About Carmen Chow

As you embark on your search for the right therapist, I would like to share some information about my practice and approach to therapy. I am a licensed psychotherapist with over 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in the San Francisco Bay Area.

I specialize in using evidence-based approaches to help clients enhance their cognitive ability and build flexibility to overcome challenges such as trauma, anxiety attacks, social anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. I recognize that each person has unique needs and goals, and as such, I develop individualized treatment plans tailored to my clients’ specific objectives.

A strong therapeutic alliance is crucial for achieving positive outcomes in therapy. Each therapeutic relationship is sacred to me, and I take great pleasure in building deep connections with my clients. If you’re ready to take the next step towards a healthier and more fulfilling life, I would be honored to work with you.

My Experience

As a licensed psychotherapist, I have had the privilege of serving the Bay Area population in various professional settings. I have worked at several well-known organizations, including UCSF Langley Porter, Jewish Family and Children Services, San Francisco General Hospital, and San Francisco Unified School District, providing care at different levels.

My experience includes providing outpatient services, working in residential care homes, school counseling, early childhood mental health, and conducting clinical research, among other areas.

I have extensive experience working with children and adolescents in private school settings. As the Director of Counseling at The Nueva School for gifted students, I worked for six years, helping pre-k to 12 students develop their social-emotional well-being and prevent mental illnesses.

I have also served as a Regional Director at a residential treatment center, where I managed a team that provided comprehensive care to teenagers struggling with severe emotional challenges. In that role, we worked closely with parents to plan their child’s treatment and to facilitate their return to school and normal life.

I have also done clinical research and treatment at a UCSF program focused on early prevention and intervention approaches for mental illnesses. In that role, we investigated effective treatment approaches and the damages of untreated mental illnesses.

I am certified in providing custody mediation, evaluation, co-parenting, and re-unification therapy, and I have worked extensively with the San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin, and Sacramento Family Courts.

I am certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) for individuals and groups. However, my therapeutic approach is tailored to each client’s unique needs and goals. I have experience addressing a wide range of emotional health and family concerns.

If you are looking for a compassionate and experienced therapist committed to helping you achieve your goals, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Meet Mochi

I am lucky to have an exceptional assistant who provides love and comfort to everyone she meets. Meet Mochi, my emotional support dog! Mochi has worked with children and adolescents in therapeutic settings and is beloved by everyone. Research studies have shown that dogs can be very effective in helping us to lower our stress and blood pressure levels while deepening the quality of our connection to the world and those around us.

In my free time, I also provide foster care to dogs and rabbits and work with rescue groups in the Bay Area. If you are interested, I would be happy to help you find your own emotional support dog if we determine that it would be helpful for your treatment and lifestyle.

Mochi and I are excited to have the opportunity to work with you and support you on your journey towards emotional wellness!