Jennifer Alvarez, PhD

Jennifer Alvarez, PhD

Professions: Psychology, Psychotherapy
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Psychologist - 21700
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1-800-651-8085 ext. 31902
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Office 1
501 Seaport Ct.
Ste 201
Redwood City, California 94063 - United States
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Billing and Insurance

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: Approximately $150-$200 per session

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I am a licensed, clinical psychologist with extensive experience providing evidence-based psychotherapy for anxiety, depression, trauma/PTSD, and other stress-related problems. I use cognitive-behavioral, dialectical behavioral, motivational, and mindfulness therapeutic approaches to treat problems such as depression, grief/loss, PTSD/trauma, social anxiety, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and stress related to relationships, work, parenting, infertility, and other issues.

I approach therapy in a down-to-earth, collaborative, action-oriented way. The therapy I provide can teach you concrete skills for managing stress and strong emotions and reducing symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other problems so that you can reach your goals.

Email or Call Jennifer Alvarez, PhD at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 31902

More Info About My Practice

I provide compassionate individual and group therapy conducted in a private, relaxing setting. I have and flexible hours to accommodate your busy schedule. I also offer training and consultation to other mental health providers. My office is easily accessible to highway 101 and 280 and there is ample parking.

My Role as a Therapist

I view my role as a coach to teach you new skills that can help you reduce symptoms and be more effective in your life. The focus of therapy is always on your goals and my job is to help you reach them. If therapy is successful, eventually you will be able to utilize the skills you have learned on your own and may only need occasional refreshers or therapy boosters if you experience a new stressor or difficult life circumstance.

On the Fence About Going to Therapy?

If you think you may need help but you are ambivalent about going to therapy, that is very common. If you have never been to therapy before you may not know what to expect. If you have had a negative experience in the past, you may worry that therapy will be unpleasant or ineffective. I encourage you to give me a call and we can talk about your concerns. It is very important to me that therapy be a collaborative process. We will work together from the very beginning to figure out what you need help with and whether I can help you. You will always be in control because you know the best what you are struggling with and what you want in your life. If we work together, I can be a guide and a coach to help you learn ways to overcome obstacles, solve problems, and reduce symptoms so that you can reach your goals.

Theoretical Influences that Guide My Work

In my practice I am guided mainly by Cognitive Behavior Therapy, an evidence-based treatment for many problems. That means that I will try to help you identify and change thought patterns and behaviors that are ineffective and negatively impact your mood. I also incorporate Dialectical Behavioral Therapy techniques, which emphasize the balance between acceptance and change and learning helpful strategies better cope with difficult emotions and communicate with others. Most importantly, we will work together at every step of the way to help you meet your goals.

Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed

Many people are worried about going to therapy because they think it means something negative about them. This makes a lot of sense to me because even though things are changing for the better, there is still negative stigma about mental health problems in our society. Unfortunately we think that if we are struggling with anxiety or depression or other mental health issues that means we are weak or there is something wrong with us. If we have a physical health problem like knee pain, for example, we would probably be much less likely to judge ourselves and much more likely to get help for it. I view therapy as important care that any of us may need at some point in our lives. I also think it actually takes strength and courage to admit you are struggling with a problem and seek help.

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Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Group Therapy
  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders

Languages

  • English

Groups I Work With

    Trauma survivors

Client Concerns Within Your Scope of Practice

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Behaviorism
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Fertility Issues
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Military and Veterans Issues
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Panic
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Trichotillomania
  • Trust Issues
  • Women's Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy /REBT
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Exposure Therapy
  • Mindfulness Based Interventions
  • Positive Psychology
  • Schema Therapy

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