My name is Dr. Michelle Medeiros. Welcome to my private practice.
I was born and raised in Silicon Valley and continue to live in the area. I am the youngest of five children of parents who immigrated to America and worked in the tech industry.
Some of the values that were instilled in me and other values that I have obtained throughout my life are understanding, kindness, compassion, sincerity, gratitude, trust, respect, dependability, dedication, strength, resiliency, and hard work.
I embrace those values in every aspect of my work to earn your trust by being understanding and compassionate, treating you with kindness and respect, and showing gratitude for the opportunity to hear your story, and being a part of your journey. l believe everyone has their own story to tell and unique path to take.
If you choose me as your therapist, I will be committed to the goals that you want to accomplish and will work hard towards helping you build on your strengths and resiliency. I truly enjoy helping people to continue to grow and advance in life, while embracing the unique qualities that make them who they are.
I provide a warm, collaborative, and non-judgmental environment that allows my clients the opportunity to express themselves and feel understood. I generally use a cognitive behavioral therapy approach while incorporating other evidenced-based treatments. Cognitive behavioral therapy is aimed at exploring thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. We identify how automatic thoughts impact emotions and influence actions. We will approach treatment from different directions by challenging unhelpful thoughts, learning new skills to manage difficult feelings, and practicing different coping, behavioral, and interpersonal strategies to promote more desirable outcomes and long term change. Depending on your needs and preferences, I also use other treatment approaches such as, but not limited to, acceptance and commitment therapy, person-centered, attachment, strength, solution or emotion focused, cognitive processing therapy, prolonged exposure, other exposure based, dialectical behavioral therapy, skills training in affective and interpersonal training, social skills training, motivational interviewing, relapse prevention, mindfulness-based practices and psychoeducation.
Again, I commend you on your courage, strength, and willingness to explore these experiences and find answers.
I am committed to working in a collaborative approach, carefully listening, helping you find the answers and solutions you have been looking for and starting this journey with you.
I earned my Doctorate degree in clinical psychology at Palo Alto University. I received various clinical and research experience at multiple VA healthcare systems, Stanford University and Hospital, National Center for PTSD, and community based and private practice settings. I received specialized training in providing psychological assessment and evidenced-based treatments for those coping with adjustment difficulties, life stress or transitions, relationship struggles, anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, adjustment to injury, cognition difficulties, and career and leadership development. I also provide training and consultation to individuals, groups, and organizations. I actively provide supervision and/or consultation to various trainees and paraprofessional, clinical, and medical providers.
Other Professional Training
Postdoctoral Fellowship, James A. Haley Veterans Hospital
Clinical Psychology Internship, Central Texas Veteran Health Care System
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Pacific Graduate School of Psychology at Palo Alto University
Bacholar's of Arts, Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz