Hello, I’m Rebecca Stanwyck, a licensed psychotherapist, behavioral consultant, and meditation teacher with business consulting experience.
Let me unpack that a bit: I have been in private practice as a psychotherapist in California since 2004, helping adults ages 21-85 solve personal and work-related problems, break habits and addictions, and find clarity, self-acceptance, and peace. I have special expertise in addictions, anxiety disorders, depression and mood disorders, life and job transitions, and stress-related illness. My approach is holistic and non-pathologizing, a blend of cognitive-behavioral techniques, mind-body practices, neuroscience, and supportive psychotherapy.
I also worked in Employee Assistance Programs for 20 years, so I understand workplace issues and stressors, especially among healthcare professionals, educators, and in the tech world. Concurrently, I taught Continuing Legal Education seminars on stress and substance abuse for 15 years, so I have some understanding of the issues and stressors in the legal profession.
I have been a mindfulness teacher since 2011. I have advanced training in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for the relief of anxiety and depression, and Mindfulness-based Relapse Prevention for folks in early recovery from substance abuse and addiction, and offer 8-week courses in both. While mindfulness and meditation are grounded in Buddhism and other ancient Eastern philosophies and traditions, I approach the teaching of mindfulness in a secular, down-to-earth way, to help people improve and maintain cognitive function, physical health, emotional well-being, interpersonal effectiveness, and spiritual connection.
My credentials include a master’s degree in Social Work from UC Berkeley, an undergraduate degree in Spanish and Social Ecology from UC Irvine, and a CA license in Clinical Social Work. I am also a Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work, indicating that I have met the highest standards of my profession.
And while I prefer to keep my personal and family life private, I will say that work-life balance is very important to me. I take good care of my physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health, through regular exercise, meditation, yoga, spending time in nature, reading, partaking in the performing arts, and connecting with friends and family.