Dr. Rachel Zoffness is a Child Psychologist in the East Bay providing therapy, parent coaching, consultation, professional development trainings, and workshops. She was trained at Brown University, Columbia, UCSD, the NYU Child Study Center, and the Mindful Center. Dr. Z works with tweens, teens, and young adults (ages 12 and up) struggling with chronic pain, injury, and illness.
As a consultant, Dr. Z works with medical doctors, hospitals, and clinics providing case consultation and trainings on CBT for pediatric pain and illness. As an integrative child psychologist, Dr. Z provides a safe space for children and families to work through physical and emotional pain. She integrates the psychological, biological and social factors affecting health and wellness into a comprehensive whole, so that your child is viewed as a whole person rather than just an injury or illness. Treatment is rooted in CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), relaxation training, and other evidence-based approaches.
In order to provide collaborative treatment, Dr. Z regularly consults with medical doctors, teachers, and other professionals with permission and as appropriate to ensure that your entire team is on the same page. Because parents are a critical part of their child's treatment, parent groups are also offered. These groups provide an integral source of CBT-based training and support for parents of children coping with pain or illness. Please see the parent group page for more information.
Commonly treated issues include:
Migraines and headaches
Concussions/TBI, sports injuries
Stomachaches, nausea/vomiting, IBS/IBD
Chronic pain (CRPS, fibromyalgia, amplified pain, post-surgical pain, etc)
Chronic illness (pediatric rheumatoid arthritis, Lyme, POTS, etc)
Anxiety, depressed mood, sleep issues
School and academic issues, social issues