Andrew Lindeman
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT Verified
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
Offers online therapy
Is your child struggling with behavior problems, ADHD, depression or anxiety? Are you looking for a therapist with experience working with Autism (and Aspergers) Spectrum Disorders? I specialize in working with children and teens and have over 17 years of experience working with these populations. I have worked as a Behavior Therapist for children on the Autistic spectrum, have taught my own Day Treatment Intensive classroom (for children with extreme behavior challenges) and have worked for Contra Costa County Child and Adolescent Services. I have also worked in the Juvenile Justice department of Los Angeles County with Juvenile offenders.
(925) 329-3088
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Walnut Creek, CA 94598
Offers online therapy
Is your child struggling with behavior problems, ADHD, depression or anxiety? Are you looking for a therapist with experience working with Autism (and Aspergers) Spectrum Disorders? I specialize in working with children and teens and have over 17 years of experience working with these populations. I have worked as a Behavior Therapist for children on the Autistic spectrum, have taught my own Day Treatment Intensive classroom (for children with extreme behavior challenges) and have worked for Contra Costa County Child and Adolescent Services. I have also worked in the Juvenile Justice department of Los Angeles County with Juvenile offenders.
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Allison Gans
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT Verified
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
I work with children, teens and adults. In addition to my private practice, I also work as a Crisis Counselor at a high school in Lafayette. I work individually to find better ways to cope with the presenting problem at hand. Perhaps your child or teen is having difficulties in school, making friends and/or struggling to get along with family members or peers. I can help with these issues. I help my clients explore ways to make healthier life choices. I collaborate with parents and teachers to help them set up a more successful experience for the child or teen.
(510) 730-2965
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Walnut Creek, CA 94598
I work with children, teens and adults. In addition to my private practice, I also work as a Crisis Counselor at a high school in Lafayette. I work individually to find better ways to cope with the presenting problem at hand. Perhaps your child or teen is having difficulties in school, making friends and/or struggling to get along with family members or peers. I can help with these issues. I help my clients explore ways to make healthier life choices. I collaborate with parents and teachers to help them set up a more successful experience for the child or teen.
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John A Barakos Jr
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT Verified
Walnut Creek, CA 94597
When you're in crisis with your teen you need support to sort out how to respond and calm things down, once calm, families need a plan to resolve the underlying issues that keep conflict going.
Hello! I am an MFT and I specialize in managing conflict, I can help when it seems that you are constantly battling with your child. I work in the short term to stabalize the situation and get everyone back to the table. Then we work together to resolve the underlying issues. I mostly work with at risk adolescents and their families. These are young people who have had conflicts at home, trouble at school and/or trouble with the law.
(925) 270-0331
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Walnut Creek, CA 94597
When you're in crisis with your teen you need support to sort out how to respond and calm things down, once calm, families need a plan to resolve the underlying issues that keep conflict going.
Hello! I am an MFT and I specialize in managing conflict, I can help when it seems that you are constantly battling with your child. I work in the short term to stabalize the situation and get everyone back to the table. Then we work together to resolve the underlying issues. I mostly work with at risk adolescents and their families. These are young people who have had conflicts at home, trouble at school and/or trouble with the law.
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Dorothy A Kruse
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT Verified
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Not accepting new clients
I am currently not taking new clients. Are you feeling emotions that are difficult to handle; issues surfacing that you're ready to take a look at? Feeling stressed, anxious or depressed? Possibly your relationships are strained or unsatisfying. Maybe you're struggling with parenting a teenager, or you are a teenager wanting someone to listen? These are all areas of interest to me. I have worked with individuals, couples for over 22 years and am still amazed that while therapy is often not easy, it is truly worth the effort for most people. I have a calm, supportive, interactive style and welcome working with you.
(925) 303-4879
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Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Not accepting new clients
I am currently not taking new clients. Are you feeling emotions that are difficult to handle; issues surfacing that you're ready to take a look at? Feeling stressed, anxious or depressed? Possibly your relationships are strained or unsatisfying. Maybe you're struggling with parenting a teenager, or you are a teenager wanting someone to listen? These are all areas of interest to me. I have worked with individuals, couples for over 22 years and am still amazed that while therapy is often not easy, it is truly worth the effort for most people. I have a calm, supportive, interactive style and welcome working with you.
Jackie Alvarado
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, PPS, AMFT, APCC Verified
Walnut Creek, CA 94595
Offers online therapy
Hi! How can I help you and your teen? Many teens, and their families, struggle during the time of adolescence. Relationships can be difficult to foster, anxiety and depression can affect how teens interact with the world, and academics can be intensely stressful. I want to help you and your adolescent navigate these stressful transitions, adopt better coping skills, and have a space to feel safe and understood. Using a strengths-based approach, combined with my background in education, I offer a space where clients can enjoy the therapeutic process, manage emotional pain, and find meaning in academics, friendships, and family.
(925) 239-1043
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Walnut Creek, CA 94595
Offers online therapy
Hi! How can I help you and your teen? Many teens, and their families, struggle during the time of adolescence. Relationships can be difficult to foster, anxiety and depression can affect how teens interact with the world, and academics can be intensely stressful. I want to help you and your adolescent navigate these stressful transitions, adopt better coping skills, and have a space to feel safe and understood. Using a strengths-based approach, combined with my background in education, I offer a space where clients can enjoy the therapeutic process, manage emotional pain, and find meaning in academics, friendships, and family.
Stephen Sperber
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT Verified
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Offers online therapy
My areas of specialization include but are not limited to: improving problem solving and communication, couples/marriage counseling, premarital counseling, parenting/step-parenting, adolescent issues, anxiety/depression, divorce recovery and addiction/codependency.
We can all use help dealing with life's challenges. I have more than thirty years of experience helping adolescents, adults, couples and families through tough times. My goal is to help you deal with problems, become more aware of your feelings, face sensitive issues and achieve personal growth. Our work together will enable you to develop the strengths and skills that allow you to deal effectively with life's challenges. Clients have reported that I am a good listener and create a warm and friendly environment in which they feel supported in the pursuit of solutions to their problems. I use a variety of theoretical approaches,
(925) 403-4147
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Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Offers online therapy
My areas of specialization include but are not limited to: improving problem solving and communication, couples/marriage counseling, premarital counseling, parenting/step-parenting, adolescent issues, anxiety/depression, divorce recovery and addiction/codependency.
We can all use help dealing with life's challenges. I have more than thirty years of experience helping adolescents, adults, couples and families through tough times. My goal is to help you deal with problems, become more aware of your feelings, face sensitive issues and achieve personal growth. Our work together will enable you to develop the strengths and skills that allow you to deal effectively with life's challenges. Clients have reported that I am a good listener and create a warm and friendly environment in which they feel supported in the pursuit of solutions to their problems. I use a variety of theoretical approaches,
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Carrie Paulus
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MFT Verified
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
At any age, there are developmental, transitional and often unexpected circumstances that challenge us in life. Be it aspects of parenting, the social or emotional challenges of being a child or teenager, or concerns about life transitions as an adult, my approach is safe and comfortable. I work from a place of patience, sincerity, humor and nonjudgement. I want the counseling experience for my clients to feel helpful, worthwhile and to be a journey to better understanding and personal growth.
(925) 267-8571
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Walnut Creek, CA 94596
At any age, there are developmental, transitional and often unexpected circumstances that challenge us in life. Be it aspects of parenting, the social or emotional challenges of being a child or teenager, or concerns about life transitions as an adult, my approach is safe and comfortable. I work from a place of patience, sincerity, humor and nonjudgement. I want the counseling experience for my clients to feel helpful, worthwhile and to be a journey to better understanding and personal growth.
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Deidre Doyle
PhD, LEP, NCSP, PPSC Verified
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Offers online therapy
If your child, teen, or young adult is struggling academically, emotionally, or socially, I am here to help. As an Educational Psychologist with years of experience, I am uniquely qualified to evaluate your child's learning style and create a plan that helps them succeed in school. I specialize in the intervention and assessment of individuals with Learning Disabilities, ADHD, Intellectual Disabilities, and Emotional Disorders. An evaluation can uncover the causes of your child's difficulties with learning, behavior, or social functioning. The focus is on attention, memory, reasoning, and emotional functioning. Results provide parents with diagnoses and intervention recommendations.
(925) 406-3894
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Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Offers online therapy
If your child, teen, or young adult is struggling academically, emotionally, or socially, I am here to help. As an Educational Psychologist with years of experience, I am uniquely qualified to evaluate your child's learning style and create a plan that helps them succeed in school. I specialize in the intervention and assessment of individuals with Learning Disabilities, ADHD, Intellectual Disabilities, and Emotional Disorders. An evaluation can uncover the causes of your child's difficulties with learning, behavior, or social functioning. The focus is on attention, memory, reasoning, and emotional functioning. Results provide parents with diagnoses and intervention recommendations.
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bay area child counseling Parisa Rahimian, LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT Verified
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Offers online therapy
By offering a 30 minutes free consultation I want to help you find out if your child/teen/family can benefit from therapy.
It is heartbreaking to see your child struggle and not know how to help them. Most parents who call me have tried every tool they have to help their children with little or no result. you might feel alone in your experience, feel guilt and shame for not being able to help your child or even for losing your own temper if you have an intense high need child. Perhaps your child is struggling in school, and you are dreading the next phone call to address the latest issues, or feel exhausted trying to go through the daily function without meltdowns, or worrying about your teen’s emotional state, lack of communication,or defiant behavior
(925) 403-4375
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Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Offers online therapy
By offering a 30 minutes free consultation I want to help you find out if your child/teen/family can benefit from therapy.
It is heartbreaking to see your child struggle and not know how to help them. Most parents who call me have tried every tool they have to help their children with little or no result. you might feel alone in your experience, feel guilt and shame for not being able to help your child or even for losing your own temper if you have an intense high need child. Perhaps your child is struggling in school, and you are dreading the next phone call to address the latest issues, or feel exhausted trying to go through the daily function without meltdowns, or worrying about your teen’s emotional state, lack of communication,or defiant behavior
Barbara Peterson
Psychologist, PhD Verified
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Not accepting new clients
I enjoy working with adolescents and adults with a wide range of presenting concerns. I provide both individual and family psychotherapy, as well as conduct psychological testing. I work within a collaborative model, integrating treatment techniques to develop individualized interventions. I develop specific goals together with clients and their families, and work closely with physicians and other referring professionals to coordinate treatment. I have particular expertise in treating sexual abuse and trauma, depression and bipolar disorders, and adolescent behavioral and emotional disturbances.
(925) 603-3975
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Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Not accepting new clients
I enjoy working with adolescents and adults with a wide range of presenting concerns. I provide both individual and family psychotherapy, as well as conduct psychological testing. I work within a collaborative model, integrating treatment techniques to develop individualized interventions. I develop specific goals together with clients and their families, and work closely with physicians and other referring professionals to coordinate treatment. I have particular expertise in treating sexual abuse and trauma, depression and bipolar disorders, and adolescent behavioral and emotional disturbances.
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Private Practice
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT Verified
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Offers online therapy
EMDR therapist in the East Bay specialized in Trauma / PTSD, Marriage Counseling, Food Issues / Disordered Eating, Anxiety, LGBTQ, Depression, Women's Issues, Spirituality, Life Transitions, Adoption, Parenting, and Teen Issues. I regularly see Couples, Families, Teens and Adults ranging from early adolescence to late 60's.
(925) 948-8070
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Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Offers online therapy
EMDR therapist in the East Bay specialized in Trauma / PTSD, Marriage Counseling, Food Issues / Disordered Eating, Anxiety, LGBTQ, Depression, Women's Issues, Spirituality, Life Transitions, Adoption, Parenting, and Teen Issues. I regularly see Couples, Families, Teens and Adults ranging from early adolescence to late 60's.
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Patricia E. Zurita Ona 'dr. Z.'
Psychologist, PsyD Verified
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Offers online therapy
Z the author of the book “parenting a troubled teen: using acceptance and commitment therapy,” for parents or caregivers raising teens struggling with “feeling too much, too quick, and acting too soon.
Understanding "why or how" a problem has become a problem is not enough; "doing something about it" is what matters. If we work together, we'll come up with a treatment plan to tap into the drivers of your struggles and start making a shift. I encourage behavioral-change processes based on your personal values and what's keeping you stuck. If you're not ready to make a change, let's help you move from stuckness to readiness. I specialize in Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). www.eastbaybehaviortherapycenter.com
(925) 478-4401
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Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Offers online therapy
Z the author of the book “parenting a troubled teen: using acceptance and commitment therapy,” for parents or caregivers raising teens struggling with “feeling too much, too quick, and acting too soon.
Understanding "why or how" a problem has become a problem is not enough; "doing something about it" is what matters. If we work together, we'll come up with a treatment plan to tap into the drivers of your struggles and start making a shift. I encourage behavioral-change processes based on your personal values and what's keeping you stuck. If you're not ready to make a change, let's help you move from stuckness to readiness. I specialize in Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). www.eastbaybehaviortherapycenter.com
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Michael Cheney
Psychologist, PsyD Verified
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
I have helped my adolescent and young adult clients reach their potentials through individual and family therapy, and through consultation with school staff and psychiatric hospital staff.
Using insight-oriented and cognitive-behavioral approaches, I have developed an effective psychotherapeutic technique that has helped individuals gain relief from symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress, uncontrollable anger, obsessive compulsive disorder, alcohol/substance abuse, and child acting-out behaviors. I am a Licensed Psychologist and a member of the American Psychological Association and the California Psychological Association. My clinical focus is in providing psychotherapy to children, adolescents and adults. I see individuals, couples and families.
(925) 308-5216
Verified

Walnut Creek, CA 94596
I have helped my adolescent and young adult clients reach their potentials through individual and family therapy, and through consultation with school staff and psychiatric hospital staff.
Using insight-oriented and cognitive-behavioral approaches, I have developed an effective psychotherapeutic technique that has helped individuals gain relief from symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress, uncontrollable anger, obsessive compulsive disorder, alcohol/substance abuse, and child acting-out behaviors. I am a Licensed Psychologist and a member of the American Psychological Association and the California Psychological Association. My clinical focus is in providing psychotherapy to children, adolescents and adults. I see individuals, couples and families.
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Norval J. Hickman
Psychologist, PhD, MPH Verified
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
Not accepting new clients
I have over 20 years of experience working with adult and adolescent clients from diverse backgrounds.
I use an integrative treatment approach using research-informed psychotherapy practices to address: *emotional, relationship, and communication issues *anxiety, panic, and stress management *depression and mood management *cultural and diversity issues including acculturative stress *mental health needs for BIPOC communities and the LGBTQI+ community *gender identity, gender expression, and sexual identity issues *fears and phobias *post-traumatic stress symptoms *recovery from substance use *life transitions *weight management
(510) 725-4573 x704
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Walnut Creek, CA 94598
Not accepting new clients
I have over 20 years of experience working with adult and adolescent clients from diverse backgrounds.
I use an integrative treatment approach using research-informed psychotherapy practices to address: *emotional, relationship, and communication issues *anxiety, panic, and stress management *depression and mood management *cultural and diversity issues including acculturative stress *mental health needs for BIPOC communities and the LGBTQI+ community *gender identity, gender expression, and sexual identity issues *fears and phobias *post-traumatic stress symptoms *recovery from substance use *life transitions *weight management
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TheraThrive Counseling & Assessment
Counselor, PhD, LPCC, BC-TMH Verified
Office is near:
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Offers online therapy
All services are online via secure video call! If you feel overwhelmed by anxiety, high sensitivity, loneliness or relationship problems, or if your child or teen struggles with excessive worry, moodiness or sadness, you don't need to manage alone. We are a group of authentic and interactive therapists who are strengths-based in our approach. Let us help you (or your child, teen, family member) gain insight and understanding, learn emotional regulation, improve your relationships, alleviate stress and anxiety, improve satisfaction at work/school, and experience well-being, exuberance for life, and empowerment. www.TheraThrive.com
(925) 350-8130
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Office is near:
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Offers online therapy
All services are online via secure video call! If you feel overwhelmed by anxiety, high sensitivity, loneliness or relationship problems, or if your child or teen struggles with excessive worry, moodiness or sadness, you don't need to manage alone. We are a group of authentic and interactive therapists who are strengths-based in our approach. Let us help you (or your child, teen, family member) gain insight and understanding, learn emotional regulation, improve your relationships, alleviate stress and anxiety, improve satisfaction at work/school, and experience well-being, exuberance for life, and empowerment. www.TheraThrive.com
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Crystal Blanton
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, SUDCCIV Verified
Office is near:
Walnut Creek, CA 94595
Not accepting new clients
Experience with adolescent, adult and family focused services.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 20 years of experience in the counseling field. I have worked with culturally diverse populations in a variety of settings to support with concerns related to depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse, and other life challenges. I am always honored to work with people who are in some stage of uncovering the next steps in achieving balance, wellness, and feelings of self fulfillment by exploring the intersecting elements of a person's experiences.
(925) 965-0485
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Office is near:
Walnut Creek, CA 94595
Not accepting new clients
Experience with adolescent, adult and family focused services.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 20 years of experience in the counseling field. I have worked with culturally diverse populations in a variety of settings to support with concerns related to depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse, and other life challenges. I am always honored to work with people who are in some stage of uncovering the next steps in achieving balance, wellness, and feelings of self fulfillment by exploring the intersecting elements of a person's experiences.
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Janelle K Brady
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT Verified
Office is near:
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Not accepting new clients
I provide Individual, Adolescent and Family Therapy.
We can all use an un-biased, confidential person to talk with. Throughout life, everyone experiences periods of stress, grief & sadness, go through breakups, endure family & parental stress, or struggle with pressures at work. Sometimes we may need extra support navigating through, and adjusting to life changes. In therapy, we will work as a team to facilitate your treatment goals with a solution focused approach. We will nurture your emotional & social well-being, increasing personal growth and self-acceptance, while gaining a stronger sense of personal self-worth, life satisfaction, and increasing the ability in maintaining healthy relationships.
(925) 297-1843
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Office is near:
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Not accepting new clients
I provide Individual, Adolescent and Family Therapy.
We can all use an un-biased, confidential person to talk with. Throughout life, everyone experiences periods of stress, grief & sadness, go through breakups, endure family & parental stress, or struggle with pressures at work. Sometimes we may need extra support navigating through, and adjusting to life changes. In therapy, we will work as a team to facilitate your treatment goals with a solution focused approach. We will nurture your emotional & social well-being, increasing personal growth and self-acceptance, while gaining a stronger sense of personal self-worth, life satisfaction, and increasing the ability in maintaining healthy relationships.
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Anna Shigeta
Marriage & Family Therapist, MEd, MA, LMFT Verified
Office is near:
Walnut Creek, CA 94595
Offers online therapy
If you're a parent looking for answers, a teen trying to understand yourself better, or an adult trying to get help, feel free to contact me.
Do you feel overwhelmed and frustrated with your highly sensitive, smart, very intense child? Feeling worn out with your child's ongoing worries, difficulty managing emotions? Does your child suffer from perfectionism, self-doubt, and social issues? Do you also suffer from challenges? You don't have to manage this alone. I specialize in helping children, teens, and adults to understand themselves, to discover their path, and how to thrive. My goal is to help them improve their relationships, manage and channel their feelings, and realize their true potential.
(925) 231-4799
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Office is near:
Walnut Creek, CA 94595
Offers online therapy
If you're a parent looking for answers, a teen trying to understand yourself better, or an adult trying to get help, feel free to contact me.
Do you feel overwhelmed and frustrated with your highly sensitive, smart, very intense child? Feeling worn out with your child's ongoing worries, difficulty managing emotions? Does your child suffer from perfectionism, self-doubt, and social issues? Do you also suffer from challenges? You don't have to manage this alone. I specialize in helping children, teens, and adults to understand themselves, to discover their path, and how to thrive. My goal is to help them improve their relationships, manage and channel their feelings, and realize their true potential.
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The Lucas Rubino Counseling Center
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT Verified
Office is near:
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
We know when you call us that you, your family or child/teen are experiencing difficult emotional times. We at The Lucas Rubino Center are here to help you & support you through these times. We want to make sure you receive the therapy you need in a caring environment & at an affordable price. Dr Rubino started the Rubino Center, 18 yrs ago, so people could be treated as people not as a number. We are all dedicated therapists & we look forward to helping you & working with you. We also encourage your comments & any questions you may have about your therapy.
(925) 526-4724
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Office is near:
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
We know when you call us that you, your family or child/teen are experiencing difficult emotional times. We at The Lucas Rubino Center are here to help you & support you through these times. We want to make sure you receive the therapy you need in a caring environment & at an affordable price. Dr Rubino started the Rubino Center, 18 yrs ago, so people could be treated as people not as a number. We are all dedicated therapists & we look forward to helping you & working with you. We also encourage your comments & any questions you may have about your therapy.
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Jonathan Page
Psychologist, PhD Verified
Office is near:
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Offers online therapy
At Blackhawk Family Development Center we strive to provide treatment that goes beyond symptom relief. Fundamentally, we believe that each person can achieve happiness and that happiness can be cultivated through internal resiliency. All of our services are steeped in a strength based approach. Whether we are working with a child, adolescent or adult our therapy and assessment services offer the opportunity to develop the positive self concept that promotes interactions fueled through resilience, innovation and positive intention.
(925) 378-4654
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Office is near:
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Offers online therapy
At Blackhawk Family Development Center we strive to provide treatment that goes beyond symptom relief. Fundamentally, we believe that each person can achieve happiness and that happiness can be cultivated through internal resiliency. All of our services are steeped in a strength based approach. Whether we are working with a child, adolescent or adult our therapy and assessment services offer the opportunity to develop the positive self concept that promotes interactions fueled through resilience, innovation and positive intention.

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Teen Therapists
Adolescence can be a time of both disorientation and discovery. The transitional period can raise questions of independence and identity; as adolescents cultivate their sense of self, they may face difficult choices about academics, friendship, sexuality, gender identity, drugs, and alcohol.

Most teens have a relatively egocentric perspective on life; a state of mind that usually abates with age. They often focus on themselves and believe that everyone else—from a best friend to a distant crush—is focused on them too. They may grapple with insecurities and feelings of being judged. Relationships with family members often take a backseat to peer groups, romantic interests, and appearance, which teens perceive as increasingly important during this time.

The transition can naturally lead to anxiety about physical development, evolving relationships with others, and one's place in the larger world. Mild anxiety and other challenges are typical, but serious mental health conditions also emerge during adolescence. Finding a teen therapist in Walnut Creek and addressing a disorder early on can help ensure the best possible outcome.