Who I am

I'm a licensed clinical psychologist, which means I have a PhD in clinical psychology and am licensed to provide psychological services in California (CA #32514).

Since 2010, I have focused on researching and treating anxiety disorders and OCD. You can learn more about my approach to therapy here, and see an overview of my research publications here.

My passion is to help people take back control from anxiety and live the life they want. In my free time, I enjoy drawing, music, and exploring the beauty of Santa Cruz with my dog, Amy.

What I do

I specialize in treating adults with anxiety disorders and OCD. I also treat concerns that commonly show up alongside anxiety (for example, low mood and depression, poor sleep and insomnia, difficulties with relationships and work, and general stress management).

How I work

I use evidence-based treatments, like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and exposure and responsive prevention (ERP). Evidence-based treatments are psychotherapies that have been tested in clinical research trials (just like medications) to ensure that they are effective.

In short - working with me involves getting to the root of the thinking and behavior habits that can keep you stuck, then learning and practicing skills to break those habits. I try to help you reach your goals as few sessions as possible, aiming to help you become your own therapist over time.

Where I work

I offer therapy sessions via telehealth (i.e., secure video conferencing, which is available to anyone in the state of California). I do not currently offer in-person sessions. 

Payment for services

My services are paid privately (i.e., I am not an in-network provider for insurance companies). If your insurance provides out-of-network coverage, you may be able to receive full or partial reimbursement for the session fees. 

I recognize that receiving therapy in the private sector is a considerable financial investment that is not feasible for many. For this reason, I keep a limited number of sliding-scale slots of individuals with limited financial means – please inquire.​​

Michelle Davis, PhD


Santa Cruz, CA

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