Dr. Jenna Carl

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Offices: 870 Market St. (Flood Bldg) and 582 Market St. (Hobart Bldg), San Francisco
Email: drjennacarl@gmail.com
Phone: (415) 735-1801

Jenna Carl, Ph.D., specializes in cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety, depression, and related difficulties in adults. Dr. Carl is passionate about providing exceptional care to her clients by integrating leading scientific treatments with the unique needs and preferences of each client. She has a warm and collaborative style, and aims to empower her clients through helping them overcome difficulties as well as enhancing their strengths, resiliency, and quality of life.

Areas of Focus


      • Anxiety: worry, panic, social anxiety, OCD, phobias, health/illness
      • Depression, loss, and grief
      • Perinatal/postpartum difficulties
      • Stress
      • Relational problems
      • Life transitions: marriage, divorce, pregnancy/parenting, career/role transitions, retirement


    • Performance and well-being for individuals in high stress careers and environments (entrepreneurs, health providers, athletes, leaders, creatives, etc.)
    • Interpersonal effectiveness and conflict resolution
    • Personal growth and development

Education and Training

Dr. Carl is a licensed psychologist (PSY 28619). She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Boston University. During her graduate studies, she trained at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD) at Boston University under the mentorship of Dr. David H. Barlow, and in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. She completed her clinical internship at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. She received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Cornell University.

Research, Consulting, and Teaching

In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Carl is committed to helping advance evidence-based therapies through research, consulting, and teaching. She has authored over a dozen publications and presented her research at national and international psychology conferences. Her research has focused on enhancing adaptive emotion regulation, increasing positive emotions, and advancing evidence-base care through use of technology. She has conducted trainings on cognitive behavioral therapy for other professionals at national and international conferences. She also consults with organizations developing evidence-based behavioral health programs.

Fees and Services

All sessions are 45-50 minutes and rates are comparable to that of other therapists in San Francisco. Dr. Carl does not accept insurance, but can provide a statement for any services received that you may be able to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. Services may be covered in full or part by your health insurance or employee benefit plan. At least 48 hours notice is required if you need to cancel a session in order to avoid being billed for the session.

Contact Information

If you are interested in setting up an appointment, please contact Dr. Carl at (415) 735-1801 or drjennacarl@gmail.com, and provide your name, phone number, and a brief description of what you would like help with. She will provide a free 10-15 minute phone consultation with you to assess whether she has the skills to help you and to answer any questions you have.

Selected Publications

Carl, J.R., Gallagher, M.W., Sauer-Zavala, S.E., Bentley, K.H., & Barlow, D.H. (2014). A Preliminary Examination of the Effects of the Unified Protocol on Temperament. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 55(6), 1426-1434.

Barlow, D.B., Sauer-Zavala, S.E., Carl, J.R., Ellard, K.E., & Bullis, J.R. (2014). The nature, diagnosis, and treatment of neuroticism: Back to the future. Clinical Psychological Science, 2, 344-365.

Carl, J.R., Fairholme, C.P., Gallagher, M.W., Thompson-Hollands, J., & Barlow, D.H. (2013). The effects of anxiety and depressive symptoms on daily positive emotion regulation. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 35(3), 1-13.

Carl, J.R., Soskin, D.P., Kerns, C., & Barlow, D.H. (2013). Positive emotion regulation in emotional disorders: A theoretical review. Clinical Psychology Review, 33(3), 343-360.

Gallagher, M.W., Sauer, S.E., Boswell, J.F., Carl, J.R., Bullis, J.R., Farchione, T.J. & Barlow, D.H. (2013). The impact of the Unified Protocol for emotional disorders on quality of life. International Journal of Cognitive Therapy, 6(1), 57-72.

Farchione, T.J., Fairholme, C.P., Ellard, K.K., Boisseau, C.L., Thompson-Hollands, J., Carl, J.R.,…Barlow, D.H. (2012). The Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders: A randomized controlled trial. Behaviour Therapy, 43(3), 666-678.