Peter Adler, PhD, Licensed Psychologist, Inc.
Saratoga Psychologist:

Counseling / Psychotherapy / Adult, Child, Family, Marriage

Peter Adler, PhD, Santa Cruz PsychologistWelcome to my website. As a licensed psychologist, I've helped children, adolescents, and adults for twenty
years. I listen deeply, and help you tap into your inner strengths to overcome challenges. We work collaboratively to find solutions, and address your concerns with my knowledge of effective treatments. My offices in Saratoga, in Santa Clara County, offers services to residents in the South Bay area.

As a psychologist, I provide:

  • Individual Psychotherapy / Counseling:
    • Adult, Child, Adolescent
  • CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
  • CBT-I (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia--see information about this treatment below)
  • Couples Therapy / Marriage Counseling
  • Family Therapy
  • Social Skills Groups
  • Group Therapy
    • Adult, Child, Adolescent
    • Social Skills Group Counseling 
  • Parenting Guidance
  • Assessment
  • School Observation
  • Consultation
  • Presentations to Parents, Teachers, and Schools

Feel free to contact me. I'd be happy to provide more information and answer any questions: 408-710-7819.

About Dr. Adler

I believe in the capacity of each person to transcend obstacles and problems. Through caring, empathic support, I assist clients to tap into their strengths, and use these to overcome the challenges bringing them for treatment.

My education and training date back thirty years. During this time, I have worked with a wide variety of clients, problems, and age groups.


More than half of adults complain of difficulty sleeping. Of this group, half again report chronic problems with insomnia. Sleeping pills won’t cure insomnia, but cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can. CBT has been endorsed by the National Institutes of Health as an effective and preferred method for treating insomnia. Research on CBT shows the following:

*          75% of insomnia patients experience significantly improved sleep

*          The majority become normal sleepers

*          85- 90% reduce or eliminate sleeping pills

*          CBT is more effective than sleeping pills

CBT works because it addresses the underlying causes of insomnia—thoughts and behaviors. Because thoughts and behaviors are learned, they can be unlearned.


CBT teaches you to:

*          Changing sleep thoughts and behaviors

*          Lifestyle habits that improve sleep

*          Relaxation techniques


*         Individuals with problems falling asleep or waking during the night

*         Individuals who wish to reduce or eliminate sleep medications

*    Individuals who experience daytime impairment from poor sleep


CBT for Insomnia, a program developed and tested at Harvard Medical School, includes:

*          An initial individual assessment

*          Five individual treatment sessions over a six-week period

*          Or five group therapy sessions over a six-week period, if available

*          CBT is covered by most insurance companies


What is psychotherapy?  Is it the same as counseling?

Psychotherapy is a technique designed to tackle problems of living, increase feelings of well being, alleviate mental and emotional problems, and to foster personality growth and behavior change. Psychotherapy encourages communication of conflicts and problems. There are different approaches to psychotherapy, but most types involve developing a therapeutic relationship or alliance with the therapist. The client and therapist create a dialogue to overcome problematic thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Together, they may also seek practical solutions. Psychotherapy may be given to an individual, a couple, or a family. Individuals may also participate in group psychotherapy. Licensed practitioners who provide psychotherapy include psychologists, psychiatrists, marriage and family therapists, and social workers. State licensing boards oversee the licensing process. For example, to be licensed in the State of California, psychologists must complete 3000 hours of supervised training. They also need to pass written exams.

Counseling is a generic term referring to the exchange of opinions and ideas, advice, or guidance from a knowledgeable person. A plan of action is often sought. A psychotherapist may incorporate these aspects of counseling in their work. Of course, other professions may also provide counseling as part of their service, but this is not psychotherapy. For example, an attorney who counsels is providing legal expertise.

To aid consumers on my website, I use the term psychotherapy and counseling interchangeably. You can learn more about psychotherapy and counseling from an excellent discussion on wikipedia.


These links may provide useful information and resources. Please see additional links on my Links Page.

American Psychological Association

Family Therapy Resources

American Mental Health Counselors Association


Peter Adler, PhD, Licensed Psychologist, offers adult, child, adolescent, marriage, and family counseling; group therapy; couples counseling; and individual psychotherapy. As a licensed psychologist, cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic orientations are used. Offices are in Saratoga, CA, in the South San Francisco Bay Area; in Northern California.






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