Cressida Forester, Psy.D.

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Qualifications and Experience 

I have a doctorate (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology, and am a licensed Psychologist in the State of California, license: PSY 18902.  I have been providing mental health services for over 30 years in a range of settings including Half-Way houses, Community Mental Health, the Institute on Aging, a University Counseling Center, a Psychoanalytic Residential Treatment Center, and Private Practice.

I provide both long- and short-term psychotherapy, drawing on systems theory, somatic (body-mind) awareness, cognitive behavioral therapy, and psychoanalytic psychotherapy approaches. 

My doctorate (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology, and my MA in Counseling Psychology are both from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.  I have specialized in the field of trauma recovery for most of my career.  


Trauma recovery; relationship issues; anxiety and panic; depression; grief and loss; psychoses; issues related to creativity; issues related to spirituality; identity issues.  

Current practice 

I'm currently in private practice in both Sonoma and San Francisco, where I provide both long and short-term psychotherapy for adults.  In addition, I provide consultation for people who want to assess their needs for psychotherapy, or who have a relative or close friend who is experiencing serious problems.  I also provide Clinical Supervision and Consultation for psychotherapists.  I teach clinical theory and practice at post-graduate and graduate levels.    

Presentations and workshops 

I have presented at the annual conferences of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies; the International Society for the Study of Dissociation; the International Society for the study of Schizophrenia and other Psychoses; and the annual Somatics conference at Ohio State University.  Since 1998 I have been providing workshops and trainings for clinicians, teachers, para-professionals and other caregivers throughout the Bay Area.    

For more information and details

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Dr. Cressida Forester Reaches

Sonoma CA