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 teenagers, adults and couples work through issues related to self esteem, depression, anxiety, trauma, addictions, eating disorders, grief & loss, life transitions, and unsatisfying relationships. I am committed to helping every person create an approach to personal growth and healing that works for them.


PsyD, Doctorate in Psychoanalysis.

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program.

PhD, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.                                                 Dissertation on Marital Satisfaction.

MA, Masters degree in Marriage, Family & Child Therapy.                 California Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist.

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES                                                     B.A. Psychology.

Training & Experience

I have extensive training in Psychoanalysis, Couples Therapy, Addictions, and Dialectic Behavior Therapy (interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance and mindfulness). In addition to my clinical practice, I supervise clinicians and enjoy teaching graduate and post-graduate seminars.

Research in the neurosciences supports what Freud originally discovered – that human behavior is often motivated by things outside of our conscious awareness. People also have a tendency to deal with difficulties by avoiding what is too difficult to think about or feel. Lack of awareness, combined with ineffective coping strategies and unhelpful beliefs about ourselves and relationships, usually leads to problematic behaviors and symptoms. Therapy expands a persons capacity to understand and embrace the complexity of their mind and emotions, and widens the range of choices for how they live their lives and relate to others. It opens up more dimensions of one’s self, valuable parts that your guarded self can’t access but will need to create a more authentic and satisfying life.

Choosing a therapist that you feel comfortable with is essential. The relationship you form with your therapist offers invaluable opportunities to transform habituated, unconscious relational patterns, and helps you 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 endeavor. I welcome the opportunity to meet you and see how I can be of assistance.

Contact Information

Celeste Birkhofer, PhD, PsyD, LMFT

1220 University Drive, Suite #102

Menlo Park, California 94025

Phone: 650-323-3428


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