Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Palo Alto, California

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.


Kim Rasmussen

LCSW
32 years experience
Hello. If you’ve landed here, you are most likely struggling with something. I’m grateful you’ve found me. Because relationship is key to therapeutic progress, finding the right person to journey through these struggles with you is really important. Here is some information about me to help you decide if my counseling style and experience is the right fit for you. I have been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for more than 30 years and have worked... Read More
Hello. If you’ve landed here, you are most likely struggling with something. I’m grateful you’ve found me. Because relationship is key to therapeutic progress, finding the right person to journey through these struggles with you is really important. Here is... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:32 years

Dr. Tony Wu

Ph.D.,A.B.P.P.,M.S.C.P.
20 years experience
Dr. Tony C. Wu is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Aloha Center for Emotional Wellness. He also serves as the Chair of the Department of Psychology and Behavioral Health. Dr. Wu earned his Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Educational Psychology – School Psychology, Education Specialist degree (Ed.S.) in School Psychology, Master of Science (M.S.) in Research Methodology, and Bachelor of Art (B.A.) in Psychology from the Indiana University at Bloomington. He also... Read More
Dr. Tony C. Wu is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Aloha Center for Emotional Wellness. He also serves as the Chair of the Department of Psychology and Behavioral Health. Dr. Wu earned his Doctorate (Ph.D.)... Read More
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  • Languages:English,Mandarin
  • Experience:20 years

Jesse Moon

MA,LMFT
11 years experience
I am a licensed Marriage Family Therapist in California. This includes the treatment of individuals. I have experience as a practicing psychotherapist and Life Coach. I treat anxiety, depression,post traumatic stress, sexuality, marriage/ relationship issues, stress, addictions, self esteem, career issues and a desire to increase your sense of happiness,well being and personal growth. I have expertise in Anger Management.. My approach is a combination of a humanistic strength based approach as well as... Read More
I am a licensed Marriage Family Therapist in California. This includes the treatment of individuals. I have experience as a practicing psychotherapist and Life Coach. I treat anxiety, depression,post traumatic stress, sexuality, marriage/ relationship issues, stress, addictions,... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:11 years

Maria Mir

LMFT
10 years experience
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California with an MA in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University, a BA in Psychology and a BA in Women's Studies from the University of California, Riverside. With over 10 years of professional experience in the field I provide mental health services for individuals, couples, children, teens and families. I believe building rapport with clients is... Read More
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California with an MA in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University, a BA in Psychology and a BA in Women's Studies... Read More
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  • Languages:English,Hindi,Urdu
  • Experience:10 years

Tim Whetzel

LMFT,MA
18 years experience
Having worked in therapeutic relationships with individuals for the past eighteen years, I concur with the research which indicates the therapeutic relationship is the most important part of the healing process. To quote form Dante's Inferno, “Midway along the journey of our life I woke to find myself in a dark wood, for I had wandered off from the straight path." This sentence encapsulates the feelings many clients bring to therapy, the... Read More
Having worked in therapeutic relationships with individuals for the past eighteen years, I concur with the research which indicates the therapeutic relationship is the most important part of the healing process. To quote form Dante's Inferno, “Midway along... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:18 years

Lizette Alvarado

LCSW
10 years experience
Hi welcome to my profile! I'm a Licensed Clinical Social worker with over 10 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families from diverse backgrounds. I have provided mental health treatment in various settings such as in-home, school setting, and outpatient setting. As a bilingual therapist I have helped clients with a range of concerns including depression, anxiety, dealing with life transitions, working through difficult relationships, parenting issues, and trauma. I have... Read More
Hi welcome to my profile! I'm a Licensed Clinical Social worker with over 10 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families from diverse backgrounds. I have provided mental health treatment in various settings such as in-home, school setting,... Read More
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  • Languages:English,Spanish
  • Experience:10 years

Shira Mehrnia

LMFT
10 years experience
I am a marriage and family therapist licensed in Los Angeles, CA with extensive experience in many areas of mental health. My goal is to help my clients expand their capacity for trust and intimacy in relationships and improve their overall quality of life. I help people struggling with depression, anxiety, low self esteem, relationship issues and women suffering from prepartum and postpartum depression. I have significant experience in the treatment of eating disorders... Read More
I am a marriage and family therapist licensed in Los Angeles, CA with extensive experience in many areas of mental health. My goal is to help my clients expand their capacity for trust and intimacy in relationships and improve... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:10 years

Dr. Caroline Holte

Psy.D.
15 years experience
Welcome to Better Help! I am a licensed psychologist in the state of California with over 10 years of experience. I have helped people with a wide range of concerns, including depression, anxiety, relationship and family issues, attachment issues, adjustment difficulties/life changes, trauma, cultural identity issues, and substance abuse issues. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don’t believe in... Read More
Welcome to Better Help! I am a licensed psychologist in the state of California with over 10 years of experience. I have helped people with a wide range of concerns, including depression, anxiety, relationship and family issues,... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:15 years

Judy Huang

MS,LMFT
4 years experience
Welcome to BetterHelp! My name is Judy Huang (she/her) and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California. Life and relationships can be confusing and mixed; each can be a source of both pain and healing. Given this, my goal as a therapist is to collaborate with you in navigating this confusing world. This might include self-exploration and identity, adjusting to life transitions, overcoming relationship difficulties, navigating... Read More
Welcome to BetterHelp! My name is Judy Huang (she/her) and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California. Life and relationships can be confusing and mixed; each can be a source of both pain... Read More
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  • Languages:English,Mandarin
  • Experience:4 years

Aviva Euripides

M.A.,LMFT
20 years experience
Hello, I am Aviva Euripides and I am pleased to meet you here. Our clinical work involves tracking and assessing how it assists you in meeting your goals. This solution focused work is thus overall practical but is rooted in academic and clinical rigor. I graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and attended New College of California where the focus was on meeting the clinical needs of a... Read More
Hello, I am Aviva Euripides and I am pleased to meet you here. Our clinical work involves tracking and assessing how it assists you in meeting your goals. This solution focused work is thus overall practical but... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:20 years

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.