When confronting emotionally painful transitions, relationship problems, career concerns, addictions, and other challenges, a warm, nurturing and supportive space is essential.  One needs a strong container for inner exploration.

Depression, anxiety, intrusive thoughts, stress or addictive behaviors that lead to therapy are the first step on a journey toward signficant self-discovery. Clients examine their relationships,  family environment impacts, thought patterns, and dreams. Soon they understand that the concessions they made in their original families enabled adaptation, but later interfered with fulfillment. Together we create new stories with happier endings.

I have been in practice in Palo Alto and Menlo Park, California for thirty years. I see individuals, couples, families, and groups.  My way integrates Jungian, Cognitive, Psychodynamic, Buddhist, and Systems dynamics. I create a new therapy for each client to call forth his or her underlying special and unique personality.  As one learns to find a calm, peaceful,  inner place,  disturbing feelings are soothed and calmed. New found joy fills the space where anxiety and depression formerly dwelled.

My special training in Jungian Psychotherapy was in private supervision with reknowned analyst, Dr. June Singer. Now deceased, Dr. Singer taught me the essential ways that we can know our unconscious through dreams, fairy tales, archetypes, the creative imagination, spirituality and art. Through this method, one moves towards individuation, the process of self-discovery through which individuals become who they are meant to be and come to live more meaningful, fuller lives.

The Jungian method emphasizes that the images that emerge spontaneously in dreams, fantasies, and other forms of self expression become the means of transforming painful emotions into the growth of the personality.  Working with these images, one is changed in a positive way. Therefore, I welcome opportunities to explore my clients’ dreams, special fairy tales, and the inner world. Since creativity and imagination are the highest forms of defense against psychological pain,  I encourage self expression in all forms. As the characters in dreams and favorite childhood fairy tales that reside as energies within become known, the sense of who one is becomes greatly enlarged. Therefore, the expansion of  personality is enabled, allowing one to view and know all of the possibilities that lie within.  Life is greatly enlarged as one realizes the infinity of potential resources within oneself…

The physiological stress response can be either made more disturbing or changed into a state of relaxation by the quality of one’s thoughts and imaginings. Our bodies react the same to a scenario of threat that we tell ourselves about as to an actual, dangerous situation. Learning to intervene in habitual negative appraisals gives one the power to determine emotional reactions rather than be enslaved by depression and other disturbing affects. Positive imagery is a powerful initiator of desired change.

I have taught widely at California universities including Santa Clara University, University of California Santa Cruz Extension, University of California Berkeley Extension, and Sofia University. Massachusetts Institute of Technology presented my theoretical work on fairy tales and sacred texts at their International Conference on Media in Transition.

As a journalist for Splash Magazine Worldwide, I review ballet and classical music concerts. My knowledge of the inner world enables me to offer a deeper understanding of the works performed.

I welcome new client appointments in my Menlo Park office, and I also come in person to worksites for interventions, training, and consultations.


My fee for psychotherapy is $170.00 per session. My fee for corporate interventions is $250.00 per hour.

Services may be covered in full or in part by your health insurance or employee benefit plan. I participate in some insurance panels. Please check your coverage carefully by asking the following questions:

  1. Do I have mental health insurance benefits?
  2. What is my deductible and has it been met?
  3. How many psychotherapy sessions per year does my health insurance cover?
  4. What is the co-payment?
  5. Is approval required from my primary care physician?

If insurance does not pay for services, even if you believe it is covered, then personal payment is required.

Reduced Fee

Reduced fee services are available on a limited basis. I am glad to discuss this with you.

Cancellation Policy

24 hours advance notification is required for a cancellation. Payment is required for a missed session, or for one without requisite notice.


If you have further questions, please do contact me:

Bette U. Kiernan, MFT
845 Oak Grove Avenue, Suite 110
Menlo Park, CA 94025

(650) 324-3639