relationships International

Awards and Honors:

Presidential Who’s Who 2009/2010
Princeton Global Network: Certificate of Achievement 2010-2011
The Heritage Who’s Who 2012/2013

Training and Teaching:

SDIBA and SCIBA Training Program 1999-present
Libertas, Recife, Brazil Sept. 2012
New Zealand Society for Bioenergetic Analysis Feb. 2013
Libertas Recife, Brazil August 2013, 2014
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Sept. 2013, 2014
SOBAB Sao Paulo, Brazil 2013, 2014

Dallas Texas, 2013
Beijing, China 2014
Shanghai, China 2014-present

Presentations and Workshops:

Southern California Bioenergetic Conference, Feb. 1995, San Diego, CA
Workshop: Pulsation Beneath The Surface: Interdependency in Relationships

Healthy Start Conference, March 1998, Long Beach, CA
Workshop: Intervention in Domestic Violence

CAMFT Conference, May 1998, Newport Beach, CA
Workshop: 12 Step Programs: Who, When and Why to Refer

International Bioenergetic Conference, May 1998, Arles, France
Workshop: The Recurring Fear of Passion

San Diego State University, November 1998, Masters program
Somatic Psychotherapy

Southern California Bioenergetic Conference, Feb. 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005,2007, 2008, 2010
Group Process Leader, Lake Arrowhead, CA

San Diego Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis
Introduction to Bioenergetics
April 99/ June 00/ June 01/April 03/June 04/March 05, March 06

CA Assn of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Educators Conference, April 2000, San Diego, CA
Coordination of Treatment Approaches between 12-Step Programs and Eight Major Psychological Theories

American Assn of Mental Health Counselors Conference, July 2000, Boston, MA
Coordination of Tx Approaches between 12-Step Programs and 8 Major Psychological Theories

CA Society of Clinical Social Workers, June 2000, San Diego, CA
What’s the Body got to do with it? Introduction to Bioenergetic Analysis

San Diego Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis, July 2000, San Diego, CA
Workshop: Reality and Sexuality

5th International Conference on Family Violence, September 2000, San Diego, CA
No More Blinders: Substance Abuse and Domestic Violence

Western Maryland College Budapest, November 2000, Budapest, Hungary
Introduction to Etiology and Treatment of Sexual Addiction

The National Council on Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity National Conference, May 2001
Treatment of Sexual Addiction from an Object Relations Perspective

Southern California Bioenergetic Conference, February 2001, Arrowhead, CA
Workshop: The Mask of Addiction

Center for Community Solutions, March 2001, San Diego, CA
Office of Criminal Justice and Planning Training
Women and Substance Abuse

San Diego Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis, April 2001, San Diego, CA
Workshop: The Biology of Pleasure

CAMFT-North County, October 2002, Escondido, CA
Developmental Trauma vs. Shock Trauma: Treatment Implications

Southern California Bioenergetic Conference, Feb. 2003, Lake Arrowhead, CA
Workshop: Bioenergetics and Paradoxical Sexual Theory

Grossmont Union High School District, BTSA Network Meeting, May 2003, Carlsbad, CA
Stress: What’s the body got to do with it?

Southern California Bioenergetic Conference, Feb. 2004, Lake Arrowhead, CA
Minding the Body, Finding The Self
Keynote Speaker

International Bioenergetic Conference, May 2005, Cape Cod, Mass.
Workshop: Bioenergetics in Organizations

International Bioenergetic Conference, May 2005, Cape Cod, Mass.
Workshop; Bioenergetics and Paradoxical Sexualtiy

International Bioenergetic conference, May 2005, Cape Cod, Mass.
Keynote Panel Respondent

Stress Less in the coming Year!, Jan. 2005, San Diego, CA
90 min. Experiential workshop

Workshop: Client Online Sexual Behavior: The Ready, Willing and Able Psychotherapist
San Diego, CA, May, 2005

Southern California Bioenergetic Conference, March 2007, Lake Arrowhead, CA
Opening Ceremony

International Bioenergetic Conference, May 2007, Seville, Spain
Workshop: Make Love not War: Working with Couples Bioenergeticly

International Bioenergetic Conference, May 2007, Seville, Spain
Bioenergetic Morning Exercise Leader

Southern California Bioenergetic Conference, March 2008, Lake Arrowhead, CA
Keynote Panel

Soldier’s Project, July 2009, Del Mar, CA
Treatment of PTSD in War Veterans

IIBA Prof. Dev. Workshop October 2010, Watsonville, CA
IIBA Faculty Co-Director

USABP Conference 2010, Oakland, CA
Workshop: Bioenergetic Approach to Healing of Trauma

Southern California Bioenergetic Conference, March 2011, Lake Arrowhead, CA
Staff Development

IIBA 21st International Conference, Oct. 2011, San Diego, CA
Working with Couples: Creating Moment to Moment Connections workshop
Conference Chair

IIBA Professional Dev. Workshop 2012, Recife, Brazil
IIBA Faculty

IIBA International Conference 2013, Palermo Italy
Keynote Panel Respondent

Working with Couples and Sexuality
Recife, Brazil Sept. 2013

Dialogue on Sexuality with Diana Guest
Rio de Janeiro, Sept. 2013

Sexuality Comtemporaneous Workshop
Sao Paulo, Brazil Sept 2013

Working with Sexuality: Using the Ball
Continuing Education for Trainers of SOBAB
Sao Paulo, Brazil 2013
Dallas, Texas 2013

Keynote Address: Hope and Connection
NANZIBA Conference, 2013

Anxiety and Depression Workshop
Beijing, China 2013

Twist and Shout: Importance of Adult Play Workshop
Southern CA Bioenergetic Conference, 2015

Keynote Address: Getting to the Heart of the Matter
IIBA Conference, Recife, Brazil


Parker J. & Guest D. (1999) The Clinician’s Guide to 12-Step Programs: how, when and why to refer a client, Westport, CT: Auburn House.

Parker J. & Guest D. (2001) “Individualized Alcohol/Other Drug Use Treatment: A Developmental Perspective” Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly vol. 16, 2, 75-84.

Guest, D. (2002) “Supervision: a developmental perspective” The California Therapist, vol. 14, 1, 54-6.

Guest, D & Parker, J. (2002) chp. Integration of Psychotherapy and 12-Step Programs in Sexual Addiction. In K. Adams & P. Carnes (Eds.), The Clinical Management of Sexual Addiction, Brunner-Routledge.

Guest, D. & Parker J. (2003) “Individual sexual addiction treatment: a developmental approach” Journal of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity. vol. 10, 1, 1-12.

Guest, D. & Scheferman, H. (2004) Where’s my real life? I know I put it somewhere!

Guest, D. (2006) “Bioenergetics and a Paradoxical View of Sexuality: How Characterological Development is Related to Current Erotic Life” International Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis Journal(Ed.), vol. 16, 87-101.

Parker J. & Guest, D. (2008) “A Bioenergetic Characterological Model of Addiction” The European Journal of Bioenergetic Analysis and Psychotherapy (Ed.), vol. 4, 1, 32-53.

Guest, D. & Parker, J. (2011) “The Use of Touch in Psychotherapy” The California Therapist, vol. 23, 2, 58-60.

Guest, D., (2011), chp in He Said/She Said Book on, e-book