Cyndi Lowe, Ph. D

clinical psychologist

OCD/ ERP specialist

CA license # PSY 27710
real people therapy
510. 705. 3015
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  • Feeling confused?

  • Depressed? Anxious? Alone?

  • Grieving?

  • Need someone to talk to?

  • Having problems you're not sure how to resolve?

  • Having thoughts, feelings or acting in ways you don't understand?

  • Not sure where your life is going?

  • Avoiding feelings or aspects of your life?


  • Tools

  • New perspective

  • Someone to bounce new ideas off of

  • Help & support for change

  • Deal with old problems

  • Learn to work with challenging situations.

  • Help managing difficult feelings.

  • Homework: Practice new skills outside sessions

  • Motivation

  • Relief


  • Setting & meeting goals

  • Facing fears

  • Doing exposures

  • Talking it through

  • Considering solutions

  • Understanding your thoughts, feelings, actions

  • Examining your life and how you want to change it.

  • Breathing, mindfulness & meditation exercises

  • Exploring how your childhood may affect you now.

  • Using technology to help you understand your habits/body better & stay on track with your goals.

  • Role plays

Listen. Are you breathing just a little and calling it a life? -Mary Oliver


Hello and thanks for visiting my site! 

I'm a licensed psychologist working with adults with different life problems and diagnoses. I am currently devoting 85-90% of my practice to OCD clients. I do evidence-based ERP, CBT & mindfulness training. I have/do consult(ed) with a variety of experts, including a senior member of the IOCDF Scientific Advisory Board, am a graduate of the IOCDF's Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI), and I attend yearly conferences & trainings to keep my skills sharp.


Real People Therapy:

I came from the east coast 25+ years ago, and it took time to realize that even though we live in the same country & speak the same language, people in NY and CA express themselves very differently. I call my approach "Real People Therapy" because though I have lived in CA for most of my adult life, I still have an "east coast communication style:" I tend to give honest opinions, am comfortable talking about difficult issues, and don't always adhere to rules of social correctness. I can sometimes be "no-nonsense" and very practical. Additionally, I am a real person who has dealt with problems that may be similar to yours, and I relate to people in genuine ways.

I tend to dress and behave casually. I am not particularly business-like. I want to be comfortable, and I want you to be, too! I prefer friendly and equal relationships with clients and try to make myself available between sessions for questions or check-ins (not compulsions!) about the work we're doing. With OCD work, sometimes we need a little help to stay on track!


One Approach Does Not Fit All:

Every person is unique. Because of this, I have trained in many styles of therapy, am happy to share with you what I've learned and can work with you in a variety of ways. I originally trained as a depth psychotherapist, and my graduate work focused on childhood trauma. However, I am now primarily doing CBT & behavioral work in the form of exposure therapy--a complete 180 from where I started. My true love is ERP: I see more people make greater improvements in their symptoms and quality of life using ERP. OCD is treatable with ERP!


I also bring my pup to sessions sometimes; please let me know if you'd like him to come to yours!


You are the expert on your own life:

I can make suggestions or give my opinion, but ultimately, no one knows what's better for you than you do. For me, therapy is a collaboration.

Who, What & How?:

I see individual adults, couples and, families. I provide both long- and short-term therapy. Office, Skype, telephone, & onsite sessions are all possible. (During the pandemic, it's telehealth only!) OCD & mindfulness workgroups available, based on need/ interest. We can figure it out together to get you what's right for you!

What you seek is seeking you. -Rumi
Louie, the therapy dog
Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakes. -C.G. Jung


Exposure and response prevention (ERP) is the gold-standard of treatment for OCD. It's also used for a variety of anxiety disorders, including social anxiety. In the beginning of (& throughout) therapy, learning is necessary. Luckily, there are some great resources out there you can access right now! (Yes! this very minute!)Whether or not we work together, you can jump-start your therapy by reading books, listening to podcasts, or watching videos. (But don't over-do! That can be a compulsion.) Some of my favorites are listed below.

If you have nothing at all to create, then perhaps you create yourself. - C.G. Jung
My current fee is $160/ full hr.
Currently, the only health insurance company I am a contracted provider with is Medicare.
I can provide you with a "Superbill" for you to submit to your insurance company. Many insurance plans will reimburse some portion of a co-pay for non-contracted providers after your have met your deductible for non-contracted providers.
Occasionally, I have openings for sliding-scale services at slightly reduced rates. Please ask.


Offices in SF, Oakland & Berkeley:


1918 Bonita Ave., 2nd floor

Berkeley, CA 94704


842 California Street

San Francisco, CA 94108


2940 Summit St. Suite 2D

Oakland, CA 94609

Tel: 510.705.3015




Send an email inquiry to Dr. Lowe:
Telehealth sessions available.
Berkeley: Downtown Office
San Francisco: Nob Hill Office
Oakland: Pill Hill Office
I look forward to meeting you!
It is in the space between inner & outer worlds that creativity occurs. Only in playing is communication possible. -D.W. Winnicott
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