Wandee Pryor, PsyD
I came to psychology by way of writing and literature, with a background in book editing. Understanding how people function and how we evolve is crucial in my work. My theoretical orientation is eclectic and works to identify with the patient what will best serve his or her needs. The therapy I engage in often has a relational/ psychodynamic component, incorporates family systems work and utilizes cognitive behavioral interventions/mindfulness-based treatments. What all this means is, though I have studied psychology for over a decade, I treat every individual or family I work with as unique: there is no cookie-cutter treatment. I believe therapy to be both collaborative and creative, partnering compassion with discovering more challenging truths. I believe we are all capable of change and that each one of us is an expert on ourselves, though sometimes we need help to unlock that personal knowledge, to rewrite our stories and move towards change, self-compassion or acceptance.
As I have told many teens who, during our first meeting bravely share their fear of being “crazy," I believe there is no "crazy" and there is no "normal." I believe that change is part of the wonder and pain of life, but that we can approach these challenging moments in ways that can minimize our suffering. I feel incredibly lucky that, everyday, I am awed by the incredible strength, resilience and honesty of my clients. I do not think there is anything quite as inspiring as when we unravel the ways in which we suffer and step towards the things that give our life meaning.
Psychological Evaluation & Psychotherapy Psychological Testing
Couples, Individuals and families
Therapy for adults, children, teenagers or families struggling to overcome traumatic events, managing anxiety and depression or dealing with relationship, behavioral or identity issues. Therapy to address sell-harm and bereavement. Therapy to help address the psychiatric symptoms related to chronic illness or chronic pain conditions. Group therapy for children and teens suffering from anxiety and depression. Children, teens or family therapy to address psychiatric symptoms related to peer bullying, identity issues and/or changes in family constellation. Work with parents on how to support their child who may be suffering from a mental illness. Therapy addresses how to feel increasingly effective and accepting with their child, as well as reconnecting with them emotionally. Parenting education around improved communication and effective discipline. Assessment services for adults and adolescents.
Wandee has been a practicing psychologist working with children, adolescents, adults and families since 2009. She earned her Psy.D. from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco and previously trained in outpatient medical, nonprofit and county mental health settings where she focused on cognitive behavior therapy and mindfulness-based treatments, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She has experience working with individuals, couples and families, as well as running groups for teen aged girls recovering from sexual abuse, young children and teenagers with anxiety disorders, teens managing depression and adults struggling with substance abuse and PTSD. Wandee pioneered one of the first Kaiser Northern California group treatments for teens with chronic pain and has experience working collaboratively with hospital pediatric departments and departments of infectious diseases to better service individuals with chronic medical conditions. Wandee previously served on the Best Practices Committee for PTSD treatment in adolescents for Kaiser Northern California.