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Nick Ney, Phd

The slower you go, the faster you get there.

– Anonymous

Meet Nick

I pride myself on deepening my skills and knowledge as a practicing clinician so that I may be attentive and thoughtful for your concerns. I appreciate the opportunity to be of service in this most personal of ways. In addition to practicing psychotherapy with individuals, couples and families for over 25 years, my background includes some of the following experiences:

  • Conduct private practice in Redwood City with specialties in Chemical Dependency and Forgiveness Practices;
  • Group therapy leader, Stanford University Addiction Medicine Fellowship. Co-lead a weekly early recovery group with a resident fellow in the Stanford Dual Diagnosis Clinic. Provide guidance and leadership;
  • Forgiveness Educator. Trained by Fred Luskin, Ph.D., in 2008-9 in his pioneering Forgive For Good practice, I have led Forgiveness workshops nationally for clinicians, mediators, couples, families and students since 2011;
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Adjunct Clinical Faculty, Department of Psychiatry, Stanford University, Stanford, CA., beginning in 1991;
  • Chairperson, Colleague Assistance and Support Program, a California Psychological Association Committee;
  • Coordinator, Structured Outpatient Program, Stanford Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center, Department of Psychiatry, Stanford Medical Center, Stanford, CA., for 4 years;
  • Associate, Addiction Institute, Menlo Park, CA. Collaborated with Stephanie Brown, Ph.D., in the diagnosis and treatment of Adult Children of Alcoholics and individuals in recovery from chemical dependency for 10 years;
  • Instructor, graduate level courses at the University of San Francisco, UC-Berkeley Extension and Pacific Graduate School of Professional Psychology;
  • Mediator & Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association, San Francisco, CA. Trained by AAA in their Community Dispute Service to resolve conflicts employing their distinctive Med/Arb resolution model. Wrote my dissertation about this process;
  • Group Leader. Co-led psychotherapy groups at Stanford for men and women addressing such concerns as breast cancer, HIV, prostate cancer and early life sexual abuse;
  • Private Practice: 28 years.

For a more in-depth look at my professional experience, please take a look at my CV. If I can be of any assistance to you, please feel free to contact me.

“Dr Nick Ney is an associate of mine who has worked with me on presenting Forgive For Good workshops. He was trained in our year long forgiveness training program for therapists and has successfully led workshops on forgiveness locally and throughout the West. Dr Ney has my full confidence as a clinician and a trainer. He is a skilled therapist who has absorbed this powerful method for letting go of hurt, helplessness, and anger. I have seen his presentations help increase participant’s confidence, hope, and happiness in their daily affairs. If you find yourself battling with anger and resentment I recommend you contact Dr. Ney for help.”

– Fred Luskin, Ph.D. Author of Forgive For Good

“I had the opportunity of being supervised by Nick during my post-doc year and again as a psychological assistant. I really absorbed a lot from Nick because his presence invited collaboration and introspection. Nick’s deep insights about this human endeavor called psychotherapy will always stay with me. I think back on our weekly meetings and remember his warmth, fun attitude, and thoughtfulness. I could sense how he is as a therapist by his impact on me – I always felt respected and yet at the same time, challenged to grow.”

– Amy Greaves, Ph.D.

“I was fortunate to work for Dr. Nick Ney as a psychological assistant prior to being licensed as a clinical psychologist in private practice. Many of the attributes I so enjoyed in the mentorship I received from Nick speak to his excellence as a psychotherapist. Perhaps first and foremost, Dr. Ney is deeply compassionate and wise. Second, his presence is utterly welcoming and totally accepting. Lastly, from the depth and wealth of his experience, he always generously offered insightful, intelligent, and creative guidance and feedback regarding the healing work I was doing with my clients. I enthusiastically recommend Dr. Nick Ney, both as a psychotherapist, and as a mentor.”

– Sean Hatt, Ph.D.

“On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, our church’s youth group invited Dr. Ney to speak to our entire community about forgiveness.  His message appealed to people of all faith backgrounds and was marvelously well-received.  Even our busy teens took the time to attend, and they asked some challenging questions!  He gave us very practical advice to face our issues and learn how to come to peace.  Dr. Ney’s humble, caring manner helped us all contemplate forgiveness in a new light. ” 

– Colleen Vandevoorde, Youth MInister at St. Cyprian Church in Sunnyvale