Therapists in Palo Alto, CA and Nearby Locations

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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My name is Angela Grau and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. My practice is centered around the idea that the most important relationship we have is with ourselves. It is crucial that we explore this relationship with authenticity, curiosity...
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San Francisco, California

With adults and adolescents, I find my approach to focus on empathetic, nonjudgmental listening. Therapy, at its best, is a conversation where we can work together to better understand what you need, who you are, and what has happened in your life...
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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...
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Santa Cruz, California

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California

Shine a Light Counseling Center offers quality psychotherapy to adults, children, teens, couples and families. We accept payment on a sliding scale and through Medi-Cal insurance. Director, Tim Hartnett, LMFT, supervises our diverse staff. We can...
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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...
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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San Rafael, California

Born and raised in the Bay Area, I spent over a decade teaching middle and high school students in Oakland, Maui, and Marin County. Although I found this career rewarding, I eventually realized that my greatest asset was the ability to connect with...
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Santa Cruz, California

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California

Congratulations on looking for a therapist. We all seek support for different reasons. I became a therapist because of my own searches in the depths of my soul. I believe that this is a lot of healing available for each of us. We can incur suffering...
Kathleen Stutz
MA, LMFT
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Fairfield, California

I work with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues providing services that span from therapy for depression, anxiety, and grief counseling to parenting support, couples counseling and beyond. I provide services to individuals, families,...
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California

My name is Sebastian Earl and I am a licensed psychotherapist (license # MFT 40124). I work with individuals, couples and families. I aim to provide an opportunity for people to grow and heal, in a safe, supportive, non-judgmental and nurturing...
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California

Asya is a mindfulness-based therapist specializing in guiding individuals and families through the ups and downs of parenting, the challenges of relationships, and life transitions. Asya's approach to psychotherapy is based on kindness, compassion,...
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San Ramon, California

Mary Ruth Cross is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 25 years experience in the mental health field. She is an National Board Certified Counselor and a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor. Mary Ruth is the CEO/Owner of Treehouse...
Tomilu Stuart
LMFT, MA
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San Jose, California

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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...
Marcella Cox
LMFT, MS
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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...
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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...
Katie Flach
LMFT, MS
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San Jose, California

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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...
Jacob Donnelly
LCSW, MSW
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Berkeley, California

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California

Whether you want to get support around new changes in your life that are causing you pain and worry, or work through problems that have been with you for years, my goal is to help you feel relief, feel empowered, and adjust to the things that are...
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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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California

Stress and burnout are problems we all face in one form or another. Individuals and couples come to Therapy For Real Life to overcome burnout in their career, relationships or life more generally -- to create a life of connection and balance. Please...
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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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San Francisco, California

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California

Stacie Daniels is a licensed doctor (MD) providing Emotional Support Animal Letters for qualified patients. Her practice is open 7 days a week from 11 am to 7 pm. Same day ESA letters can be obtained from EzCare Medical Clinic. Visit us in-person or...
Stan Graubart
LMFT, MA
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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...
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Oakland, California

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California

I have been in practice as a licensed clinical social worker since 1983. I have a private practice in both Oakland and Walnut Creek California. I am a very seasoned therapist and work with the broad range of issues that bring people into...
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San Francisco, California

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California

You try to have everything in your life go a certain way. You feel out of control and get upset when things do not work out. Every time you try to complete a project or organize your life, something goes awry. People tell you to relax and everything...

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 the headquarters of 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 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. 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% and 6%, respectively. It may be easy to think that such a community and its residents must “have it all.” In reality, many factors could contribute to a mental health crisis there. Students may be facing a high level of pressure to perform well in school 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 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 issues, the large Asian population is of particular interest in this case, because 40% 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.