Doctor of Philosophy, Clinical Psychology. Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, Palo Alto University, Palo Alto, CA. Full Accreditation by the American Psychological Association (APA)
Emphasis in Neuroscience in Women’s Mental Health. Center for Neuroscience in Women's Health. Stanford University School of Medicine. Palo Alto, CA.
Dissertation: Stanley, M. L., (2017) Personality style and self-compassion in Postpartum Depression: A pilot online prevention study. (Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation). Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, Palo Alto University, Palo Alto, CA.
Master of Science, Clinical Psychology. Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, Palo Alto University, Palo Alto, CA. Emphasis in Neuroscience in Women’s Mental Health.
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and Social Behavior. University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA
Licensed Clinical Psychologist (Lic. PSY 30880). California Board of Psychology.
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About Dr. Meagan Stanley
A note about my work as a psychologist and approach to therapy:
"I’m a clinical psychologist, but above all, I’m a human. Being human is quite challenging at times and it takes an incredible amount of courage to face our problems head on. In my experience as a therapist, I have learned the only way to learn, grow, and transform is to first be met with compassion, non-judgment, and mutual humanity.
Based on these core values, I practice humanistic, integrative, and client-focused therapy. No single approach to therapy works for everyone and therefore, I individualize therapy to focus on treating you as a whole and unique person, not just a set of symptoms.
The focus of therapy first begins with building a trusting therapeutic relationship, which forms the foundation of our work together. I have always anecdotally known this to be true, but now empirical evidence is confirming the power of authentic human connection to facilitate positive and enduring change. This is, at minimum, is what I provide to my clients. When met with unwavering empathy, individuals can more freely explore their entire human experience, and in the process find greater acceptance for themselves and others.
Within this safe and nurturing environment, I use evidence-based tools that are matched to the needs and cultural presentation of the clients with whom I work, commonly referred to as integrative therapy or an integrative approach. I tend to draw from mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral approaches including Compassion-focused Therapy (CFT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), as well as transpersonal & person-centered therapy, and family systems theory. There is no "one size- fits all" model to therapy, and therefore, I focus on adapting these techniques, my therapeutic style, and the direction of therapy to best meet your goals.
I am committed to helping my clients grow in a judgment-free, safe, and enriching environment that facilitates positive and enduring change. I believe in each person's unique ability to grow, gain awareness, and rediscover their truest self. It is my honor to help you better understand what you are going through, find deeper insight and more clarity, and improve your relationship with yourself and others."
-Dr. Meagan Stanley