I have over 20 years of experience as a professional psychologist. I received my Ph.D. from Stony Brook University in 1992. I worked for over a decade as a professor in a Psychology Ph.D. program. During this time, I published dozens of research articles and presented at national and international forums. In 2009, I moved to the Bay area and shortly thereafter, opened my clinical practice. I see individual adults, teens, and couples. My areas of specialty are trauma, stress & life transition, anxiety disorders, depression, relationship issues, partners and children of narcissists. I also treat mind-body problems like chronic pain and illness, addictions, and disordered eating. My approach is integrative and may include mindfulness, Schema Therapy, EFT, and EMDR for trauma. Schema therapy informs my approach to clients stuck in negative self-views and dysfunctional relationship cycles. I have attended trainings in Schema Therapy, EFT, and EMDR. I am the author of “The Stress-Proof Brain” (New Harbinger, 2017) and an expert blogger for Psychology Today.
What was it like in your family growing up? How were emotions handled? How are your relationships now? Like many, if not most people, you probably wish it could be different in at least some crucial ways. It’s very puzzling that even the most well intentioned and loving family members or partners just don’t behave in the ways we need. And, often, somehow, no matter how hard we sincerely try, what we do and feel, just doesn’t bring the response we want. Often, we don’t even know exactly why things got so painful and unhappy. What I can offer is a balance of listening and offering tools for you to develop the relationships and effective and satisfying daily life you are wanting. One method that I use is Schema therapy for discovering and transforming deeply held beliefs and patterns of behavior. I also include Gottman and EFT couples methods. The Interpersonal Neurobiology concepts of Dr. Daniel Siegel also inform my sessions. Additionally, I practice Hakomi experiential and mindful therapy principles such as supporting your organic inner wisdom toward healing. Call for free initial consultation.
Jeanne de Alcuaz is a practicing psychotherapist originally trained in Psychodynamic theory, who is skilled in Cognitive-Behavioral, Dialectical-Behavioral and Acceptance and Commitment Therapies and Attachment Theory. A graduate of UC Berkeley (B.A., M.S.W.), she has over 25 years experience in the field. In her practice, Jeanne works with depression, generalized anxiety, trauma history, grief and life transitions. She also specializes in shifting maladaptive relational patterns, namely, habits of perception, experience, and behavior that inhibit one’s satisfying relationships with others, as well as with oneself. Schema therapy has greatly enriched her work with clients as it enables a more precise naming of ingrained beliefs and powerful transient emotional states. Schema Therapy’s methods help heal injuries from the past, while providing a deeper knowledge and acceptance of one’s varied and vital self. Jeanne welcomes your inquiries.
Since 1999 I have worked successfully with adult clients dealing with a wide range of issues including personality disorders, post-traumatic stress, abuse issues, substance abuse, self-injury, and related relationship and mental health concerns. I specialize in and enjoy working with challenging problems that have been resistant to change. I run ongoing treatment groups for Borderline Personality Disorder and a Family Support Group for people who have loved ones dealing with personality disorders. I use a variety of therapeutic approaches including Schema and Cognitive therapy, the Developmental Model of couple’s therapy, mindfulness, skills building, stress reduction and psycho-education, and “anything that works”, all within a context that is supportive, client-centered, and recovery focused. I am a Diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and am currently working towards certification as a Schema Therapist. I am licensed in California as a Marriage and Family Therapist (#39579), a Professional Clinical Counselor (#551) and a National Certified Counselor (#57159). I practice in San Luis Obispo, in beautiful central California.
I am a UK registered Counselling Psychologist although I moved to Northern California in 2017. I received my advanced certification in schema therapy in 2014 and am also trained in DBT, CBT and Compassion Focused Therapy. I have worked in diverse settings including the NHS, prison/forensic services as well as private practice and specializes in working with people with a diagnosis/traits of personality disorder and complex trauma. I am currently in the process of obtaining my California Psychology license and am thrilled to be working as a consultant to the California Schema Therapy training program as well as for the San Francisco DBT Centre. Furthermore, I am the founder of The Psychology Company, a UK based psychological therapy practice specializing in Schema Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy and ACT. I continue to run this practice remotely and still offer UK clients the opportunity to work with me online. I am a certified schema therapy supervisor and can provide schema therapy supervision to psychologists/therapists from across the globe looking for schema therapy supervision.
In addition to my psychological therapy work I am a qualified mindfulness meditation and yoga teacher. I am passionate about integrating yoga, mindfulness and compassion related practices into schema therapy and co-authored a chapter entitled ‘Developing a Compassionate Mind to Strengthen The Healthy Adult Mode’ in the book Creative Methods in Schema therapy.