My passion is partnering with leaders and teams to help them thrive. I deeply appreciate that each individual’s life and professional experiences are unique, which compels a personalized, nuanced approach. My practice is also guided by several principles:

Evidence-based: Drawing from my academic background, I leverage research on interpersonal effectiveness, intrapersonal well-being, decision science, and organizational health to inform my practice.

Authenticity: Leaders are most effective when they bring their authentic selves, values, and strengths to work.

Optimization: Individual, co-founder, and team alignment and health are essential to high performance.

Intentionality: Being proactive about defining internal culture and communication can prevent development of organizational debt.

Flexibility: Leadership roles evolve as an organization scales; it is exciting to grow with your org’s success.

Balance: The professional and the personal are inseparable and worth striving to balance.


I graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. and M.A. in Psychology. I earned my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. My post-doctoral fellowship was within the Stanford University School of Medicine, where I specialized in working with couples to optimize their relationship functioning. I also worked with Stanford athletes to enhance performance and psychological functioning and served as a member of the clinician resource team for the San Francisco 49ers. I was a professor and core faculty member in the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology from 2013-2019.

I advise mental health tech start ups (e.g., Two Chairs, Lantern) from inception through their angel round to series beyond.

I have a deep interest in facilitating and supporting the process of companies scaling. I am inspired by organizations that “do good while doing well.” I co-founded Coaching Bold, with the mission to activate social impact leaders through executive coaching.

I have received specialized training in numerous approaches to behavior change and am skilled in the assessment of individual and team functioning. My research aims to understand how emotional intelligence and communication skills impact the effectiveness of relationship functioning. My work has also been featured in media outlets ranging from KQED public radio forum to Lenny Letter.

I am a licensed psychologist (#PSY25858) in California.


Selected publications and presentations:

Friedman, M.A., Holley, S.R., & Bloch, L. (2018). Dyadic coping mediates the association between mindfulness and relationship satisfaction. Presented at the Association for Psychological Science Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Holley, S.R., Haase, C., Chui, I., & Bloch, L. (2017). Depression, emotion regulation, and the demand-withdraw pattern during intimate relationship conflict. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.

Haase, C., Holley, S.R., Bloch, L., Verstaen, A., & Levenson, R.W. (2017). Interpersonal emotional behaviors and physical health: A 20-year longitudinal study of long-term married couples. Emotion.

Haase, C.M., Verstaen, A., Bloch, L., Lwi, S.J., Saslow, L.R., Svoboda, R.C., Hittner, E., & Levenson, R.W. (2017, April). Positive emotions in marriage: Changes, consequences, and contexts. In J.K. Monin (Chair). Symposium conducted at the meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Boston, MA.

Holley, S.R., Ewing, S.T., Stiver, J.T., & Bloch, L. (2015). The relationship between emotion regulation, executive functioning, and aggressive behaviors. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Bloch, L., Haase, C.M., & Levenson, R.W. (2014). Emotion regulation predicts marital satisfaction: More than a wives’ tale. Emotion, 14(1), 130-144.

Levenson, R.W., Haase, C.M., Bloch, L., Holley, S.R., & Seider, B.J. (2013). Emotion regulation in couples. In J.J. Gross (Ed.), Handbook of Emotion Regulation (2nd ed.). 

Haase, C. M., Saslow, L. R., Bloch, L., Saturn, S. R., Casey, J., Seider, B. H., Lane, J., Coppola, G., & Levenson, R. W. (2013, October). The 5-HTTLPR polymorphism in the serotonin transporter gene moderates the effect of stress on declines in marital satisfaction over 13 years. In R. W. Levenson & C. M. Haase (Chairs), New frontiers in research on the neurogenetic sources of emotional and stress reactivity. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research, Florence, Italy.

Bloch, L., & Guillory, P.T. (2011). The attachment frame is the thing: Emotion focused family therapy in adolescence. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 10(3), 229-245.

Bloch, L., Haase, C., & Levenson, R.W. (2010, July). Let it all out?: Anger behavior during marital conflict and change in cardiovascular symptoms over 20 years. Invited talk given at the annual meeting of the NIMH Training Consortium in Affective Science, Berkeley, California.

Bloch, L., Holley, S.R., Gyurak, A., & Levenson, R.W. (2009, May). Empathic Accuracy and Relationship Satisfaction in Long-Term Marriage. Presentation at the Emotional Ups and Downs: Experiencing, Self-Regulating, and Capitalizing on Affect special session, annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, California.