Mark Dombeck, Ph.D

Psychologist Serving Alameda, Oakland and East Bay

Sometimes life gets difficult. The way forward becomes unclear. Therapy can help a great deal at such times.

I can help.

I work with Individuals and Couples. I treat Depression, Anxiety, Anger, PTSD, Trauma, Abuse, Bullying, Grief, Ambivalence, Crisis and other painful life, identity, adjustment and relationship issues.

A behavioral therapist by orientation, I draw upon Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help you.

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Questions & Answers About My Practice

Where do you practice?

My office is in Alameda, CA, at the heart of the Park Street shopping district at the corner of Park Street and Central Avenue. The street address is shown below:

Mark Dombeck, Ph.D
1402 Park St.
Suite G

Alameda, CA 94501

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What are your qualifications and experience?

I am a Licensed Psychologist in California (PSY25695) and in Ohio (5698). I graduated from the UCSD/SDSU Joint Doctoral Program (JDP) with a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology (1995), after completing a Pre-doctoral Psychology Internship at the San Francisco VA. I completed a Postdoctoral Clinical Psychology Fellowship at the Yale Psychiatric Institute.

I have been in private practice since 2013. At other points in my career: I taught Clinical Psychology as an Assistant Professor at Idaho State University. I worked for the VA's National Center for PTSD. I directed Mental Help Net, one of the first mental health websites.

Do you accept health insurance?

I accept Medicare (plus supplemental insurance or co-pay) for outpatient therapy. If your alternative insurance provider reimburses for for out-of-network providers, I can generate documentation you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.

What sort of therapy do you practice?

I practice Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). These two approaches complement one another. ACT emphasizes acceptance of things that cannot be changed. CBT helps people change problems that can be changed.

Both ACT and CBT are evidence-based, which means they are well studied and known to be useful. Both approaches continue to be advanced and improved by ongoing research.

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About CBT

CBT or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an evidence-based, practical and goal-focused therapy. The core idea of CBT is that people's thoughts and beliefs can contain errors and biases which amplify emotional and behavioral problems. The therapy involves identifying these errors and biases and correcting thoughts and beliefs.

About ACT

ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) is also an evidence-based, practical and goal-focused therapy. The core idea of ACT is that much psychological suffering is caused by the way language works. We form ideas about events that happen to us (or which we imagine might happen to us) and then very quickly, such ideas become as real to us as the events inspiring them. Painful ideas accompany us wherever we go. Our lives become restricted and rigid as we attempt to avoid painful ideas and experiences.

ACT works to solve the problem in two ways, first by loosening up 'fusion' or over-identification with ideas so as to increase emotional flexibility, and second by focusing people towards values and the pursuit of personally meaningful goals.

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What can I expect from therapy with you?

My full attention devoted to the task of understanding what is troubling you, proposing a set of appropriate therapy goals, and working with you to help you achieve those goals within a reasonably short amount of time.

I'm a behavior therapist, which means that I think of the task of therapy in practical terms. I'm interested in helping you change your behavior - what you're doing; how you're thinking; what you're avoiding - so that your problems become less troubling and your life more meaningful and more fun.

Apart from being well-trained, I am intelligent, active, kind and compassionate. I use these qualities to help you with the work.

I am there with you, present, attentive and interactive. I will not judge you. I will gently but directly raise the issue if you seem to be avoiding something important. I will help you contain and make sense of your experience. I will help guide you towards a more meaningful and fulfilling life experience.

How can I get started?

Contact me to request an Initial Consultation Appointment.


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