Misha Gutkin, PhD

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I’m direct but easy going, experienced therapist with an advanced degree and training. I have over 10 years of Mental Health experience which includes being a Program Director of two inpatient crisis units. Currently, I'm a staff Psychologist at Kaiser Permanente and have a private practice in Walnut Creek. Don't hesitate to call me for a free phone consultation.

Saturday appointments are available.


My Approach:

Choosing a therapist could be a very overwhelming process. Every therapist is different and uses different techniques to promote change. In my private practice, I use a flexible approach that integrates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with many other therapy techniques. Every person is an individual and there is no one-size-fits-all approach in therapy. Together we will outline issues that have been a problem in your or your child/teen’s life and will discuss ways of addressing these issues. Together we are going on a journey to a better life.

My Education:

Originally, I was born and grew up in Belarus which is one of the former republics of the Soviet Union.  Most of my professional development began after I moved to the US in 1992. I received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology from the University of California, Davis (UCD) and went on to obtain a Master’s of Arts, and later a PhD, in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Allaint International University in San Francisco. My training focused on development of psychotherapy skills as well as neuropsychological assessment and testing.

My Experience:

Overall, I have over 10 years of Mental Health experience. For over 7 years, I worked with adults and children in acute psychiatric crisis. I began my career in Mental Health working at an inpatient crisis residential facility, and when I left the company, I was a Program Director of adult and adolescent inpatient crisis units. I went on to work in a substance abuse treatment center, and later, was offered a position in an outpatient Crisis Clinic in San Francisco. I completed my Post-Doctoral Residency at Kaiser Santa Clara, and currently, besides my private practice, I hold a staff Psychologist position at Kaiser Vallejo where I work with children, teens, and adults.

Cultural Sensitivity:

Over the years I have worked with clients from a large spectrum of ethnic backgrounds, and I truly enjoy working with ethnic and cultural minorities. Being an immigrant from Russia, I’m very well familiar with issues related to immigration and acculturation. I am fluent in Russian and I welcome Russian speaking clients. My office is conveniently located on the boarder of Walnut Creek and Lafayette and only within a short drive from San Francisco.

Please don’t hesitate to call me for a free phone consultation. Saturday appointments are available.

Dr. Misha Gutkin Reaches

Walnut Creek CA