Hello, and welcome to my practice

My name is Dr. Christina Villarreal.  I am an executive coach, mental health expert, and professor of psychology at UC Berkeley.

I work largely with the Bay Area’s tech community, helping high-achieving individuals expand their emotional intelligence for new life, dating and career goals.  I serve in an advisory role for tech startups aiming to build mental health tools, wellness resources, or improve company culture.

I use cognitive behavioral strategies to help people improve their mood, resolve interpersonal problems, or work through sexual identity issues.  I provide forensic assessment and psychological expertise for legal situations or media purposes.  My professional opinions are utilized for televised interviews, digital publications, newsprint, textbooks and magazines.

My work has been published in

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What CLIENTS are saying

“Dr. Villarreal helped me figure out what I really wanted to do with myself, post Ivy League, post serial entrepreneur failings, mid-quarter-life crisis.  She helped me come to terms with my own unrelenting standards for achievement, learn how to accept change gracefully and with fewer regrets, and basically feel ready to take on the next phase of life with renewed confidence.”  Taylor, Founder/Serial Entrepreneur 

“Dating in SF can suck sometimes. When I started seeing Christina, I was having a miserable time dating. I hadn’t been in a relationship in years, and I was having a hard time getting over my ex-boyfriend. I was feeling really negative about dating in general. She helped me get closure on my ex and spot the negative patterns I was falling into. Gradually we corrected them – my dating life is much more positive and fun now. Thank you!”  Serena, iPhone Developer

“I came to Christina after she was highly recommended to me by a co-worker who, like me, was working at a demanding startup going through a lot of growing pains.  She helped me regain the focus and balance I was missing in my life.  I learned how to communicate and strategize more effectively with my team. The time and effort that I invested in working with her was well worth it.”  Dominic, Employee at an early-stage startup

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