Keren Shemesh, PhD

343 Church St
Santa Cruz, California 95060

Narrative of Services:

I work in private practice and specialize in working with children and adolescents. I take great interest in treating mood disorder and anxiety disorders. So far I have worked with about five clients who have/had OCD plus other anxiety-related disorders.

Co-occurring disorders to OCD that I have worked with include Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety, Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD, in both children and adults), and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Training Description:

I have been practicing psychotherapy since 2007. I specialized in working with children and adolescents and take great interest in treating anxiety and mood disorders in both children and adults. I am enthusiastic about treating OCD and OCD related disorders (accessive worry, phobias, tics, Tricoticolomenia…). Working with my clients on facing their fears is an empowering journey, and they are the Heros. I am trained and certified in TEAM-CBT and use Exposure techniques in addition to other methods to address common co-occurring conditions like depression and ADHD.

Diversity Statement:

I am a native Israeli residing in the US for the past 20 years. I have experience working with a highly diverse population and have worked with many immigrants from Israel, India, East Asia, Europ (France, Denmark, Germany, Romania) and Canada (Yes, Canada! although considered Caucasians, their culture and mannerism differ significantly.)

I earned my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and my Masters in Psychology with Creative Expression Specialization from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (ITP), Palo Alto, CA.

I am a graduate of Naropa University (Boulder, CO) with a B.A. in Contemplative Psychology, Incorporating Buddhist principles into modern psychology. I am TEAM-CBT certified, a modality that focuses on treating anxiety, depression, and relationship problems.