Even in my preteen years, I knew I felt great empathy for other people.  I sat with the girl from another country at lunchtime when my friends would not.  I joined groups which promoted compassion and connection to others.  I loved working in environments where individuals were valued and supported.

        I started as a teacher, in both elementary and high schools.   I felt drawn to opportunities where I could work one-on-one with my students.  In these experiences, the kids talked about how they lived and what was going on at home.  When I heard their personal stories, I knew I wanted to do counseling as my career.   I attended graduate school in a rural area, learning how counseling works.  From that program in the early 70’s, I began to develop my own style of working with you in therapy, which I discuss on the Psychotherapy Services  page.  In order to better help other people, I got into intensive psychotherapy for number of years, exploring my own life questions.   I still consult psychotherapists when I have the need.

        In 1989, I returned to graduate school for my Ph.D. in clinical psychology.  I knew I wanted to do private practice and possibly research and evaluations.  I absolutely loved it!  Those incredibly rich clinical experiences included children and adults of all ages, as well as men and women from widely divergent backgrounds, beliefs, and cultures.   

        I now work with individual adults from the  S.F. Bay Area.  My specialties naturally emerged from my nearly 25 years of varied and dynamic counseling experiences and my understanding of how change happens.  I continue to learn about many dimensions of psychology, as you will note below.  Throughout my psychotherapy career, I have worked closely with other professionals in the health, social service, education, and spiritual communities to provide you with the best possible support.  I will gladly provide you with more information at any time you wish.



        California Board of Psychology    March 1997      

          License number    PSY 15069



        PhD     Clinical Psychology               1994

          California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA

          MEd     Guidance and Counseling     1974

          Antioch University, Keene, NH




                    REPROCESSING (EMDR)

         Parts 1 & 2 of three parts completed for the revised,

         in-depth training in a very effective technique for coping

         with and clearing away effects of trauma and post-

         traumatic stress. Trained and attended consultation group

         with Laurel, Parnell,  Ph.D., one of foremost experts in






                 Fear of Intimacy

                 Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy

                 Partner Abuse and Domestic Violence




                Listening to the Body; Understanding the Lang. of Stress

                Advanced Topics in Addiction Treatment

                Understanding the Nature of Addiction

                Treating People with Chronic Disease

                Health Care for Women

                Treatment approaches to working with Individuals and

        Families with Life-Altering Illness

                Mind-Body Medicine: What Do We Know and What

        Does It Mean for Your Practice




                Trauma and Substance Abuse

                Trauma and Recovery

                Abused Women and Survivor Psychotherapy




                 Psychotherapy Ethics and Counseling              

                 California Law and Ethics

                 Legal and Ethical Issues in Psychotherapy

                 Art and Practice of Supervision


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Diana Sanborn, Ph.D., is a Licensed Psychologist providing individual adult psychotherapy services for Marin County and the San Francisco Bay Area.  She specializes in Stress, Anxiety, Trauma; Relationships and Codependency; and Grief, Illness, and Transition.  Her accessible office is located in Kentfield, CA, across from the College of Marin, close to Highway 101, and near to San Anselmo, San Rafael, Larkspur, and Mill Valley.

        Why I became a therapist . . .

Related Experience

  1.    25 years practicing psychotherapy

  2.    Trained in EMDR and trauma

  3.    Extensive work with people from dysfunctional families

  4.    Familiar with substance abuse recovery

  5.    Multicultural experience and training

  6.    Member of professional organizations

  7.    Commitment to highest degree of ethics and competency

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