lian zhu phd therapist Oakland

Lian Zhu, PhD

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.

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.

Areas of Specialty

Adolescent/Family Therapy


Relationship Issues

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.

Free Sessions

We're offering free and low fee therapy for a limited time to individuals who are struggling during the coronavirus pandemic who can't afford therapy.

CE Webinars

Continuing education options. Expand your skills and facilitate even better outcomes for your patients.