Polina Eidelman, Ph.D.

510-992-4040 ext. 2


Polina Eidelman

Polina Eidelman, Ph.D. (license number PSY25550) specializes in providing individualized cognitive behavior therapy for difficulties that include: sleep problems; trouble understanding and managing moods and emotions; depression; bipolar disorder; problems managing worry and anxiety; procrastination and avoidance; intrusive thoughts and compulsive behaviors; physical symptoms of anxiety and panic; perfectionism; self-criticism and shame; and trouble managing stress in personal relationships or in the workplace. She aims to collaborate with her patients to provide treatment that is attuned to their unique goals and values.

Training and Qualifications. Dr. Eidelman is a licensed psychologist and an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California at Berkeley, where she supervises graduate students. She completed her graduate training at the University of California, Berkeley (Ph.D. 2011) and her clinical internship at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System. She has specialized training in treating insomnia and served as a therapist on a National Institute of Mental Health-funded study of cognitive behavior therapy for insomnia. She is also an author of numerous articles in peer-reviewed psychology journals (e.g., Bipolar Disorders, Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry) and book chapters (e.g., in The Oxford Handbook of Sleep and Sleep Disorders). Dr. Eidelman was previously a partner at the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy.

Treatment outcomes. The outcome data for Dr. Eidelman presented below come from 36 former patients. The depression, anxiety, and stress results were analyzed separately.*

Eidelman treatment outcomes

The gray bar in the graph corresponds to average scores at the first session of therapy, and the green bar corresponds to average scores at the end of treatment.

This graph presents scores on the Depression, Anxiety, and Stress scales of the DASS (Depression Anxiety and Stress Scales), which is the symptom measure we use most commonly to monitor progress with our patients. Normal, Mild, Moderate, and Severe scores for the DASS are defined as follows:

Depression 0-9 = normal range; 10-13 = mild; 14-20 = moderate; 21-42 = severe
Anxiety 0-7 = normal range; 8-9 = mild; 10-14 = moderate; 15-42 = severe
Stress 0-14 = normal range; 15-18 = mild; 19-25 = moderate; 26-42 = severe

On average, these patients started treatment scoring in the severe range on the Depression scale, in the severe range on the Anxiety scale, and in the moderate range on the Stress scale. These same patients ended treatment scoring in the normal range on all three subscales.

*Disclaimer: These results are general and not specific to individual circumstances. Individual results may vary.

Research.  Dr. Eidelman’s current research interests include the impact of social relationships on symptoms of anxiety and depression, physical health, and health behaviors; factors affecting treatment outcome for patients receiving cognitive behavior therapy; and how the cognitive and behavioral mechanisms we think maintain symptoms and distress can change over the course of CBT.

Selected Publications.

Persons, J.B., Koerner, K., Eidelman, P., Thomas, C., & Liu, H. (In press). Increasing Psychotherapists’ Adoption and Implementation of the Evidence-based Practice of Progress Monitoring. Behaviour Research and Therapy.

Bélanger, L., Harvey, A.G., Fortier-Brochu, E., Beaulieu-Bonneau, S., Eidelman, P., Talbot, L., Ivers, H., Hein, K., Lamy, M., Soehner, A.M., Mérette, C., & Morin, C.M. (in press). Impact of Comorbid Anxiety and Depressive Disorders on Treatment Response to Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Insomnia. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.

Eidelman, P., Talbot, L., Ivers, H., Bélanger, L., Morin, C.M., & Harvey, A.G. (2016). Change in Dysfunctional Beliefs About Sleep in Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Therapy, and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia. Behavior Therapy, 47, 102–115.

Gershon, A., & Eidelman, P. (2015). Inter-episode affective intensity and instability: Predictors of depression and functional impairment in bipolar disorder. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 46, 14-18. 

Harvey, A.G., Belanger, L., Talbot, L., Eidelman, P., Beaulieu-Bonneau, S., Fortier-Brochu, E., Ivers, H., Lamy, M., Hein, K., Soehner, A.M., Merette, C., & Morin, C.M. (2014). Comparative efficacy of behavior therapy, cognitive therapy, and cognitive behavior therapy for chronic insomnia: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 82, 670-683.

Eidelman, P., Gershon, A., Kaplan, K., McGlinchey, E., & Harvey, A. (2012). Social support and social
strain in inter-episode bipolar disorder. Bipolar Disorders, 14, 628-640.

Eidelman, P., Talbot, L., Gruber, J., Hairston, I. & Harvey, A.G. (2010). Sleep architecture as a correlate
and predictor of mood symptoms and impairment in inter-episode bipolar disorder. Journal of
Sleep Research,
 19, 516-524.