Austin Smythe, M.A., LMFT (113388)

Austin Smythe is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco. His undergraduate degree, a Bachelor’s of Arts in Creative Writing, is from the University of California San Diego. He has experience working with teens and their families in a wide variety of settings, including schools, residential treatment programs, and directly in families’ homes. In each modality he has worked, Austin has deepened his knowledge and his passion for supporting teens and families through the process of healing. With a strong interest in meeting clients and families in their toughest moments, he believes the highly supportive nature of residential treatment is a powerful way of addressing teens’ challenges with depression, anxiety, co-occurring disorders, and family of origin concerns. Austin uses an integrative approach – psychodynamic, acceptance, and commitment – to provide therapy that is attentive to the unique needs and strengths of each teen, and the unique family from which they come.


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.