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  • Relationship challenges
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Depression
  • Adolescent issues
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Life transition issues such as entering college and young adulthood, senior adults

Michael Waldo, Ph.D. is drawn to the field of psychology by observing that individuals and families can rise above hardship and trauma to live productive and satisfying lives.  His belief in the strength and potential of people is reflected in the decision to study cognitive behavioral therapy and to use this model as his primary approach to doing therapy.  He is honored to share evidence based cognitive behavioral tools with clients, and support them as they use the tools that work best for them to make the changes they want to see in their lives.

Michael is a licensed psychologist, a Fellow in the American Psychological and American Counseling Associations.  He is listed in the National Register of Health Psychologists and is certified as a Relationship Enhancement Marriage and Family Therapist.  He has over thirty years of experience providing individual, family and group counseling for adolescent and adult clients who face challenges with anxiety, depression, emotions, substances, learning, career and relationships.

Michael has served as a counselor at four university counseling centers, six hospitals and seven community agencies. He has also served as a graduate faculty member training psychologists at three universities. He has published 50 manuscripts in national refereed professional journals, and he has provided leadership in for national professional organizations.

Professional Organization Affiliation

Michael is a member the American Psychological Association, the American Counseling Association, the Association for Specialist in Group Work, and the International Association for Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling.

Education and Training

Michael is a Bay Area native who earned his Associates degree in psychology at the College of San Mateo and his Bachelors degree in psychology at the University of California, Berkeley.  He earned his doctorate in the American Psychological Association (APA) accredited Counseling Psychology program at the University of Utah, and completed an APA approved internship at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in New Orleans.  He has extensive post doctoral training in cognitive behavioral therapy, group counseling and Relationship Enhancement Marriage and Family Therapy.

Clinical Psychologist License number:  27284

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.

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