Education & Certification

Licensed In

Graduated From
Alliant International University - Los Angeles (1977)

National Register Member Since

Joe Persinger, PhD

I am a clinical psychologist with over 25 years experience in an adult outpatient psychotherapy practice at the Milton H. Erickson Institute of Santa Rosa and 15 years experience as a staff psychologist in the Chronic Pain Department at the Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Facility.

Presenting issues I work with include chronic pain and other medical conditions, anxiety/panic disorders, depressive disorders, sleep disorders, dissociative disorders, work/life stress, post-traumatic stress and psychosomatic conditions.

My areas of specialization include Psychodynamic Psychology, Ericksonian Hypnosis, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, MIndfulness Meditation, EMDR, Crisis Intervention, Solutions-Focused Brief Therapy and Somatic Experiencing Trauma Therapy.

My projects for this year include creating a series of hypnosis CDs for use in treating conditions such as performance anxiety, insomnia, phobias, chronic stress and the side effects of chemotherapy.

Learn more about me on my website:

Practice Characteristics

Areas of Expertise

  • Medical Diagnosis Adjustment (e.g., diabetes, cancer, hypertension, weight issues, other chronic illness)
  • Depression and Other Mood Disorders (e.g., bipolar disorder, major depression, bereavement)
  • PTSD/Traumatic Response (e.g., combat stress, loss, injury, sexual assault)
  • Pain (acute/chronic)
  • Stress (acute/chronic)
  • Sleep Disorders (e.g., insomnia, nightmares, sleep cycle disorders)
  • Anxiety (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic, obsessive-compulsive disorder)

Ages Served

  • Adults (18-64 yrs.)
  • Older adults (65 yrs. or older)

Treatment Modalities

  • Psychodynamic Treatment
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Existential/Humanistic/Interpersonal
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy


  • American Psychological Association
  • California Psychological Association
  • Redwood Psychological Association
  • National Register of Health Service Psychologists
  • Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards
  • American Society of Clinical Hypnosis
  • Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute

Fee Information/Office Policy

Office Hours: Monday 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Please contact by:
-Phone: 707-526-7720 ext. 325

Insurance Plans

  • Medicare
  • Anthem BlueCross

Contact Information

Primary Contact

Erickson Institute
1144 Sonoma Ave, Ste 117
Santa Rosa, CA 95405-4812
P: 707-526-7720 (Office)
F: 707-526-1913