About Me

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Jessica Luiz, Psychotherapist

 

As a cognitive-behavioral specialist, I use evidence-based treatment to help clients reduce feelings of being stuck or overwhelmed, increase self-awareness, and improve their lives and relationships.

I appreciate the intricate, internal processes that make every individual unique. As humans, we naturally process our interactions and worldviews based on our past experiences. We are always thinking, categorizing, and perceiving the world around us. Often times these thoughts are so quick and automatic we don’t think to question them. However, these are the very thoughts that dictate our life experience.

Together we can raise awareness of these thoughts, analyze them, and discover new ways of responding to irrational or simply untrue conclusions.

My Hope For You:

One of our goals in therapy would be to gain knowledge and insight into how you think and feel and why you behave or react in certain ways. I want you to feel more capable and more empowered to take back control of your life. I hope to help you break free of negative internal processes in order to live a more vibrant life.

My Experience:

I am a licensed clinical psychologist (PSY26902) trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy, which is an extremely effective modality working with anxiety disorders (including OCD, hoarding, phobias, PTSD), depressive disorders, mood disorders, and substance use. I earned my undergraduate degree from the University of California, Davis. I received my master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant International University In San Francisco.

While studying at CSPP, I worked in a variety of settings including inpatient medical settings, county hospitals, residential substance use treatment centers, community mental health centers, and Veterans Affairs hospitals. I then completed my post-doctoral training at Berkeley Mental Health treating severely mentally ill patients with psychotic and personality disorders. After licensure, I worked at Marin Psychiatric Emergency Services assessing and treating patients in crisis. In addition to my private practice, I also work at Berkeley Mental Health as a supervisor and continue to treat patients with severe mental illness and mood disorders by working towards recovery, wellness, and independence.

I have extensive experience working in both weekly therapy and intensive treatment. With adults, I specialize in treating depressive disorders, anxiety disorders (including OCD, panic, hoarding, PTSD), mood disorders, substance use disorders, relationship difficulties, and adjustment to life transitions (e.g. work, bereavement, relationships).