Let us help you find the perfect psychologist

Dr. Caroline Fleck

Let us help you find the perfect psychologist

Locations

Wellspring Psychological Services
451 North Shoreline Boulevard
Mountain View, California
Mon 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm  
Tue 9:00 am - 5:00 pm  
Thu 9:00 am - 5:00 pm  

Biography

I received a Bachelors in psychology and English from the University of Michigan. After graduation, I worked at the University of Chicago where I coordinated three grant-funded studies of depression. Following my work at the University of Chicago, I studied at Duke University where I obtained an M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology. While at Duke, I was trained in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) at the university's Cognitive Behavioral Research and Treatment Clinic. My doctoral research focused on mindfulness-based treatments for psychopathology and I worked extensively with Duke Integrative Medicine in studying the cognitive and neurological effects of mindfulness meditation. I completed my clinical residency at the VA Puget Sound where I treated individuals suffering from a range of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, self-injury, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and personality disorders. Following this residency, I accepted a clinical fellowship at the Evidence-Based Treatment Center of Seattle where I furthered my training in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). As a fellow, I was also trained intensively in evidence-based treatments for anxiety disorders (e.g. generalized anxiety, panic, obsessive-compulsive disorder, phobias, and hoarding), as well as behavioral parent training. In my private practice I work with a diverse client population, including adults and adolescents with mood disorders, anxiety, ADHD, marital and relationship problems, chronic pain, suicidality, self-injury, personality disorders, and parenting issues. I have expertise in various evidence-based treatments for adults, adolescents, and couples and am committed to providing scientifically validated interventions to achieve measurable improvements in the problems my clients choose to address in therapy. In so doing, I aim to equip my clients with the skills and resources they require to effectively manage their emotions, relationships, and symptoms, while also guiding them through the process of finding peace in the chaos of everyday life. I am a licensed psychologist in the states of Washington and California, and a member of the American Psychological Association (APA). In addition to my work in private practice, I am actively involved in training and research initiatives - I am a clinical supervisor for DBT trainees through Dr. Marsha Linehan’s Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinic at the University of Washington, an Adjunct Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Stanford University, and a Clinical Research Consultant for the VA Palo Alto Health Care System in collaboration with the National Center for PTSD. I am also a featured blogger for the Mountain View Voice where I post frequently on topics related to my areas of expertise.

Why should patients choose you as their provider instead of others in the area?

I consider therapy to be a relationship between equals. I am an expert in psychology and have expertise in providing various treatments. You are the expert of your history, experiences, and problems. In coming together, we work collaboratively to apply general psychological principles and evidence-based interventions to resolve the issues you want to address in therapy. The assumption of equality in therapy is not necessarily shared by all providers. Nor is it something to which all therapists actively attend. Unlike some providers, my commitment to collaboration, and to understanding your experience, guides all aspects of my practice. Clients who work with me receive comprehensive assessments at the onset of therapy, and provide data to me on a regular basis so that we can determine if treatment is working or needs to be modified as things develop and change over time. I participate in weekly consultation teams with various experts with whom I review my cases. In working with me, clients thus also get the input of experts tasked with ensuring that I remain objective, non-judgmental, and effective in providing the treatment on which we've agreed. Finally, I maintain a formal meditation practice aimed at increasing compassion, non-judgmental awareness, and attention in the context of my work. I believe that genuine understanding is a practice to which one must consistently attend.

What are the top 3 treatments that you focus on?

Although your therapy is customized to fit your needs and circumstances, I integrate evidence-based approaches when indicated. If you are not familiar with evidence-based treatments, DON'T WORRY! This term simply refers to interventions that have been found, through rigorous research, to be particularly effective at treating specific problems. If the research suggests there is an evidence-based treatment that is effective at treating problems like yours, we will use that treatment protocol to help us resolve those problems. The most common evidence-based treatments I provide are cognitive behavioral interventions, including Exposure and Response Prevention for anxiety disorders, Dialectical Behavior Therapy for self-harm/suicidality, and Behavioral Activation for depression. I also work with couples using Gottman Method Couples Therapy, and parents using Parent Management Training.

What are you proud of in your practice?

My practice strives to provide high quality, evidence-based treatments in an outpatient setting. The aim is always to provide interventions that work for the client. As such, I am highly accessible to my clients, communicating and responding to treatment issues in real time via text, email, phone, and in-person. Ongoing consultation and case review are the gold-standard in my practice and I consult weekly with regional and national specialists to coordinate your care.

Which cases do you enjoy treating? Why?

My favorite cases are those in which the client is open minded and willing to experiment with applying strategies outside of session. Individuals who are willing to incorporate the insights and skills developed in session to better manage stress, emotions, and relationships throughout the week are among my favorite clients.

Offered Services 14 Services

Anger Management Anxiety Anxiety Disorders Depression Driving Fear Follow Up Visit Initial Visit Mood Disorders\/Depression PTSD Pain Management Passenger\/Pedestrain Anxiety Psychological Assessment Psychological Treatment Stress Management

Anger Management Anxiety Anxiety Disorders Depression Driving Fear Follow Up Visit Initial Visit Mood Disorders\/Depression PTSD Pain Management Passenger\/Pedestrain Anxiety Psychological Assessment Psychological Treatment Stress Management

Languages Spoken

English