Whitley Lassen, PsyD
Cognitive Behavioral Therapist
- Anxiety, Panic & Phobias
- Grief & Bereavement
- Depression & Stress
- Ages: Teens & Adults
- Location: Palo Alto & Video Therapy
- Panic & Generalized Anxiety
- Acceptance & Commitment, Mindfulness
- Certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapist Specialist-AATBS
- TEAM CBT Therapist
Experience 10+ Years
Whitley is passionate about helping clients reduce their suffering and lead a valued and fulfilling life. Her warmth and openness help you feel comfortable as you achieve mental health gains. Her goal is to teach clients effective skills for stress & anxiety relief.
Whitley has more than 10 years experience helping adults and teens a broad range of problems such as stress, anxiety, panic attacks, worry, social anxiety, & depression. She uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), TEAM CBT (certified), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness interventions.
Since 2011 Whitley has worked in the psychiatry department at Kaiser as an individual therapist as well as facilitating therapy groups such as: Mastery of Anxiety and Panic, Overcoming Depression, ADHD Screening, Positive Psychology, Social Skills, Intensive Outpatient, Anger and Stress, Mindfulness & DBT, Assertiveness, and Social Anxiety.
Whitley received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and her Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and is certified as a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist Specialist.In her free time she likes working out, meditating, and spending time with her pets.
What is a Licensed Psychologist (PsyD or PhD)?
Licensed Psychologists provide psychotherapy services for clients dealing with a variety of mental health issues or disorders. They are also trained in performing psychological assessments for conditions that are difficult to diagnose and many are engaged in teaching and research. Psychologists work in a variety of settings, including, but not limited to: hospitals, clinics, private practice, academic institutions, Veterans Affairs Health Care System, county clinics, corporations, etc.
Psychologists are the only mental health professionals required to hold a doctorate degree. Obtaining a doctorate degree requires 4-6 years of coursework, the completion of a dissertation project, and a predoctoral internship. Licensed Clinical Psychologists cannot prescribe medication – a function limited to Psychiatrists and other medical doctors. Normally, after obtaining the degree, Psychologists must fulfill a certain number of supervised postdoctoral hours (usually taking 1 to 2 years), and passing the national and state board exams.