Grelling Psychology Associates
sensitive, professional care for individuals and families

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Barbara Grelling, Ph.D.

Dr. Barbara Grelling is a licensed psychologist with more than twenty years of clinical experience. She specializes in the treatment of adults with anxiety, depression and life stress. Dr. Grelling helps women who are dealing with anxiety and/or depression during pregnancy, the postpartum period, and throughout motherhood. Dr. Grelling also specializes in helping older adults cope with the emotional consequences of loss, caregiving demands, illness, disability and other age-related changes. She utilizes a cognitive-behavioral therapeutic approach, which research has proven to be highly effective for the treatment of anxiety and depression. Dr. Grelling’s work is also informed by research in positive psychology, which goes beyond the treatment of symptoms, in order to help build well-being and happiness. She integrates these evidence-based treatment approaches in a manner that is both collaborative and compassionate.  

Dr. Grelling recently expanded her Orinda clinical practice, which had been part-time for several years. She continues to provide therapy and clinical supervision at New Directions for Young Adults – California (a program in Pleasant Hill that utilizes a multi-disciplinary clinical approach to prepare young adults to live independent lives). Dr. Grelling previously worked on the adult team in the department of psychiatry at Kaiser Permanente for almost fourteen years. In this setting she served as the team expert on anxiety and eating disorders, leading groups and consulting to peers on these topics. Prior to this, she was on the clinical staff of the Renfrew Center, one of the nation’s pre-eminent treatment facilities for women’s mental health. She led intensive outpatient groups there, provided individual therapy and supervised clinical staff. Dr. Grelling also served as a clinical supervisor of psychology graduate students while working as the coordinator of the adult outpatient program in the Psychology Services Center of Nova Southeastern University. At Atlantic Shores Healthcare, in south Florida, she was critical in the design and Implementation of a pre-doctoral internship program, and authored the successful self-study application for the program’s APA accreditation.

Dr. Grelling graduated magna cum laude with her B.A. in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley. She earned her Ph.D. in clinical and community psychology from the University of Maryland in College Park. Dr. Grelling completed an APA-accredited internship program at the Woodburn Center for Community Mental Health. Dr. Grelling     served on the board of the California Psychological Association. Currently, she is a member of The Northern California Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Network, Contra Costa Psychological Association, and Postpartum Support International. She is the Co-Director of Grelling Psychology Associates along with her husband, Kent Grelling, Ph.D.

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