Mirjana Kelava, PhD

Licensed Psychologist, PSY14490

I work with individual adults who are experiencing a wide range of problems including depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, cancer/medical diagnoses, life transition problems, grief/loss, geropsychology/older adult issues, food/body issues, and self-esteem. I have a particular interest in Women’s Mental Health, including perinatal mood disorders (depression/anxiety during pregnancy and postpartum), parenting and work/identity issues, life transition/empty nest issues, relationship problems, food/body and self-esteem issues.

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Individual Therapy

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Cancer/Medical Diagnosis
  • Geropsychology
  • Food/Body Issues
  • Grief
  • Life Transitions
  • Parenting Issues
  • Perinatal Mood Disorders
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self-Esteem Issues
  • Stress
  • Women’s Issues

Ph.D – California School of Professional Psychology

BA Psychology – University of California, Berkeley


50-minute in-person sessions and Teletherapy

Accepts Lyra and Modern Health benefits.

All appointments must be scheduled in advance.





My approach

My therapeutic approach is compassionate, nonjudgmental, and warm. I integrate psychodynamic and interpersonal therapy with CBT/ACT and Mindfulness and Acceptance approaches to help you gain insight into your problems and develop better ways of dealing with your issues and relating to others.

Why I love this work

I believe that it is a privilege to be entrusted with helping people who are in transition, struggling in their lives, and/or are working towards becoming the best version of themselves. I enjoy seeing people understand themselves better, make positive changes, and live more meaningful and content lives.

What I want for you

I strive to provide a trusting relationship and safe environment in which to identify, explore, and help you address those issues that are causing distress in your life. I want to help you to gain insight and understanding about yourself and to work on skills that lead to improving resilience, acceptance, self-compassion, and that lead to a more fulfilling life. Viktor Frankl said: “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”

My specialties, background, and personal interests

I received my BA from UC Berkeley and my Ph.D. in Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology (1993). I have provided psychotherapy in the SF Bay area for over 25 years and have worked with a diverse client population in numerous mental health settings. I have worked in jails, skilled nursing/rehabilitation facilities, psychiatric inpatient units, community psychology clinics, and a county crisis clinic; I have had a private practice since 2003.


California Psychological Association

Alameda County Psychological Association

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