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Wendy von Wiederhold, PhD

Wendy von Wiederhold, PhD (psy#15420) is a clinical psychologist in private practice with offices in San Francisco and St Helena. She has focused much of her 20+ year practice on adolescent, couple, and adult psychotherapy, and parent consultation. In recent years, Dr. von Wiederhold has specialized in treating patients who struggle with medical conditions such as breast and other cancers, and neurological disorders, and those confronting end-of-life issues and decisions. She is particularly interested in palliative care, and working with families and caretakers coping with serious or life-threatening illness. She has held supervisory and faculty positions at Access Institute, the Wright Institute, CPMC, and the Institute on Aging. She has written numerous articles, and has trained and presented nationwide on attachment, complex trauma, and foster children.

"Emotions can sometimes be difficult to bear-sadness, worries about yourself and others, fears, painful recurrent interactions, and relationships. Working with an understanding professional to explore feelings and expectations about yourself and your relationships can be the key to clarifying troubling emotional states. These feelings can cause recurrent painful states, or push us toward repetitive or self-destructive behaviors. Exploring these feelings in a safe relationship can cause feelings about yourself and others to shift, opening to new ways of thinking and behaving. This allows for greater flexibility, enhanced creativity, a better relationship with yourself, and better connections and relationships.

I work with adults and adolescents experiencing a wide range of difficulties--anxiety, depression, mood swings, eating disorders, excessive fears, peer and relationship difficulties, behavioral changes, and academic problems. I work with adolescents to help them manage the often overwhelming feelings that can occur during this time of transition.

A special area of interest is working with women who have recently received or are living with a breast cancer diagnosis. I provide consultation to parents with concerns regarding their child or adolescent. Issues include developmental changes, emerging sexuality, drug and alcohol use, peer conflicts, academic difficulties, and sibling rivalry."


  • Child or Adolescent
  • Breast Cancer Diagnosis
  • Parenting


Mental Health

  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Elderly Person Disorders
  • Impulse Control Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Thinking Disorders



  • Bisexual
  • Gay
  • Lesbian


  • Adoption
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Career Counseling
  • Chronic Impulsivity
  • Chronic Pain
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Eating Disorders
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Narcissistic Personality
  • Oppositional Defiance
  • Peer Relationships
  • Relationship Issues
  • School Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Self-Harming
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Teen Violence
  • Testing and Evaluation
  • Transgender
  • Trauma and PTSD

Client Focus


  • Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)
  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
  • Adults
  • Elders (65+)



  • Bisexual Clients
  • Cancer
  • Gay Clients
  • HIV / AIDS Clients
  • Heterosexual Clients
  • Lesbian Clients
  • Transgender Clients

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Saint Helena, Ca

San Francisco, CA