I am a psychologist in private practice in San Jose and Palo Alto. I provide individual and group psychotherapy for adults. I enjoy helping people discover how to get through difficult times, better understand themselves and others, feel more comfortable being and expressing themselves, and more fully pursue their dreams and goals. Please explore this website and feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like to discuss working together.
MY APPROACH TO THERAPY
I help people understand themselves better and relate more skillfully to themselves and others. I believe that when people feel understood well by someone, that experience helps them to understand themselves. When people understand themselves well (e.g., patterns in how they think, feel, act, react, and relate to themselves and others), they are more likely to know what they need and want in life. When people know what they need and want in life and have adequate skills to express themselves and relate to others, they are likely to feel more confident, satisfied, and free to pursue their goals.
I adapt my approach to the evolving needs and goals of each person, drawing on psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness-based, and humanistic approaches to psychotherapy. I am by nature a warm and empathic person and enjoy helping people feel understood and accepted, which makes it easier for them to explore and change.
I follow Irvin Yalom's interpersonal approach to group psychotherapy. In that approach, the group is viewed as a learning laboratory in which members can observe, understand, and try out new ways of relating to themselves and others. Over time, the members share more and more openly and spontaneously their thoughts, feelings, and reactions to what goes on in the group. Doing so can help them overcome excessive avoidance and inhibitions, anxiety, depression, social isolation, low self-esteem, and difficulties knowing and communicating about their feelings and needs. Group therapy can also enhance people’s social skills, facilitate trusting others, and increase feelings of authenticity. Read more about group therapy in general and about my therapy groups, which meet in Palo Alto.
THE PEOPLE I WORK WITH
I work with adults and the variety of experiences, thoughts, feelings, situations, difficulties, and goals that they have. I enjoy working with and have successfully helped many people whose ethnicity, race, gender, culture, sexual orientation, age, and abilities were different from my own. I believe that individual and group differences generate excitement, that people can draw strength from them, and that they are as important to understand as the things we share in common as fellow human beings.
SOME TYPES OF DIFFICULTIES THAT I HAVE HELPED PEOPLE WITH
• Depression, hopelessness, loss of interest or pleasure in things
• Anxiety, worries, insomnia
• Relationship difficulties--intimacy, trust, conflicts, communication, boundaries, breakups
• Low self-esteem, low self-confidence, self-doubt, self-hate
• Social isolation, disconnection, loneliness
• Stress--from relationships, work, finances, health problems, living conditions, past and present traumas
• Difficult life events and major life transitions
• Habits--reduce unhealthy or unwanted behavior patterns and develop healthier ones
• Low emotional awareness and low levels of communication skills--learn how to identify and clearly and respectfully express your thoughts, feelings, and needs; learn how to say no; learn how to set limits
• Difficult emotions--learn how to understand and skillfully respond to anger, jealousy, frustration, guilt, shame, hatred, disappointment, betrayal, helplessness, etc
• Negative thoughts--learn to focus on the thoughts that help you, while letting go of the ones that bring you down
MY BACKGROUND AND QUALIFICATIONS
I have a doctoral degree in clinical psychology (Psy.D.) from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, a master's degree in psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a bachelor's degree in biology from Harvard. I am licensed to practice psychology in California (license number PSY25964). I am a member of the American Psychological Association, the California Psychological Association, the San Mateo County Psychological Association, the Santa Clara County Psychological Association, the American Group Psychotherapy Association, and the Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society.
Benjamin Page, Psy.D.
1120 McKendrie Street
San Jose, CA 95126
117 S. California Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94306