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  • 41 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Kate H.
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Maggi is an incredible healer. She walked me through a deep spiritual transformation that has improved my life dramatically. She also helped me heal from a terrible loss. I still work with her frequently and recommend her to all my friends and to folks in need. I cannot recommend her highly enough.

Kevin D.
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I met Eric while pursuing an undergraduate degree in Santa Barbara several years back. About a year ago, I was in the process of searching for career in Special Education because it was the field I wanted to study in graduate school. I reached out to Eric to see if he could help me enhance my professional profile in order to be more competitive in the job market and appeal to employers. Eric helped me rebuild my resume from top to bottom. Through various formatting and wording tips, my resume is now more informative and professional, while maintaining visual appeal. From now on, I will maintain this developed format and will only add/subtract job experiences and future degrees. In addition, Eric helped enhance my online profiles in order to more effectively network electronically (LinkedIn etc.). Many of the agencies I applied to were online, therefore, this was very useful. Furthermore, Eric answered many questions in regards to interviewing and even supplied me with various tools, resources and tips to better enhance those skills. Overall, I am very grateful for Eric's assistance and insight. Aside from the many practical developments he helped me improve on, his work ethic and advice has helped me shift my own perspective to a more goal-oriented mindset. Outcome: I am currently working as an administrative assistant in the Special Education Department for a school district in Santa Barbara. In addition, I am working towards my Master's degree at Cal State Northridge to become a credentialed School Psychologist.

Emily Lyon Ph.D.
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  • 37 years in business
Emila W.
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If you are looking for Psychologist in Palo Alto area i recommend you to visit Emily Lyon Ph.D.


I provide psychotherapy to adults, children, adolescents and couples. Life experiences and events can be very meaningful. Psychotherapy can be a great opportunity to evaluate which aspects of one's life are out of alignment with one's core self. Through the process of psychotherapy, one can determine which elements of one's life are no longer serving the individual and allow in new ones which are supporting one's evolution. "The Whole Point Of Being Alive Is To Evolve Into The Complete Person You Are Intended To Be." ~ Anonymous

  • 9 years in business

Robert Mitchell, PhD of Searching Pathways is a licensed psychologist specializing in working with: - Couples and marriage counseling - Individuals, including adolescents and adults - Drug, alcohol, and other addictions and compulsive behaviors - Short-term problem-focused therapy - Trauma - Depression and grieving issues - Stagnation issues and goal focus therapy - Longer-term depth therapy - Men's issues Robert is located in Belmont California.


I am a Stanford-trained psychologist, practicing in the mid-Peninsula region. I have experience providing effective therapy to people experiencing all types of issues. I am knowledgeable and warm, and have a strength-based, positive approach, which focuses on client values and goals. Sliding scale is available.


I'm a clinical health psychologist in private practice, with more than years of experience working with individuals who have life-threatening or chronic illnesses, or who want to alter their behavior so that they can live a healthier life. I have an extremely collaborative style with the people I work with, and utilize various frameworks and techniques for understanding and helping individuals, though I mainly gravitate to cognitive behavioral therapy. I pride myself in being responsive to client/patient needs, which means being accessible and available. I return each phone call within twenty-four hours, but usually within an hour or two. I'm also able to see people within one week from when we first speak on the phone. For individuals with health problems, it's highly critical to be on the same page with other treating professionals, which include physicians. In these instances, I work closely with physicians by way of regular contact. I'm out of network for majority of insurances, but I'll check benefits as well as file claims on behalf of the patient, so that you don't need to worry about being reimbursed. I'm a Medicare provider.


I am a licensed clinical psychologist, passionate about my work. My areas of expertise include treating depression, anxiety, and interpersonal/relationship issues. I primarily work with adults. I also specialize in treating in prenatal and postpartum mood disorders. I view therapy as a partnership, where I have the privilege of helping clients better cope with emotions, adjust to major life transitions, break old behavior patterns, and realize their potential. I take a collaborative approach to therapy and feel creating a supportive and caring environment is essential to this process. I have training in cognitive, behavioral, psychodynamic and dialectical behavioral therapies and integrate these in my work. I love the work I do and look forward to speaking with you about my practice.


I am a licensed clinical psychologist who has the experience in helping individuals overcome struggles, in order to improve quality of life. My approach is warm, collaborative, and active. I consider it a great privilege to listen and guide my clients in building new experiences. My style is eclectic, and I utilize a variety of therapeutic interventions to impart the skills necessary for enduring relief.

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What is a psychologist?

A psychologist is a professionally trained mental health professional who helps patients navigate challenging life situations or mental health issues. To become a psychologist you must earn a doctoral degree; qualifying degrees include a Ph.D., Psy.D. or Ed.D. To actively practice, a psychologist must be licensed in their state and maintain good standing. Psychologists are trained to administer tests that can evaluate a patient’s cognitive strength and weaknesses, intellectual skills, vocational aptitude and preference, personality characteristics, and neuropsychological functioning, explains the American Psychological Association (APA).

A psychologist meets with patients in an office and may work with a variety of methods, depending on patient need, such as cognitive, behavioral or interpersonal.  According to the APA, common reasons a person may visit a psychologist include:

  • Dealing with depression, anger or anxiety over a long period of time.
  • Help with a chronic condition that is interfering with their lives or physical health.
  • Help with grieving and other abrupt transitions.
  • Overcoming addictions.
  • Managing chronic illness.
  • Breaking old and harmful patterns of thinking or behavior.

What are the types of psychologists?

Psychologists are healthcare professionals who use scientific methods to understand the relationships between the brain, environment and behavior. Psychologists may focus on research — studying how the brain and various environments drive behaviors to better understand the issues that trouble patients and society as a whole — or they may focus on practice — interacting with people using therapeutic methods. The American Psychological Association shares some of the more prevalent types of psychologists:

  • Clinical psychologists assess and treat mental, emotional and behavioral disorders.
  • Cognitive and perceptual psychologists study human perception, thinking and memory.
  • Community psychologists work to strengthen the abilities of communities, settings, organizations and broader social systems to meet people’s needs — such as improving support for victims of natural disasters, or working to improve health policies.
  • Counseling psychologists help people understand and take action on everyday issues, career and work problems, and serious adversity.
  • Developmental psychologists study the psychological development of the human being throughout life.
  • Educational psychologists concentrate on how effective teaching and learning take place.
  • Engineering psychologists conduct research on how people work best with machines.
  • Environmental psychologists study the dynamics of how people interact with their environments.
  • Evolutionary psychologists study how evolutionary principles such as mutation, adaptation and selective fitness influence human thought, feeling and behavior.
  • Experimental psychologists study cognitive processes, comparative psychology (cross-species comparisons), and learning and conditioning.
  • Forensic psychologists apply psychological principles to legal issues.
  • Health psychologists specialize in how biological, psychological and social factors affect health and illness.
  • Industrial/organizational psychologists apply psychological principles and research methods to the workplace to improve productivity, health and the quality of work life.
  • Neuropsychologists and behavioral neuropsychologists explore the relationships between brain systems and behavior.
  • Quantitative and measurement psychologists focus on methods and techniques for designing experiments and analyzing psychological data.
  • Rehabilitation psychologists work with stroke and accident victims, people with mental disabilities, and those with developmental disabilities caused by such conditions as cerebral palsy, epilepsy and autism.
  • School psychologists assess and counsel students, consult with parents and school staff, and conduct behavioral interventions when appropriate.
  • Social psychologists study how a person’s mental life and behavior are shaped by interactions with other people.
  • Sport psychologists help athletes refine their focus on competition goals, become more motivated, and learn to deal with anxiety and fear of failure around competition.

How much do therapists cost?

If you are experiencing a challenging time, have mental health difficulties, or just want professional guidance as you move through life, a therapist can provide relief, tools and structure. The national average cost for a therapist is $80-$100 per hour, although prices may be higher or lower depending on geographic location and the experience and training of the therapist.

Psychiatrists, psychologists and licensed therapists are all health professionals who offer various modalities of therapy. Ask questions about the type of therapy they specialize in (such as cognitive or behavioral, etc.) and their area of expertise (such as grief, anxiety, body image disorders, etc.) to help you find the right fit for your needs. Therapy sessions are typically 50-60 minutes long.  The patient usually meets with the therapist in their office; sessions may also be held remotely (via Skype, etc.) or in a clinical setting. Psychologists, psychiatrists and other therapists who have earned advanced degrees will typically charge higher rates than other licensed therapists. Depending on your diagnosis, your health insurance may cover your therapy costs.

Can a clinical psychologist write prescriptions?

To be able to write a prescription, a clinical psychologist must practice in a state that permits them to do so, and must either have a master’s degree in psychopharmacology or have completed the required advanced training program. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), five states currently permit psychologists to write prescriptions: Idaho, New Mexico, Illinois, Iowa and Louisiana. Many psychologists who are not able to write prescriptions work in partnership with psychiatrists, pediatricians or primary care doctors to help their patients who need medication.

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