Ali Giacona, M.S. LPCC (LPCC5619, LMCH10163, RDT559)

Ali Giacona | Paradigm San Francisco

Ali Giacona is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and a Registered Drama Therapist who received her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and Expressive Art Therapy, with a concentration in Drama Therapy, from Lesley University. She earned her undergraduate degree from Drew University. Ali comes to Paradigm with clinical experience providing adolescent mental mental health treatment in residential, inpatient, and intensive outpatient settings. She finds deep fulfillment from working with teens and, while in the Boston area, she worked at a preeminent hospital providing group therapy and individual therapy to teens. Ali is trained in both Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and utilizes both approaches in her work with adolescents struggling with depression, anxiety, and self-harming behaviors. Ali also loves cooking and attended the Academy of Healing Nutrition in New York City to become a certified nutritionist. She believes strongly in the mind body connection and the effectiveness of a holistic approach in working with teens.


Dr. Nalin is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, and Founder and Executive Director of Paradigm Treatment Centers, who has been a respected leader in the field of adolescent mental health for more than 20 years. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California, his Master’s degree from Loyola Marymount University, his Doctoral degree from Pacific University’s APA approved Clinical Psychology program, and completed his training at the University of California, San Diego’s APA approved psychology internship program.

Dr. Nalin has provided training and mentoring to students entering the field of psychology at institutions of learning including Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology, UCSD, Pacific University, and Santa Monica College. He was also instrumental in the development of the treatment component of Los Angeles County’s first Juvenile Drug Court, which now serves as a national model.

Dr. Nalin has appeared as an expert on shows ranging from CBS News and Larry King, to CNN, The Today Show and MTV. He was also featured in an Anti-Drug Campaign for the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).

Dr. Nalin is a Diplomate of the National Institute of Sports Professionals and a Certified Sports Psychologist as well as a Certified Chemical Dependency Intervention Specialist. He lectures and conducts workshops nationally on the issues of teen mental health, substance abuse prevention, and innovative adolescence treatment.

In 2017 Dr. Nalin was awarded The Sigmund Freud Foundation and Sigmund Freud University’s Distinguished Achievement Award in recognition of his work with youth in the field of mental health over the course of his career.