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500,000 people sought help at Thriveworks in the last year

Discover how starting psychologists therapy can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

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Our therapists in Palo Alto are booked, but we have 13 other therapists in CA available for an online or in-person session.

Starting Psychologists

What is Psychologists?

Psychologists are mental health professionals that provide psychotherapy services and diagnoses for their clients. They have more research-focused training than most therapists, as they are more medically educated and receive a more general education about therapeutic approaches and theory.

How does Psychologists work?

Thriveworks psychologists in Palo Alto, CA provide standard psychotherapy services, tailoring treatment to each client and their unique concerns. However, they can also provide diagnoses to clients when appropriate, something that therapists and counselors cannot do. Finally, in some states in the U.S., they are allowed to prescribe medication.

Is Psychologists conducted in person or online?

How long does Psychologists last?

Psychological treatment at Thriveworks Palo Alto is very individualized and specific to each client, which means that the duration of treatment is often varied depending on a client's condition or disorder, the state of their symptoms, and their specific goals.

Need more help deciding?

Taking care of your mental health is just as important as maintaining your physical health. Good mental health is a vital component of your overall wellbeing and can significantly impact your mood, relationships, and outlook on life.

To take care of yourself physically, you might try to eat healthy foods, exercise when you can, and do your best to get enough rest. You may check in with your doctor annually or seek their advice when you’re sick or injured.

Caring for yourself mentally can be a little more challenging. No two minds are exactly alike, so what is best for one person’s mental health may not serve another. That’s one of the reasons why working with a licensed psychologist can help you maintain your best possible mental health.

Just as you rely on your doctor to help you take care of your body, a psychologist can help you care for your mind. Whether you are struggling to cope with mental illness or having trouble navigating a tumultuous life change, a licensed psychologist can guide you through the steps to help you improve your mental health and overcome the challenges life throws your way.

If you’d like to see how working with a psychologist can help you improve your mental health and get more out of life, reach out to Thriveworks Counseling in Palo Alto, CA today. We can connect you with an experienced psychologist who is ready to help. Call our office or use our online scheduling tool to set up your first appointment with our counseling center.

Can Working With a Psychologist Help Me?

Your mental health has a significant impact on the other areas of your life. Your emotions, behavior, relationships, work-life balance, and so much more are all affected by the state of your mental health. Because your mental health is so intertwined with the rest of your life, there are many situations and factors that can alter it.

Psychologists can help you cope with a wide range of circumstances that can impact your mental health and have a direct influence on your life. Some common reasons people decide to pursue working with a psychologist include the following:

  • Major life changes or transitions
  • Career counseling and life coaching
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depression or other mood disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Specific phobias
  • Behavioral problems
  • Trauma or PTSD
  • Anger or stress management
  • LGBTQ+ counseling
  • Relationship or family problems
  • Substance abuse or addiction

If you are struggling with any of these specific issues or other mental health concerns interfering with your life, consider speaking with a licensed psychologist at Thriveworks Counseling in Palo Alto, CA. Our mental health professionals accept many insurance plans and may be able to see you within 24 to 48 hours.

What To Expect When You Work With a Psychologist

Psychologists are highly trained mental health professionals qualified to diagnose, treat, and manage a wide variety of mental health issues. Most licensed psychologists have undergone extensive education and rigorous licensure and hold a doctorate degree in the field. Many psychologists also have additional certification or training in a specialty area such as child psychology or trauma therapy.

When you begin working with a psychologist, they will assess your symptoms, mental function, and personality to understand the issues you’re facing and offer a diagnosis. They will use this information to create the best possible treatment plan tailored to your unique needs.

A psychologist may implement one or multiple forms of psychotherapy to address your mental health issues or challenges. Some common therapeutic approaches your psychologist might recommend include the following:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)
  • Exposure therapy

The style and duration of your therapy can vary depending on your specific symptoms and how you respond to treatment. Sometimes, a combination of talk therapy and prescribed medication can be beneficial for more complicated issues. Your psychologist may work with a psychiatrist or another doctor to facilitate the prescription and management of these medications.

If you’re ready to get more out of life, the psychologists at Thriveworks Counseling in Palo Alto, CA would love to meet you and help you take the next step.

Schedule Your Appointment With a Licensed Psychologist at Thriveworks in Palo Alto, CA

A licensed psychologist can provide you with the tools to cope with difficult emotions, face challenges in life, and form more meaningful relationships. When you’re ready to improve your mental health and overall wellbeing, a psychologist from Thriveworks Counseling in Palo Alto, CA is here to help. Call our office today to schedule your first appointment.

At Thriveworks, we make it easy to get the help and support you need. Our psychologists work with their clients through online appointments over the phone or through a video chat. This allows you to work with a professional without leaving the comfort of home. You can also reach your provider by phone or email in between sessions and take advantage of our exclusive online video content to learn more about mental health.

Contact our counseling center to get started with a licensed psychologist at Thriveworks in Palo Alto, CA. Our team members are here to help.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Palo Alto therapists and counselors accept 20 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Shield of California | BCBS

  • Blue Shield of California Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

  • Humana PPO/EPO/HDHP

  • Imperial Health Plan

  • JP Farley Corporation

  • Magellan

  • Medicare CA

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Self-pay costs at Palo Alto
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Talk therapy

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Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

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Thriveworks helped me realize that I do believe people can change. I’m not the person I was three months ago, broken and fearful. I’m healthy and happy and for the first time being kind to myself. Thank you for giving me my life back.
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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Palo Alto is in the same building as Integrated Health Care, Bookshare, Heshmat Pain Management, Rea Laidler Chiropractor, Benetech, and Forbes Marshall Inc. On the other side of the building is New Mayfield Lane, and a parking garage. Nearby is Jin Sho, Terun, and Backyard Brew restaurants, as well as La Bodeguita del Medoi, Izzy’s Brooklyn Bagels, Ramen Kowa, and Kali Greek Kitchen.

Phone number

(650) 885-9469

Languages spoken by CA providers

  • English
  • Tagalog
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