Holly Hopkins Shah, Psy.D.

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Are you struggling with issues related to trauma, grief, anxiety, depression or major life changes? There comes a time when help is needed from a professional to cope with many of life’s challenges. I’m a licensed psychologist in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, and I’m here to support you on your journey toward healing and self-discovery.
I offer psychological care designed specifically to promote your full potential health and wellness. I am dedicated to providing you with the utmost care and concern, respect, and dedication in your healing process. 
I provide consultations and psychotherapy for adults, groups, and couples. My specialties include trauma, depression, bipolar, anxiety, women’s issues, addiction, transitions, sexuality, relationships, parenting, grief, and stress management.

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About Dr. Holly Hopkins Shah

EDUCATION & TRAINING:
Dr. Shah received her undergraduate degree at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She graduated with Psychology Honors and published two articles as an undergraduate student. She chartered the first chapter of Psi Chi, the honors society for psychology students at her university. She received her Masters and Doctorate degrees at the California School of Professional Psychology in Alameda, California. 

Dr. Shah received her training in a variety of settings including several public clinics, a psychiatric hospital, suicide hotlines, schools, and group homes. She has also worked closely with a psychiatrist and physician in private practice. 

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS:

She is licensed by the California Board of Psychology, License # PSY19534. 

Dr. Shah is a Board Certified Professional Counselor with the American Psychotherapy Association. 

She has also completed specialized training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR) and is a Certified EMDR Therapist. 

 
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Services

Dr. Shah offers individual & group psychotherapy for adults.  This includes working with you using evidence-based practices to promote your healing and wellbeing. Together, we will create an individualized treatment plan using co-created goals for therapy.

 
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Style and approach to psychotherapy:

I approach therapy to help my client bring about new thoughts, beliefs, feelings, and behaviors in their life that will have a lasting impact on daily functioning and in interpersonal relationships, work, and how you view yourself and the world around you. I help to reinforce and build coping techniques, develop strategies to make adaptive changes in your life, reach your full potential, and obtain more meaning out of the life you live. 

Because psychotherapy involves a commitment of time, money and emotional energy, it is important that you find a therapist that you feel you can work with. Sometimes patients notice that the connection between themselves and their new therapist is not what they expected. If this occurs, it is suggested that you address these concerns with the therapist directly to resolve this issue before it impacts the quality of treatment and your participation in therapy. 

When treating patients, I tailor my way of working to who you are, what your needs are, and what your goals are. 

I work using a combination of Cognitive Behavioral, Psychodynamic, Ego State, Relational, and Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) approach. 

When working from a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy structured approach, the therapist focuses on relieving symptoms through assisting the patient in changing the way they think about and perceive the problem. I can also work with the patient in developing some relaxation techniques and identifying triggers to symptoms. 

In a Psychodynamic approach, the therapist works with patients in a more unstructured way. In doing so, the doctor and the patient work collaboratively on exploring life circumstances, historical experiences, and how one relates to the other to produce the target symptom. 

For those wanting to address their reactions to a traumatic event, I will work with this patient using EMDR.

Generally speaking, most patients have reported the best results with this combined approach to fully relieve difficulties and symptoms and come to a place of healing and wholeness.

 

Contact Dr. Shah

1361 S. Winchester Blvd., Ste 111, San Jose, CA 95128

650-799-3623

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