About

Darrah Westrup, Ph.D.I am a cognitive-behavioral, clinical psychologist licensed to practice in Colorado and California. I am also a national ACT Trainer (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and author, providing workshops, seminars, trainings and consultations to providers throughout the country.

Experience

I have been in private practice for 13 years, providing evidence-based therapy to adults, couples, and groups. For eight years I also served at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Palo Alto Health Care System as Program Director of the Women’s Mental Health Center and as Director and Attending of the Women’s Trauma Recovery Program, a national residential treatment program for women veterans with military-related PTSD. My main mission during my tenure at VA PAHCS was to improve the accessibility and quality of mental health treatment for military women. The efforts of our team gained national media attention and federal government awards. I was also privileged to serve as an interdisciplinary team member for the men’s residential PTSD program at VA PAHCS.

Since 2001 I have utilized Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in my clinical work. Along with my work as a national ACT trainer, for the past 5 years I have served as Expert ACT Consultant for the VA-wide rollout of ACT for depression, assisting providers throughout VA to develop competency in ACT. I have found ACT to be a powerful, life-enhancing therapy and have co-authored or authored three books on ACT in an effort to help others effectively utilize this exciting therapeutic approach.

Education

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology: West Virginia University
 
Postdoctoral Fellowships: Stanford University School of Medicine

Two 1-year fellowships with Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science

Psychology Internship: VA Palo Alto Healthcare System

Rotations: National Center for PTSD, Family Therapy Program, Outpatient Addiction Treatment Services, Geriatric Evaluation and Management Unit