From a young age, I knew that I was going to be a psychologist. I had always liked helping my friends better understand themselves and why they were struggling. I also saw—and still see—that when people felt heard and safe they were often able to work through challenges on their own.
My first counseling job was at an inpatient children’s hospital, where I learned how much I liked working with kids and parents. I saw how many factors impact the wellbeing of a child and family, and I wanted to learn as much as possible about how to support children, parents and families as a system.
In pursuit of my Masters, I moved to Santa Barbara where I began working as a counselor in one-on-one and group settings. During that experience, I saw how stress, anxiety, grief and loss can impact every aspect of a child’s and parent’s life. My training in Family Systems theory helped me understand and support clients by looking at multigenerational patterns, behavioral patterns and roles in their family that impact how they see themselves and relate to others. And, through my training and practical experience, I learned that the right approach can help address these kinds of issues, as well as many other challenges, before they get out of hand. I also realized that while there are many effective treatment modalities, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to therapy. Often, clients’ needs are best addressed through a combination of approaches. Excited to learn new resources and empirically validated approaches, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Psychodynamic therapy, to support children, teens and parents, I moved to San Francisco to earn a doctorate in Clinical Psychology.
As a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice assessing and treating children, teens and adults, I recognize that there is no guidebook for how to be in a family. But, there are steps each person can take to better understand who they are, how they relate to others and what they can do to change undesirable thoughts or behaviors. I combine warmth, compassion and clinical expertise to help my clients reach their goals in a safe and confidential environment. I understand how valuable a welcoming, trusting relationship can be when navigating personal and family challenges.
I specialize in helping clients of all ages who are dealing with bereavement, divorce and parenting issues, such as child behavior issues and parenting conflict. When children and teens go through a significant loss or transition, they often also experience anxiety, academic stress, behavioral problems and issues fostering meaningful relationships. I offer a safe, nurturing space where children and teens can feel comfortable sharing how they feel and exploring difficult thoughts, emotions and behaviors without fear of judgment or criticism. There are many reasons why a child or teen may exhibit inappropriate or defiant behavior, including feelings of self-doubt or the desire to be more independent. I use age-appropriate approaches to help children and teens learn to practice self-compassion and make healthy, empowered choices. I also support parents by helping them understand their children’s emotional and developmental needs, as well as to address behavioral issues or parenting conflicts.
My work is influenced by psychodynamic and scientifically validated approaches, including Attachment Theory and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Within our family systems, we learn how to share or conceal our emotions and be in relationships. But, there are countless other factors that can influence the way we think, behave and connect with our family members and others. Using cognitive behavioral approaches, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), I help clients understand how their thoughts and emotions affect their behavior. And, once we are able to recognize triggers and feelings of stress or tension in our body, we can use mindfulness techniques, including self-compassion, meditation, yoga and deep breathing exercises, to calm ourselves and find relief before we start to feel helpless or overwhelmed.
I take great care in helping my clients feel safe and curious as they explore their inner life and learn to build on their strengths. Through the process of increasing self-awareness and developing practical tools to manage stress and challenges, you can foster authenticity in your life, relationships and family.
Dr. Robbin Rockett earned her Psy.D in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, her MA in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University and her BA in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of California with a private practice in Corte Madera and the host of the Solo Parent Life podcast. Additionally, she is the Assistant Clinical Director at the Community Institute for Psychotherapy at San Rafael and serves as President-Elect on the board for the Marin County Psychological Association.