Rima Dolgoff-Kaspar, Ph.D.

Clinical Staff Member

I am a clinical psychologist who helps clients create fulfilling and meaningful lives.  I have a compassionate and structured approach to therapy, and utilize a combination of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) interventions.

I have been in the psychology field for over 20 years, and have enjoyed clinical work, research, teaching, and consulting.  Most recently, I had the honor of developing an intensive DBT program at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Herrick Campus.

In my clinical work, I believe that the therapy relationship is a “real” relationship, and I value connecting with clients in a genuine way.  I offer an empathic and curious listening ear, along with organized steps and positive encouragement that facilitates change. Clients may expect to complete tasks and track their experiences between sessions. 

Adults struggling with depression, anxiety, mood swings, life transitions, relationship difficulties, impulsivity, and other challenges are welcome into my practice.  I enjoy working with people from all backgrounds and walks of life.

I am currently seeing clients for individual therapy and skills instruction.  I am offering two groups – a DBT Skills Group and a CBT for Depression Group.  I will also be adding cognitive and psychological assessment to my practice in 2019.  

Education

B.A., Biopsychology, Vassar College, 1998

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology (Neuropsychology Subprogram), The Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York, 2008

Specialized Training in DBT:

I am intensively trained in DBT through Dr. Marsha Linehan’s organization, Behavioral Tech.  I completed the Intensive Team Training Course, the Foundational Training Course, and additional specialized trainings.