Welcome to the practice of Fred Peipman, PhD (licensed psychologist) and Mariella Lauriola, PhD (psychological assistant). We are a vibrant  psychology practice in Palo Alto and San Francisco, working to help individuals, couples, and families manage life's challenges and transitions, improve overall happiness, and undo mental and emotional stress. 

We specialize in treating anxiety, depression, and relationship and family issues, as well as helping people move towards their valued goals with a coaching and positive psychology.

We offer psychotherapy, educational consulting, clinical hypnosis for behavioral changes,  and coaching in an effective and direct,  compassionate manner that helps you learn the skills and habits live according to your goals and values.

For more information or to schedule an initial free 15-minute telephone consultation or an appointment, please contact our assistant, Carrie Euler: Carrie.m.Euler@gmail.com    510-736-5871


 Individual, Couples,  and Family Psychotherapy

  • Cognitive-Behavioral (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment (ACT) Therapy

  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) and Gottman Method Couples Therapy

  • Interpersonal therapy (IPT) and interpersonal social rhythm therapy (IPSRT)

  • Client centred psychotherapy

  • Clinical hypnosis for anxiety, stress, depression, behavior changes, and ADHD

  • Solution-focused supportive therapy that gets you into the action phase towards your goals

We have experience in:

  • Wilderness therapy and residential treatment

  • Working with families with a relative in treatment

  • Helping technology industry workers manage stress, employment dynamics, and career issues

  • Understanding life's transitions, challenges with anxiety and depression

  • Relationship and communication issues for couples

  • Hypnotherapy

  • Dementia differential diagnosis

  • Geriatric and older adult psychotherapy and counseling

  • Sleep clinical assessment

  • Psychological support for people suffering from dementia and their relatives/caregivers

  • Psychological support for clients experiencing an acute crisis (e.g. suicide attempt/ideation, psychosis)

Coaching and Consulting

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Coaching for individuals, organizations

  • Organizational and management coaching, human interactions, communications

  • Parent coaching (rules and boundaries, consequences, co-parenting)

Telephone and Internet Video Sessions

  • Private internet video coaching sessions via Doxy, a HIPAA-compliant online platform

  • Telephone coaching and counseling


  • Dr Fred Peipman is an in-network provider for most Anthem Blue Cross of California plans.

  • We are an out of network provider for Aetna, Cigna, United Healthcare

  • Although we do not accept insurance reimbursement from other plans, we can help you with a "super bill" which you can submit to your insurance company for direct reimbursement.