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Dr. Michelle Stevens(she/her)
PhD, Psycholgist, Telehealth

In-network with

Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross California, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Kaiser Permanente of Northern CA, Kaiser Permanente of Northern CA Medicare Advantage, and United Healthcare

Specializes in

Anxiety, Depression, Relationship Issues, Stress, and Trauma

Great to meet you!

I've been helping people heal, learn, and grow for more than 20 years. I'm a psychotherapist, coach, teacher, and author of the best-selling book, Scared Selfless (Putnam, 2017), which explores the effects of child abuse and how to heal from it. I've appeared on Dr. Phil and Dr. Oz, and my writing on psychology has appeared in Psychology Today, The New York Times, and Time. Some areas of expertise include anxiety, panic attacks, depression, childhood trauma, PTSD, and Dissociative Disorders.

A bit about my approach to therapy

My greatest gift as a therapist is optimism. No matter how bad things may currently seem, I know my clients can overcome obstacles, process pain, and move on to happier, healthier, more purposeful lives. I believe all people have an innate capacity to grow into their authentic selves; they simply need the right conditions.

I consider it an honor to provide a healthy and healing environment in which my clients can grow.

What you can expect from our first session

I am a client-centered therapist who utilizes research-based treatments. I will partner with you to set your personal goals for therapy. Together, we will then work to achieve your goals. I see myself as an expert on change, while you are the expert on your own life!

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Insurance carriers Michelle accepts

Anthem Blue Cross California
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Kaiser Permanente of Northern CA
Kaiser Permanente of Northern CA Medicare Advantage

More about Michelle

PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) at Saybrook University
License type: CP (California)
Gender: Cisgender Female
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Languages: English
Works with: Adults and Seniors
More specialties: PTSD, LGBTQIA+, Family Issues, Grief, Loss, Infertility, Maternal Mental Health, and Women's Issues
Modalities: Strength-Based, Exposure Response Prevention, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Psychodynamic, Gottman Method, Interpersonal, Humanistic, Trauma Focused, Codependency Behavioral, Attachment-based, Solution Focused Brief (SFBT), Transpersonal, Positive Psychology, and Relational