Individual Therapy

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What is Individual Therapy?

Individual therapy is one type of psychotherapy in which clients work one-on one with a therapist in a safe, supportive, and confidential environment. It is an effective treatment for various mental health concerns, including anxiety-related conditions, stress, low self-esteem, and depression.

In general, individual therapy allows individuals to talk through and explore thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and situations with a trained professional, such as marriage and family therapists, clinical social workers, professional clinical counselors, psychologists, or associates working toward those licenses.

Individual therapy may encompass many psychotherapy approaches, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). Our therapists specialize in CBT interventions for children ages four and up, teenagers, and adults of all ages. Using an approach informed by evidence-based treatments, our goal is to identify unhealthy thought patterns to develop ways of thinking that will produce healthier behaviors and beliefs and significantly improve the way you feel.

How Are Therapy Goals, Frequency, and Duration Determined?

Individual therapy aims to relieve emotional distress to help clients live more psychologically healthy lives. Therapy at Palo Alto Therapy is collaborative and results-oriented – you and your therapist will work together to create a personalized treatment plan and achieve your specific goals.

The frequency and duration of individual therapy required varies. Therapy may be short-term or long-term, depending on your individual needs and feelings. While CBT is generally considered short-term therapy, every individual is unique. Hence, the frequency and duration depend on your situation and your therapist’s recommendations.

The first session, an intake session, is longer than a typical session. Most therapists spend the first session asking questions to get a feel of your background, current and past emotional health, therapy goals, and address any questions or concerns regarding therapy. After the intake session, ongoing sessions are typically 45 to 60 minutes. However, some individuals greatly benefit from sessions longer than 60 minutes.

When Does Therapy End?

Therapy has two goals: feeling better and getting better. Feeling better means overcoming the symptoms that brought you to therapy, and getting better means learning the tools to manage your symptoms.

Once you have achieved your therapy goals, you will no longer need to see your therapist.

Before ending therapy, you are encouraged to have at least one final session, so you and your therapist have an opportunity to review relapse prevention techniques. If you ever need a tune-up session in the future, you are also welcome back to schedule a session with your therapist.

Get Started Today

To book an appointment or free 15-minute consultation, call (650) 461-9026 or text us at (650) 461-9026 , email us at info@paloaltotherapy.com, or book an appointment here. Our amazing care coordinators are available Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm, and Saturday from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm to listen to you and determine which therapist would be the best fit.

– Evening & Saturday Appointments Available –

At Palo Alto Therapy, we specialize in helping you overcome all types of anxiety problems. We are knowledgeable, warm, and patient, creating tangible results with techniques that are based on evidence & research. Your relief can be achieved without long-term counseling.

Recognizing Good Therapy

Evidence-Based

Specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, we provide effective & caring counseling. Our therapists are passionate in delivering high-quality therapy & enhance their skills through the latest trainings.

Strong Relationships

Our relationship with you is valued & of highest importance. We are compassionate, respectful, & honest. Our professional counseling includes working side by side with you towards YOUR goals.

Short-Term & Focused

Our active therapists use tailored homework exercises to help you find relief in a timely manner. By keeping our meetings on track & targeting specific concerns we help you enjoy life again, usually in a matter of months not years.

Client Convenience

Appointments after 5pm & Saturdays, friendly administrative staff & two locations: Palo Alto & San Jose. We help children, teens & adults, couples, & families and offer classes & therapy groups. Video therapy available!

Meet Our Team of CBT Anxiety Therapists in Palo Alto & San Jose

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Amanda_Bautista
Amanda Bautista, AMFT
Associate Therapist, Under Licensed Supervision
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Location: Palo Alto, Video Therapy
Ages: 15-40
Type of Therapy: Individual
Bella Stitt, LMFT, Therapist at Palo Alto Therapy
Bella Stitt, LMFT
Cognitive Behavioral Therapist
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Location: Palo Alto, Video Therapy
Ages: 12+
Type of Therapy: Individual, Couples, Family
Nicole Brunn
Nicole Brunn, LMFT, APCC
Licensed Marriage Family Therapist & Associate Professional Clinical Counselor
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Location: Palo Alto, San Jose, Video Therapy
Ages: 6+
Type of Therapy: Individual, Family
Cathryn "Katy" Gaty-Delia
Cathryn “Katy” Gaty-Delia, LCSW
Cognitive Behavioral Therapist
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Location: San Jose, Video Therapy
Ages: 18+
Type of Therapy: Individual
Deborah Coblentz, LMFT, Therapist at Palo Alto Therapy
Deborah Coblentz, LMFT
Cognitive Behavioral Therapist
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Location: Palo Alto, San Jose, Video Therapy
Ages: 4+
Type of Therapy: Individual, Family
Ernest Schmidt, LCSW, Therapist at Palo Alto Therapy
Ernest Schmidt, LCSW
Cognitive Behavioral Therapist
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Location: Palo Alto, Video Therapy
Ages: 18+
Type of Therapy: Individual
Florina Petcu, LMFT, Therapist at Palo Alto Therapy
Florina Petcu, LMFT
Cognitive Behavioral Therapist
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Location: Palo Alto, San Jose, Video Therapy
Ages: 4+
Type of Therapy: Individual, Couples, Family
Bridget Haerr, LPCC
Cognitive Behavioral Therapist
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Location: Palo Alto, Video Therapy
Ages: 12+
Type of Therapy: Individual
Jacqui Lewis, LMFT, ATR-BC, CCTP, Therapist at Palo Alto Therapy
Jacqui Lewis, LMFT, ATR-BC, CCTP
Cognitive Behavioral Therapist
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Location: Palo Alto, Video Therapy
Ages: 14+
Type of Therapy: Individual, Couples, Family
JoAnn Kukulus, LMFT, Therapist at Palo Alto Therapy
JoAnn Kukulus, LMFT
Cognitive Behavioral Therapist
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Location: Palo Alto, Video Therapy
Ages: 13+
Type of Therapy: Individual, Couples, Family
Kitte_Anderson
Kitte Anderson, AMFT
Associate Marriage Family Therapist, Under Licensed Supervision
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Location: San Jose, Video Therapy
Ages: 8+
Type of Therapy: Individual
Lisa Macedo, LMFT, Therapist at Palo Alto Therapy
Lisa Macedo, LMFT
Cognitive Behavioral Therapist
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Location: Palo Alto, San Jose, Video Therapy
Ages: 12+
Type of Therapy: Individual
Megan Taylor, LMFT, Therapist at Palo Alto Therapy
Megan Taylor, LMFT
Cognitive Behavioral Therapist
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Location: Palo Alto, Video Therapy
Ages: 15+
Type of Therapy: Individual
Monica Burford, LMFT, Therapist at Palo Alto Therapy
Monica Burford, LMFT
Cognitive Behavioral Therapist
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Location: Video Therapy
Ages: 18+
Type of Therapy: Individual, Couples
Hoi_Yan_Nadia_Lau
Hoi Yan “Nadia” Lau, LMFT
Cognitive Behavioral Therapist
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Location: Palo Alto, San Jose, Video Therapy
Ages: 6+
Type of Therapy: Individual
Sarah_Newman
Sarah Newman, AMFT, APCC
Associate Therapist, Under Licensed Supervision
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Location: Palo Alto, Video Therapy
Ages: 6+
Type of Therapy: Individual, Family
Manasi_Shankar
Manasi Shankar, AMFT
Associate Therapist, Under Licensed Supervision
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Location: Palo Alto, San Jose, Video Therapy
Ages: 13+
Type of Therapy: Individual, Couples, Family
Victoria Tognozzi
Victoria Tognozzi, LMFT
Cognitive Behavioral Therapist
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Location: Video Therapy
Ages: 13+
Type of Therapy: Individual, Couples, Family