Abby Kesden, Psychologist in California

Abby Kesden, Psy.D.

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I am a licensed clinical psychologist who works with individuals and couples helping with anxiety, depression, self esteem issues, communication difficulties in relationships and creative block.

I deeply invest in and value the connections I establish with every one of the folks I work with in therapy. I engage emotionally, and with respect for all of the many parts of you, such as the hurt scared parts that fear change and potential disappointment. I am playful and interactive as a companion on our journey together. A sense of humor can be a helpful component at moments in our daily human struggles! I am present in the moment and, with your help, try my best to immerse myself in what it is like to ‘walk a mile in your shoes’. As an empathic and attentive presence I can help you move through your ‘stuckness’. As we develop a trusting healing connection you can then take that experience into your relationships with family and friends and partners. A greater emotional understanding of your patterns of reacting, thinking and behaving will greatly improve your self esteem and the happiness you can experience in your life!

I work with individual and couples and have my therapy practice for over 25 years. I work with folks from ages 18-75. I am a licensed clinical psychologist with advanced training in contemporary psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. I incorporate aspects of cognitive and somatic practices as well.

Specialties & Clinical Interests

  • Anger Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Body Image
  • Career
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Fertility, Pregnancy & Postpartum
  • Grief & Loss
  • Parenting & Parent-Child Relationships
  • Pet Loss
  • Pre-Marital & Marital Issues
  • Relationships
  • Self-Esteem
  • Stress/Stress Management
  • Trauma & Ptsd
  • Women's Issues

Therapy Types

  • Client-Centered Therapy
  • Couples Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Psychotherapy
  • Relational Psychoanalysis

Fees & Insurance

Cost per Session
$170.00 - $250.00
Sliding Scale
Pay By
Cash, Check, Paypal, Venmo
Insurance Plans Accepted

Licenses & Certifications

Years in Practice
License #
Professional Association(s)
Membership Type
Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis
Graduate School(s)
Year Graduated
Alliant University