At San Diego Kids First, we put the needs of our families above everything else. And as the needs of our community change, so do we.

To better support our families, we’re welcoming an amazing new addition to our team! Starting mid-October, Dr. Alex Thibeault will be available for appointments.

At San Diego Kids First, we pride ourselves on listening to the changing needs of our clients. This allows us to provide the highest-quality resources and services from top-notch clinicians that we know and trust.

Families who are looking for a male clinician to support their child can now schedule with Dr. Alex Thibeault, who will be seeing clients on Mondays and Tuesdays starting October 14th.

Due to Dr. Alex’s background in both education as well as clinical psychology, he is San Diego Kids First’s expert in psychoeducational and testing providing both abbreviated and comprehensive academic assessments to quickly identify academic challenges or obstacles, and providing concrete action plans to remediate these difficulties.

Dr. Alex Thibeault is a clinical psychologist (and former middle school teacher) who provides services for individuals and couples from teens through adulthood. He also runs group classes and workshops in his areas of expertise. He provides psychoeducational assessment (e.g. learning disabilities assessment) for a wide age range utilizing both comprehensive, as well as abbreviated assessments and also offers Early Identification At-Risk Reading Assessments for children ages 3 through 2nd grade. His areas of expertise also include: mental health and assessment for academic and educational settings, transition from high school to college, couples therapy, and educational classes/workshops such as positive psychology (flourishing), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and relationship topics. Topics he frequently addresses in therapy include anxiety, depression, coping skills, relationship issues, sleep issues, self-esteem, life transitions, maintenance of recovery from substance use, challenging life experiences, social skills and interpersonal effectiveness.

Dr. Alex earned a Bachelor’s degree (BA) in Psychology from the University of San Diego. He completed a Master’s in Education (MAEd) with an emphasis in Teaching at Alliant International University in Northern California, where he taught in a public school while acquiring a single subject teaching credential in English. He then earned a Doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in Clinical Psychology at University of North Carolina at Greensboro, followed by predoctoral internship at New Mexico VA Health Care System and postdoctoral fellowship at University of California, San Diego. When not in the office, Dr. Thibeault, who is a San Diego native, enjoys outdoor recreation under the SoCal sun with his wife, his son, and his friends.

If you would like to make an appointment with any of the clinicians on our team, please visit us at or email us at


Deb Pontillo, Ph.D.
Director, San Diego Kids First