Our Providers

Poorni O. Lindenfeld, PhD, MPH




Postdoctoral Fellowship in Evidence-Based Psychotherapies (San Francisco VA Medical Center)

Psychology Internship (Palo Alto VA Health Care System, Geropsychology Track)

PhD in Clinical Psychology (University of Southern California)

MA in Clinical Psychology (University of Southern California)

MPH in Behavioral Sciences (Emory University)

BA in Psychology and International Studies (Washington University in St. Louis)

Special Interests

I have expertise in evidence-based psychotherapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and exposure and response prevention (ERP) to name a few. I treat individuals presenting with such issues as depression, generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic disorder, phobias, medical issues including chronic pain, sleep issues, adjustment issues, life transitions (including grief, role changes), and cultural issues. I also have expertise in adult development and aging and as such, am truly in awe of my clients' growth well into adulthood and older adulthood.

Therapy Style

I enjoy actively collaborating with my clients to make changes in their lives that are important to them. I support and simultaneously will challenge, gently nudge, be resourceful and compassionate, and use humor along the way. Making changes in one's life can take such courage, discipline, and hard work, and being part of such a vulnerable process is one that I am constantly humbled by. I take an integrative, evidence-based approach in my practice, meaning I adapt therapy tools from a wide range of effective psychotherapeutic perspectives to best fit the person in front of me. I also enjoy tracking my clients' progress so that we can collaboratively bear witness to (and celebrate!) the fruits of your efforts in therapy. With my clients’ consent, I am happy to consult with other health care providers such as psychiatrists and/or other medical providers to support and collaborate care.

Modality & Approach

My education, research and clinical training has been steeped in effectively pinpointing what is causing distress (assessment phase), coming up with a game plan (treatment planning phase), and using the most effective techniques to alleviate the suffering (treatment phase). I am keen on quickly honing in on when to use which psychotherapy or a combination of them. I am equally keen on quickly referring out if I am not the right fit for a client. As I utilize evidence-based approaches, I simultaneously strive to provide warmth, compassion and nonjudgment. I take an active, collaborative stance and treatment goals are based on what my clients value and see as most important. I am equally focused on increasing functioning and reducing symptoms. I am experienced in providing behavioral therapies and cognitive therapies, most notably cognitive behavioral therapies for conditions such as depression, anxiety, insomnia and chronic pain (CBT); meta-cognitive or ‘third wave’ cognitive therapies such as acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBCT), exposure-based interventions like exposure and response prevention (ERP), and other evidence-based therapies such as interpersonal therapy (IPT) for depression, life review, and image rehearsal training (IRT) to name a few. I also welcome learning about ongoing research developments in effective psychotherapies and folding them into my practice.

What is your favorite restaurant in San Francisco?

Does Mitchell's or Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous count? For savory, Pizetta 211.

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

Walking and getting fresh air outdoors. Practicing gratitude, even if for a few seconds. Binge watching my favorite tv shows.


Being with my family and friends, traveling, reading, nature, the arts, board games, the eternal search for the perfect yellow cake recipe.

License Number and State

25378 - CA