The search for a therapist can be a daunting task filled with anxiety and skepticism. I believe the therapeutic relationship starts with comfort and trust, and it is important to feel a genuine connection with your therapist. It is important to feel valued and respected by your therapist as you may disclose the most vulnerable aspects of your life. With the right connection, you can feel supported to explore parts of you otherwise locked away.
I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT #78886) and have been practicing in the Bay Area since 2006. After completing my undergrad at Stanford University, I obtained my Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University. In the years following, I have worked with individuals, families and groups, across the lifespan. I have extensive experience treating depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship and family issues, parenting challenges, life transitions and personal growth/exploratory work. I am competent and enjoy working with the LGBTQ+ community as well, including transgender issues.
Self-discovery is a unique journey that we all take. Our experiences, intersectional identities and environments are constantly shaping who we are. This can be an exciting and challenging time in which we tend to engage in a reflective process as various questions arise. “Will I fit in here?” “Who is there to turn to for guidance?” “What does this experience mean for me?” Individual, couple and family therapy can be an integral part of working through challenges, all of which I fully embrace on the therapeutic journey.
I enjoy working with children, teens, individual adults, and couples! Are you stressed out because your child or teen is dealing with anxiety, depression, academic, or behavioral problems? Are you yourself feeling anxious, depressed? Perhaps you are experiencing numbness and a sense of disconnect from a recent illness, trauma, or life transition such as divorce? Are you struggling in your marriage to feel that emotional and physical connection you once felt? I believe you are unique and special, and I look forward to working together to create growth and change in your life!
As a psychotherapist with over 10 years of counseling experience in the Bay Area I have come to appreciate the importance of humor and honesty in developing a therapeutic relationship that encourages positive life changes. I work hard to develop a comfortable and safe space for my clients to identify and address barriers to progress in their personal and professional lives. When we are honest with ourselves, I think we so often find that our most ardent critic and obstacle to living a fulfilling and happy life is ourselves.
My clients typically fall into three categories: 1) individuals with existential angst, questioning their trajectory in relationships, careers, and/or life; 2) individuals suffering from a myriad of compulsive behaviors/addictions; and 3) couples experiencing communication difficulties, misaligned values, discordant desires, or desiring archetypal reconstructions. My work emphasizes identifying & isolating troubling emotions that lead to negative thinking and behaving, and learning to think & act according to reason. I am offering in-person sessions and teletherapy.
Do you struggle with intimacy, sexual desire or trauma ? Let me help you reconnect with your core desire in a simple way. Sexuality can be a wonderful topic to explore. I will create a safe environment where you are the leader of your own journey, and where you are invited to renegotiate sexual challenges, stress and trauma at your own pace. I have a holistic approach: exploring body, heart, mind & spirituality. Together, we can find the most effective way to regain your full potential in intimacy and relationships. I am a Certified sex therapist, this means I studied an extra 3 years to better support you.
With over 20 years of Mental Health experience the last 15 years having specialized in the treatment of children, adolescents and their families. My approach is primarily based on who is in the room and how I can be most helpful to my client. I utilize mindfulness, art therapy, sand play and cognitive behavioral therapies.
Are you tired of talking endlessly about the problems in your relationships and are ready to find solutions? Are you frustrated with all the general relationship advice out there and just really want a professional therapist to understand your unique situation and guide you through it? I’m Dr. Melissa Risso, and I can help. I am a Licensed MFT, an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist and an AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator with a passion for helping individuals and couples live better lives. My education, professional experience, and life experience have taught me how to listen to people without judgment.
Welcome. Are you needing support? Maybe you feel overwhelmed, stuck, or as if something needs to change. Maybe you are looking to know yourself deeper. I come from a place of radical compassion and attunement and believe everyone has innate wisdom, strengths, and coping skills that I hope to help illuminate in collaboration with each person.
My main focus is to provide a relaxed, safe environment that enables people to discuss their vulnerabilities regarding self and relationships. I work extensively with those who suffer from trauma, anxiety and depression often due to questions of self-worth, childhood traumas, major life transitions, and relational issues. Also, I have done research in the way of gender, sexuality, and shame in western culture.
I believe that people are resilient and resourceful, capable of overcoming difficulties. Sometimes we get entangled in personal and relational patterns that can overwhelm our resources. I help clients identify these problematic patterns and empower them to break free from patterns that do not serve them well. I focus on my client's interpersonal relationships and relationships with larger social systems. I have experience working with children, teens, families, and couples on several issues, including family and couple distress, trauma, and various presentations of anxiety and depression through a systemic and attachment-based lens.
I am a practical therapist helping clients deal with their relationships, addiction, depression, anxiety,job stress, loneliness, anger, grief. I work with women as they face their unique challenges including childbirth, miscarriage, menopause, and so much more. I have extended experience and compassion working with those who struggle with addiction or live with someone who does. I also focus my practice to help individuals, couples, and families cope with life challenges. I offer a warm and nonjudgmental atmosphere where you can share your dreams and hopes. Although there may be tears, I also believe in sharing laughter. Both are healing.
I am a licensed psychologist specializing in evaluations for children and adolescents with challenges in the following areas: Attention and focus, executive functioning skills, learning, anxiety, depression, and behavior. I also conduct cognitive evaluations (IQ testing) for private school applications.
"Sometimes a little insight makes all the difference." I'm an experienced counselor who overcomes the obstacles of every day living despite vision loss. My specialty is helping people navigate through life altering crises such as the trauma of chronic health issues, divorce, job loss, behavior concerns in children, adolescence and teens. In my practice, I see people who are experiencing depression, anxiety, anger, PTSD, and the emotional responses to vision loss and blindness. I've been counseling for 25 years and I'm in the examination process of licensure. This is my passion. I look forward to working with you.
I work with children and teens struggling with problems around school, mood and behavior while providing developmental guidance and effective parenting skills for parents. I work extensively with adults struggling with relationship and mood problems. Through providing a safe and relaxed environment, I guide them through a process of self-examination of their own patterns of thoughts, feelings, and relationship styles that kept them from getting what they want.
Do you feel stuck? Would you like to make changes in your life, but aren't sure how? My practice is devoted to helping you get unstuck, find answers, gain personal insight and increase satisfaction in your life. What I do is show you that within you there are infinite pathways to liberation from the places you feel stuck. I will help you find answers to the many questions and make important shifts in your life. I know how to help you navigate the challenges of life.
Hi I'm Dr. Stephanie J. Wong! I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, host of the award-winning, Color of Success Podcast (colorofsuccesspodcast.com), and an Asian American therapist who was recently quoted as a mental health expert in Forbes, Us News & World Report, and Shondaland. Specialties include mood, cultural, relationship, and career/leadership concerns, and working with veterans and ethnic minority clients.
Hello and welcome! I primarily work with adults struggling with trauma, depression, and anxiety. I often find our inner beliefs have a huge impact on our lives, our sense of self, and our relationships. As your therapist, my main focus is to provide you a safe space that is free-from judgment and offers you a process-oriented approach to identify unconscious feelings and beliefs. I offer a genuine and understanding therapeutic relationship for you to feel held and seen, as we reflect together.
My professional endeavors in the government and private sectors served a diverse population in the state of California including inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings. I developed expertise in treating anxiety, depression and addiction. In psychotherapy I develop a nurturing and supportive relationship. My psychotherapeutic approach is collaborative and action based. I received certifications in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in North Central, San Mateo are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in North Central, San Mateo then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
How to find a specialist?
You can refine your search using the filters on this page. There are several categories you can filter by to find mental health professionals with the experience you are looking for. You may want to filter for CBT Psychologists in North Central, San Mateo, or Child Psychologists in North Central, San Mateo.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like North Central, San Mateo psychologists specializing in EMDR.
What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in North Central, San Mateo specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
How to use my insurance?
Many therapists accept health insurance. Check to see if your insurance is covered. Feel free to discuss this when you contact the therapist.