Krista Regedanz, Ph.D.

Psychologist PSY23220

Krista Regedanz, Ph.D.

Psychologist PSY23220

Krista Regedanz, Ph.D.

Krista Regedanz, Ph.D. specializes in helping with:

  • Anxiety
  • Job Burnout prevention and recovery
  • Work-life balance for high achievers in Silicon Valley
  • Decision-making
  • Grief

People usually call Dr. Regedanz when they:

  • Want to balance their professional drive with a meaningful life
  • Want to experience their professional drive and concentration in a more meaningful, sustainable form
  • Have their first panic attack(s)
  • Want to grow beyond a pattern that gets in their way but don’t know what to do
  • Are going through a life-altering event (or someone close to them is) causing them to question the fundamental way they view the world
  • Are stuck in indecision
  • Feel trapped in their position as a leader/wage earner/founder/expert and want next steps
  • Are ready to change their brain

Podcasts with Dr. Regedanz

  • Find out how Dr. Regedanz helps smart people feel better with Bobbie LaPorte on Executive Aid Station, episode 7

  • Dr. Regedanz discusses tips for managing job stress and burnout with Bobbie LaPorte on Executive Aid Station, episode 9

Dr. Regedanz’s approach as a therapist is active.  Working with Dr. Regedanz can look more like coaching than like seeing the stereotypical “just listening” therapist.  Her clients actively work to change problematic brain patterning, develop strategies to meet challenges and increase their understanding of their strengths.  Dr. Regedanz’s often involves a four interactive phases:

  1. Objective design.  Dr. Regedanz and her clients develop a list of goals and priorities to work toward as informed by the client’s history, current aspirations and challenges, and the results clients are want to achieve.
  2. Plan creation.  Dr. Regedanz creates a targeted treatment plan for her clients.  This personalized plan evolves during the course of therapy dependant on data gathered from exploration and experimentation feedback.
  3. Plan execution  Dr. Regedanz and clients complete tasks for symptom relief and neuronal recoding that often include:
    • Increasing internal and external resources for initial symptom relief. This involves educating clients about sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system triggering and the difference between explicit and implicit memory with the goal of developing resources to increase nervous system balance and widen the client’s window of emotional tolerance.
    • Gathering data on the triggers associated with nervous system imbalance and affect tolerance challenges.
    • Utitlize therapeudic techniques to create new, functional neural connections and to desensitize and extinguish old, dysfunctional neural connections keeping her clients stuck. Dr. Regedanz uses a number of techniques including EMDR, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Ego Psychotherapy, and Mindfulness.
  4. Integration.  In this phase, clients realize the accomplishment of goals and report recapturing or discovering new energy and meaning.

Dr. Regedanz’s goal is to help her clients move as quickly as they are able through the therapeutic process.  For those who have the bandwidth, weekly homework can be assigned to move the process along more quickly.

Dr. Regedanz has the rare ability to explain both the emotional and the scientific/intellectual reasons for what’s happening to her clients, the business and clinical experience to understand where Silicon Valley professionals are vulnerable, and the intensity to partner with her high achieving clients. Her clients report they feel less alone. They report being relieved that she is a warm, real person who has the experience and education to help them move forward.

Dr. Regedanz clients’ goals are the focus of therapy. Therapy is complete when her clients’ goals are accomplished. This usually accompanies Dr. Regedanz’s clients reporting feeling more alive, having a sense of mastery with the choices and responsibilities they encounter, being closer to the people they care about, and experiencing more meaning and direction in their lives.

Dr. Regedanz specializes in working with people who identify themselves as Type A and achievement orientated partly because she has Type A traits herself.  She remembers what it was like to secretly feel something wasn’t right when her life became one she thought she wanted. She remembers the guilt that went along with that feeling because she had nothing to complain about.  She remembers the personal isolation and the importance of impression management when she couldn’t tell anyone how low she was.  Dr. Regedanz believes one of the most courageous things a person with Type A tendencies can do is try therapy.  Ultimately, therapy should help clients own their lives rather than feel trapped.

It can be maddening when despite everything you’ve accomplished, you can’t enjoy your life. The last thing you want is a therapist who looks at your life and thinks to themselves that you “should” be happy or “balanced.”  Dr. Regedanz knows what it’s like to be overextended, to never being able to relax.  She has had periods of overwhelm, anxiety, perfectionism and accompanying guilt through her own life, and has had the great fortune of conducting her own clinical research on job burnout and of gaining expertise from working with high achieving people in Silicon Valley.  She knows the skills and knowledge one needs to make drive and accomplishment into an ally and co-conspirator rather than a life-sucking monster.

Business background and personal burnout

Over fifteen years ago, Dr. Regedanz was a technology consultant at a data warehousing and business strategy firm based in Chicago and Boston working with knowledge management and strategy.  She liked a lot of things about her job: working with intelligent, committed people on hard problems, presenting solutions to those problems, and the money. Then one day she had an epiphany: she realized she was spending her life making large, anonymous, companies larger and more anonymous. This tough realization led to burnout, anxiety and depression. After years of exploration, Dr. Regedanz shifted her experience when she realized her life could be directed around her priorities and values rather than chasing other people’s ideas of success.

Dr. Regedanz began coaching people struggling with job stress in 2003. She decided to become a psychologist when she realized the real power in helping her favorite clients was in working on many levels: emotional as well as cognitive. Dr. Regedanz has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology where she learned a holistic, positive, strength-based, mindful way of facilitating psychotherapy.  Her academic research focuses on how people successfully recover from job burnout. Her clinical work is heavily informed by EMDR, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Existential-Humanistic Psychology, Mindfulness, Ego Psychology, Brene Brown’s work focused on healing from shame and perfectionism, Interpersonal Neurobiology, Positive Psychology, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).  Dr. Regedanz is an EMDRIA Certified EMDR Therapist and a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) Certified Practitioner.

Dr. Regedanz has been serving clients in therapy for 10 years. She opened her private practice in Palo Alto in 2009. Today she is the kind of therapist she tried to find 15 years ago.