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About Dr. Fraga


Background:

My journey to become a psychologist began in college. As a psychology major, I was fascinated by the complexities of human behavior, especially how our life experiences impact our personal development and relational patterns. While completing my Master's degree in psychology, I became interested in women's health concerns and worked as a graduate assistant at the Women's Resource Center, organizing campus-wide outreach services focused on eating disorders, relationship concerns, and women's wellness. During my doctoral program, I gained experience researching, diagnosing, and treating eating disorders, such as bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and anorexia nervosa. I completed my pre-doctoral and post-doctoral clinical training at the University of California, Berkeley where I worked in student mental health. 

In 2010, I completed additional training in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of prenatal and postpartum mood concerns, such as depression and anxiety. I've also completed several trainings in mindful parenting, using mindfulness-based skills to help mothers cope with the challenges of new parenthood. 

In my private practice, I focus on women's prenatal and postoartum health and wellness, as well as relationship and career concerns. As a therapist, I believe psychotherapy can offer an opportunity for individuals to experience the healing that can occur by way of human relationships. 

Graduate Education:

  • 2004-2005: Postdoctoral Fellowship (APA-Approved), University of California, Berkeley
  • 2003-2004: Pre-Doctoral Clinical Internship (APA-Approved), University of California, Berkeley 
  • 2004: Psy.D.(APA-Approved), University of Northern Colorado
  • 1999: M.A.(APA-Approved), University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Postdoctoral Education & Training:

  • Mindfulness-Based Support For Fertility Concerns with Buffy Trupp, M.A. (based on the work of Dr. Alice Domar)
  • Mindful Motherhood Practitoner Training based on the work of Dr. Cassandra Vieten 
  • Mindful Parenting Training, Center for Reflective Parenting and New Center for Psychoanalysis 
  • Postpartum Mood Disorders Assessment and Treatment Training, Postpartum Support International
  • San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute (SFCP) Early Childhood Development Consultation Program/Training
  • PACT Training Level I (Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy)
  • Attachment & Psychotherapy training with David Wallin

Clincal Training & Consultation:

  • Private Practice, Licensed Psychologist (PSY20718)
  • Health Educator/Group Facilitator, UCSF Great Expectations Pregnancy Program
  • Medical Advisory Board Member & Freelance Writer, BabyCenter
  • Adjunct Clinical Faculty, CPMC Hospital, Department of Psychiatry
  • Clinical Supervisor, Access Institute
  • Member of the Senior Clinicians Group for Perinatal Wellness at CPMC Hospital
  • Former Staff Psychologist, UCSF School of Medicine
  • Former Staff Psychologist, UC Berkeley
  • Former Consulting Psychologist for the Adoptee Mentor Program (AMP)
  • Former Chair of Eating Disorders Awareness Week, UC Berkeley

Presentations:

  • Along with my colleauge, Dr. Bindu Garapaty, I presented a workshop discussing how culture impacts diagnosing and treating postpartum mood concerns among Asian and Asian American women.
  • In April 2015, I presented at the APA, Division 39 (divison of psychoanalysis) conference about "The Afterglow," the postpartum support group that I co-developed and co-facilitate for the UCSF Women's Health and Resource Center.
  • In April 2016, I presented at a perinatal education conference for the CPMC Department of Nursing, addressing cultural sensitivity in the postpartum setting. 

Awards:

  • 2010: Division On Women Award from the Asian American Psychological Association, Symposium Topic "Postpartum Depression and Culturally Appropriate Birth Plans: Educaton For Practitioners."

Affiliations:

  • Member, Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology (NCSPP). 
  • Member, American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA).
  • Member, American Psychological Association (APA). 
     

 

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