To me, psychotherapy isn't about being sick; it's about being better.
getting out of your own way. It's about not taking responsibility for things you can't control, and about owning your own thoughts and feelings. It's about being able to tell the difference between logical thoughts, and irrational feelings. Therapy offers no guarantees, but offers an opportunity to understand and be understood .
Using my maiden name professionally, which was meant to simplify referrals since my husband is my office partner, actually adds to the confusion in some cases. Therefore, if TERI WRIGHT, Ph.D. is not listed on your insurance panel, TERI WRIGHT BUDNER, Ph.D. may be. If, regardless of my identity, I am not a preferred provider, you may ask your insurance company about out-of-network benefits.
Individual, Marital and Family Therapy
Psychological and Psychoedcational Testing and Assessment
Depressive, Anxiety, and Bipolar Disorders
Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)
Parenting and Behavior Modification
University of California, San Diego
California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego
Pre and Post Doctoral Internships
University of California, Irvine Medical Center
My style of practice is to do an initial evaluation over three or four visits, and then make recommendations. I am able to provide a range of treatments, including individual and family therapy, behavior modification, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and psychiatric medications. For most problems, psychiatric medication is not used, but may be offered if non-medication therapies are not effective.
I am not a provider on any insurance panel, but I am happy to submit the claim to a PPO insurance plan as a courtesy to my patients. You may want to check with your insurance company as to how much it will pay for an out-of-network child psychiatrist
Dr. Budner received his undergraduate and medical degrees at Brown University, and then trained in adult, child, and adolescent psychiatry at the University of California, Irvine, where he was both chief resident in psychiatry and chief fellow in child and adolescent psychiatry. He is board-certified in both adult, and child and adolescent psychiatry.
Dr. Budner has been on the staff of Children's Hospital of Orange County since 1988, and was head of psychiatry there until a hospital-based psychiatrist was recruited in 2001.
Dr. Budner treats the patient within in the context of the family. He accepts new patients up through college age, but will follow his established child patients into adulthood.