Expert Help for Stress and Anxiety

Our staff are experts in stress management, and provide the following services:

  • Therapy (Individual or Couples) and Coaching (Individual or Organizational)
  • Mindfulness Meditation Instruction

Therapy (Individual or Couples) and Coaching (Individual or Organizational)

Jonathan Horowitz, Ph.D.

Jonathan Horowitz, Ph.D.

Jonathan Horowitz, Ph.D

Psychologist, San Francisco/Oakland

  • Anxiety Disorders (Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety, OCD)
  • ADHD and Focus
  • Workplace Stress Management
  • Coaching for Entrepreneurs and Small Organizations
  • Couples Counseling, Relationships, Sexuality

Hello, and thank you for your interest in the Center. I am a clinical psychologist who uses evidence-based therapeutic approaches (such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and mindfulness-based approaches) to help people who want to feel better, improve their quality of life, and achieve goals that are important to them...(continue reading)


Tom McDonagh, Psy.d.

Tom McDonagh, Psy.d.

Tom McDonagh, Ph.D.

Psychologist, San Francisco

  • Anxiety Disorders (Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety, OCD)
  • PTSD and Trauma
  • Relationship and Breakup Anxiety
  • Sports and Performance Psychology
  • Stress Management

As a licensed clinical psychologist, I am a strong advocate of mind-body wellness. I believe in creating a therapeutic environment that is open, authentic and validating. I recognize that despite having the motivation for self-improvement, the process can appear intimidating....(continue reading)


Christina Pascarzi, Psy.D.

Christina Pascarzi, Psy.D.

Christina Pascarzi, Psy.D.

Psychologist, San Francisco

  • Anxiety Disorders (Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety, OCD)
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Relationship Issues
  • Eating Disorders

Everyone goes through times when the challenges they face feel overwhelming. Some people may find that their tools for managing stress are worn out or ineffective.  Others may feel that stress is keeping them from feeling fully engaged with their work, relationships, or other aspects of their life.  As a licensed clinical psychologist, I work collaboratively...(continue reading)


Aaron Trinh, Psy.D.

Aaron Trinh, Psy.D.

Aaron Trinh, Psy.D.

Psychologist, San Francisco (English and Cantonese speaking)

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Couples Therapy
  • Adjustment Issues

Change is an inevitable challenge we face, particularly when it is unexpected. Sometimes, this challenge can be difficult to cope with, and can develop into anxiety, depression, or stress-induced physiological symptoms. I enjoy helping people who are trying to adjust to change, whether it be at work or in their relationships. As a licensed clinical psychologist, I utilize a personalized approach to help you make the adjustments necessary to overcome stress and anxiety...(continue reading)


Andrea Zorbas, Psy.D.

Andrea Zorbas, Psy.D.

Andrea Zorbas, Psy.D.

Psychologist, San Francisco

  • Relationships 
  • Grief/Loss
  • Couples Therapy
  • Sexual Difficulties
  • Trauma/PTSD

Human beings are incredibly resilient, much more than we normally recognize. But sometimes, when we encounter challenges, we lose sight of this. We forget our strengths, we lose touch with who are, and we may even forget what it feels like to be happy, engaged, and in control.

As a therapist, my job is to help you build up your resilience by tapping into your hidden and forgotten strengths...(continue reading)


michael burnias, psy.d.

michael burnias, psy.d.

Michael Burnias, Psy.D.

Psychologist, San Francisco

  • Anxiety Disorders (Social Anxiety, OCD)
  • Relationships/Intimacy
  • LGBTQ-related Issues
  • Sexual Difficulties
  • Job-related Stress

We all experience stress and anxiety, but sometimes it can become an unmanageable struggle. In these times, we may find ourselves avoiding the things that bring meaning to our lives, such as relationships, friendships, or work challenges.  This can be a signal that it's time to make a change. As a clinical psychologist, I help you to understand how your usual coping strategies are holding you back, and I work with you to develop...(continue reading)


Jessica Drobny, Ph.D.

Jessica Drobny, Ph.D.

Jessica Drobny, Ph.D.

Psychologist, San Jose

  • Anxiety Disorders (Generalized Anxiety, Social Anxiety)
  • Children and adolescents
  • ADHD
  • Parenting
  • OCD

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...(continue reading)


Brooke Van oosbree, Psy.D.

Brooke Van oosbree, Psy.D.

Brooke Van Oosbree, Psy.D.

Psychologist, San Francisco

We all have strategies for dealing with stress day-to-day. But over time, many strategies can fall short or even backfire. We may find ourselves withdrawing and avoiding certain aspects of our lives, or overextending and pushing ourselves to the point of exhaustion. This can leave us feeling anxious, depressed, and irritable and can also take a toll on our relationships and physical health. At that point, many people seek to make changes but are at a loss for where to begin. One of my goals as a therapist is to help you identify changes you can make, both big and small, and tap into your motivation to follow-through on those changes.

Though I consider myself a generalist and am happy to help with a variety or concerns, my areas of specialty and interest include anxiety, panic, health-related concerns, and peripartum issues...(continue reading)


Katie Steiner Peterman, Psy.D.

Katie Steiner Peterman, Psy.D.

Katie Steiner Peterman, Psy.D.

Psychologist, San Francisco

  • Relationship issues
  • Depression
  • Life Transitions
  • Women's Issues

There are times when life transitions, challenging relationships, and overwhelming emotions leave us feeling disempowered or stuck. We also may find we are struggling with some aspect of our lives or ourselves.  The decision to seek therapy takes courage. It may be unclear what to expect and it sometimes seems easier to hold off on addressing what causes discomfort than to confront it. When you find a therapist who feels like a good match, therapy can truly help you reach greater self-understanding, self-trust, and effectiveness in navigating painful and difficult moments, and you can feel more peaceful and satisfied in your life...(continue reading)


Natalie Willis, M.A.

Natalie Willis, M.A.

Natalie Willis, M.A.

LPC Intern, San Francisco

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Relationship Issues
  • Reduced Rate Therapy

As a counselor, I believe in empowering my clients, approaching each client from a wellness perspective, and viewing each client as an individual. I help my clients to assess which areas of their lives might be interfering with them leading a more fulfilling life and then work to assist them in resolving those issues. My clients might be struggling with challenging relationships, work issues, physical health, life transitions, stress, sexuality, anxiety, panic, and depression. I really enjoy helping clients to assess what their values are and...(continue reading)


Saara Muscat, Psy.D.

Saara Muscat, Psy.D.

Saara Muscat, Psy.D

Psychologist, San Francisco

I work collaboratively with clients toward meeting their goals and increasing self-awareness in order to identify and change deeply ingrained patterns that may be negatively impacting them. My approach tends to be action-oriented and solution-focused, while also empathic, genuine, and humorous. I often encourage clients to get curious about themselves and their experiences. I have been told that I “ask the tough questions,” but that this ultimately helps foster insight, understanding, and the development of new perspectives...(continue reading)


Samantha Kountz-Edwards, Ph.D.

Samantha Kountz-Edwards, Ph.D.

Samantha Kountz-Edwards, Phd

Psychologist, San Francisco

  • Children and Adolescents
  • Couples
  • Anxiety Disorder (Generalized Anxiety, Social Anxiety)
  • ADHD
  • Life transitions

Many people experience anxiety or sadness at some point in their life. Sometimes these feelings are related to a big change, a new stressor, or a longstanding challenge that has left you feeling overwhelmed and stuck. Regardless of what’s going on in your life, my goal is to help you better confront, cope with, and recover from difficulties, so that you can live a more fulfilling life...(continue reading)


Shiri Lichtenstein, Psy.D.

Shiri Lichtenstein, Psy.D.

Shiri Lichtenstein, Psy.D.

Psychologist, San Francisco

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Relationship Issues
  • Postpartum
  • Parenting

We all have aspects of our lives that at times we would like to change. Sometimes, life’s stressors can feel so overwhelming that we feel stuck and unsure how to proceed. 

Most of my clients are struggling to balance multiple obligations such as work, school, family, and social relationships, or are feeling like they can’t move forward and don’t know why...(continue reading)


Jane Skoyen, Ph.D.

Jane Skoyen, Ph.D.

Jane Skoyen, Ph.D.

Psychologist, San Francisco

  • Chronic pain
  • Chronic illness
  • Weight management
  • Biofeedback

I am a clinical psychologist specializing in stress management and behavioral medicine (treatment of concerns involving both physical and mental wellbeing). In times of stress, we may experience anything from emotional turmoil, to difficulty concentrating or making decisions, to chronic pain or insomnia. Because of this interconnection between our emotional, cognitive, and physical functioning, I address all three in my practice...(continue reading)


Rosa Wilcox, L.C.S.W.

Rosa Wilcox, L.C.S.W.

Rosa Wilcox, L.C.S.W.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Oakland (English and Spanish speaking)

  • Relationship issues
  • Addictions (Harm Reduction/ Moderation Management)
  • Trauma/PTSD 
  • Depression/ Bipolar Disorder 

My approach to therapy is summarized by a quote by Vivian Greene: "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass; it is about learning to dance in the rain."...(continue reading)

 


Yishan Xu, Ph.D.

Yishan Xu, Ph.D.

Yishan Xu, Ph.D.

Psychologist, San Jose (English and Mandarin speaking)

  • Children and adolescents
  • Parent coaching
  • Insomnia and sleep disorders
  • Coaching for parents and international students/families
  • Immigration, cultural shock, and adjustment issues

I strongly advocate evidence-based treatment to develop a more positive attitude, and to build a life that is happier, more balanced, and more meaningful. Many of my clients have a hard time dealing with stress or transitions in life. Others may use some help with improving communication and relationship. They all have a common desire to take active steps to make meaningful and lasting changes...(continue reading)

Mindfulness Meditation Instruction

Krista De Castella

Krista De Castella

Krista De Castella

Mindfulness Teacher, San Francisco

Krista De Castella is a mindfulness teacher and Ph.D graduate student. She holds a Ph.B in Psychology from the Australian National University and recently spent two years as a Fulbright visiting researcher in Stanford’s Clinically Applied Affective Neuroscience Lab (CAAN) researching the implications of mindfulness meditation for anxiety disorders and emotion regulation...(continue reading)


David Perls

David Perls

David Perls

Mindfulness Teacher, San Francisco

David is a mindfulness teacher, leadership coach and brand strategist. His business, shine bright, brings greater presence, leadership and creativity to fast paced, multi-tasking and "always-on" workplaces. Over the years, he's worked at ebay and Charles Schwab and has partnered with a wide variety of organizations and start-ups, in industries including technology, software, financial services, healthcare, solar energy, and organic food...(continue reading)