I am a clinical psychologist with extensive experience working with clients who find themselves struggling with problems relating to work/life balance, stress, depressive and anxiety symptoms, and low self-esteem (especially as it relates to what may feel like ‘imposter syndrome’). Often, clients present a variety of interconnected problems, and it is our task in therapy to untangle and address each issue.
My clients come from a wide variety of backgrounds and have their own unique perspectives. I work to identify each person’s strengths and build from there in order to decrease feelings of distress and increase a sense of agency (a feeling of awareness and ability to create change in your life).
My Approaches to Therapy
In my work with clients, I integrate evidence-based therapeutic approaches drawn from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, and Solution Focused Therapy. These techniques help focus the therapy to provide some immediate relief from each client’s presenting problems. After that, it is my aim to tailor the therapeutic approach to each client’s individual needs. I am also trained in psychodynamic therapy approaches and at times will encourage patients to explore how their past affects their current patterns of behavior and thinking.
It has been my distinct pleasure to work with people from all different types of backgrounds, with unique world views and life goals. It is my intention to honor each individual’s uniqueness and approach the issues they bring to therapy with respect towards their perspective. I regularly work with clients who may identify with non-traditional relationships, gender identities, and/or sexual orientations. I also have experience working with patients who have experienced severe trauma and am sensitive to the difficulties that can come up from working towards healing.
My Qualifications as a Psychologist
I received a BA in History from Portland State University and then joined the corporate workforce for over a decade. in 2004 I decided to make a career change and began volunteering at the TalkLine Family Support Center in San Francisco. This eventually led me onward to graduate school, where I obtained a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from The Wright Institute in Berkeley. Over the course of my training, I completed internships working with children, adolescents, and families within community mental health clinics and the education system. I then completed a two year internship working with individual adult clients and running therapy groups at the Community Institute for Psychotherapy in San Rafael. My dissertation research focussed on gay male theater actors and their path towards self acceptance. My post-doctoral training occurred within a corrections environment, where I provided therapy and assessment services to incarcerated patients. I also provided therapy and case management services to patients in an acute psychiatric inpatient facility.
In addition to my work at the Center, I work as a Clinical Psychologist with UCSF at the Faculty & Staff Assistance Program, which provides confidential therapy and consulting services within the University. In my role at UCSF I supervise post-doctoral fellows who are completing their training as Psychologists. I also develop and provide trainings to different work groups around wellness, communication, conflict resolution, as well as other mental health related topics.
Outside of my clinical work I am active in the performing arts and enjoy hiking, running, museums, traveling, and spending time with my nieces and nephews.
John Brown, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist, PSY 27587
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