Therapists in Palo Alto, CA

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Photo of Elinor (Ellie) Caustin, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Palo Alto, CA
Elinor (Ellie) Caustin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Welcome to my practice. I have many years of experience helping individuals and couples successfully deal with anxiety, depression, childhood trauma, stress, low self-esteem, relationship problems, and parenting challenges. I enjoy helping people grow in their personal and professional lives.
Welcome to my practice. I have many years of experience helping individuals and couples successfully deal with anxiety, depression, childhood trauma, stress, low self-esteem, relationship problems, and parenting challenges. I enjoy helping people grow in their personal and professional lives.
(650) 374-0045 View (650) 374-0045
Photo of Katey Nicolai, Psychologist in Palo Alto, CA
Katey Nicolai
Psychologist
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Palo Alto, CA 94306  (Online Only)
I work with clients between the ages of 13-24, struggling with everything from mild anxiety and depression to disordered eating and self-harm. Some of my clients face pervasive mood and relationship struggles based in trauma and family conflict. My work relies on evidence-based treatments rooted in cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic therapies including DBT, interpersonal therapy, and family systems. I work well in building a safe and trusting space in therapy, especially for clients who have complex histories.
I work with clients between the ages of 13-24, struggling with everything from mild anxiety and depression to disordered eating and self-harm. Some of my clients face pervasive mood and relationship struggles based in trauma and family conflict. My work relies on evidence-based treatments rooted in cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic therapies including DBT, interpersonal therapy, and family systems. I work well in building a safe and trusting space in therapy, especially for clients who have complex histories.
(650) 517-6403 View (650) 517-6403
Photo of Rosemary Selby, Psychologist in Palo Alto, CA
Rosemary Selby
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Are you looking for relief from anxiety, depression, or relationship problems? Want to move to a whole new plane of interpersonal and emotional functioning? I work interactively with clients blending cognitive therapy and attention to the client's past. Helping a client understand and change what is blocking his/her greater enjoyment of life is my specialty.
Are you looking for relief from anxiety, depression, or relationship problems? Want to move to a whole new plane of interpersonal and emotional functioning? I work interactively with clients blending cognitive therapy and attention to the client's past. Helping a client understand and change what is blocking his/her greater enjoyment of life is my specialty.
(650) 209-7492 View (650) 209-7492
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Jamie Kent
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Palo Alto, CA 94306
I specialize in treating the unique mental health needs of women. I am passionate about the interplay between hormonal, psychological and environmental influences on women's health and overall sense of well-being.
I specialize in treating the unique mental health needs of women. I am passionate about the interplay between hormonal, psychological and environmental influences on women's health and overall sense of well-being.
(650) 437-8349 View (650) 437-8349
Photo of Mary E Sylvester, Marriage & Family Therapist in Palo Alto, CA
Mary E Sylvester
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Life usually does not proceed in a straight line for most of us. At one time or another, we can all experience anxiety, depression, grief, feeling stuck, a sense that your life is lacking in purpose and direction?
Life usually does not proceed in a straight line for most of us. At one time or another, we can all experience anxiety, depression, grief, feeling stuck, a sense that your life is lacking in purpose and direction?
(650) 594-6635 View (650) 594-6635
Photo of Genevieve Kemp, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Palo Alto, CA
Genevieve Kemp
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Palo Alto, CA 94306  (Online Only)
My goal as a therapist is to support the people I work with in gaining greater insight into unhelpful patterns, develop and strengthen their coping skills, resolve trauma, and strengthen positive beliefs around their life purpose.
My goal as a therapist is to support the people I work with in gaining greater insight into unhelpful patterns, develop and strengthen their coping skills, resolve trauma, and strengthen positive beliefs around their life purpose.
(424) 352-7352 View (424) 352-7352
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Richard D Abbey
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Palo Alto, CA 94306
What do I do if my child can focus on interesting things but takes 3 hours to do 30 minutes of homework? What if my child doesn't seem to be doing as well as I thought they would in school, can something be done? How do I stop feeling so down and blue, or anxious? What if I had a concussion and I am not getting better, but the doctor told me to just rest and do nothing, are there ways for me to improve my condition? Do I have the early signs of dementia? what can be done if I do? My child went to college and failed, is there hope for them to get better? I provide solutions to these questions and more!
What do I do if my child can focus on interesting things but takes 3 hours to do 30 minutes of homework? What if my child doesn't seem to be doing as well as I thought they would in school, can something be done? How do I stop feeling so down and blue, or anxious? What if I had a concussion and I am not getting better, but the doctor told me to just rest and do nothing, are there ways for me to improve my condition? Do I have the early signs of dementia? what can be done if I do? My child went to college and failed, is there hope for them to get better? I provide solutions to these questions and more!
(650) 353-9221 View (650) 353-9221
Photo of Jime Salcedo, Psychologist in Palo Alto, CA
Jime Salcedo
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Palo Alto, CA 94303  (Online Only)
Welcome! My name is Dr. Jime (pronounced Jimmy) Salcedo. I grew up in a working-class immigrant community in Southern California the son of undocumented parents from Mexico. I am the first in my family to go to college. These experiences have shaped my values in life and my practice as a therapist. I hope to be a mentor and advocate for college students to pay forward the many blessings and support I have received in my life that have helped me achieve my own goals.
Welcome! My name is Dr. Jime (pronounced Jimmy) Salcedo. I grew up in a working-class immigrant community in Southern California the son of undocumented parents from Mexico. I am the first in my family to go to college. These experiences have shaped my values in life and my practice as a therapist. I hope to be a mentor and advocate for college students to pay forward the many blessings and support I have received in my life that have helped me achieve my own goals.
(650) 675-2402 x1 View (650) 675-2402 x1
Photo of Richard De La Garza, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Palo Alto, CA
Richard De La Garza
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Richard De La Garza is a licensed clinical social worker. His educational background includes a Bachelor's degree from San Jose State University and a Master's degree in Public Administration from Columbia University, and he is currently in pursuit of a Doctorate in Philosophy of Leadership from the University of San Diego. His research intersects multicultural facets of first-generation, non-traditional, veteran, and disabled persons, and is committed to social justice and culturally competent care.
Richard De La Garza is a licensed clinical social worker. His educational background includes a Bachelor's degree from San Jose State University and a Master's degree in Public Administration from Columbia University, and he is currently in pursuit of a Doctorate in Philosophy of Leadership from the University of San Diego. His research intersects multicultural facets of first-generation, non-traditional, veteran, and disabled persons, and is committed to social justice and culturally competent care.
(562) 268-5947 View (562) 268-5947
Photo of Christine Moberg, Psychologist in Palo Alto, CA
Christine Moberg
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Palo Alto, CA 94306  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Individuals often come to therapy because they are having difficulties in relationships, coping with work-related stress, or managing intense emotions related to past experiences. They may be dealing with anxiety, depression, stress, or substance use which they feel has become unmanageable. My aim as a therapist is to help you reconnect with your own strengths and empower you to overcome your challenges, to see things in a new way, or perhaps, to identify your goals and values. I view therapy as a very collaborative process in which we will work together to help you build the life you want to live.
Individuals often come to therapy because they are having difficulties in relationships, coping with work-related stress, or managing intense emotions related to past experiences. They may be dealing with anxiety, depression, stress, or substance use which they feel has become unmanageable. My aim as a therapist is to help you reconnect with your own strengths and empower you to overcome your challenges, to see things in a new way, or perhaps, to identify your goals and values. I view therapy as a very collaborative process in which we will work together to help you build the life you want to live.
(650) 398-0382 View (650) 398-0382
Photo of Alexandra Smith, Marriage & Family Therapist in Palo Alto, CA
Alexandra Smith
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Palo Alto, CA 94306  (Online Only)
I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in the state of Illinois who works with neurodiverse teens, college students, young adults, adults, & couples. I specialize in working with clients who identify both as autistic & as a highly sensitive person (HSP). I have experience helping clients with premarital & marital problems (e.g., communication & trust issues, helping partners connect deeper with one another), blended family issues, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, grief & loss, various life transitions, & trauma.
I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in the state of Illinois who works with neurodiverse teens, college students, young adults, adults, & couples. I specialize in working with clients who identify both as autistic & as a highly sensitive person (HSP). I have experience helping clients with premarital & marital problems (e.g., communication & trust issues, helping partners connect deeper with one another), blended family issues, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, grief & loss, various life transitions, & trauma.
(949) 674-4122 View (949) 674-4122
Photo of Luisa Montaini-Klovdahl, Psychologist in Palo Alto, CA
Luisa Montaini-Klovdahl
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Collaborative, effective, respectful and warmth best describes Dr. Luisa's approach. Striving to support wellness, strength and calm for each client, Dr. Luisa draws on her experience, research and best practices to assist clients and families with their personal growth. The unique needs and learning style of clients guide the interventions that are mutually selected between therapist and client. Whether the need is coaching, specialty treatment and interventions or support navigating a healthy path through stressful times, Dr. Luisa will collaboratively work with clients and families to identify the treatment choices toward health.
Collaborative, effective, respectful and warmth best describes Dr. Luisa's approach. Striving to support wellness, strength and calm for each client, Dr. Luisa draws on her experience, research and best practices to assist clients and families with their personal growth. The unique needs and learning style of clients guide the interventions that are mutually selected between therapist and client. Whether the need is coaching, specialty treatment and interventions or support navigating a healthy path through stressful times, Dr. Luisa will collaboratively work with clients and families to identify the treatment choices toward health.
(650) 666-0928 View (650) 666-0928
Photo of Becoming Mothers Counseling with Marnie Levenson, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Palo Alto, CA
Becoming Mothers Counseling with Marnie Levenson
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC, PMH-C
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Becoming a mother, whether for the first time or again, can be a difficult change that can often lead to unwanted anxious thoughts, depression, and self-doubt. You may worry about getting it “right” or feel overwhelmed. Before you were a mother, you had another identity and may be trying to get back to yourself. Some moms struggle to bond with baby, but you can learn to nurture a trusting attachment. Becoming pregnant and giving birth can be a powerful experience and you may want to feel more prepared or process a traumatic birth. You deserve support and skills to ease the unique challenges and vulnerable moments in this journey.
Becoming a mother, whether for the first time or again, can be a difficult change that can often lead to unwanted anxious thoughts, depression, and self-doubt. You may worry about getting it “right” or feel overwhelmed. Before you were a mother, you had another identity and may be trying to get back to yourself. Some moms struggle to bond with baby, but you can learn to nurture a trusting attachment. Becoming pregnant and giving birth can be a powerful experience and you may want to feel more prepared or process a traumatic birth. You deserve support and skills to ease the unique challenges and vulnerable moments in this journey.
(650) 275-5513 View (650) 275-5513
Photo of Wellmind, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Palo Alto, CA
Wellmind
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LMFT, PsyD, PMHNP-B, MD
Verified Verified
Palo Alto, CA 94303  (Online Only)
Wellmind helps people like you achieve better health, find happiness and discover their purpose in life. How? Providers on the Wellmind platform work with you holistically—body, mind, and spirit—to achieve whole-person wellness. These therapists, psychiatrists and mindfulness teachers support you in identifying and releasing unhealthy patterns and building pathways towards healing, meaning and, ultimately, joy.
Wellmind helps people like you achieve better health, find happiness and discover their purpose in life. How? Providers on the Wellmind platform work with you holistically—body, mind, and spirit—to achieve whole-person wellness. These therapists, psychiatrists and mindfulness teachers support you in identifying and releasing unhealthy patterns and building pathways towards healing, meaning and, ultimately, joy.
(650) 563-5898 x1 View (650) 563-5898 x1
Photo of Ceccily Bednash, Marriage & Family Therapist in Palo Alto, CA
Ceccily Bednash
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, ATR
Verified Verified
Palo Alto, CA 94306  (Online Only)
Ceccily Bednash MA LMFT ATR is the Founder of the Creative Wellness Institute which provides talk therapy, art therapy, coaching services, art programming, training and workshops. The Creative Wellness Institute was founded on the principle that human beings are innately creative. Therefore, we need a creative approach to understanding our inner world in order to live our best life possible. By using our capacity for creative expression as a means for understanding ourselves and the world around us we can evolve into the highest versions of ourselves and live a happy and fulfilling life.
Ceccily Bednash MA LMFT ATR is the Founder of the Creative Wellness Institute which provides talk therapy, art therapy, coaching services, art programming, training and workshops. The Creative Wellness Institute was founded on the principle that human beings are innately creative. Therefore, we need a creative approach to understanding our inner world in order to live our best life possible. By using our capacity for creative expression as a means for understanding ourselves and the world around us we can evolve into the highest versions of ourselves and live a happy and fulfilling life.
(602) 833-2668 View (602) 833-2668
Photo of Michal Ruth Sadoff, Marriage & Family Therapist in Palo Alto, CA
Michal Ruth Sadoff
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Not accepting new clients
Are you looking for help to sort out sad, hopeless, angry or confused feelings? Perhaps you have struggled for a long time, or perhaps a crisis in your life has overwhelmed your usual ability to cope. Each person needs something different from therapy, such as support in rocky times, new ideas about unsatisfactory relationships, exploration and clarification of difficult life situations, or encouragement to reach for joy and purpose in life. My approach to our work together will be custom-fit to your hopes, your concerns, your goals, your life.
Are you looking for help to sort out sad, hopeless, angry or confused feelings? Perhaps you have struggled for a long time, or perhaps a crisis in your life has overwhelmed your usual ability to cope. Each person needs something different from therapy, such as support in rocky times, new ideas about unsatisfactory relationships, exploration and clarification of difficult life situations, or encouragement to reach for joy and purpose in life. My approach to our work together will be custom-fit to your hopes, your concerns, your goals, your life.
(650) 353-2976 View (650) 353-2976
Photo of Brittney Green, Marriage & Family Therapist in Palo Alto, CA
Brittney Green
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, EMDR, IFS
Verified Verified
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Life can feel impossible to avoid struggling and we often don't feel we have the skills to cope successfully through. Unfortunately, sometimes we don't have all the resources we need for a given situation. Parts of us take on desperate roles trying to help us to survive. This might look like anxiety, depression, PTSD, addiction, and relationship/family issues. I aim to help you process unresolved issues and feelings and find solutions.
Life can feel impossible to avoid struggling and we often don't feel we have the skills to cope successfully through. Unfortunately, sometimes we don't have all the resources we need for a given situation. Parts of us take on desperate roles trying to help us to survive. This might look like anxiety, depression, PTSD, addiction, and relationship/family issues. I aim to help you process unresolved issues and feelings and find solutions.
(650) 563-7293 View (650) 563-7293
Photo of George Calin, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Palo Alto, CA
George Calin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Palo Alto, CA 94303  (Online Only)
Our goals in therapy are always to reduce suffering and increase happiness. Achieving this requires two essential components. First, we need awareness of how our minds work and how to help them heal. I bring that. And second, we need a willingness to look clearly at oneself and to allow new ways of thinking and acting to develop. That is the client's responsibility. Together, our job is to create a space that is open, trusting and full of genuine acceptance of whatever arises. From there it is almost certain that your life will change in welcome ways.
Our goals in therapy are always to reduce suffering and increase happiness. Achieving this requires two essential components. First, we need awareness of how our minds work and how to help them heal. I bring that. And second, we need a willingness to look clearly at oneself and to allow new ways of thinking and acting to develop. That is the client's responsibility. Together, our job is to create a space that is open, trusting and full of genuine acceptance of whatever arises. From there it is almost certain that your life will change in welcome ways.
(424) 408-1324 x1 View (424) 408-1324 x1
Photo of Alina Kurland, Psychologist in Palo Alto, CA
Alina Kurland
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Palo Alto, CA 94306  (Online Only)
Whether you know exactly what you’d like to change, and are struggling to do so, or whether you aren’t sure where to start but know you need support - I’m glad you’re here and I’m ready to meet you where you’re at. My goal is to team up with you to help you make meaningful and lasting change, according to your own vision for your life. My approach to therapy includes humor, authenticity, and a sense of common humanity - I believe we are all trying our best with the struggles of life, and we can also grow and improve our skills to manage them.
Whether you know exactly what you’d like to change, and are struggling to do so, or whether you aren’t sure where to start but know you need support - I’m glad you’re here and I’m ready to meet you where you’re at. My goal is to team up with you to help you make meaningful and lasting change, according to your own vision for your life. My approach to therapy includes humor, authenticity, and a sense of common humanity - I believe we are all trying our best with the struggles of life, and we can also grow and improve our skills to manage them.
(650) 229-6660 View (650) 229-6660
Photo of Karen Gordon, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Palo Alto, CA
Karen Gordon
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Palo Alto, CA 94306  (Online Only)
I am a Certified EFT Couples Therapist. My passion is helping couples + individuals understand the cycle of conflict that’s keeping them stuck in disconnection, frustration, + unhappiness + teach new ways to interact with each other - ways that lead to connection, emotional safety, belonging, trust, + love. Whether you’re single or partnered, seeking love or struggling in a relationship, I can help. I'm not a sit-back-and-say-nothing therapist. I want to see you get the results you want, + I will help you do that in an active, loving + direct way, so you can have a different kind of conversation than you’ve been able to have before.
I am a Certified EFT Couples Therapist. My passion is helping couples + individuals understand the cycle of conflict that’s keeping them stuck in disconnection, frustration, + unhappiness + teach new ways to interact with each other - ways that lead to connection, emotional safety, belonging, trust, + love. Whether you’re single or partnered, seeking love or struggling in a relationship, I can help. I'm not a sit-back-and-say-nothing therapist. I want to see you get the results you want, + I will help you do that in an active, loving + direct way, so you can have a different kind of conversation than you’ve been able to have before.
(707) 207-8821 View (707) 207-8821

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Palo Alto, CA

900+

Average cost per session

$200

Therapists in Palo Alto, CA who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
88% Depression
82% Relationship Issues
75% Self Esteem
68% Trauma and PTSD
68% Stress
66% Life Transitions

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

57% Aetna
50% Cigna and Evernorth
45% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Palo Alto, CA see their clients

64% In Person and Online
36% Online Only

Gender breakdown

81% Female
18% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Palo Alto?

Search for nearby therapists or counselors by inputting your city, town, or suburb; or zip code; or a provider’s name into the search bar. From there, you can filter providers by the issues they treat, cost, insurance, gender, and other factors to find providers who are well-suited to your needs. To navigate between locations within the same country, enter a new city or zip code into the search bar.

Learn more about how to find a therapist

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed therapist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and counselors.

Many have been licensed by the country or state where they practice; providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some clinicians or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

What’s the difference between a psychologist, a therapist, and a counselor?

Therapists, psychologists, and counselors are all licensed mental health professionals. In the US, psychologists have earned a doctoral degree. The terms “therapist” and “counselor” are used somewhat interchangeably, but generally therapists offer longer-term, mental health care, while counselors offer shorter-term care that may focus on one domain, such as marriage, career, or academic challenges.

Clients should consider factors such as insurance coverage and their primary reason(s) for seeking therapy to determine the type of professional best suited to their needs. Someone struggling with mental health challenges such as depression or anxiety, for example, may wish to seek out a clinical psychologist or therapist, while someone navigating career obstacles or marital upheaval may benefit from seeing a counselor who can offer short-term, targeted support.

What type of therapy is right for me?

The type of therapy best suited to a particular individual depends on several factors, including their primary reason for seeking therapy, their preferred timeline (some therapy types last for a set number of sessions, while others are open-ended), and their personality and preferences—some may prefer a more structured approach. For many individuals, multiple types of therapy could provide a good fit.

How much does therapy cost?

The cost of therapy depends on a number of variables, including location and the therapist’s experience and training. On average, a therapy session in the United States could cost between $100 and $200 or more. If you have insurance, the expense of mental health care is typically lower, but it varies based on your insurance plan details and whether you choose an in-network or out-of-network mental healthcare provider.

What are more affordable or low cost therapy solutions?

Many therapists offer sliding scale payments, usually on a limited number of slots, which consists in an agreement between the therapist and a client to pay a reduced rate. Therapists who provide such arrangements often consider the client's income or ability to pay, but the extent of the discount is ultimately at the therapist's discretion. Furthermore, while group therapy may have different goals and benefits compared to individual therapy, it can be a more affordable solution to address certain types of issues.

Is online therapy cheaper than in-person therapy?

Many therapists charge the same amount for online therapy as they do for in-person therapy—though clients may still find this cost-effective if it cuts down on their transportation costs. Health insurance plans often offer equivalent coverage for online and in-person therapy; indeed, in many places, they are legally required to do so. Text-based or on-demand therapy apps may be cheaper than traditional one-on-one psychotherapy; however, the practice may be less effective and is not likely to be covered by insurance.

Is online therapy a good option?

Therapy conducted online can be just as effective as in-person therapy, as long as there is a strong alliance between the client and the therapist. To find a therapist who provides telehealth services to clients in your area, click “Online Therapy” on the directory homepage and search by your city or town or your zip code.

Are therapy sessions confidential?

Confidentiality is a crucial part of the therapeutic relationship. Therapists in the United States are bound by the regulations set out by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), which aims to protect sensitive health information. With very few exceptions, a therapist will only discuss their client with others when the client has given their written permission. The instances in which a therapist would be required to disclose personal information are: if a client poses a danger to themselves or others, if the therapist suspects the abuse of a child or an elderly or otherwise dependent adult, or if they are legally forced to by court order. These exceptions to the confidentiality agreement are usually discussed with a client before their first session.