Biography

Todd Pizitz, Ph. D.Dr. Todd Pizitz is a licensed clinical and forensic psychologist in private practice in Vista, California. Working closely with persons afflicted with various addictions and challenges, he provides psychotherapy and psychological evaluations to adults, adolescents and families. Through his work as a clinical psychologist, he helps clients overcome struggles and develop better management of problems.  Assessment and evaluation of clients’ needs is essential, and Dr. Pizitz works closely with psychiatrists, psychologists, and other agencies to determine how to best treat and care for his clients.

Dr. Pizitz specializes in psychological testing and evaluations. As an evaluator, Dr. Pizitz is able to more definitively determine diagnosis, personality structure, intellectual functioning, and treatment planning. Such evaluations help clear up misconceptions about diagnosis, and guide the direction for the most beneficial and symptom-relieving interventions. Dr. Pizitz has been an evaluator for Amador and Associates conducting assessments of reality television show candidates, such as Wife Swap, Project Runway, and Tough Love. In addition, Dr. Pizitz works with several Southern California Surrogacy and Egg Donor agencies assessing potential surrogate mothers, egg donors and intended parents.

Dr. Pizitz was a P.O.S.T. certified peace officer with the Orange County Probation Department. He worked in juvenile supervision and has broad knowledge and experience in understanding juvenile and adult offenders and the concomitant mental health issues. Dr. Pizitz was a Specialized TERM Evaluator, assessing clients accused of sexual crimes.  He was one of two Specialized TERM Evaluators for sexual offenders in the San Diego County.  Dr. Pizitz was on staff at Children’s Hospital and Tri-City Medical Center.  He was the clinical supervisor for the East County and North County Drug Courts and Pegasus East Dual Recovery Center. Dr. Pizitz was also a clinical supervisor for Interfaith Community Veterans’ Services for several years supervising interns. In addition to his working with County Probation, he was a Staff Psychologist for the Federal Probation Program. He currently is a San Diego County Probation and State of California Approved Sexual Offender Treatment Provider.  Also, Dr. Pizitz was a Certified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) recognized by the Department of Transportation (DOT). He is also a Master Addiction Counselor (MAC) certified by the Association for Addiction Professionals. Additionally, Dr. Pizitz is the director of the County of San Diego Certified Domestic Violence Treatment Program (DVRP) offered at his office. Dr. Pizitz is the director of two United States Probation Department mental health clinics providing both mental health and substance abuse treatment to federal defendants and probationers.  He presently is an Adjunct Professor at Alliant International University in the Clinical PSYD Department, teaching Assessment Courses. He is a member of the Peer Review Panel for the journal Women and Birth.  Dr. Pizitz is presently a member of the Society for Personality Assessment (SPA), the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA), The California Coalition on Sexual Offending (CCOSO), The Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC) and the San Diego Psychological Association (SDPA).