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Karyn Goldberg-Boltz 

Dr. Goldberg-Boltz  Clinical Psychologist
Walnut Creek, CA

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Walnut Creek, CA
Dr. Goldberg-Boltz
Clinical Psychologist
2930 Camino Diablo
Suite 305
Walnut Creek, CA 94597

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My Practice:

With distinguished professional credentials and over 25 years in practice helping people overcome life's challenges, I understand the issues you face and can offer you guidance, support, and hope.
 I have the expertise to help you and your family with a wide range of short and long-term goals, including reducing stress and resolving conflict, improving communication and intimacy, and healing from loss and emotional suffering. With compassion and respect, I will help you address your troubles, identify your obstacles, and develop the strength and courage you need to overcome them.

I have an open-minded, flexible approach and a warm, interactive professional style, and will collaborate with you to create goals and design strategies to best meet your individual needs. Drawing from extensive training and seasoned clinical skills, I incorporate traditional psychoanalytic theory with practical, state of the art techniques to provide you with the best care. I advocate biopsychosocial strategies: cognitive behavioral and mindfulness techniques, mind/body health, and spirituality. Sometimes I work with my therapy dog, a very loving and attuned Golden Retriever named Luna.

I am invested in your therapy and strive to help you develop the insight and resources you need to reach your objectives. Together, we will work to increase your resilience, mind/body health, and to create the changes you desire to improve your life. 

While I don't accept any insurance, I will provide an invoice for you to submit if you have a PPO insurance plan. Please visit my webpage to learn more about my practice and office policies and see how much I can help you: 

Training, Professional Experience, and Awards:

I completed my B.S. at U.C. Berkeley with High Honors in 1981, and my Ph.D. at California School of Professional Psychology, L.A, in 1986. 

I trained in a wide variety of inpatient and outpatient clinical settings to understand the full spectrum of psychological functioning, mental illness, and its treatments. 
This included a full-time APA internship at Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center, working with family systems, crisis intervention, incest, and sexual abuse. My dissertation explored self-esteem and family boundaries.

After earning my Ph.D., I completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at Reiss-Davis Child Study Center, specializing in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychological assessment. During that time I also worked as a psychological assistant cultivating a private practice in Beverly Hills, CA.

I moved to the Bay Area in 1989 and became the Staff Psychologist/Director of Training at Children's Hospital, San Francisco, Adolescent Intensive Residential program, where I provided patient care, supervision, and developed a cohesive psychoanalytic psychology internship program. 

In 1989, I opened a practice in Walnut Creek, specializing in child, adolescent, adult and family diagnostics and psychotherapy. Thanks to the confidence of referring physicians and colleagues and the wonderful patients with whom I have had the privilege of working, the practice continues to flourish and evolve over time. 

Outside of my practice, I enjoyed serving on Contra Costa Psychological Association's Board of Directors for over a decade. As President, I was very proud to receive the "Diamond Award for Outstanding Service to the Profession of Psychology" in January 2009, and CCPA 's "Outstanding Service Award" in January 2007.

I also served as CCPA Chairperson of the Information and Referral Network, Membership Chair, and Member at Large. My contributions included strengthening our professional community, creating interdisciplinary networks and hosting an ongoing consultation and networking group. I helped to improve our website and create the "Find-A-Psychologist" search engine. 

I also served in the Leadership and Advocacy program of the California Psychological Association, promoting public mental health care through legislative advocacy in Sacramento. In 2015 I was selected for the International Association of Health Care Professionals, a network of doctors who are deemed leaders in their respective fields. 
I am also a member of CPA and APA.

Currently, I serve as a senior clinician and consultant to a Home Within, a non-profit agency that offers supervision for therapists and ongoing therapy to foster children. I advocate and conduct tolerance, compassion, and nonverbal communication training. My work continues to evolve as personal and professional experience deepens my compassion, spirituality, and understanding of life's challenges and how to address and overcome them.