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Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Yvette Rico is a licensed psychologist (PSY 33627) who earned her degree from PAU-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium. Her work centers on individuals who are navigating anxiety, shame, stress, life transitions, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Her approach integrates a psychodynamic-interpersonal framework (emphasizing the therapeutic relationship, early experiences and attachment) while flexibly integrating different evidence based treatment modalities, such as CBT and ACT. 

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.  

Dr. Rico is committed to providing a validating, supportive, warm, and nonjudgmental space for people to lean into vulnerability and be their full selves. Her work is informed by the recognition that people are often having understandable reactions to tough situations.  She grounds in the fact that each person is embedded in multiple contexts which impact their individual well being.

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. Moreover she found that stress levels were not significantly different between psychology graduate students and the general population. This reinforced her belief that everyone is human, goes through their own journeys and needs support at some points.



"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. I think of therapy as walking alongside you in a leg of your journey. As we walk together, I aim to foster self-compassion, engage authentically with you, weave in some humor, and collaborate with you to accept your full self. 

I love that therapy provides a space to slow down, tap into feelings, connect to strengths, lean into vulnerability and explore what might not be serving you. Often we develop ways of being that were self protective when we were young, but may not be serving us anymore as adults. Together we can explore where some patterns may come from and how to engage in a more helpful way in the present.

I feel really honored 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."