Dr. Holly H. Shah

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About Dr. Holly Shah

Dr. Shah received her undergraduate degree at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She graduated with Psychology Honors and published two articles as an undergraduate student. She chartered the first chapter of Psi Chi, the honors society for psychology students at her university. She received her Masters and Doctorate degrees at the California School of Professional Psychology in Alameda, California.

Dr. Shah received her training in a variety of settings including several public clinics, suicide hotlines, schools, and group homes. She has also worked closely with a psychiatrist in private practice.

Her office is currently located in Campbell, California in the Heritage Village Offices building.

License and Certifications:
She is licensed by the California Board of Psychology, License # PSY19534.

Dr. Shah is a Board Certified Professional Counselor with the American Psychotherapy Association.

She has also completed specialized training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR).

Member, American Psychological Association
Member, American Psychotherapy Association
Member, California Psychological Association
Member, Santa Clara County Psychological Association

How Dr. Shah works

I approache therapy to help the patient bring about new thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in their life that will have a lasting impact on daily functioning in interpersonal relationships, work, and how you view yourself and the world around you. I help to shore up coping techniques, make adaptive changes in your life, reach your full potential, explore yourself, and how to obtain more meaning out of the life you live.

Because psychotherapy involves a commitment of time, money and emotional energy, it is important that you find a therapist that you feel you can work with. Sometimes patients notice that the connection between themselves and their new therapist is not what they expected. If this occurs, it is suggested that you address these concerns with the therapist directly to resolve this issue before it impacts the quality of treatment and your participation in therapy.

When treating patients, I tailor my way of working to who you are, what your needs are, and what your goals are.

I work using a combination of Cognitive Behavioral, Psychodynamic, and Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) approach.

When working from a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy structured approach, the therapist focuses on relieving symptoms through assisting the patient in changing the way they think about and perceive the problem. I can also work with the patient in developing some relaxation techniques and identifying triggers to symptoms.

In a Psychodynamic approach, the therapist works with patients in a more unstructured way. In doing so, the doctor and the patient work collaboratively on exploring life circumstances, historical experiences, and how one relates to the other to produce the target symptom.

For those wanting to address their reactions to a traumatic event, I will work with this patient using EMDR.

Generally speaking, most patients have reported the best results with this combined approach to fully relieve difficulties and symptoms.