Zachele Marie M. Briones, Ph.D.

Program Manager, R&D and Education Services California Registered Psychological Assistant (94025543)

Dr. Briones holds a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines. She is a Registered Psychological Assistant (94025543) and works under the supervision of licensed psychologist, Dr. Dana Girard (PSY25448).

For two years, Dr. Briones served as team lead during her postdoctoral fellowship at the Bay Area Psychological Services Center of the California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University, Emeryville, California. Known to clients as Dr. Zsa Zsa, she provided intervention services to middle and high school students in her postdoc position.

Dr. Briones began her career as a licensed psychologist in the Philippines working with colleagues in a group private practice for 15 years. In addition to being a clinician, she took on roles as a leader, workshop facilitator and researcher at the clinic, school and hospital settings. Dr. Briones has conducted research and presented papers on trauma, developmental disorders and chronic illness. She also co-developed continuing education workshops for professionals and tailor-fit seminars for specific groups.

In therapy sessions, Dr. Briones utilizes a psychodynamic formulation to understand clients and combines cognitive-behavioral and strengths-based approaches to provide client-centered, solution-focused care. She sees clients who experience life transitions, relationship and adjustment difficulties, depression, anxiety, and trauma. She currently works with adults and has solid experience in working with children and adolescents.

Dr. Briones offers therapy in English and Filipino (Tagalog). She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Asian American Psychological Association, and the Psychological Association of the Philippines.

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