Scroll down for Ildiko's articles and other published writings. Please note that the articles from Ildiko's past homeopathic work are here for reference purposes. Ildiko is not using homeopathy when working as a psychotherapist.
An article Ildiko wrote for The Therapist, California's MFT magazine, about her experiences in the MOMS program, an intensive outpatient program for those struggling with perinatal mood disorders, mostly post partum depression. Ildiko worked with the mothers who were patients at the hospital and was instrumental in starting weekly groups for the partners of the mothers.
A book review discussing various aspects of the interplay of psychotherapy and homeopathy
Feature article about the homeopathic treatment of anxiety
A short reflection from the time Ildiko worked at a counseling center for high schoolers
Academic paper on process group therapy
Ildiko's book describing her clinical cases from the time she was a homeopathic practitioner
I invite you to be curious about the workings of your mind! I offer a safe space to start this journey together.
People seek the help of a psychotherapist when they are in distress or emotional pain. We are all faced with various degrees of stress throughout our life and we handle these in various ways. Sometimes we are more successful with it, sometimes less so. The role of psychotherapy is to help the person through these hardships in life and potentially help gain something useful from the experience rather than just surviving it.
My approach to psychotherapy comes from the psychodynamic orientation and I bring in my own style, my previous experiences and understanding of human behaviors.
I work with people on their anxieties and worries that manifest in many areas of life – mental, emotional, or physical complaints. These layers all influence each other and long lasting relief will come if we explore the underlying cause to the turmoil on all levels. For those with family issues, we also explore family dynamics – parents with extra stresses to their own career and personal growth, and adolescents finding their own individual expression. Working with a holistic approach is satisfying for the individual and provides interpersonal relief. My approach to therapy is psychodynamic, being curious about effective and meaningful ways to heal one's painful experiences while also looking for ways to open up more space for meaning and creativity in one's life. I take pride in creating a safe space so these explorations could emerge.
Adolescents and adults are welcome - individuals, couples, and groups
My practice is open to new individual patients and couples. If you are interested in participating in group therapy or support groups please inquire about the availability and beginning of the next group session.
Please contact me at (650) 814-2697 or email to schedule an initial consultation where you will share with me what you are looking for and you can get a glimpse into what I have to offer. If you are interested in working with me but you are uncertain how it would feel to be in ongoing therapy, I recommend that you come for three to five sessions and then we discuss if we consider our cooperation a good match.
While an initial phone call is a useful way to establish contact, I usually recommend that we meet in person to talk and discuss all your questions. This way, in a face-to-face conversation, while we exchange important information and practical details you will also get a general sense that will help you make the decision.
I encourage you to "shop around". I believe that you could benefit from working with different therapists and personal contact is needed in order to decide whom you will share this intimate journey with. I am happy to meet with you knowing that I am not the only therapist you are "interviewing".
My current rates are:
Currently I work as an intern at Los Altos Psychotherapy and Consulting under the supervision of Dennis Facchino, PhD, MFT and abide by his policies.
I specialize in psychodynamic individual therapy and in process groups. Having worked at settings like adolescent counseling services, a college counseling center, a hospital intensive outpatient program, and a non-profit clinic providing parenting classes for high conflict divorcing families, I bring my expertise from working with diverse populations into my private practice. My interpersonal style is warm, encouraging, and honest.
I will help you find the tools you need to build on your strengths and achieve your goals. I will provide you with a creative space where we examine together your distress and find new ways to live life to the fullest.
Books, reading material, worksheets - Will be posted soon. Thank you for your patience!
© Ildiko Ran 2014