Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

California
Psychology Center

At the California Psychology Center, we are dedicated to providing caring therapy using approaches proven to be effective. We tailor our extensive knowledge of psychology to your unique needs, helping you meet your goals. 

Our Center was founded by Stanford psychologists with advanced therapy training and experience.  We offer the highest quality treatments for anxiety, stress, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), depression, low self-esteem, and many other life struggles. We also help people who generally feel good to understand themselves better and thrive.

Meet Our Team

Katie Fracalanza, PhD

Clinic Director &
Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Peter Aston, PsyD

Director of Clinical Services &
Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Kai Alexander, PsyD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Jen Buchholz, PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Sutha Johnson, PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Jenny Stewart, PsyD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Maya Sztainer, PsyD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Keara Valentine, PsyD

Director of Child & Adolescent Training

Axel Valle, PsyD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Our Approach

Compassionate. Scientific. Personalized.

Compassionate Care

Compassionate

Therapy that Cares

We view it as an honor to walk alongside you, the expert of your own life, and to understand your lived experience, values, and history. Research is now showing that being cared for and learning to be kind to oneself are fundamentally important to human well-being and personal growth. We care about our clients – their struggles, their treatment, and their progress. We work with you to thoughtfully pair you with a therapist on our team that you are most likely to connect with. All providers on our team are dedicated to offering a nonjudgemental, kind, and genuine relationship to all we work with.

Scientific Approach

Scientific

Therapy that is Effective

We are experts in therapy and in research on optimizing therapy. As such, we are committed to providing care with the strongest scientific support. We offer the gold standard treatments for our clients’ specific difficulties. These include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion-focused Therapy (CFT), and mindfulness-based approaches. You can expect to learn about yourself based on the most up-to-date theories of human development, and to be guided in applying what we know from research to your specific situation and goals. We put science to work to help you thrive. Learn more about these approaches here.

Personalized Care

Personalized

Therapy that Fits You

There is no one-size-fits-all therapy. We believe in personalizing therapy to you, our client. We work with you to establish a clear understanding of what keeps you stuck. Then we help you learn new skills to overcome unhelpful patterns, to move toward the life you want. We offer the therapeutic tools that are most relevant to each individual person, integrating elements from several scientifically validated therapy approaches with your unique life experiences, identity, and goals. The result – more efficient progress toward a full, meaningful life, consistent with your personal values.

Our Approach

Compassionate. Scientific. Personalized.

Compassionate Care

Compassionate

Therapy that Cares

We view it as an honor to walk alongside you, the expert of your own life, and to understand your lived experience, values, and history. Research is now showing that being cared for and learning to be kind to oneself are fundamentally important to human well-being and personal growth. We care about our clients – their struggles, their treatment, and their progress. We work with you to thoughtfully pair you with a therapist on our team that you are most likely to connect with. All providers on our team are dedicated to offering a nonjudgemental, kind, and genuine relationship to all we work with.

Scientific Approach

Scientific

Therapy that is Effective

We are experts in therapy and in research on optimizing therapy. As such, we are committed to providing care with the strongest scientific support. We offer the gold standard treatments for our clients’ specific difficulties. These include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion-focused Therapy (CFT), and mindfulness-based approaches. You can expect to learn about yourself based on the most up-to-date theories of human development, and to be guided in applying what we know from research to your specific situation and goals. We put science to work to help you thrive. Learn more about these approaches here.

Personalized Care

Personalized

Therapy that Fits You

There is no one-size-fits-all therapy. We believe in personalizing therapy to you, our client. We work with you to establish a clear understanding of what keeps you stuck. Then we help you learn new skills to overcome unhelpful patterns, to move toward the life you want. We offer the therapeutic tools that are most relevant to each individual person, integrating elements from several scientifically validated therapy approaches with your unique life experiences, identity, and goals. The result – more efficient progress toward a full, meaningful life, consistent with your personal values.

Group Therapy

Our Values

  • Our values include connection, honesty, and lifelong learning. We strive to live out these important cornerstones both inside and outside of the therapy room.

  • Inside of the therapy room, you will be valued and treated with respect, care, and kindness. We operate transparently and give our clients honest feedback.
  • Outside of the therapy room, we engage in teaching with the mission of disseminating evidence-based training and decreasing mental health stigma.

Get Started

For general questions or to learn more about our treatment services, please contact us and we will get back to you as quickly as possible. If you would like to schedule an initial consultation, please get started here.

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