We are a group of clinical psychologists with expertise in treatment of trauma-related stress. We are trained in the empirically-based, gold-standard treatments for trauma. Our focus is on recovery and empowerment. We want to help you StandTALL in your life.
We take pride in our teamwork. We maintain high standards of care and use our creativity to personalize treatment for every client. We work to teach one another. We believe it is important to rely on research to ground our interventions and to rely on our weekly consultations to center us as professionals.
We track our progress through outcome measures to ensure there is forward momentum in our work.
We do all we can to maximize the potency of our very important work together.
Emily Hugo, PsyD
I am a StandTALL psychologist providing treatment to adults and older adolescents. I encourage value-congruent action which oftentimes sparks increased energy and greater livelihood.
I am active in the therapy room. The therapy room can be both a safe space and also one of creativity. Expect me to jump in and be curious with you. Expect me to point out your strengths and sometimes ask challenging questions. Expect me to use humor at times. I expect you to learn and understand how your improvements are related to your therapeutic work so you can complete therapy with confidence. This is the process that propels us to StandTall in our own lives.
In addition to StandTALL, I am a Staff Psychologist at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System and an affiliated Clinical Associate Professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine. To date, I have trained close to 200 healthcare professionals. I completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine and a predoctoral clinical internship at Duke University Medical Center. I earned my clinical doctorate degree from the PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium.
Jay Schulz-Heik, PhD
Through rigorous training and extensive experience I have worked with many forms of trauma. I am continually impressed by individuals’ capacity to be resilient – to simply bare a struggle when that is what is called for, to heal, and ultimately to grow stronger from the process. I am well-trained in treatments demonstrated to be effective for trauma. And yet everyone’s history and path forward is unique. Therefore I prioritize working collaboratively with clients, working together to come to an understanding of one’s challenges, and how to respond.
Madhur Kulkarni, PhD
I am passionate about improving the lives of those hurt by trauma, discrimination, and disenfranchisement. My career is devoted to treating trauma survivors groups (i.e., child abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence, war, and first-responders) across culturally, diverse groups. My goals are to help clients make sense of and heal from their difficult life experiences. I work collaboratively with clients to identify and address barriers that keep them stuck. I work with clients on increasing their ability to more effectively work towards their goals and live value-congruent lives. In addition to StandTall, I also provide treatment to Veterans as part of a specialized PTSD clinical team at Veteran Affairs Medical System.
Kim Brodsky, PhD
I have been passionate about helping people heal by enhancing their understanding of the sequelae of trauma since my undergraduate career at the University of California, Berkeley, where I spent several years teaching and developing a women studies curriculum on interpersonal violence and sexual assault. During my graduate career I joined the team at Safehouse Progressive Alliance for NonViolence, a human rights organization committed to ending violence against adults, youth and children through advocacy, support, education and community organizing. In this role I spent years providing individual and group psychotherapy to survivors and their families. Following this, I became an Attending Psychologist at the Veterans Administration Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) where I developed and ran an acute inpatient program for veterans struggling with histories of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and addictions. After serving in this capacity for many years, I transitioned to become the Director of the Addiction, Consultation and Treatment team at VAPAHCS, where I provide and oversee treatment to hundreds of our nations veterans who struggle with PTSD. I have continued to also pursue my passion for education and dissemination in my role as an Associate Professor (Affiliated) at Stanford School of Medicine, supervising and providing didactic seminars for psychiatry residents, psychology interns and fellows on evidenced based treatments for survivors of traumatic experiences. I believe strongly in collaborating with my clients to enhance their functioning and facilitate their movement towards a life in which they utilize their strengths to thrive. I am honored to witness my client’s resilience and to stand beside them in their journey towards meaning making and post traumatic growth.
Michelle Einsenberg, PhD
Experiencing trauma can make you feel very alone, and reaching out now is a big step forward. During our work together, we’ll explore the barriers preventing you from being more successful in your personal and professional life. Together we will tailor and apply evidence-based strategies to help you work through the difficulties you are facing. By the end of our work together, you will be equipped with new skills that will help you achieve what may now seem like insurmountable challenges. I’m looking forward to taking the next steps of your journey with you.
Melissa O’Donnell, PsyD
Many people who have experienced traumatic stress feel lost, overwhelmed, and/or lacking in the confidence needed to fully engage with life. Interactions with others or sociocultural systems can be invalidating and make them feel even more alone in their struggle. Nonetheless, I have witnessed countless individuals use treatment not only to overcome adversity related to trauma, but also as a way to accelerate personal growth. Witnessing this process is a privilege, and the ability to apply my clinical expertise to help clients on this journey is one of the most fulfilling aspects of my work. For this reason, I am honored to be a StandTall Psychologist.
Throughout my career, I have gained extensive experience providing evidence-based treatments for trauma. My goal is therefore to work actively and collaboratively to adapt these treatments in a way that best fits the unique needs of each client. Although this process may look slightly different for everyone, my therapeutic approach remains consistent and is best characterized by warmth, transparency, and empowerment.
I obtained my doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium, and completed my pre-doctoral Internship at the VA Los Angeles Ambulatory Care Center followed by my postdoctoral fellowship at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. In addition to my role at StandTall, I also provide treatment in an Intensive Outpatient Program for Veterans with both trauma-related and addictive disorders at the Palo Alto VA.
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