Hello. My name is Joseph Lee and I am a Psychiatrist in private practice in Redondo Beach, California. Over the past ten years of practice, my perspective has expanded to focus on not just the symptoms and troubles of the worst times in life (which is often when people first come to see me) but to aim for optimal mental healthiness and ongoing personal growth. This aim is helpful for the whole range of health, from sickness to no longer sick to healthy to thriving. Goals are not just resolution of problems or symptoms, but ongoing personal growth, wellbeing, relatedness and authenticity. My perspective is shaped by a truth-based lens, learned from empirical scientific research, our shared human experience, and the reliable and honed intuition of those in and outside of the mental health field as well as my own. In addition to my formal medical school and residency training in Psychiatry at UCLA, my post residency learning has been influenced by Daniel Siegel’s Interpersonal Neurobiology, Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication, as well as Positive Psychology, Emotions research, and modern Neuroscience discovery.

My daily professional work is divided into two parts:

One is my psychotherapy focused practice with these “mental healthiness” principles integrated into the collaborative work I do with clients.

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Second is the role as an educator on Social Emotional Learning (SEL) which includes seminars or educational talks online, through my practice, or other teaching opportunities with professional colleagues, local schools, educators, and other groups.


Please contact me if you are interested in a consultation, seminars/workshops, or other speaking opportunities. You can also subscribe to my mailing list to receive insights about healthiness and wellbeing.

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2 thoughts

  1. Dear Dr.Lee
    I just saw your recording about empathy at the EdNextGen. I wanted to congratulate you on your work, and as well thank you for sharing your knowledge! I learned so much while hearing you and I’m so excited to start practicing to achieve empathy as a core skill in my daily life. I hope you all the best.


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