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Carol Randolph

Psychologist, PhD
Anxiety-Adjustment difficulties & disorders-Relationships-Mood disorders-Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)-Life transitions-
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Professional statement

Dr. Carol Randolph is a clinical psychologist in California. Her practice is open to clients ranging in age from late teens through adulthood, and she specializes in helping clients navigate such concerns as anxiety, trauma, and difficulty adjusting to major life transitions. Additionally, clients often visit Dr. Randolph for support in handling day-to-day stressors, including relationship stressors and planning for the future.

Dr. Randolph's approach is dynamic, supportive, and relational in nature. Her training across various modalities, including mindfulness practices, means she is able to assess and provide the most appropriate treatment for problems presented in the course of psychotherapy.

After obtaining her Ph.D. from a fully accredited institution, Dr. Randolph completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship through UCSD's Department of Psychiatry working at the Gifford Clinic and the Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic in San Diego. She also participated for many years in post-doctoral study through ICP's (Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis) satellite program to deepen understanding and to refine her skills.

Since 1999, Dr. Randolph has been part of UCSD's Department of Psychiatry voluntary faculty, and continues to provide psychotherapy supervision to psychiatry residents in training.

Dr. Randolph's physical office is located in La Jolla, though she is also available for remote, HIPAA-compliant sessions for clients across the state of CA.

Message to clients

Effective therapy requires a reliable framework and trust in order to proceed.

My theoretical orientation is based on Self Psychology, which developed out of a more traditional psychoanalytic psychotherapy. This approach has guided me to trust the motivations of patients and better understand material from their points of view.

My goal is to create the space where a range of thoughts and feelings may be safely expressed, where patients can use the relationship with me the way they need to do so. This is a less authoritative model, more creative as it permits me to rely on both my training and intuition in providing optimal care.

Work and Education

Private Psychotherapy Practice
UCSD School of Psychiatry, Voluntary, Assistant Clinical Professor
UCSD Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic, Post Doctoral Fellow

Practice-Focused Training in Complicated Grief Therapy, 2020
Gottman Couples Therapy, A Research Based Approach, 2012
San Diego Satellite of Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Ongoing Post Doctoral Seminar in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 2009
California School of Professional Psychology, Ph.D., 1995


California: 15060




Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Adjustment difficulties & disorders - Support around adapting to new and/or challenging life circumstances; skill-building for improved stress management and reduction of anxiety

Relationships - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Mood disorders - Depression, dysthymia (mild depression), bipolar disorder, hormone-related mood issues, i.e. Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) and postpartum depression, adjustment disorder with depression

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Healing painful experiences and memories from the past

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Locations & Hours

Will meet in person with those who have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.


Carol Randolph is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions:$225 (50min)
  • Initial session:$225 (50min)
  • Couples sessions:$300 (85min)

Additional session information

Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • Zelle
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • As needed
Therapist's note

My fee may be negotiated in special circumstances.