A Little About Me

Hey there, I’m Dr. Ross Nelson (calling me “Ross” works great) and I’m an ambitious Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a private practice online and in Palo Alto, CA. 

You probably have hopes of feeling less stressed and anxious, more confident, and have improved relationships. I have good news…I can help!  If you want to read a bit more about my work and training experiences (as I do a little prideful bragging) feel free to read on below.

Career Profile

Prior to transitioning to full-time private practice, I worked for an innovative healthcare startup called Crossover Health.  I  began as a therapist supporting employees of technology companies in Silicon Valley (including Facebook, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Intuit, and Symantec to name a few). In addition to therapy, I offered on-site presentations for employees on mental health topics, including Stress and Anxiety Management and Mental Health 101.

In 2016, I was hired as the Lead Psychologist for Crossover Health and became responsible for the management of all Behavioral Health functions across the company’s 12 healthcare facilities, including interviewing/hiring, program management, clinical operations and implementations, and contributed to business development. This offered me knowledge and experience in scaling quality behavioral healthcare and gave me a lens into how innovation can weave into behavioral health program development and strategy.

Following graduate school, I completed both my internship and post-doctoral residency at Kaiser Permanente. It was there that I developed my expertise in treating anxiety disorders and received specialized training in brief evidence-based therapy. Feeling a bit burnout and unsatisfied with their broken health system, I left Kaiser in pursuit of better options.

Before joining Crossover Health, I briefly acted as the lead advisor and consultant for a mental health mobile app where I helped support the content and strategy as they scaled from 200k to 800k downloads.

After graduating from Santa Clara University and working with homeless clients with mental health needs in the Tenderloin for a year, I attended the California School of Professional Psychology in San Francisco, CA. While in school, I completed 1-year practical trainings at:

  • Alameda County Juvenile Hall
  • Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
  • Oakland Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

While I received training in evidence-based therapy, including CBT, while in graduate school and at prior work experiences, my knowledge of advanced-level CBT expanded through my experience training under world-renowned CBT expert, Dr. David Burns at Stanford University.  In learning from Dr. Burns, I received Level-2 TEAM-CBT Certification and continued to attend weekly seminars for over a year.

Featured In

I’ve enjoyed contributing mental health content and resources for a number of magazines, newspapers, schools, and healthcare companies including: