Jacqueline Golding, PhD, Psychologist in Pleasanton
A therapy relationship that is working well supports your curiosity about yourself, openness to possibilities, and capacity to transform vulnerabilities into areas of strength and growth. My approach to therapy involves using respectful, empathic listening to create a safe place where you can bring difficult and painful feelings and life situations - a place where you don't have to be alone with them. Through our work together, you experience yourself differently. In therapy, you can try out new ways of being who you are, and when you're ready, you can bring these into the rest of your life.
In an age-appropriate way, I bring this approach to my work with teens and children, primarily using talk therapy with teens and play and art therapy with younger children. I also meet with parents so that we can collaborate to help your child.
Professor Emeritus, University of California, San Francisco; Author of Healing Stories: Picture Books for the Big and Small Changes in a Child's Life (M. Evans and Company, September 2006).
Call Jacqueline Golding for a free phone consultation now - (925) 272-8807


  • Years in Practice: 20+ Years
  • School: UCLA
  • Year Graduated: 1985
  • License No. and State: PSY 16104 California


  • Sliding Scale: Yes

Additional Credentials

  • Certificate: Association for Play Therapy/Registered Play Therapist
  • Certificate Date: 2013


  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Child or Adolescent


  • ADHD
  • Adoption
  • Divorce
  • Eating Disorders
  • Grief
  • Infertility
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Parenting
  • Relationship Issues
  • School Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Trauma and PTSD

Mental Health

  • Mood Disorders

Client Focus


  • Toddlers / Preschoolers (0 to 6)
  • Children (6 to 10)
  • Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)
  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
  • Adults


  • Bisexual Clients
  • Gay Clients
  • Heterosexual Clients
  • Lesbian Clients
  • Transgender Clients

Treatment Approach

Treatment Orientation

  • Play Therapy
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational
  • Sandtray


  • Individuals
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2017
Jacqueline Golding, PhD, Psychologist in Pleasanton

Jacqueline Golding

Psychologist, PhD