Tejal Jakatdar, PhD
Founder and Director
Approach To Care
Dr. Jakatdar’s clinical philosophy is to approach you as a whole person and not just your target symptoms. Dealing with anxiety, sadness, OCD symptoms, reproductive issues, or post partum depression can create guilt, shame, and isolation, making it more difficult to live a full and healthy life. Dr. Jakatdar will teach you how to change your ways of thinking and behaviors that are keeping you stuck.
Empathetic and thoughtful, she tailors a personalized, cutting edge treatment plan specifically for your needs and level of readiness. Although typically described as gentle and warm, Dr. Jakatdar offers tough love too as she holds you accountable as you work to confront your fears. She uncovers what is stopping you from living according to your values and helps you to remove those barriers. Ultimately she helps you to achieve measurable progress toward your goals as she encourages you to live the best life you can.
Methods Of Treatment
Dr. Jakatdar’s has a reputation for excellence in treating OCD and anxiety. She practices under the umbrella of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT has been widely researched for decades and is the gold standard for treating many types of anxiety and mood disorders. CBT is collaborative, structured, problem focused, and hands-on.
Based on her expertise and history of effective treatment outcomes, Dr. Jakatdar is often sought out to treat complex cases of OCD and anxiety. She combines the optimal mix of elements from CBT, exposure therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and mindfulness so you gain the ability to manage your issues effectively and live a meaningful life.
As an immigrant from India, Dr. Jakatdar is keenly aware of how culture and family values shape a person. Having lived in 2 very different cultures, she has learned to understand cases from both the complexity of the diagnosis and the cultural implications. She is well aware of the impact that family pressures, high expectations, challenges with independence, and language and cultural adaptations can have on mood and anxiety. As such, she is sensitive to cultural issues when devising treatment interventions with clients of different ethnicities.
Education and Experience
Dr. Jakatdar received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Temple University in Philadelphia, one of the top 10 clinical psychology programs in the country. She completed her internship at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City. In 2010, she co-founded of the Anxiety and OCD Treatment Center of Philadelphia, one of the preeminent national programs for OCD treatment. She has been practicing in Silicon Valley since 2016.
A passionate and respected educator, Dr. Jakatdar served as adjunct faculty for the clinical psychology program at Temple University and has supervised numerous practicum and postdoctoral students. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals and she has written a book chapter on treating social anxiety disorder. In addition, she frequently presents at national conferences for mental health professionals as well as in community settings to educate the public on anxiety, perfectionism and OCD.
Dave is a third-year clinical psychology student who retired from a career in the software industry to begin a new career as a clinical psychologist. He will be will be working under Dr. Jakatdar’s supervision as part of his clinical practicum training. In his previous practicum at the Association of Professionals Treating Eating Disorders clinic in San Francisco, Dave treated patients suffering from anxiety, depression, and hoarding disorders. Along with coursework in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), Dave has worked on a research project about women with serious mental illness, taken seminars on motivational interviewing and CBT, and participated in a well-known, local case consultation group. He is doing his PhD thesis on the use of mental rehearsal to enhance self-control.