Risha Henry, Ph.D. - Clinical Psychologist in Menlo Park, CA


Dr. Henry received her BA from Stanford University and her PhD in Clinical Psychology from UCLA. Her postdoctoral training has included a fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Stanford University, a research position at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, and the 3-year ISTDP core training and 2-year ISTDP advanced core training certification programs with Josette ten Have-de Labije, PsyD and Robert Neborsky, MD. Since 2004, Dr. Henry has been in private practice, with her offices currently in Menlo Park, CA.

She is dedicated to helping her clients reach their highest level of functioning as quickly as possible.

News About Risha Henry


Amsterdam, The Netherlands- November 3, 2016: Case presentation at the 8th International Conference of the IEDTA (International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association). Dr. Henry will present an edited version of her 2015 Ad Hoc Bulletin of Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy publication: “From tears of helplessness to tears of joy: Navigating the roadmap to the patient’s unconscious.” Her presentation includes both didactic and patient follow-up material. Additional information may be found here.

San Diego, CA- February 8, 2015: Case presentation at the California Society for ISTDP Winter School: “From Tears of Helplessness to Tears of Joy: Factors in learning Attachment-based ISTDP.” Dr. Henry presented the case of a 34-year old man suffering from symptoms of anxiety, depression and substance abuse. Videotaped excerpts, drawn from the 1-year course of therapy, demonstrate successful application of the AB-ISTDP model in which Dr. Henry helped to resolve the patient’s depression and substance abuse, and more healthily regulate his anxiety. Additional information may be found here.

London, UK - September 26, 2014: Dr. Henry presented the case of a 34-year-old woman with anxiety and panic symptoms at University College London. The presentation, “Overcoming Roadblocks to the Unconscious: Using Attachment-based ISTDP to facilitate recovery from child abuse," was sponsored by ISTDP-UK. Demonstrating the attachment-based ISTDP model, Dr. Henry presented excerpts from a 9-month course of therapy in which the patient ultimately achieved both symptom relief and the initial stages of character change. Additional information may be found at ISTDP-UK.

How I Work
Psychotherapy Services - Problems Addressed

Active, Evidence-Based Therapy

My treatment approach is best for those with a high level of motivation to change for the better.

This is because I employ a very active, accelerated model of psychotherapy, combining my training in cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and mindfulness using a psychodynamic framework. Your own commitment and courage will help shorten the course of treatment.

The resulting program of intensive short-term dynamic therapy (ISTDP) helps people achieve positive and lasting change, rapidly.

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What To Expect
Evidence-Based Approach to Therapy

Initial Phone Consultation (No Charge)

Prior to your first appointment, I offer a 20-minute phone consultation at no cost during which you can describe your situation and the difficulties you are experiencing. This conversation will allow you to understand more fully how I believe I can help you overcome your difficulties as quickly as possible.

As a result of our conversation, we can evaluate whether we are a good fit to one another.

First Session

Our initial session is an extended one: two hours and 15 minutes in length. During this session, we will carefully and thoroughly investigate the issues you are experiencing.

You are likely to experience an immediate reduction in symptoms, and an awareness of self-defeating patterns. Together, we will develop a mutual and concrete understanding of your treatment goals and precise steps you can take to achieve them both during and between sessions.

Subsequent Sessions

If we mutually agree that additional sessions will be of value to you, we will schedule them following our first appointment. We can set the frequency and length of sessions depending on what fits your unique goals, schedule and budget.

You can expect that I will work actively with you in a compassionate, attentive, and productive way. We will help you to develop healthier ways of treating yourself, achieve closeness in the relationships you wish to deepen, and increase your enjoyment of life.

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Effective Treatment
Therapy for High-Tech Professionals

Therapeutic Approach

Intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy (ISTDP) facilitates rapid resolution of a broad spectrum of psychological symptoms and disorders. It was developed to overcome obstacles that most therapies cannot accomplish rapidly (or at all.)

Recent research has strongly supported the approach. From my clinical experience, it is the most effective treatment available because it integrates the state-of-the art in cognitive-behavioral techniques while working from a psychodynamic base.

My approach integrates skills and tools from my training in:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP)