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Dorinda A. Woodley, LMFT
- Social Anxiety
- Health Anxiety
- Body Image
Dorinda is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has worked in the mental health field for more than seven years helping adults, teenagers, and children. She uses a combination of mindfulness and compassion exercises during her sessions to help her clients with social anxiety, body image, depression, health anxiety, and general anxiety.
Dorinda began her first internship in 2013. Five years later, she received her license and started training in cognitive behavioral therapy which she finds effective for social anxiety, health anxiety, and other mental health issues. Dorinda uses results-oriented therapy and passes along effective tools to her clients while building a rapport and connection. She believes in therapy as an important part of maintaining mental health.
As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Dorinda uses cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness with a focus on psycho-education to empower her clients and help them understand what is happening. She integrates mindfulness and compassion exercises in her sessions.
In her personal time, Dorinda enjoys writing, reading, and traveling.
Education and Professional Affiliations
Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley (1990-1993)
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, The Wright Institute (2012-2014)
Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society (NCGPS)
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
Northern California Cognitive Behavior Therapy Network (NCCBT)
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
The therapists at Pacific CBT are extensively trained to provide the highest level of evidence-based psychotherapy services to its clients. Beyond their rigorous graduate school studies, each therapist has received additional post-graduate training by masters in the field. They also value ongoing learning through commitment to consultation with experts in the field and by attending continuing education classes and conferences.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a specialized form of psychotherapy. Pacific CBT therapists utilize standard counseling skills that all therapists are trained to provide. In addition to these techniques, they offer the additional components of cognitive behavioral therapy. CBT therapists provide active listening and empathy coupled with teaching skills to help their clients identify the factors that maintain their presenting concerns and the skills and coping strategies to overcome these factors. Pacific CBT therapists strive to help their clients become their own therapist.