I'm not a quiet therapist who provides minimal input. I'm thoughtful and calm, but also irreverent, direct and conversational.

Our Team

Monika Poxon, PsyD

Licensed In

CA

Approach

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Harm reduction, Psychodynamic, Solution-focused, Strengths-based

Therapy Style

I’ve enjoyed working as a psychologist for over 20 years and my clients teach me a great deal as they trust me with their therapeutic process. The vulnerability and confidence they share with me is a privilege and a gift, as well as a deep responsibility. I realize that making the decision to see a therapist is often a long and challenging one. It’s scary to ask for help and my goal is to help you feel as safe as possible, while working through the concerns that you need assistance with.

It’s so rare to have the chance to really be seen and heard. My goal is to give you that space to just be present, be honestly seen and to use my experience and knowledge to help guide you towards feeling better about yourself and others.

I view therapeutic work as a collaborative process. I'm not a quiet therapist who provides minimal input. I'm thoughtful and calm, but also irreverent, direct and conversational.

Education

BA - Psychology and Women's Studies, University of Minnesota

MS - Counseling Psychology, Loyola College, Baltimore MD

PsyD - Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP)

Post-Doctoral MS - Clinical Psychopharmacology, California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP)

License Number and State

CA 18758

Pronouns

she/her

Why did you become a therapist?

I like being able to create a healing environment for people. I enjoy providing a quiet oasis from the craziness of modern life, where people can slow down, be thoughtful and introspective, feel and let their guard down, and be accepted for who they are while still challenged to work and change in healthy ways.

I like learning from my clients. I can’t imagine another job I could do that would put me in such close proximity to people from so many different walks of life. I’ve learned more about people, myself, and so many places, experiences, and topics thanks to the people I’ve gotten to know.

What are your interests outside of work?

When I’m not working, I love being outside as much as possible, hiking the beautiful Bay Area trails, or walking along one of the many lovely beaches, playing with my dog or cats, and being with my children and spouse.

What is one thing you do daily that supports your mental and emotional well-being?

I love being outdoors and enjoying being in the moment and just breathing.

How do you recharge?

Yoga, hiking, sunshine

Do you have any pets?

Three cats and one bonkers puppy.