Darrah Westrup, Ph.D.

I spent the first decade of my career serving as Director of a women’s residential treatment program for PTSD at the VA Palo Alto Healthcare system – at the time the only such program in the country. Our program received quite a bit of news coverage and awards, and helped raise awareness of both the prevalence and devastating effects of military sexual trauma. Our interdisciplinary team was passionate about providing excellent, evidence-based treatment to our service members – it will stand as one of the richest experiences of my life. I became a recognized expert in PTSD and in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and presented and trained at numerous institutions in the U.S. and worldwide. During this time I also had a private practice in Menlo Park, CA where I provided therapy to men, women, and couples.

After the birth of my daughter my husband and I returned to our native Colorado, settling in Durango to enjoy the benefits of small town living – a strong sense of community, outdoor activities, a closer tie with Nature. I love skiing, river rafting, and playing my fiddle in this music-loving town! I’m grateful for being able to serve the community I cherish in my private practice, while keeping my foot in the larger world by writing and continuing to conduct workshops and trainings in all sorts of interesting places.

Specialty Training

2-year postdoctoral fellowship
Stanford University
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Clinical Psychology Internship
VA Palo Alto Healthcare System

Doctoral fellowship
West Virginia University


Professional Licensure

Licensed clinical psychologist since 2001
Colorado board of psychology license 3694
California board of psychology license 17439

ACBS Fellow
Peer Reviewed ACT Trainer