Dr. Clifford has practiced as a psychologist and AASECT-certified Sex Therapist in the San Francisco Bay Area for 29 years. She worked at the Stanford Psychiatry Department in the Laboratory for Behavioral Medicine from 1982 to 1989 as a therapist specializing in sex and relationship therapy. She opened her private practice in Sunnyvale in 1982, moved her office to Mountain View in 2001, and relocated to Los Altos in 2007.
Dr. Clifford uses an eclectic approach based on active collaboration with the client or clients, tailored to their specific complaints. She has an extensive background in cognitive-behavioral therapy, relaxation methods, and expressive techniques, as well as sex therapy based on the model developed at the Masters and Johnson Institute, where she was a post-doctoral fellow and then staff member from 1978 to 1982. She often recommends "homework" activities to identify problem areas and practice new ways of thinking and behaving.