Most people, at some point in time, could benefit from having a trained professional to confide in and collaborate with – to make changes, deal with emotional pain, or search for understanding and meaning in their lives. Human beings are complicated, and life is often full of challenges. For over 25 years, I have been helping adults, college students, and couples work through issues related to self esteem, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, trauma, addictions, relationship difficulties, and life transitions. I am committed to helping people find an approach to personal growth and healing that works for them.



PsyD in Psychoanalysis. Certificate of Psychoanalysis.


PhD in Clinical Psychology.  Dissertation on Marital Satisfaction. Trained in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic, & Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT- Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance, & Mindfulness).


MA in Marriage, Family & Child Therapy. License mft25087.


BA Psychology. 

Training & Experience

Research in the neurosciences supports the premise that human behavior is often influenced by things outside of our conscious awareness. Additionally, people often have a tendency to deal with difficulties by avoiding what is too difficult to think about or feel. This lack of awareness, combined with ineffective coping strategies and unhelpful beliefs about ourselves and relationships, leads to problematic behaviors, attitudes, and symptoms. Therapy expands a persons capacity to create a life that works for them – by understanding and embracing the complexity of your mind and emotions, modifying “internal scripts” and habituated ways of being, and  widening the range of choices for how you live your life and relate to yourself and others. In therapy, more dimensions of the self are discovered, valuable parts that are needed to create a more authentic and satisfying life.

The relationship you establish with your therapist offers invaluable opportunities to develop important mental and emotional capacities. Seeking professional help with something as vitally important as your sense of self and your mental and emotional health is a courageous and worthwhile endeavor. I welcome the opportunity to meet with you and see if I can be of help to you.

In addition to providing therapy, I teach graduate and post-graduate seminars and enjoy supervising interns and clinicians.

Contact Information

Celeste Birkhofer, PhD, PsyD, MFT

1220 University Drive, Suite #102

Menlo Park, California 94025

Phone: 650-323-3428


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