ABOUT US

At the California Psychology Center, we are dedicated to providing caring therapy using approaches proven to be effective. We tailor our extensive knowledge of psychology to your unique needs, helping you meet your goals. 


Our Center was founded by Stanford psychologists with advanced therapy training and experience.  We offer the highest quality treatments for anxiety, stress, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), depression, low self-esteem, and many other life struggles. We also help people who generally feel good to understand themselves better and thrive.

 

WHO WE ARE

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KATIE FRACALANZA, PHD

Dr. Katie Fracalanza is the Executive Director and co-founder of CPC. She is a licensed psychologist (PSY28652) who provides individual psychotherapy to adults. She specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy and other evidence-based treatments for anxiety disorders, worry, OCD, social anxiety, panic, and depression.


In addition to her work at CPC, Dr. Fracalanza is a Clinical Assistant Professor and the Director of Psychotherapy within the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Clinic at Stanford University’s School of Medicine. 

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PETER ASTON, PSYD

Dr. Peter Aston is a co-founder and Director of Clinical Services at CPC. He is a licensed psychologist (PSY32050) who provides individual psychotherapy to older adolescents (14+) and adults. He specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy and other evidence-based treatments for anxiety disorders, OCD, depression, stress and trauma.


In addition to his work at CPC, Dr. Aston is a Clinical Instructor within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, where he splits his time providing psychotherapy to individuals with mood and anxiety disorders and providing speciality treatments within the OCD clinic and with Stanford Athletics.

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SUTHA JOHNSON, PHD

Dr. Sutha Johnson is a licensed clinical psychologist who provides individual psychotherapy to adults. She specializes in cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, and other evidence-based treatments for anxiety disorders, social anxiety, trauma, perfectionism, and stress.


Prior to joining CPC, Dr. Johnson was a psychologist at the University of Michigan’s Counseling and Psychological Services and MARI Rackham Psychological Clinic. In those positions, she provided insight and solution-oriented therapy to adults from diverse backgrounds with multiple competing demands and strong desire to succeed in academics and career settings.

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YVETTE RICO, PSYD

Dr. Yvette Rico is a registered psychological assistant who provides individual therapy under the supervision of Dr. Katie Fracalanza. Dr. Rico uses a psychodynamic-interpersonal framework while flexibly integrating CBT, DBT, and ACT.  Her work centers on older adolescents and adult women who are grappling with stressors around life transitions, self-esteem, relationships, identity, depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).


Dr. Rico earned her Psy.D. in clinical psychology from the PGSP Stanford Psy.D. Consortium. She is a lecturer at San Francisco State University. She teaches Latino Community Mental Health and Latino Family Narratives. Dr. Rico’s past research has been on burnout and stress in psychology graduate students.

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KEARA VALENTINE, PSYD

Dr. Keara Valentine is a clinical psychologist who provides individual psychotherapy to children (7+), adolescents, and adults. She specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy and other evidence-based treatments for anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), social anxiety, panic, and depression. 

In addition to her work at CPC, Dr. Valentine is a Clinical Assistant Professor within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Dr. Valentine has experience treating individuals with OCD and anxiety disorders at various levels of care including outpatient, intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, and residential.

 

OUR APPROACH

COMPASSIONATE

Therapy that Cares.

We view it as an honor to walk alongside you, the expert of your own life, and to understand your lived experience, values, and history. Research is now showing that being cared for and learning to be kind to oneself are fundamentally important to human well-being and personal growth. We care about our clients – their struggles, their treatment, and their progress. We work with you to thoughtfully pair you with a therapist on our team that you are most likely to connect with. All providers on our team are dedicated to offering a nonjudgemental, kind, and genuine relationship to all we work with.

SCIENTIFIC

Therapy that is Effective.

We are experts in therapy and in research on optimizing therapy. As such, we are committed to providing care with the strongest scientific support. We offer the gold standard treatments for our clients’ specific difficulties. These include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion-focused Therapy (CFT), and mindfulness-based approaches. You can expect to learn about yourself based on the most up-to-date theories of human development, and to be guided in applying what we know from research to your specific situation and goals. We put science to work to help you thrive. Learn more about these approaches here.

TAILORED

Therapy that Fits You.

There is no one-size-fits-all therapy. We believe in personalizing therapy to you, our client. We work with you to establish a clear understanding of what keeps you stuck. Then we help you learn new skills to overcome unhelpful patterns, to move toward the life you want. We offer the therapeutic tools that are most relevant to each individual person, integrating elements from several scientifically validated therapy approaches with your unique life experiences, identity, and goals. The result -  more efficient progress toward a full, meaningful life, consistent with your personal values.

 

OUR VALUES

Our values include connection, honesty, and lifelong learning. We strive to live out these important cornerstones both inside and outside of the therapy room.

Inside of the therapy room, you will be valued and treated with respect, care, and kindness. We operate transparently and give our clients honest feedback.


Outside of the therapy room, we engage in teaching with the mission of disseminating evidence-based training and decreasing mental health stigma.