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Professional Psychotherapy &

Assessment Services  

​Sven Schild, PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist & Certified EMDR Clinician


Psychological Services for the 
Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Community
 in San Diego County


Dr. Schild has been working with the Deaf and hard-of-hearing community since 1998.  He is currently providing professional short and long-term therapy in American Sign Language (ASL).  Dr. Schild is also actively involved in research with the Deaf community.  If you have questions about his services, please contact him via e-mail or through this website.

Deafness-related work experiences:

  • Private Practice, San Diego, CA (2007 - Present)
  • Deaf Community Services, Inc. (DCS), San Diego, CA (2008)
  • Bayview Hospital & Mental Health Systems, Chula Vista, CA (2004 - 2005)
  • Signs of Life/McAllister Institute (SOL), San Diego, CA (2002 - 2003)
  • Johnson County Mental Health Center, Olathe, KS (1998 - 2000)


Deafness-related education:

  • Alliant International University, San Diego, CA (2003 – 2007)

             Research on Trauma & Deafness

  • Deaf Community Services, San Diego, CA (March 2004)

              Mexican Sign Language Workshop

  • Maple Woods Community College, Kansas City, MO (May 2000)

             Deaf Study Certificate

  • Park University, Parkville, MO (1999 – 2000) 

             Research on figurative language processes of deaf individuals 

  • Maple Woods Community College, Kansas City, MO (1998 – 2000)

            American Sign Language and Deaf Culture Studies



Deafness-related publications:

  • Schild, S. & Dalenberg, C.J. (2016). Information deprivation trauma: Definition, assessment & interventions.  Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma.
  • Schild, S. & Dalenberg, C.J. (2015). Consequences of child and adult sexual trauma among deaf adults.  Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, Vol 24(3). pp. 237-256. doi: 10.1080/10926771.2015.1002654.
  • Wilson, J., & Schild, S. (2014). Provision of mental health care services to deaf individuals using telehealth.  Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. Vol 45(4), pp. 324-331. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0036811 
  • Schild, S. & Dalenberg, C.J. (2012). Psychoform and somatoform dissociation and PTSD in deaf adults. Journal of Trauma and Dissociation. Vol 13(3), pp. 361-376. doi: 10.1080/15299732.2011.641711.
  • Schild, S., & Dalenberg, C. J. (2012). Trauma exposure and traumatic symptoms in deaf adults. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. Vol 4(1), pp.117-127. doi: 10.1037/a0021578 
  • Schild, S. (2007). Trauma Symptoms in Deaf Adults. Doctoral dissertation, Alliant International University, San Diego. (UMI AAT 3287794). 


Deafness-related presentations/activities:

  • NASMHPD Deaf Mental Health Research Priority Consensus-Planning Conference; Delagate & researcher; Gallaudet University, Washington, DC. (January 2012)
  • Trauma Symptoms in Deaf Adults. Presentation given at Student Health & Counseling Services, CSUSM, San Marcos, CA. (November 2007)
  • Working with Clients who are Deaf: Clinical and Cultural Considerations. Presentation given at Student Health & Counseling Services, CSUSM, San Marcos, CA. (May 2006)
  • The Deaf Person and the Inpatient Setting. Presentation given at Bayview Behavioral Health Campus, Chula Vista, CA. (December 2004)
  • Deafness: Basic Information for Health Care Professionals. Presentation given at Alliant International University, San Diego, CA. (April 2004)
  • Figurative Language Processing in Deaf People. Poster presented at the 20th Annual Great Plains Students’ Psychology Convention, St. Joseph, MO. (March 2000)


Deafness-related memberships:

  • ADARA - Professionals Networking for Excellence in Service Delivery with Individuals who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

















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