(650) 965-7332 dr.nwesson@sbcglobal.net


Nancy Wesson, Ph.D.
Professional Background
and Approach to Counseling for
Social Anxiety and Relationship Issues

Licensed Psychologist: PSY 9621
Over 15 years of experience
Friendly, Personal, Private assistance
Located in Mountain View, California
(North San Antonio Road & 101)

Professional Background

I received a Ph.D. in psychology in 1983 with specialized training in clinical and counseling psychology from Alliant International University. In 1978 I was licensed as a Marriage, Family, and Child Counselor and in 1986 I was licensed as a psychologist. I am a founding member of the National Association of Certified Group Psychotherapists and I am a past-president of the Santa Clara County Psychological Association.

I have given several professional level presentations and workshops on shyness, relationship issues, codependency, and group psychotherapy.

How psychotherapy can help you

In my approach to counseling I emphasize self-understanding leading to behavioral change.

Because good psychotherapy puts you and your concerns at the center stage of a counseling relationship, you have the opportunity to talk about yourself, explore your own feelings and life experiences and come to understand your patterns of behavior. Through this process you begin to understand your needs and learn how to become more assertive in getting them met. You develop positive healthy self-esteem, and a stronger sense of self.

In psychotherapy, it has been my experience that most people make profound life changes for the better. Many of these life changes are in the form of bringing more people into their lives, experiencing more rewarding relationships, and changing patterns of behavior.

Areas of Specialization in Private Practice

  • Counseling for Depression, Shyness, Anxiety, Relationship Issues, Codependency, Adult Children of Alcoholics
  • Group Psychotherapy for shyness, relationship issues, and Interpersonal Skills
  • Counseling for dating and singles issues
  • Workshops on Overcoming Shyness and Relationship Skills

Professional Experience

I have been in private practice since 1983. Over that time I have developed specialization in working with shyness, codependency, Adult Children of Alcoholics, and relationship issues. In order to develop these areas of special focus, I have actively studied and developed methods for working effectively with my clients on these issues.

Professional Presentations

Clinical training presentations:

  • Employee Assistance Program Association, The Unique Benefits of Group Psychotherapy – Fall 1995
  • Northern Califalifornia Group Psychotherapy Association: Group therapy presentation -1996
  • Calif. Psychological Association: Effective and Dynamic Psychotherapy Groups, Annual Conference -1996
  • California Psychological Association: Avoidant Personality Disorder (Shyness), Annual Conference -1997
  • Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society Clinical Conference: Too shy to trust, too quiet in group, working with shy and avoidant clients in group psychotherapy-2000
  • Northern California Group Psychotherapy┬áSociety Clinical Conference: Benefits of the Clinical Summaryin Group Psychotherapy-2002
  • California Psychological Association:Effective and Dynamic Psychotherapy Groups, Annual Conference-2003

Staff Training and Consultation:

  • Palo Alto Rape Crisis Center -1989-1994
  • Stress Management, Staff Burnout, Rape Trauma Syndrome, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. Staff training and consultation:Human Affairs International: Couples Therapy -1992
  • Staff Training: Family Services, Inc.: Group Therapy -1995
  • Staff Training: Group Psychotherapy and Shyness: Santa Clara University Counseling Center -1995
  • Staff Training: Working with Shy Clients in Counseling: Stanford University Counseling Center – 1998

Professional Affiliations

  • American Psychological Association
  • California Psychological Association
  • Santa Clara County Psychological Association :Board Member: 1995- present, President-Elect for 1998, President 1999
  • Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society
  • American Group Psychotherapy Association
  • California Association for Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Santa Clara County Psychological Association, President-1999, Board member 1995-2000
  • Santa Clara Valley Chapter of Calif. Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

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