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Bay Area CBT Center Therapist
Lian Zhu, PhD

Therapy Services in San Francisco CA

Lian Zhu, PhD

Psychotherapy in San Francisco 

Dr. Lian Zhu is a licensed clinical psychologist with a doctoral degree from UT Southwestern Medical Center. She completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship at Stanford University, specializing in the treatment of anxiety, mood disorders, and behavioral difficulties with children, young adults and families.

She specializes in working with individuals of all ages struggling with issues such as depression, anxiety, phobias, anger management and relationship difficulties, as well as parent consultation for behavioral issues.


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Integrative Approach grounded in Evidence-Based Treatments

Effective Evidence-Based Therapy

Dr. Zhu uses an integrative approach grounded in evidence-based treatments, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She is passionate about being culturally sensitive, and has had the opportunity to work with children and adults from a wide spectrum of ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Compassionate and collaborative care

New tools to manage new challenges

I believe that we are all doing the best that we can. Sometimes we engage in patterns of behavior that used to be adaptive but no longer help. Sometimes we need new tools to manage new challenges. I take care to provide a nonjudgmental, supportive safe space to explore your unique struggles.

My therapeutic style emphasizes compassion and collaboration while being direct and action-focused. I apply techniques that are grounded in empirical evidence to resolve current symptoms as well as long-standing patterns. Through this work, you will gain increased awareness of your thoughts, feelings and behaviors, and lifelong tools to manage distress and create a life you love.

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Therapy, Counseling and Coaching

Beyond Traditional Talk Therapy

Active and Collaborative Therapy Style

My therapy style is active and collaborative. I believe in balancing insight-oriented talk therapy with practical, self-observing behavioral experiments. The therapy homework I assign is evidence-based and tailored to each client’s individual needs. My goal is to help clients live lives that are consistent with their personal values.

Commitment to Your Growth and Fulfillment

As a leading psychotherapist in San Francisco, I am committed to working with clients to overcome challenges, recognize strengths, and achieve goals. My compassionate and active approach to therapy inspires clients to create meaningful change and live their lives to the fullest.


Lian's Areas of Specialty

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Social Anxiety

Overcome social anxiety, shyness, imposter syndrome, and low self-esteem, unlocking a path to greater confidence and self-acceptance.

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Relationship Issues

Find freedom from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders, including Body Dysmorphia, relationship OCD, and Trichotillomania, with specialized support.

Teen and Family Therapy

Break free from PTSD and complex trauma with carefully tailored exposure-based and mindfulness-based interventions and build resilience.

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How To Start Therapy

Your Path to Healing Begins Here.
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Free 15-Minute Consult

Book a no-cost consultation with our specialist to discuss your therapy goals.

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Therapist Match

We’ll match you with a therapist who fits your specific requirements.
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Schedule Your Session

Choose video, phone, or in-person for your first session.
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Start Therapy

Embark on your path to wellness with your therapist’s guidance.
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Check Out Our CBT Quizzes

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Procrastination Quiz

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Relationship Schemas Quiz

Self-Compassion Quiz

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Relationship Satisfaction Quiz

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Complex Trauma Quiz


Trusted, Licensed Therapists with Expert Training and Thorough Vetting

We’re a group practice of highly experienced mental health professionals and specialists in the field of cognitive behavioral therapy. 

We are empathetic professionals who truly understand what it’s like to feel disconnected from your own journey. We believe that your past should not be an anchor holding you back from a brighter future.

Innovative, Expert-Led Therapy Tailored Just for You

We customize and tailor our work with you to meet your specific needs. Our goal is to provide you with the skills that you need to feel better and cope more effectively in the shortest period of time. 

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