Jessica Drobny, Ph.D.
We all experience stress and anxiety to varying degrees, and anxiety can actually be quite useful in motivating us to change or better ourselves. Anxiety can become a problem, however,when it gets in the way of the important things--our work, our studies, or our relationships with family, friends, and coworkers. If you or your child are struggling with stress and anxiety, you can rest assured that there are proven ways of learning to overcome it.
Anxiety may come on gradually or suddenly, and it may be caused by immediate circumstances or a more complex set of physical or emotional factors. Whatever its cause, when anxiety gets in the way of your goals, it is important to learn new ways to overcome it. Therapy is an opportunity to learn and practice new skills that can serve you well, even after your immediate situation have improved.
Parenting a child with anxiety can be very challenging, and treatment often feels counter-intuitive. Anxiety can appear differently for children and adolescents than it does for adults. It may manifest as acting out, angry behavior, behavioral problems at home or school, refusing to go to school, changes and/or strains within family dynamics, difficulties forming and maintain meaningful peer relationships, or as increased complaints about physical symptoms such as headaches or stomachaches.
I have spent the majority of my career helping adults and young people overcome stress and anxiety. I believe that every human being has the capability and strength to achieve their goals and to live a rich and meaningful life, and I look forward to working with you and your family to overcome the psychological roadblocks that may be preventing you from reaching your greatest potential.
My Approaches to Therapy
Because trust is so important for therapeutic success, my first priority is to create an atmosphere in which my clients feel safe and supported. I’ve been told that I’m a warm and compassionate person, which is important as a therapist--especially when I’m working with children and adolescents.
Within the therapy, I draw on a number of well-researched therapeutic approaches to develop a treatment plan. I view my clients' problems within a family-centric, solution-focused, and strengths-based framework. This means that I see a client as a part of a larger system (such as a family, peer group, or workplace) that is causing or contributing to their problems. Using this perspective, and drawing on my clients’ strengths and goals, I work collaboratively with my clients to develop strategies and solutions. When developing a treatment plan, I tend to use a variety of evidence-based treatment approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), mindfulness, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), to set clear goals and make measurable progress toward outcomes.
My Qualifications as a Psychologist
Most of my training in psychology has been geared toward understanding child trauma and helping young people flourish. I graduated from the University of Texas, Austin with a degree in Psychology. My undergraduate research focused on the effects of gender and racial stereotypes on children. From there, I moved back to my native Chicagoland Area and joined a research lab studying stress and coping in inner city youth. This experience inspired inspired me to pursue graduate studies at Graduate School of Psychology at Palo Alto University, where my research focused on how children and adolescents cope with trauma, depression, anxiety, and stressful life events.
While I tend to work with children, adolescents, families, parents, and young adults in my practice, I have worked with adults in the past and I feel confident working with people of all ages. During my training, spent time at The Gronowski Clinic, a community mental health clinic where I worked exclusively with adults. I then trained at City of Fremont Youth and Family Services, where I worked with children and adolescents at both an elementary school and community clinic, and at Kaiser Permanente, Redwood City, in the Child and Adolescent Department of Psychiatry. I completed my pre-doctoral internship at Kaiser Permanente, Fresno, where I worked in both the Child and Adolescent Department of Psychiatry and the Adult Intensive Outpatient Program. My post-doctoral residency was completed at Kaiser Permanente, Santa Clara in 2014, where I then stayed on as a licensed clinical psychologist in the Child and Adolescent Department of Psychiatry. I recently completed my Level 1 certification as a TEAM Cognitive-Behavioral Therapist. TEAM therapy is an evidence-based form of CBT, developed by David Burns, MD
Jessica Drobny, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist, PSY 26949
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