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The Canyon at Encino Staff

Joel Morris, MD

Consulting Psychiatrist

The Canyon at Encino and The Canyon at Santa Monica


Dr. Joel MorrisThough he hails from New England, Dr. Joel Morris completed his schooling in the Midwest, which included extended training in geriatrics and forensic psychiatry. Additionally, Dr. Morris studied acupuncture in New Zealand and China, which he continues to practice. His work with a diverse group of cultures has deepened his understanding and empathy for others. Throughout his psychiatric career, he has worked with people struggling with addiction within inpatient, residential and outpatient settings. In addition to psychopharmacologically, he supports the individual to co-create his/her own life with a strength focus. He believes that to create a ground where addiction no longer has deep roots, one needs to bring in elements of creativity, transcendence and the possibility of rewriting one’s own narrative. The Chinese symbol for crisis is the same for opportunity. In the same way, each addiction crisis brings about the possibility to deepen and change one’s life in a more meaningful and self -directed way. Additionally, Dr. Morris believes that it is the responsibility of the practitioner to be a model and vehicle for change, meeting the client in dialogue, compassion and patience.

Gary Berghoudian, PsyD

Primary Therapist

The Canyon at Encino and The Canyon at Santa Monica


BerghoudianDr. Gary Berghoudian earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from University of California, Irvine. He then went on to earn his Master’s and Doctorate degrees in clinical psychology from California School of Professional Psychology. His internship and post-doctorate experiences include serving as individual, family, and group therapist, psychological assistant, intake specialist, case manager, and clinical coordinator of outpatient services. His experience spans across multiple settings, including middle and high school, community college, inpatient hospital, intensive outpatient programs, and private practice. Dr. Gary is a clinical professional who has a genuine passion for improving the lives of individuals in need of mental health and substance abuse services. He truly enjoys helping his clients learn to be comfortable with who they are. During his spare time, he enjoys going to the beach, watching movies, playing basketball, caring for his saltwater aquarium, and spending quality time with his family.

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