Acceptance and Commitment (ACT) Therapists in Menlo Park, CA

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Alex J Basche
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I use a strength-based approach to foster genuine self- acceptance & to support clients in finding meaning. My philosophy centers around building & harnessing connections between the body, emotions, thoughts & behaviors to create healing & growth. This is an active, evidence-based approach that addresses the whole person. Treatment is uniquely individualized & with over a decade of clinical experience, I am competent in helping clients to not only heal but to make real gains. This can involve setting/tracking measurable goals for therapy to help guide our work and offer insight into obstacles along the way.
(669) 222-7872
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Menlo Park, CA 94025
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Robert M Holaway
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
I have specialized in the treatment of fear and anxiety for over 20 years. My expertise is in integrating a compassionate and pragmatic approach with empirically-supported therapies, such as CBT, ACT , and exposure therapy, to help individuals overcome life's obstacles and live more fulfilling and meaningful lives. I frequently work with individuals struggling with stress, panic disorder/agoraphobia, chronic worry, social anxiety, and phobias. I also have a specific expertise in the treatment of OCD and related disorders and am very passionate about helping people suffering with intrusive and bothersome obsessive thoughts.
(650) 563-7534
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Menlo Park, CA 94025
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Dr. William Chan
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
I pay special attention to creating a trusting and safe environment to help my clients build insights and skills to learn new ways to manage emotional distress and gain acceptance .
Change is uncertain and stressful as it is. Our bodies and emotions may respond in a way that is overwhelming and confusing. I can imagine how daunting, isolating, and stuck one may feel. I hope to help you understand what your emotions, thoughts, behaviors, and body are trying to communicate to you. You can learn more adaptive ways of understanding and cope with your circumstances. With practice, it is relieving to reclaim your bandwidth and time to rest and pursue meaningful goals.
(650) 456-9558
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Menlo Park, CA 94025
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Katie Fracalanza
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
Myself and other therapists in my practice have extensive experience with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure and response prevention, acceptance and commitment therapy ( ACT ) and other empirically validated treatments for mood and anxiety disorders.
Myself and my colleagues at the California Psychology Center specialize in therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety disorders, and depression. We help with these difficulties by customizing strategies supported by the strongest research evidence to each unique individual. We work with clients in a warm, collaborative manner to help our clients better understand themselves, learn new skills, and overcome life’s struggles in a manner consistent with their values and goals. Our practice is aimed at both alleviating psychological distress, as well as bolstering strengths and a sense of personal fulfillment.
(650) 200-4704
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Menlo Park, CA 94025
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Lorraine Wong
Psychologist, PhD, ABPP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Specialty training and certifications I hold are in CBT, ACT , DBT and FBT (Family Based Therapy).
I specialize in treating "anything anxiety related" with teens and adults. If I had to use one word to describe what I do, it would be helping people get "unstuck". I am direct, collaborative and at times playful with my clients. I care deeply for my clients and will be there with them every step of the way while they are on their journey. Specialties include generalized anxiety disorder, OCD, panic disorder, trauma, disordered eating and eating disorders. I also work with families with teens that have anxiety and/or eating disorders as well as college students, which I believe is a unique population to work with.
(650) 241-2257
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Menlo Park, CA 94025
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Devora A. Weinapple
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, ATR-BC, MA
Verified
Verified
Artistic skill is not required! I also teach mindful self-compassion and ACT .
Whether you've been in therapy before, or this will be your first time; it is important to feel safe and comfortable enough to talk about things that are causing you distress. Are you experiencing life changes, decisions, challenges, trauma, illness, or disabilities? Are you looking for a way to cope with anxiety or depression?  Do you have nightmares or trouble sleeping?  Maybe you have experienced the loss of someone close to you, or a job, or a beloved pet.  Or you are just plain stressed out.  All the time. Talk can help, but so can non-verbal expressive therapies, in a non-threatening, non-judgmental environment.
(650) 445-0582
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Menlo Park, CA 94025
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Tara Pratt
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Welcome! During this strange and uncertain time I'm offering support via phone and video sessions. As a counselor, I strive to create a healthy, therapeutic relationship with my clients in a safe, nonjudgmental atmosphere with the goal of exploring and fostering self-compassion and acceptance . I offer goal-oriented and/or long-term relational therapy based on individual desires and needs. My approach is transparent and practical, while also being collaborative and warm. I believe in following a clients' lead, offering guidance and insight, and figuring out the best course of action together.
(415) 704-7263
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Menlo Park, CA 94027
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Lauren Cardillo-Geller
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PhD
Verified
Verified
I am active and responsive throughout our sessions but always strive to uphold a space of calm and acceptance .
Do you feel empty inside, unfulfilled in your relationships and long for a greater sense of meaning and purpose? Many of us lose touch with ourselves as we take on different life roles, try to conform to what we believe we "should" be or are faced with major stressors. It is this inner disconnection that can lead to symptoms like anxiety and depression. I specialize in helping adults, college students and adolescents struggling with issues around sense of self and identity. I also support parents and teens stay connected during the trials of adolescence, and help parents better understand and care for their special needs child.
(650) 334-1265
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Menlo Park, CA 94025
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Caitlin Wicks
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
I individualize treatment, weaving Relational, Jungian, and Expressive Arts Therapy with CBT, DBT and ACT based on your needs.
I am here to tell you, you are not broken, even if your mind may tell you so. When we are anxious or in despair, we can’t think straight or engage our usual survival strategies. It can impact our health, body, emotions, relationships, perception of self and reality. We can't make sense of the distorted thoughts alone. We need a therapist to help guide us. I often help young women who are feeling shy, anxious, obsessive, depressed, struggling with perfectionism or life transitions. I enjoy helping girls and women achieve developmentally appropriate social-emotional, verbal and non-verbal communication skills.
(415) 649-5373
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Menlo Park, CA 94025
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Melissa Antoun
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, AMFT
Verified
Verified
Are you having a hard time managing everyday life? Are your daily worries getting in the way of your well-being? Are you experiencing transitions that are impacting your love, family and/or work life? Or are you having trouble discovering the life path that feels right for you? If so, I’m here to help. Together, we can develop strategies to help you move beyond turmoil into a life of calm, clarity, and connection.
(650) 249-0664
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Menlo Park, CA 94025
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Daniele Levy
Psychologist, PhD, MBA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
If you are struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, trauma or work/family issues, and are ready for change, I believe I can help. I am a Stanford-trained Clinical Psychologist and MBA with extensive background in organizational leadership who specializes in working with adults motivated to improve their mood, functioning, and life satisfaction. I partner with each client to set individualized goals for a shared journey of recovery and growth in a supportive environment. I use evidence-based cognitive and behavioral therapies (CBT) to quickly reduce symptoms while yielding long-term gains in quality of life.
(650) 239-3103
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Menlo Park, CA 94025
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Elizabeth McGinnis
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC
Verified
5 Endorsed
Verified
5 Endorsed
You're too old to not have relationships figured out. But lately, you've started to wonder if it's just normal to feel invisible, if it's even possible for you to have a relationship that makes you want to smile. When you show up as yourself the way the latest article tells you to, all you hear is that you're too much and nothing changes. Now you just find yourself shutting down, keeping as out of the way as possible. You’re tired of feeling scared that your partner will leave. Or even worse, that she'll stay and you’ll be stuck feeling this way forever. Breathing deeply and stretching into your skin feels impossible.
(408) 351-1321
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Menlo Park, CA 94025
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Dr. Meghan Goulet
Psychologist, PsyD, MS
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
Stressed? Overwhelmed? Exhausted? Sad? This is your mind's way of letting you know that something is not working. So often we find ourselves pushing through difficulties without taking time to understand or heal from them. Through therapy, I help folks slow down and process where they are at and what they have been through. Together we identify negative thought patterns and behaviors that are keeping you stuck. We process current and past experiences and move through avoidance. This allows you to gain new insights, function at higher levels and release stressors rather than ignoring them.
(650) 456-1960
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Menlo Park, CA 94025
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Abby Haile
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
"The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it." ~C.C. Scott. We all go through challenges in life, and at times they can seem bigger than our ability to manage. In therapy, we can work together to cultivate the life you want through reducing the grip of depression, anxiety, and stress; healing from grief, loss, past abuse or trauma; regulating your nervous system; developing effective coping skills; improving relationships and communication; and building on your personal strengths. I want to help you to engage with life more fully and to support you in pursuing what you value most
(650) 646-5541
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Menlo Park, CA 94025
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Cristin Runfola
Psychologist, PhD, LP
Verified
Verified
Passionate about helping others, I find it an honor to get to know and influence each client who comes into my life. In addition to my private practice, I hold a Clinical Associate Professorship at Stanford University where I’m able to wear research, teaching, and supervisory hats. My approach to therapy is personalized integrating information about your unique circumstances with my training to deliver evidence-based practice. I provide trauma-informed individual and couple-based therapy for various issues including eating disorders, anxiety and mood disorders, obsessive and compulsive disorder, transitions, & relationship concerns.
(408) 609-3672
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Menlo Park, CA 94025
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Bruce S Linenberg
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I'm a Psychologist with an Integrative perspective, comfortable working with a variety of types of people and problems from a variety of perspectives. It is as important to be able to work towards change in the present, as it is to revisit and understand how one's developmental history may be influencing present issues or repeating patterns. I have found truths in many theoretical approaches, and as much from studies outside of Psychology as within it.
(650) 681-4340
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Menlo Park, CA 94025
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Tyler Webster
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
5 Endorsed
Verified
5 Endorsed
Are you feeling stuck in the same type of relationships, arguments, or habits? When you feel stuck, it can be helpful to talk with someone to consider a fresh perspective. Previous ways of facing obstacles in your life may not be working and you might want to learn new ways to cope, or you may need extra support while going through a challenging experience. Typically, I help clients with stress, depression, worries/anxiety, life transitions, professional/sport/academic performance, and substance abuse. I enjoy working with people who are interested in self-growth and are curious about themselves and others.
(650) 603-5046
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Menlo Park, CA 94025
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Lirio Ohlson
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LPCC
Verified
Verified
I look forward to helping you feel better. I provide counseling support to individuals, couples, families & teens. I work collaboratively with you, using evidenced based methods to create lasting change. I will help you shift negative thought & emotion patterns to give you relief from persistent anxiety and depression. We can process, resolve and move on from trauma, relationships & painful family experiences in our work together. Let's secure a stable recovery from substance use by defending against relapse. In our sessions, you can make decisions from authentic values and build esteem/confidence personally & professionally.
(650) 665-5970
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Menlo Park, CA 94025
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Barbara Salinger-Brown
Marriage & Family Therapist, BA, MS, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Barbara Salinger-Brown is a licensed psychotherapist with a private practice in Menlo Park. With over 17 years of experience working with adults and teens who are seeking help for struggles with anxiety, depression, enhancing performance, eating disorders, and relief from trauma. I work with performing artists, athletes, and coaches, giving them tools to help increase their confidence and learn how to achieve peak performance. As a competitive swimmer for most of my life, I discovered a passion for helping athletes develop a more balanced and healthy way of viewing and participating in their sport.
(650) 539-6912
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Menlo Park, CA 94025
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Cassandra Perret
Psychologist, PsyD, PMH-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I am a licensed psychologist (PSY29383) providing teletherapy in the state of California. My areas of specialty include the treatment of anxiety, mood, and stress-related concerns, with particular expertise in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), trauma, the mental health of high-performance athletes, and reproductive/perinatal mental health. My therapeutic stance can be described as warm, nonjudgmental, collaborative, and genuine. My goals as a therapist are to know you, help make sense of what you’re going through, relieve distress, and help you live a more content and values-driven life.
(650) 800-6804
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Menlo Park, CA 94025
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Acceptance and Commitment (ACT) Therapists

Is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy evidence-based?

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is one of many approaches within the field of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT is an evidence-based treatment framework that has been shown to be effective in treating many mental health conditions including depression, anxiety disorders, PTSD, and OCD.

What is the difference between Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Despite being part of the CBT family of therapies, ACT differs from other approaches within this field in several important ways: First, it emphasizes acceptance over change; second, it focuses on present moment experiences rather than past experiences or future events; third it focuses on what clients can do rather than what they cannot do; and fourth it emphasizes values rather than symptoms as targets for change.

What credentials will a certified Acceptance and Commitment therapist have?

A certified Acceptance and Commitment therapist in Menlo Park will have completed specialized training in this approach at a university accredited by The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT).

How long does ACT typically take?

ACT is a relatively short-term therapy that focuses on helping you accept the things you can't change and commit to the things you can. It typically takes about eight weeks of weekly sessions with a therapist to complete the entire process. You may need to see your therapist weekly or biweekly, depending on the circumstances surrounding your situation.