Dr. Keara Valentine is a licensed clinical psychologist (PSY32873) who provides individual psychotherapy to children (7+), adolescents, and adults. She specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy and other evidence-based treatments for anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), social anxiety, panic, and depression.
In addition to her work at CPC, Dr. Valentine is a Clinical Assistant Professor within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, where she splits her time between providing psychotherapy in the mood, anxiety, and OCD clinics and participating in research on novel OCD and Hoarding Disorder treatments within the Rodriguez lab.
Dr. Valentine earned her Psy.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Hartford. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at AMITA Health’s Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital where she specialized in the treatment of OCD and anxiety disorders. Dr. Valentine has experience treating individuals with OCD and anxiety disorders at various levels of care including outpatient, intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, and residential.
“To me, being a therapist is like receiving the most thoughtful gift from someone you care deeply about over and over again… and it’s my job. I love every part of the work I do and the highlight is the people I get to work with. There is nothing that beats welcoming a new client into my office (or virtual office) and getting to hear their story and learn the ways that I can use my training and expertise to help them make changes in their lives.
I wholeheartedly believe that we are all doing the best we can with what we have at any given moment. I also believe that being a human is hard and at times we need to do something different. Whether it’s changing unhelpful thoughts or behaviors, facing fears, gaining increased insight as to why we do those things humans do, or accepting something that might be difficult or painful to accept, I firmly believe it is worth the work.
So let’s laugh together, yell together, play together, and cry together as we embark on a journey of growth and humanness. You’re worth it.”