David Brooks, PhD

I believe it is essential that psychotherapy address the problem(s) at the correct level of the personality; this requires that symptoms are understood in the context of patient’s life as a whole person – how he or she exists in the world with others and themselves. Such an approach requires expertise in evaluating and utilizing the therapeutic relationship itself, the process dimension, rather than focusing primarily on the content dimension (as can be the case of CBT, and other shorter term programmatic techniques/treatments). On this view symptoms indicate aspects of human possibility that, for one reason or another, have been hampered in their development and/or expression.


Practice Overview

  • California-20877
  • Anxiety
  • Personality Disorders
  • Depression and Other Mood Disorders
  • LGBT Issues
  • Serious and Persistent Mental Illness
  • Only on PPO (out-of-network) basis. I can electronically submit claims, and your insurance plan will then reimburse you.
  • Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
  • Adults (18-64 yrs.)
  • Existential/Humanistic/Interpersonal
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychodynamic Treatment

Professional Affiliations

  • Faculty, New Center for Psychoanalysis Fellow, International Psychoanalytic Association Chicago Psychoanalytic Society Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California

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