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About Me

Maya Laemmel Ziegler is a psychologist with over 30 years experience in working with adults and children.  Graduating with a Ph.D. from UCLA in 1985 and licensed as a psychologist in 1989, she has worked in both L.A. and Orange counties over the course of her career.

In the past, her experience has often been with children in schools (LAUSD), foster family agencies, and medical settings (UCLA and CHOC).  Receiving training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Guided Imagery/Meditation techniques further enhanced her.  She has been in private practice in Newport Beach for the past ten years, primarily working with adults with relationship issues, depression, anxiety, fertility problems and grief/

Throughout the years, Dr. Ziegler has presented at national conferences on parenting issues and learning problems, and given led Grand Rounds for physicians on stress reduction.

Dr. Ziegler is an interactive, solution-focused therapist.  She views herself as a specialized "teacher", who helps focus and identify the prominent triggers and issues that are making her clients feel bad.  Through a variety of techniques, she aids in focusing her clients on the trigger issues, and developing a repertoire of coping skills.


  • B.A. in Psychology, State University of New York, 1977
  • M.A. in Educational Psychology, UCLA, 1979
  • Ph.D. in Education/Counseling Psychology, 1985   Dr. Barbara Keogh, UCLA Professor Emeritus, Dissertation Chair

Work History

  • 1979-1987    School Psychologist, L.A. Unified School District
  • 1987-1989    School Reintegration Coordinator, Dept. of Pedicatric Oncology, UCLA
  • 1987-1989    Community College Counselor, Citrus Community College, Glendora
  • 1989-1991    Pediatric Medical Psychologist, Children's Hospital of Orange County    
  • Coordinator of Speech and Language Assessment Program
  • 1991-1998    Private Practice, Primarily devoted to assessment and consultation with group homes and foster families
  • 2003-present   Adult oriented practice in Newport Beach  
License and Certification
      1989   Psychologist License, California  #PSY11215
      1985   Community College Teaching Credential,
      1985   Community College Counseling Credential

        1979   School Psychologist Credential

Professional Activities and Memberships
       Member of the American Psychological Association and California Psychological Association

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