About Me

Barbara Peterson, Ph.D.  is a Clinical Psychologist  specializing in psychological assessment, and individual and family therapy, for adolescents and adults. She maintains a private practice  in Walnut Creek, California.   She is also an Adjunct Faculty member at The Wright Institute, Berkeley, CA where she teaches adult psychodiagnostic assessment to doctoral students in Clinical Psychology.   With over 30 years experience as a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, and as a graduate of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, specializing in psychodynamic psychotherapy, she is currently serving as a private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Among her areas of expertise are child sexual abuse and sexual assault, Bipolar Disorders, Adolescent behavioral, emotional and learning disturbances, Depressive Disorders and Anxiety Disorders.

In addition to being a prominent Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Peterson has presented at National and state conferences and to general audiences speaking on the topics of sexual abuse, psychological assessment, treatment of depressive and bipolar disorders, adolescent development.  Dr. Peterson is an interactive, solution-focused therapist. Her therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.


Ph.D., Clinical Psychology.  University of Missouri-St. Louis  (1985)

M.A., Psychology, California State University, Sacramento (1980)

B.A., Psychology, University of Southern California (1977)

License, Certifications & Awards : Licensed Psychologist in California (License No. PSY 9319) since 1986.

Additional Training

1983-1984 Pre-Doctoral Intern, Napa State Hospital , Napa California.  (APA Approved)

Professional Activities and Memberships 

Contra Costa Psychological Association
American Psychological Association
California Psychological Association
Society for Personality Assessment

Collaborative Assessment Association of the Bay Area, Steering Committee Member

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