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Alison Batchelder(She/Her/Hers)

Psychologist, PhD
Anxiety -Perfectionism-Imposter syndrome- Depression-Body image-Mind-body connection-

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Professional statement

Dr. Alison Batchelder is a highly skilled and experienced Clinical Psychologist. She specializes in helping individuals improve their mental well-being. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Palo Alto University and received additional training from institutions such as Stanford University. She holds a certification in SCIP (Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy) which has deepened her understanding of self-compassion and its impact on mental health.

She has a special interest in helping individuals struggling with imposter syndrome and is one of the few researchers to have done her dissertation on the imposter phenomenon and self-compassion. She has extensive experience in working with individuals who struggle with feelings of inadequacy and imposter syndrome, and is committed to helping them overcome these challenges and build self-confidence.

She has a deep understanding of the mind-body connection and she specializes in helping clients develop a more positive and compassionate relationship with themselves. Her approach is tailored to the unique needs of each individual, and combines evidence-based therapies such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) with mindfulness and self-compassion practices. Her therapy sessions are designed to be both informative and empowering, helping clients to gain a deeper understanding of their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors and to develop the tools they need to make positive changes in their lives.

Dr. Alison is PsyPact certified, and is currently accepting new patients. Her practice is remote and is only accepting online patients.

Message to clients

We can be incredibly hard on ourselves as humans. Although being self-critical may have benefited us throughout our lives, it may also lead to a lot of emotional distress. Research on self-compassion has found it can significantly decrease anxiety, depression, and stress while increasing motivation, confidence, and performance. Putting self-compassion into action is a lot easier said than done. Through my extensive training in evidenced-based therapy, I am here to help guide you through that process.

As a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, my specialty is self-compassion, the impostor phenomenon, perfectionism, and self-doubt. My Ph.D. research focused on these constructs. I also have a professional certification in self-compassion and have completed a 36-week-long formal training program in SCIP — Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy for psychotherapists.

Life will always be filled with obstacles and challenges, but they do not need to hold us back from having the life we want. If you're interested in starting a self-compassionate and mindful journey, I would love to hear from you!

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 8 years

Alison Batchelder PhD, PLLC, Owner - Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Palo Alto University, Faculty Ph.D. Advisor
HealthPoint Medical, Post-Doctoral Resident
Palo Alto University: Personality and Social Norms Research Lab , Graduate Research Assistant
National Psychology Training Consortium (NPTC) at HealthPoint, Clinical Psychology Intern
Peer Play Child Development Clinic , Practicum Student
LifeMoves, Advanced Practicum Alumni
LifeMoves, Practicum Student
Stanford University School of Medicine , Clinical Research Student
Medical Psychiatry Services, San Mateo Medical Center , Practicum Student
Fair Oaks Medical Center, Practicum Intern
Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC), Veterans Affairs Palo Alto, Clinical Research Assistant
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Healthcare System (PAVA), Clinical Research Assistant
Gronowski Center, Palo Alto University , Practicum Student
Give Kids the World, Psychology Intern
Napa State Hospital, Psychology Intern
Girls on the Run, Psychology Intern

Postpartum Support International, Certification in Perinatal Depression and Anxiety, 2022
Center for Mindful Self-Compassion, Certification in Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy (SCIP), 2021
Palo Alto University, Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, 2020
Palo Alto University, M.S. in Clinical Psychology, 2016


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Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Perfectionism - Coping with feelings of anxiety, stress, self-criticism, and procrastination; addressing unrealistic expectations of one’s self and negatively comparing self to others

Imposter syndrome - Learning how to identify instances of imposter syndrome and combatting any beliefs that one is not enough or does not deserve good things; practicing assertiveness and developing confidence

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Body image - Development of skills for handling negative thoughts about physical appearance; building habits of more positive self-talk and self-perception.

Mind-body connection - Practicing mindfulness to draw together how the body feels physically and how the mind feels mentally; healing both physically and mentally


  • Adults (24+)
  • Parents
  • Young adults (18-24)

Locations & Hours


Alison Batchelder is not in-network with any insurances.

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Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions:$295 (55min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Credit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Every other month
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed