Polina Eidelman, Ph.D. (PSY25550)
5655 College Avenue, Suite 314A, Oakland, CA 94618
510-400-4052 ext 102


I appreciate the unique circumstances, goals, values, histories, difficulties, and strengths of each patient with whom I have the pleasure of working. I enjoy working collaboratively with clients and aim to fuse my knowledge of empirically supported cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) principles with individualized hypotheses regarding factors that might be driving each individual’s difficulties. I aim to bring warmth, curiosity, compassion, empathy, and flexibility into all of the work I do.

I particularly enjoy working with people looking for therapy to address:

  • insomnia and other sleep problems

  • trouble understanding and managing moods and emotions

  • mood disorders like depression and bipolar disorder

  • hard to control worry and anxiety

  • self-criticism and shame

  • procrastination and avoidance

  • OCD, intrusive thoughts, and hard to control behaviors

  • physical symptoms of anxiety, panic disorder, and agoraphobia

  • social anxiety

  • stress in personal relationships or in the workplace 

In addition to the work I do in my clinical practice at the Redwood Center for CBT and Research, I also volunteer with the Bay Area Asylum Mental Health Project, through which I conduct forensic evaluations of asylum seekers.

Training and Qualifications:

I have been a licensed psychologist in California (license PSY25550) since 2013 and completed my doctoral training at the University of California, Berkeley in 2011. In addition to my clinical and research work, I am an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, where I supervise graduate students. I have co-authored over 30 peer-reviewed articles and professional chapters, presented my research at national psychology and psychiatry conferences, and serve as a peer-reviewer for professional journals. Prior to co-founding the Redwood Center for CBT and Research with Dr. Janie Hong, I was a partner at the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy and at the Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Science Center.  

Treatment outcomes:

Data from 49 patients who completed treatment with Dr. Eidelman

Research shows that clinicians who receive regular feedback about how a patient is doing will have better therapy outcomes. The above graph shows patient data for those patients with whom I used the Depression Anxiety and Stress Scale 21 (also called the DASS 21) to track progress. Please note that I only included patients who showed an elevated score at the start of treatment. 

DepressionThe average patient struggling with depression came in with a score of 23 and ended treatment with a score of 8. Meaning, on average, these patients started with a "severe" depression score and ended in the "normal" range.

Anxiety. The average patient struggling with anxiety came in with a score of 18 and ended with a score of 6. Meaning, on average, these patients started with a "severe" anxiety score and ended in the "normal" range.

Stress. The average patient struggling with stress came in with a score of 24 and ended with a score of 10. Meaning, on average, these patients started with a "moderate" stress score and ended in the "normal" range.


research interests and publications:

I am currently thinking about the following research questions:

1.  How do patients' social relationships prior to treatment relate to their treatment response?
2.  What individual factors affect treatment outcomes for patients in cognitive behavior therapy?
3.  How do the cognitive and behavioral mechanisms we think drive symptoms and distress change over the course of therapy?

A list of my selected publications:

Eidelman, P., Rappaport, L., & Jensen, A. Social support, negative social exchange, and response to case formulation based cognitive behavior therapy. (2018). Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 17, 1-16.

Eidelman, P., Talbot, L., Ivers, H., Bélanger, L., Morin, C.M., & Harvey, A.G. (2016). Change in dysfunctional beliefs about sleep in behavior therapy, cognitive therapy, and cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia. Behavior Therapy, 47, 102-115.

Persons, J.B., Koerner, K., Eidelman, P., Thomas, C., & Liu, H. (2016). Increasing psychotherapists’ adoption and implementation of the evidence-based practice of progress monitoring. Behavior Research and Therapy, 76, 24-31.

Gershon, A., & Eidelman, P. (2015). Inter-episode affective intensity and instability: Predictors of depression and functional impairment in bipolar disorder. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 46, 14-18.

Eidelman, P., Gershon, A., Kaplan, K., McGlinchey, E., & Harvey, A. (2012). Social support and social strain in inter-episode bipolar disorder. Bipolar Disorders, 14, 628-640.

Gershon, A., Thompson, W.K., Eidelman, P., McGlinchey, E.L., Kaplan, K.A., & Harvey, A.G. (2012). Restless pillow, ruffled mind: sleep and affect coupling in interepisode bipolar disorder. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 121, 863-873.

Eidelman, P., Gershon, A., McGlinchey, E., & Harvey, A.G. (2011). Sleep and psychopathology. In Espie, C.A. & Morin, C.M. (Eds.) Oxford Handbook of Sleep Disorders.