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Psychological Assistant

Dr. Yvette Rico is a registered psychological assistant working toward licensure under the supervision of Dr. Katie Fracalanza. She earned her Psy.D. in clinical psychology from the PGSP Stanford Psy.D. Consortium. Stanford’s Psy.D. graduate program provides specialized training in evidence-based therapy approaches and tailoring these strategies to each unique individual. Dr. Rico completed her pre-doctoral internship at University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, where she focused on providing clinical services at an outpatient clinic and a public residential psychiatric hospital. She has specialized experience treating depression and anxiety disorders in a range of settings, including Stanford’s Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  

Her work centers on individuals who are grappling with anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), stress, life transitions and depression.  She enjoys addressing anxiety with clients because over the course of therapy there is often a shift from self-doubt to self-acceptance, and an opening of the person’s world to include more of what they want in it. In the therapy room, Dr. Rico creates a validating, compassionate, nonjudgemental  space for people to lean into vulnerability and be their full selves.

In addition to her work at CPC, Dr. Rico is a lecturer at San Francisco State University. The courses she currently teaches are called Latino Family Narratives and Latino Community Mental Health. The Latino Family Narratives course discusses the general overview of theory, research, and practice in the fields of psychology, medical anthropology and family therapy as it pertains to Latino Families. The Latino Community Mental Health course examines the link between health, healthcare and human rights. 

Dr. Rico’s past research has been on burnout and stress in psychology graduate students. In her work she found that stress levels did not significantly differ between psychology graduate students and the general population. She also found that psychology students and the general population were seeking out therapy at similar rates. This reinforced her belief that everyone is human, goes through their own journeys and needs support at some points.



"I think of therapy as walking alongside someone as they make their way through a leg of their journey. We all have moments where we feel alone in what we’re going through and therapy provides a way to feel accompanied during those difficult times. The beauty of therapy is that it is a space to be fully yourself, connect deeply, tap into your strengths, and shift what isn’t serving you anymore. Often we can get stuck in patterns and cycles of behaviors that helped us at some prior time, but don’t anymore. Together we can tap into ways of engaging with the world and with yourself that serve you.  

One of the best parts of therapy is when people are able to share the parts of themselves that feel too scary or shameful to share elsewhere. Therapy helps shine a light on things that we often keep in the dark. Our shining a light together on those hidden parts of the self can lead to more self-compassion and self-trust. And often, once these “unwanted”, discarded pieces of ourselves are cared for in therapy,  they can transform into gifts that we bring out into the world and that allow us to shine."