Dr. Ariella Popple PsyD Therapist in Albany serving Berkeley, Oakland, Richmond
You've been suffering emotionally for weeks, months, or even years. You finally made the decision to look online and find a therapist. How do you know if I'm the right therapist for you?
I'm experienced, open-minded, and non-judgmental. I've been a counselor in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2004, and licensed as a Clinical Psychologist (therapist) since 2015. My PhD in Psychology involved research in visual neuroscience. Many of my clients are scientists and engineers, and I can relate to their experiences. I went back to school for a PsyD in Clinical Psychology and wrote my research project on physical pain. I've been a yoga teacher and a massage therapist, and believe in approaches that integrate mind and body, like somatic therapy. As a parent, I can relate to the challenges and rewards of raising children. Here are some highlights of my clinical experience, and how they relate to the work I do now as a therapist:
I worked on a suicide prevention crisis line for 7 years, so I feel comfortable discussing suicidal thoughts and working with very depressed clients.
As a yoga teacher, I often led meditation at the end of class, so it came naturally to bring meditation and mindfulness to my therapy clients. I started leading groups for stress reduction, for clients with anxiety or physical pain.
I was part of the couples' therapy training at my internship site, which was based on EFT (Emotion Focused Therapy). I've always enjoyed working with couples and have developed my own approach that includes EFT, structural family therapy and community models of conflict resolution and authentic communication.
I started a CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) ADHD group when I worked at a Junior College, and I continue to work with adults with Attention Deficit Disorder.
While my early training was psychodynamic and humanistic/existential, I learned a lot about CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) and Brief, Solution Focused therapy at the Junior College because we had to limit most students to 6-8 sessions. I found that was effective an effective treatment for Social Anxiety.
At the junior college, I created an affirmative consent workshop including presentations on gender, sexual orientation and relationship diversity. I've worked with diverse individuals and relationships since early in my training (see more below).
I value diversity. I've worked with people of different genders and sexual orientations, individuals and couples of diverse ages and ethnicities, physical and intellectual abilities, occupations, religions and relationship styles. I welcome diversity of all kinds.
My approach is client centered. We look at your problems and goals together, and figure out the best modalities to try. For example, CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) works well for depression and negative thoughts. Meditation and mindfulness work well for anxiety. Maybe something happened to you and you just want to talk about it. Couples counseling works well for ongoing relationship issues. If something isn't working for you, I invite your feedback right away and we go back to the drawing board and try a different approach.
What I suggest if you want to find out whether I'm the right therapist for you, is that you give me a call now to schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation. Think about what you're looking for in a therapist, and the questions you want to ask me to find that out.