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Dr. James Fishback, Psychologist

Stress, Anxiety Relationships Intimacy Anger management Coping with life changes
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About me

Hello, my name is Dr. Fishback, a licensed psychologist. It takes courage, curiosity, and commitment to reach out for help. I know because I have experienced my own psychotherapy, and it took a lot of work and a lot of truth about myself.

I have done therapy work in California for the last 33 years, with many different people, children, teens, young and older adults, in places including my offices, schools, courts, prisons, outdoor settings, and online, with males and females, and with many different races, This has given me some deep experience and insight into humans and a large cross-section of our society. I have many years of experience in helping clients with stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, intimacy, abuse, and simply not knowing where U are going in life.

I find that helping people solve their problems is a marvelous challenge for me. I work very hard for my clients, and I am honest with them, including if they seem to miss seeing something important. My therapy style is to be there for my clients in their way -- do they want me to primarily listen, or help problem-solve, or empathize in the moment, it's their call... But I also find that people who do improve their issues always work harder than me. With some guidance it is the client who figures things out and has the ah-ah experiences, not the therapist. Otherwise, the client can never fully own their own insight and understanding, and go on to reliably and accurately manage their own life problems. Those are my goals.

I work on all weekdays except Fridays, so I can see clients on most days. In addition, I find that I can help others best when I communicate with them by live video or phone… (I don't do live chat, except messaging between sessions, because I am too slow a typist).

You can read more about my background, education, experience, and therapy approach on this website. I would look forward to work with you on your issues,
Dr. Fishback

Professional experience

33yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Relationships Intimacy Anger management Coping with life changes

Additional areas of focus: Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Parenting issues, Self esteem, ADHD, Abandonment, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Attachment Issues, Body Image, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Phobias, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Prejudice and Discrimination, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Love, Sex Addiction, Sexual Dysfunction, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Existential Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy

Services offered


License information

CA Psychologist 12315


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Dr. James Fishback. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

I always look forward to my sessions with James. He has been instrumental in my personal growth over the last few months. He took time to fully understand my situation and my goals. He's very open, supportive, and easy to connect with. I'm thankful I was matched with James and would recommend him to anyone.

Written on Aug 07, 2023 after therapy with James for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and adhd

Dr. James Fishback listened to all of my concerns and was very compassionate to me when offering tools on how to deal with the challenges I was facing in my life. I valued his expertise in dealing in anxiety and anger as well as putting boundaries in place that will safeguard me in the future. I recommend his services, absolutely.

Written on Jun 02, 2023 after therapy with James for 1 month

I’ve only had one session but he’s been great so far!!

Written on Apr 14, 2023 after therapy with James for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and trauma and abuse