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Lorna Foster, PhD

Psychologist

"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I will meet you there." -Rumi

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Welcome! I'm glad you're here.

I offer a compassionate, intelligent, understanding, and non-judgmental presence to support you on your journey toward discovery of your own truths, full self-acceptance, and becoming the whole person you aspire to be. I listen closely, try to see the whole situation and from your side then give honest caring feedback. I am an advocate for your health and wholeness.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Family Dynamics
  • Abuse
  • Behavior Modification
  • Families of individuals with substance abuse issues
  • Cultural Issues

MENTAL HEALTH + WELLNESS RESOURCES
(MY FAVORITE RECOMMENDATIONS)

"The Gift of Fear" by Gavin de Becker

"The Dance of Anger" by Harriet Lerner

"Women Who Love Too Much" by Robin Norwood

Al-Anon

Adult Children: Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families

BIO

Dr. Foster brings her seven years of therapeutic experience with children, adolescents, adults, at-risk youth, incarcerated young people, 12-Steppers, and men and women with addiction and other issues to the forefront to ensure her clients' needs are met.

Her clinical experience has taught her that people struggle with many of the same issues: trauma, depression, anxiety, trust, boundaries, etc. People usually need a trusted confidante who sees and accepts them exactly as they are, a caring witness who can see the world from their perspective, and a wise collaborator and strong advocate who will help them see issues from many sides, empathize with them as they make their own mistakes, and celebrate with them as they learn and grow and heal through this process. Dr. Foster aspires to fulfill these roles for her clients.

CLINICAL EXCELLENCE.

Dr. Foster's transpersonal approach to therapy allows for all aspects of her clients, the mental, emotional, social, spiritual, and physical to be considered, nurtured, and supported. To do this, she utilizes, as needed, her training in a broad range of therapeutic methods such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychosynthesis, and Psychodrama to help her clients move through mental and emotional blocks to achieve their desired goals.

Education

  • BA, Psychology - Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • MA, Psychology - Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Palo Alto, CA
  • PhD, Clinical Psychology - Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Palo Alto, CA
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Awards

  • Pilates Instructor
  • CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocate
  • Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society
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Affiliations

  • California Psychological Association