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KATIE FRACALANZA, PHD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

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. In these roles, she provides training on evidence-based psychotherapy to postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and psychiatry residents. She currently teaches a course called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Mood Disorders to PsyD graduate students at Stanford. Dr. Fracalanza’s work also includes presenting training seminars and workshops on stress and anxiety.

Dr. Fracalanza’s research within the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Stanford aims to improve the current treatments for anxiety and related disorders. Her work is funded by a NARSAD Grant from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. Dr. Fracalanza has authored book chapters and research articles that discuss topics such as how anxiety and worry are maintained over time, and how we can use science to further psychotherapy.

 

IN HER OWN WORDS

“I thoroughly enjoy getting to know each of my clients and using both my training and what my colleagues call my “spidey sense” to help them discover the crux of what keeps them stuck. Once we have a deep understanding of the problem, which isn’t always what it seems on the surface, it becomes more clear how to move through the struggle toward one’s goals. Therapy often feels like a mission where we travel together to parts of the mind previously uncharted, understand these parts, and use compassion and new skills to move forward.


One of my favorite aspects of the journey are the “AHA! moments”, when we understand an old thought or behavior pattern in a new light. I love genuinely connecting with my clients in sessions, in true, uncensored heart-to-hearts, as we do the difficult work of growing, facing fears, and accepting the human condition. In addition to helping my clients see what keeps them stuck, it is similarly essential to help my clients recognize and use their strengths, as we need these on the journey of becoming the truest, bravest version of ourselves. The work I do with clients is not only aimed at symptom improvement, but also at enhancing quality of life, connection with self and others, and experiencing freedom and joy.”