Palo Alto, California Therapists

Find a therapist in Palo Alto, California that meets your needs. Browse our comprehensive list of affordable and licensed therapists in Palo Alto to find a professional specializing in counseling people with stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief and more.

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Palo Alto, California

I have worked as a therapist for over 20 years. My work is primarily with couples, however, I also do a great deal of work with individuals and families. I know that for most people, making the decision to see a therapist isn’t an easy one. I hope...
Iris Cohen
MFT, EFT
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Los Altos, California

Coming from another country, I am very aware of sensitive issues related to cultural differences. Therefore, I incorporate an open-minded approach when working with couples, parents and children's relationship issues, low self-esteem, anxiety, and...
Dr. Angela Krumm
PhD, Psychologist
Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

Are you interested in setting specific goals and learning tools to improve your life? I am trained in a model of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) developed by David Burns, M.D. My counseling style is compassionate, but also directive and active. I...
Stan Graubart
LMFT, MA
Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

My name is Stan Graubart, and I’ve been providing individual, couples, and family counseling and therapy services for adolescents and adults for well over three decades. My role as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist is to work...
Marcella Cox
LMFT, MS
Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

Marcella Cox is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in treating eating disorders in the San Francisco Bay Area and is the Founder and Clinical Director of Kindful Body. Kindful Body provides in-person and online counseling in...
Susan Cohn
LMFC, LCSW
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Cupertino, California

The foundation of my approach is strategic therapy, which honors the uniqueness of each individual and their particular concerns. This approach emphasizes the resolution of problems in  a manner that is both individualized and practical I have been...
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San Mateo, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

Overwhelmed with the fear of not being good enough? Worrying about how to build and maintain relationships? Feeling stuck, even though you're trying so hard to move forward? Difficulties in life are painful and frustrating. However, these...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

My name is Meenal Chaudhari. I have completed a MA in Counseling Psychology from Holistic Studies department, JFKU. This was my second masters. Prior to that I did a MA in Clinical Psychology from India and worked as a psychotherapist in India for...
Deborah Simmons
LMFT, PhD
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Burlingame, California

Primrose Healing and Wellness is a center that takes a very holistic approach to healing. It is a center staffed with trained and experienced professionals who share a common belief that every individual is unique and treatment for every person...
Ranjan Patel
LMFT, Psy.D., CPC
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Burlingame, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

I’m in love with people. My #1 passion is people. Psychotherapy is a sacred process where you trust the therapist and make a pact to enter a private world of pain. You're visiting this site and seeking help: I admire that you're acknowledging your...
Tomilu Stuart
LMFT, MA
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San Jose, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

My experience in education and training is in Nursing and Psychology. I started working as a psychotherapist in 2007 as an intern. I attended JFKU and graduated in 2009. Before graduation, while still an intern I took training from the EMDR...
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San Jose, California

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California

I have had a private practice located in the South Bay Area since 1997, where I see individuals, couples and families. Over the years I worked with hundreds of kids and families in various communities of the San Jose area. My work began with highly...
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San Jose, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

Leslie Gunterson is a sought after financial expert and strategist who after her second divorce completely remade her life after changing her internal beliefs about her worth, health, relationships, career, and her beliefs about money. Leslie's...
Katie Flach
LMFT, MS
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San Jose, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

Finding the right therapist for you can feel daunting! You might wonder if it's possible for someone to really get you and if opening up is worth the risk. I connect well with those who feel set apart from those around them or have difficulty...
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San Jose, California

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California

Growing up with the challenges of being academically gifted, I sought out 'more' from life, pursuing my counseling degree with a Holistic Studies emphasis. I take an approach of Compassionate Curiosity in counseling, a willingness to explore...
Randi Fredricks
LMFT, Ph.D.
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San Jose, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

I love what I do and believe it’s a privilege to be able to be of service to others. In my practice, I work individuals, couples, and families to improve all areas of their lives. I have gathered a lot of tools that I’ve found help my clients...
Ben Schultz
LMFT, MA
Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

I believe everyone is the expert on their own life. Considering no one has actually lived one second as you, the simple truth that you know more about you than anyone possibly could is something I value. This means I don't pretend I am your expert -...
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Hayward, California

As I reflect on my professional experience for the past twenty two years working in the clinical field, several insights emerge for me. After many clinical hours with clients, I have acquired a plethora of experience with varied populations. For...
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California, Nevada

My name is Laure Saint Georges Chaumet and I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California and Nevada. Since graduating from my Master's Program in 2013, I spent the last 7 years practicing in California and Nevada working closely with...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

California

I am a licensed psychotherapist and certified hypnotherapist with 20+ years of experience in the mental health field. I work with women who experience anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, grief and loss, relationship challenges, and a host of...
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Pleasanton, California

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California

I am a licensed psychotherapist that works with clients on various life situations and struggles. I work with individuals, couples and families. I have an eclectic practice because every client is unique and needs their treatment plan tailored to...
Leslie Baker
LMFT, MA
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Pleasanton, California

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California

Licensed since 1991, Leslie as a family counselor has over twenty years of experience in the field of psychotherapy. She graduated Magna cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development/Family Studies from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo....
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Pleasanton, California

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California

Megan received her a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from Sacramento State University, Ca. and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She brings ten years of experience working with individuals and families of...
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Pleasanton, California

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California

Kelly received a Masters of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has worked with diverse populations throughout the bay area including children, adolescents,...

An Overview of Mental Health in Palo Alto, California

Across the United States, mental illness is creating a health crisis in all types of communities. While many demographics, such as minorities and the poor, are often disproportionately affected, mental illness can affect anyone regardless of age, race, class or gender. One example of its non-discriminatory nature is the city of Palo Alto, California.

Palo Alto at a Glance

Located in Santa Clara County, Palo Alto is an affluent community with a population of approximately 67,000 residents. Palo Alto is in the middle of Silicon Valley, a capital in the tech industry. It is home to some of the largest tech and social media companies in the world. Palo Alto itself is headquarters to a variety of large companies such as Tesla and HP. The median income for residents was over $147,000 in 2017. In contrast, the median income for the state of California was just under $72,000.

Palo Alto residents have a huge rate of higher education. This isn’t surprising considering the number of high-tech employers. Almost 30 percent of adults over the age of 25 possess a bachelor’s degree, while over 50 percent have earned a graduate degree.

Mental Health in Palo Alto

As previously mentioned, there is often concern regarding disadvantaged demographics not receiving the treatment they need for mental health. This is definitely the case in many areas of the country and is an issue that needs attention. For example, the issue of homelessness is often intertwined with the problems of mental health and substance abuse. However, mental illness is not solely a problem among the poverty-stricken. In fact, the opposite is often also true.

Youth Suicide Rate

Santa Clara County was the recent subject of an emergency epidemic investigation by the CDC regarding multiple strings of youth suicides. A “suicide cluster” refers to a group of suicides occurring within a short amount of time in a small geographical area. These generally occur a few times annually throughout the US. However, Palo Alto experienced two “clusters” within a decade – a serious cause for concern.

The CDC “Epi-Aid” report stated that between 2003 and 2015, the suicide rate for individuals aged 10 to 24 years old in Palo Alto was 14.1 per 100,000. While the larger city of San Jose (also located in Santa Clara County) had a higher count of suicides in the same age group, its rate per 100,000 was only 4.6.

Why would an affluent and successful community like Palo Alto be facing a suicide epidemic? Aside from its high income and education rates, the city also has very low unemployment and poverty rates, at 2.5 percent and 6 percent, respectively. It may be easy to think that such a community and its residents must “have it all.” In reality, there are many factors that could contribute to a mental health crisis there. Students may be facing a high level of pressure to perform well in school in order to live up to the area’s educational standard. Becoming an academic over-achiever is likely expected to be able to compete in a job market that is dominated by some of the most successful employers on earth. Stressors like these can contribute to mental illness just as easily as can financial insecurity or poor job markets.

Minorities

Another factor that often comes into play with mental health is race, and it appears that Palo Alto is no exception. Almost 55 percent of the city’s population is white, 32 percent is Asian, 7 percent is Hispanic and 1 percent is black. While each group certainly faces its own issues, the large Asian population is of particular interest in this case, because 40 percent of the “suicide cluster” victims were of Asian descent. With many parents in the area being immigrants, language and cultural barriers may complicate the acknowledgment of mental health problems.

Resources in Palo Alto

No matter your background, it is not uncommon to be affected by mental illness. Fear and stigma can make it difficult to reach out for help, but know that you are not alone. There are many others facing similar issues, and there are resources available to help you cope. The City of Palo Alto website has a list of resources for residents. Another resource you can utilize is E-Counseling. E-Counseling is an online directory designed to help you locate a mental health professional in your area who meets your personal needs. You can take the first step toward a happier, healthier you today.