Evidence-based psychotherapy for individuals and couples.

Effective psychotherapy creates space for something new to happen. I work with clients to address anxiety, relationship stress, and life transitions and dissatisfaction using methods with the strongest research support. My approach is active, pragmatic, contextual, and supported by research in psychological science.​


Contact me for a complimentary phone consultation to discuss how our work together might address your particular situation: E-mail or call (415) 723-0408

I am currently seeing clients via secure video.

California Licensed Clinical Psychologist, CA PSY30227

Psychologist treating anxiety and couples therapy and with evening availability


My role as a psychologist is to help you uncover and change patterns in your life that aren't working.

I use gold-standard treatments to help you make changes. I work actively to offer new ways of looking at (often) old problems. I draw from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and related approaches to develop with you an understanding of how problems have come to be; how they're maintained; and how to move toward living in a fundamentally different way. This work is collaborative, non-judgmental, and often enlightening.

In the first few sessions, I conduct a comprehensive assessment to get to know you as a person, your goals in therapy, and your experience of any symptoms. The first few sessions are a good opportunity for us to chart a potential course of therapy and to determine whether we will be a good fit to work together. Meeting also gives you a chance to interview me to determine whether I might fill your needs for therapy.  

Throughout our treatment sessions, I focus on working with you to address our goals pragmatically and as efficiently as possible. In addition, I believe it's essential to explore what makes you, you. I aim not to merely address symptoms, but to also act as an expert consultant and help examine what might be underneath the problems you are experiencing. I'm most often interested in how family of origin, culture, and other important forces shape our lives. 

Some courses of therapy are quite brief, focused, and behavioral, and some people benefit from more in-depth work to examine and change patterns that have developed over time. Psychotherapy requires commitment, engagement, and active work. Often, goals shift as we make progress. Past and current clients would probably tell you that I have a habit of "checking in" regularly about how our work is going; where we can improve; and where we're going. 


My therapeutic style is warm, collaborative, and flexible. As a mental health provider, my priority is to cultivate a productive environment for you to move toward your goals.



I earned my Ph.D. in clinical psychology and Aging & Development at Washington University in St. Louis. I trained at Stanford University (postdoctoral fellowship) and VA Palo Alto Health Care System (clinical internship). Previously, I worked as clinical faculty at Stanford University School of Medicine. I've worked in the mental health field in various settings over the past 15 years:

Selected clinical experience

  • Stanford University Department of Psychiatry: Anxiety/Mood disorders; Couple's therapy; High functioning individuals

  • VA Palo Alto Health Care System: Anxiety research and treatment; work with chronic medical conditions; caregiver/late-life psychotherapy

  • St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute: Intensive outpatient treatment of OCD, social anxiety, phobias, and panic disorder

  • St. Louis VA Health Care System: Psychotherapy and chronic health conditions; Cognitive assessment

  • UCSF Memory and Aging Center: Clinical research and cognitive assessment

Professional affiliations

  • American Psychological Association

  • International OCD Foundation

  • Society of Clinical Geropsychology

  • Association for Contextual Behavioral Science

  • Northern California Cognitive Behavior Therapy Network

  • Association of Family Therapists of Northern California


In addition to my clinical practice, I have conducted research on medical decisions across the lifespan, particularly as it relates to diseases of aging (e.g., Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia). My publications have examined how families react to and cope with chronic diagnoses. I've also published articles and book chapters on anxiety in later-life and best practices for doctor-patient interactions during diagnostic disclosures.

Selected publications

Gooblar, J., & Beaudreau, Sherry A. (2018). Late-life anxiety. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Psychology and Aging. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.

Carpenter, B. D., & Gooblar, J. (2018). Disclosing a dementia diagnosis: The complexities of telling and hearing. Handbook of Dementia. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Gooblar, J., Roe, C. M., Selsor, N. J., Gabel, M., & Morris, J. C. (2015). Attitudes of research participants and the general public regarding disclosure of Alzheimer disease research results. JAMA Neurology, 72(12), 1484-1490.

Gooblar, J., & Carpenter, B. D. (2013). Print advertisements for Alzheimer’s disease drugs: Informational and transformational features. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias, 28(4), 355-362.




My fee for a standard 50 minute session is consistent with other doctoral level clinical psychologists in the Bay Area with similar training to mine. Please contact me for current fee information as it changes from time to time. You may pay each session by HSA card or credit card via an automatic online billing system.


Insurance coverage

I am an out-of-network provider for health insurance plans. Depending on your coverage, you may be able to receive reimbursement for a portion of your costs for psychotherapy. I suggest you contact your insurance company prior to our first session to determine what your costs will be. You may want to consider:

  1. Your deductible or coinsurance (amount you pay out of pocket until insurance coverage applies).

  2. Percentage of out-of-network fees that are covered for psychotherapy by a licensed psychologist.

  3. Any limits on number of sessions, diagnosis, or fees charged by mental health providers (for example, your insurance company may reimburse a portion of a limited allowable fee that could be less than my fee).

Upon request, I can provide you with a bill each month to submit to your insurance company for potential reimbursement of fees to you.


If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, please do so as soon as possible by leaving me a voicemail (415-723-0408) or sending me an e-mail. If you cancel within 48 hours of the appointment time, I will charge my full fee, except in case of emergency. 

Treatment contract

Typically, our first few (2-3) meetings are focused on comprehensive evaluation and treatment planning. I will conduct an assessment, offer my clinical impressions, and work with you to develop a treatment plan. After we have decided on a treatment plan, we will continue with treatment sessions. Naturally, we will adjust and update our plans as we progress. 

2022 Federal No Surprises Act

You have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining how much your medical care will cost

Under the law, health care providers need to give patients who don’t have insurance or who are not using insurance an estimate of the bill for medical items and services.

  • You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate for the total expected cost of any non-emergency items or services. This includes related costs like medical tests, prescription drugs, equipment, and hospital fees.

  • Make sure your health care provider gives you a Good Faith Estimate in writing at least 1 business day before your medical service or item. You can also ask your health care provider, and any other provider you choose, for a Good Faith Estimate before you schedule an item or service.

  • If you receive a bill that is at least $400 more than your Good Faith Estimate, you can dispute the bill.

  • Make sure to save a copy or picture of your Good Faith Estimate.

  • For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, visit www.cms.gov/nosurprises



Please call or e-mail to set up a complimentary phone consultation. During this phone call, we'll talk about your ideas for therapy and I will answer any questions you might have.

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I provide psychotherapy for individuals and couples in my Oakland, CA office and via secure video. I typically meet with clients for 50 minutes once per week. A typical course of therapy is 12-16 sessions, although timing depends on your situation and goals. 

Common problems I work with are..

  • Anxiety, including stress, worry, and rumination that is overwhelming 

  • Problems in relationships including conflict and values clarification

  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder

  • Panic and phobias

I have experience working with couples in transition (pre-marital; coping with major life stressors) and couples who want to resolve patterns of conflict. 

Empirically supported approaches I integrate in my practice include..

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)

  • Structural Family Therapy

  • Mindfulness and other present-centered techniques

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