Diane Puchbauer


About Me


Diane Puchbauer, Psy.D. PSY 21870
Clinical Psychologist - Psychotherapy
225 N. Euclid Avenue 
Upland, California 91786 
(562) 547-0137

My goal in counseling others is to create or to restore health within each individual and to facilitate connection between people and their loved ones. Our need for closeness and attachment to others is a lifelong need (Bowlby). I believe that problems arise when people become disconnected from themselves and others, fearing rejection or abandonment. Some people become stuck in relational patterns of fear and anxious clinging to their loved ones. Other people become detached, avoid intimacy, and isolate themselves. Many experience disappointment, depression, and anger due to unsatisfying or painful relationships.

Often times we learn relational patterns from early childhood experiences and then carry them on into our adult relationships. In addition, circumstances in our lives can seem unmanageable and we become overwhelmed. Feelings of stress, depression, helplessness, anger, irritability and addictive behaviors can be signals that we need increased support in order to access inner resources and to learn new ways of approaching difficulties.

I see therapy as an opportunity to explore your inner self, relational patterns, self-care behaviors, and life situation in the presence of a compassionate and accepting other in order to create a life that’s worth living for yourself and your loved ones (Linehan).

I am passionate about helping families, especially in this challenging society that tends to overwhelm us with its hectic pace and relentless pressures. Sometimes when parents are having relational, emotional, financial, or physical difficulties, their children can act out in troublesome ways. Other times young people experience bullying or negative peer pressure that influences them to behave in ways that are difficult for parents to understand and change. Some children and teens become defiant, argumentative, and do things that violate the values of their parents. Other children become withdrawn from friends and family and feel anxious, depressed, and even suicidal.

In addition, some children are born with a biological and neurochemical predisposition for conditions such as Attention Deficit Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, and Anxiety Disorders. I will work in conjunction with physicians and psychiatrists who may prescribe medication to support the work of therapy.

For over 18 years I have worked in the mental health profession helping young people and their families to improve communication, resolve relationship problems, restore healthy family functioning, and create lovingkindness for oneself and for others.