Pamela Singer, Psy.D.
Pamela Singer, Psy.D.
|Professions: Psychology, Psychotherapy|
|License Status: I'm a licensed professional.|
|Primary Credential: Psychologist - PSY24690|
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: Free 20 minute consultation; $190 per 50 min psychotherapy session; $120 per 50 min yoga session; $250 for combined 75 minute yoga and psychotherapy session
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I believe that people are inherently resilient and strong, though many life circumstances can take us away from these parts of ourselves. Even in the face of challenges, change is possible. While we cannot control what happens outside of ourselves, we can learn to control our responses, our experience of ourselves and others, and our direction in life. I work collaboratively with my clients to help them reconnect with their true selves by developing the confidence, self-awareness, and practical tools necessary to move toward their values. It is my philosophy that, given a supportive and non-judgmental environment, people can gain the insight and skills necessary to experience mastery over their lives and to find a sense of well-being.
In therapy, I utilize a variety of techniques drawn from research-supported modalities, often emphasizing cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral, and mindfulness-based therapies. I believe that every individual brings unique qualities that require an individualized approach, and I work together with my clients to develop the treatment that will best help each person reach his or her goals.
Email or Call Pamela Singer, Psy.D. at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 26966
More Info About My Practice
In addition to these psychotherapy techniques that are effective in treating a variety of challenges, I utilize scientifically-supported body-oriented work, such as yoga and trauma releasing exercises, in helping people who suffer with issues that often disrupt the mind-body connection (such as PTSD, stress, and body image/eating disorders). As both a psychologist and certified yoga instructor, I am grateful to be able to draw from a variety of tools to help each individual most effectively, be it through skills training, discussion and insight work, or yoga and somatic techniques. I see clients as complex and whole individuals, and offer the same level of treatment to best serve their needs.
My fees are determined by the services provided, collected at the time of service, and are consistent with those of other psychologists in the Bay Area. Please feel free to contact me to further discuss my fees. I accept cash, checks and online payment. I do not currently accept any insurance plans. However, I am happy to provide you with a monthly invoice to submit to your insurance carrier for reimbursement if they allow you to see out of network providers. More information about how to communicate with your insurance provider is available on my website.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
While I am a generalist clinical psychologist and work with a variety of struggles ranging from depression and anxiety, to relationship issues, to life transitions, I have special training and expertise in working with issues that create a disruption in the mind-body connection. This may include struggles that reduce a person's sense of control over their nervous system such as PTSD or anxiety disorders. It may also include body image issues or struggles that reduce the ability to tolerate emotions in one's body and move people toward numbing or compulsive behaviors to escape their physical experience. Often, these disconnects lead to feelings of low self-esteem, shame, or persistent fear. My ability to integrate both physical and psychological modalities makes mind-body work addressing these types of challenges a specialized area of treatment in my practice.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
I love being a therapist because I find great fulfillment in watching people discover their strength and tap into joy they may not have seen as a possibility. We spend so much of our lives trying to be who what we believe others expect of us. It becomes vital to have a space in which we are not judged and have the ability to look honestly at who we are so that we can explore and move toward who we want to be. To provide this space, and aid people in learning the tools to develop awareness, acceptance, and meaning, brings me a sense of personal meaning and awe at the resilience people possess at their deepest levels.
My Role as a Therapist
I see myself as a specially-educated, professional guide in helping you move toward your goals. While I possess expertise in how the mind works and what tools can be effective in overcoming specific struggles, I see you as the expert in yourself and your ultimate values. Therefore, I believe it is necessary to work collaboratively from the beginning. You set the course and create the terrain, and I walk with you while providing direction and the tools necessary to move safely toward your valued destination.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
There are a number of reasons people may be ambivalent about going to therapy. I address some of them in the sections below ("What Makes up a Problem;" "What I Say to People Concerned about the Therapy Process;" "Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed"). Please read the sections that follow for more on these topics.
Ultimately, only you can decide whether you need, want, or are ready for therapy. However, if it is one of the reasons below that stand in your way, I encourage you to consider challenging some of those thoughts. Many people find therapy helpful not only in overcoming the struggles that brought them in, but also in finding meaning and increasing their sense of joy and satisfaction in daily living. Is it worth pushing through your worries about trying therapy if it could help you make those kind of changes to your life? If, after reading the sections that follow, you still have concerns or worries, please feel free to contact me with further questions and explore the pages of other therapists that may be a good fit for you. The outcome is well worth the work.
What I Say to People Concerned about the Therapy Process
Some people are concerned about therapy because it requires sharing personal information with a stranger. It is indeed challenging to speak with a new person and be open and vulnerable. It can feel like opening yourself up to judgment. However, therapy is a place specifically designed to be non-judgmental, where you can speak about the things you may not feel comfortable to speak about with friends or family. It is also a place in which your privacy is protected, and you can gain new perspective from a person who isn't involved in your daily life.
Others are concerned about going to therapy due to the belief that it is stigmatized and means they are "crazy." Unfortunately, there are still some people who hold an outdated view of therapy. However, more and more our culture is moving away from this view and realizing that therapy is an effective tool for many people for a variety of reasons. Having a problem you need help with does not make you "crazy." Moreover, mental illness is a real issue that requires treatment, just like medical issues. Regardless of the nature or severity of your struggle, taking care of yourself is effective and intelligent.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
Some people hold the belief that they should be able to deal with things on my own, worrying it makes them "weak" to seek therapy. You may indeed be able to deal with many things on your own, but that does not mean that you should not ask for help. Nobody can do everything on their own. That is why people train in a variety of skills--from design, to construction, to medicine, to psychology--and enlist the expertise of one another when we need additional support. Moreover, it takes tremendous strength to open up, look at ourselves honestly, and learn new skills and insights.
What Makes up a Problem?
Many people feel that if they see others struggling more obviously than themselves, they do not deserve help. However, there is no quota for how much a person needs to be suffering before they deserve relief, and there is no Suffering Olympics. A problem that may benefit from therapy is any situation taking you away from living the life you want to be living, whether it's a behavior, a lack of understanding, a challenging emotion, a relationship, or physical discomfort. If you are not as happy as you would like to be, you deserve the opportunity to work toward feeling better. If your reason for not seeking help is that you're "getting by," I urge you not to wait for a crisis point before reaching out. The sooner you address a burgeoning problem, the greater your chances of getting wellness and relief.
Services I Provide
- Clinical Supervision
- Group Therapy
- Individual Therapy & Counseling
Ages I Work With
Groups I Work With
Adults, teenagers, survivors of trauma
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