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SARALYN RUFF, PH.D.
- Anxiety disorders and depression
- Relationship challenges, conflicts, and breakups
- Work-related stress
- Life transitions such as becoming a parent, career changes, and education
After receiving her graduate degree in Couple and Family Therapy, Saralyn worked in community mental health, serving children, families, and couples. Building on these experiences, Saralyn then obtained a doctorate in Human Development, to enable her research and understanding of evidence-based approaches to therapy, with specific focus on cognitive-behavioral treatments. She has been working in the Psychology Department at the University of San Francisco since 2012 and enjoys maintaining a clinical practice, recognizing the value of integrating research, teaching, and practice.
Ph.D, Human Development, Purdue University
M.Ed., in Couple and Family Therapy, University of Oregon
M.Ed., in Counseling, Family and Human Services, University of Oregon
B.A., Psychology, University of California, Davis
B.A., Political Science, University of California, Davis
Saralyn is licensed in California as a Marriage and Family Counselor (MFT#83380)
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.