Alan G Vaughan
Psychologist, PhD, JD Verified
Oakland, CA 94618
Offers online therapy
I teach courses in psychopathology, ethics & laws in psychotherapy, African American cultural history & psychology.
Life is full of challenges that generate varied degrees of stress, anxiety and depression, even substance abuse. Challenges may include: Personal and family relationships, finances, career, illness and loss of creative engagement with your self and the world. Psychotherapy can offer time and a special place for self discovery, reflection, revitalization, resilience, insight, empowerment and access to your creativity; creative expression and creative living. Our lives can be what we imagine and want them to be. We can develop our active imagination to envision a life of purpose, meaning and the joy we are meant to have.
(510) 880-3857
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Oakland, CA 94618
Offers online therapy
I teach courses in psychopathology, ethics & laws in psychotherapy, African American cultural history & psychology.
Life is full of challenges that generate varied degrees of stress, anxiety and depression, even substance abuse. Challenges may include: Personal and family relationships, finances, career, illness and loss of creative engagement with your self and the world. Psychotherapy can offer time and a special place for self discovery, reflection, revitalization, resilience, insight, empowerment and access to your creativity; creative expression and creative living. Our lives can be what we imagine and want them to be. We can develop our active imagination to envision a life of purpose, meaning and the joy we are meant to have.
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Amber Nutter
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW Verified
Oakland, CA 94609
Offers online therapy
I identify as a cisgender, heterosexual Black woman.
BIPOC and QTBIPOC and others on the margins are often unheard and actively silenced in a society that promotes white supremacy, heteronormativity and propagates the idea that only certain bodies and identities are valuable. I believe that we all deserve to be seen, to be heard and to be valued. Black women-identified people have a unique experience of oppression at the intersection of race and gender. We experience racism, sexism and misogynoir. Black women are often silenced, shut down, marginalized and told our feelings do not matter because we have to “be strong.”
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Oakland, CA 94609
Offers online therapy
I identify as a cisgender, heterosexual Black woman.
BIPOC and QTBIPOC and others on the margins are often unheard and actively silenced in a society that promotes white supremacy, heteronormativity and propagates the idea that only certain bodies and identities are valuable. I believe that we all deserve to be seen, to be heard and to be valued. Black women-identified people have a unique experience of oppression at the intersection of race and gender. We experience racism, sexism and misogynoir. Black women are often silenced, shut down, marginalized and told our feelings do not matter because we have to “be strong.”
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Ahmed K Jibril
Psychologist, PsyD Verified
Oakland, CA 94610
Offers online therapy
I am African American, a licensed clinical psychologist, born in Kenya, and raised in the Bay Area.
I am trained to listen deeply, assess the cause of symptoms, and assist in developing strategies to reduce suffering. I have experience helping people cope with depression, anxiety, trauma, chronic health issues, acculturation/adaptation issues, and couple/family relationship problems.
(510) 726-7186
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Oakland, CA 94610
Offers online therapy
I am African American, a licensed clinical psychologist, born in Kenya, and raised in the Bay Area.
I am trained to listen deeply, assess the cause of symptoms, and assist in developing strategies to reduce suffering. I have experience helping people cope with depression, anxiety, trauma, chronic health issues, acculturation/adaptation issues, and couple/family relationship problems.
Angela Shaiman
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT Verified
Oakland, CA 94618
Offers online therapy
Before that, I earned my undergraduate degree in 2000 from Harvard University, majoring in African-American studies.
As a psychotherapist, I feel it’s an honor to be a witness and facilitator to client transformation, resilience, and growth. I believe my perceptiveness, compassion, and holding of a nonjudgmental space allow discovery and observation of patterns that may no longer be helpful. I see my work through a social justice perspective and understand oppression itself as a form of stress and trauma. As a mixed-race, multicultural woman, I honor experiences of being at different intersections of identity. I can relate to experiences of simultaneously belonging and not belonging in different spaces.
(510) 674-0948
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Oakland, CA 94618
Offers online therapy
Before that, I earned my undergraduate degree in 2000 from Harvard University, majoring in African-American studies.
As a psychotherapist, I feel it’s an honor to be a witness and facilitator to client transformation, resilience, and growth. I believe my perceptiveness, compassion, and holding of a nonjudgmental space allow discovery and observation of patterns that may no longer be helpful. I see my work through a social justice perspective and understand oppression itself as a form of stress and trauma. As a mixed-race, multicultural woman, I honor experiences of being at different intersections of identity. I can relate to experiences of simultaneously belonging and not belonging in different spaces.
Bedford Palmer
Psychologist, PhD Verified
Oakland, CA 94612
Offers online therapy
I work with a diverse clientele, and specialize in providing social justice oriented psychotherapeutic support to Black people and other People of Color. I provide culturally responsive therapy, which focuses on the strengths that you already have. I tend to use a cognitive-behavioral theoretical approach (CBT), while also paying attention to your environment and access to social support. I work with you to build a safe space where you can share your experiences without the fear of being judged, and where you can focus on becoming clear about what you want, and how you want to go about making that happen.
(510) 298-3362
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Oakland, CA 94612
Offers online therapy
I work with a diverse clientele, and specialize in providing social justice oriented psychotherapeutic support to Black people and other People of Color. I provide culturally responsive therapy, which focuses on the strengths that you already have. I tend to use a cognitive-behavioral theoretical approach (CBT), while also paying attention to your environment and access to social support. I work with you to build a safe space where you can share your experiences without the fear of being judged, and where you can focus on becoming clear about what you want, and how you want to go about making that happen.
Taisha L. Caldwell-Harvey
Psychologist, PhD Verified
Oakland, CA 94615
Offers online therapy
If you are experiencing feelings of sadness or depression, feeling overwhelmed with stress or anxiety, struggling with past trauma, feeling challenged by romantic relationships, having a hard time processing grief, if you are unsure of your purpose in life, confused about the next step in your career, or simply feeling like something is holding you back from reaching your full potential, I'd love to talk with you. I'm Dr. Tai, the founder of The Black Girl Doctor, a completely virtual therapy practice specializing in the mental health of professional Black women.
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Oakland, CA 94615
Offers online therapy
If you are experiencing feelings of sadness or depression, feeling overwhelmed with stress or anxiety, struggling with past trauma, feeling challenged by romantic relationships, having a hard time processing grief, if you are unsure of your purpose in life, confused about the next step in your career, or simply feeling like something is holding you back from reaching your full potential, I'd love to talk with you. I'm Dr. Tai, the founder of The Black Girl Doctor, a completely virtual therapy practice specializing in the mental health of professional Black women.
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Natalie Bell
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT Verified
Office is near:
Oakland, CA 94610
Offers online therapy
Originally from South Central Los Angeles, my current social location is as a queer, black womxn, of African American and Mexican American ancestry.
“May the Scared Be Restored in Beauty.” by Dr. Eduardo Duran. It is, in this vein of Dr. Duran's quote, that I am seeking curious individuals, couples or families interested in exploring and deepen their communication and connections in relationship to a therapist who is well versed in trauma informed approaches with gestalt and somatic therapy techniques and who values intergenerational knowledge and liberation psychology. My Gestalt Therapy is mindful of trauma and its intergenerational impacts on the social and environmental context of a one’s experience.
(415) 909-4693
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Office is near:
Oakland, CA 94610
Offers online therapy
Originally from South Central Los Angeles, my current social location is as a queer, black womxn, of African American and Mexican American ancestry.
“May the Scared Be Restored in Beauty.” by Dr. Eduardo Duran. It is, in this vein of Dr. Duran's quote, that I am seeking curious individuals, couples or families interested in exploring and deepen their communication and connections in relationship to a therapist who is well versed in trauma informed approaches with gestalt and somatic therapy techniques and who values intergenerational knowledge and liberation psychology. My Gestalt Therapy is mindful of trauma and its intergenerational impacts on the social and environmental context of a one’s experience.
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Nia Saunders
Psychologist, PhD Verified
Office is near:
Oakland, CA 94601
Offers online therapy
*Please note, I'm not currently accepting new clients. Are you a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Person of Color) who feels overwhelmed by the current racial and political climate? Are you struggling to feel good about yourself? Do you focus so much energy on caring for everyone else that your own needs get pushed aside? If you feel stuck repeating challenging patterns in your relationships, know that you are not alone. Let's work together to support you in becoming more balanced, self-confident, and intentional.
(510) 681-2358
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Office is near:
Oakland, CA 94601
Offers online therapy
*Please note, I'm not currently accepting new clients. Are you a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Person of Color) who feels overwhelmed by the current racial and political climate? Are you struggling to feel good about yourself? Do you focus so much energy on caring for everyone else that your own needs get pushed aside? If you feel stuck repeating challenging patterns in your relationships, know that you are not alone. Let's work together to support you in becoming more balanced, self-confident, and intentional.
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Shequita S Jones
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW Verified
Office is near:
Oakland, CA 94601
Offers online therapy
We all have challenges in life, and it takes courage and support to make the changes you strive for. As a Black woman, who lives with limited vision, I have the experience of being vulnerable and making life changes with the support of others. As a result, I know that by working with support, you can have the full life that you so readily deserve. As a therapist, I am someone who will work with you to build healthier ways to manage your emotions, incorporate coping skills during times of challenge, and to learn acceptance and self-compassion. Resulting in the person you want to be.
(341) 222-3833
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Office is near:
Oakland, CA 94601
Offers online therapy
We all have challenges in life, and it takes courage and support to make the changes you strive for. As a Black woman, who lives with limited vision, I have the experience of being vulnerable and making life changes with the support of others. As a result, I know that by working with support, you can have the full life that you so readily deserve. As a therapist, I am someone who will work with you to build healthier ways to manage your emotions, incorporate coping skills during times of challenge, and to learn acceptance and self-compassion. Resulting in the person you want to be.
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Queens N' Therapy LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW Verified
Oakland, CA 94618
Not accepting new clients
Are you looking for a space where you can keep it real and get support with achieving your goals? Good, because I believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to create their best life. Building your happiness can be a challenging task as we are often faced with various societal stressors. As an African American woman, I am deeply aware of the societal stressors that hinder wellness. Without the proper support, obstacles in life can prevent you from being healthy and happy. My desire is to support Black Women from varied and diverse backgrounds with creating and or sustaining the life that they want for themselves.
(510) 399-1757
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Oakland, CA 94618
Not accepting new clients
Are you looking for a space where you can keep it real and get support with achieving your goals? Good, because I believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to create their best life. Building your happiness can be a challenging task as we are often faced with various societal stressors. As an African American woman, I am deeply aware of the societal stressors that hinder wellness. Without the proper support, obstacles in life can prevent you from being healthy and happy. My desire is to support Black Women from varied and diverse backgrounds with creating and or sustaining the life that they want for themselves.
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Shirley Johnson
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT , MA, CYT Verified
Oakland, CA 94610
Not accepting new clients
I offer a background in anger in women, Black identity, codependency, intergenerational trauma, interracial relationships, multiracial identity, and sexuality and desire in women of color.
Carl Jung said, "I would rather be whole than good." Very often we put pressure on ourselves to "be" a certain way, so much that life can start to feel like acting versus living. This pressure tends to place stress on individuals and can often lead to anxiety, depression, and stress. I believe that therapy can be a tool to take off the masks we have learned to put on and begin to live from our whole self; finding freedom and our creativity. I believe that through compassion for all the parts of ourself we step closer to freedom.
(510) 944-1581
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Oakland, CA 94610
Not accepting new clients
I offer a background in anger in women, Black identity, codependency, intergenerational trauma, interracial relationships, multiracial identity, and sexuality and desire in women of color.
Carl Jung said, "I would rather be whole than good." Very often we put pressure on ourselves to "be" a certain way, so much that life can start to feel like acting versus living. This pressure tends to place stress on individuals and can often lead to anxiety, depression, and stress. I believe that therapy can be a tool to take off the masks we have learned to put on and begin to live from our whole self; finding freedom and our creativity. I believe that through compassion for all the parts of ourself we step closer to freedom.
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Bree McDaniel
Psychologist, PsyD Verified
Oakland, CA 94609
Not accepting new clients
My approach is warm, collaborative, supportive, empathic, and is rooted in my lived experience as a Black Queer Woman.
The decision to embark on the path of healing and face oneself, is not an endeavor to be taken lightly, as it requires courage, vulnerability, and patience with oneself. With that said, intentionally delving into a healing process can be a powerful and liberating experience -- an amazing journey, filled with new discoveries about oneself. In my practice I help my clients shed light on their unconscious process, gain more awareness about themselves, including what motivates them, and better understand how they relate to others in their lives. I also support my clients in finding healthier ways of relating and coping.
(415) 340-6209
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Oakland, CA 94609
Not accepting new clients
My approach is warm, collaborative, supportive, empathic, and is rooted in my lived experience as a Black Queer Woman.
The decision to embark on the path of healing and face oneself, is not an endeavor to be taken lightly, as it requires courage, vulnerability, and patience with oneself. With that said, intentionally delving into a healing process can be a powerful and liberating experience -- an amazing journey, filled with new discoveries about oneself. In my practice I help my clients shed light on their unconscious process, gain more awareness about themselves, including what motivates them, and better understand how they relate to others in their lives. I also support my clients in finding healthier ways of relating and coping.
Angela Vincent Polk
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT Verified
Office is near:
Oakland, CA 94601
Not accepting new clients
As a Christian, middle-aged, African American woman, I bring my life experience of survival, trauma, and victory to the sessions with clients with compassion and honor for their own life experience while gently opening up space for self-reflection and healing.
I work with clients at my office in Berkeley near the Ashby Bart Station. I prefer to work with a client who will come to sessions even when it is challenging to do so and allow the therapy relationship to open up space for safe exploration of the realities of life, ways to cope with reality, and improve spiritual and mental strength. Therefore, my client would demonstrate commitment to the therapy relationship, whether it is for brief therapy or long-term work, by doing the work necessary to understand the self and make necessary life decisions in order to maximize the availability of life energy.
(510) 876-4753
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Office is near:
Oakland, CA 94601
Not accepting new clients
As a Christian, middle-aged, African American woman, I bring my life experience of survival, trauma, and victory to the sessions with clients with compassion and honor for their own life experience while gently opening up space for self-reflection and healing.
I work with clients at my office in Berkeley near the Ashby Bart Station. I prefer to work with a client who will come to sessions even when it is challenging to do so and allow the therapy relationship to open up space for safe exploration of the realities of life, ways to cope with reality, and improve spiritual and mental strength. Therefore, my client would demonstrate commitment to the therapy relationship, whether it is for brief therapy or long-term work, by doing the work necessary to understand the self and make necessary life decisions in order to maximize the availability of life energy.
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Cortney Beasley
Psychologist, PsyD Verified
Oakland, CA 94610
Offers online therapy
I am passionate about multicultural issues, particularly those affecting Black communities, understanding holistic methods of healing, and maintaining awareness of the connections among mind-body and spirit as they relate to overall health.
*Virtual Sessions Only* I enjoy working with people who want support as they engage in self-exploration and attempt to make sense of the complexity and intersections of their identities, including race and ethnicity, spirituality, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. I also believe that it is important for the people I work with to approach therapy as more than a culmination of sessions, but as part of a lifestyle and commitment to take time and space to prioritize one’s health.
(510) 239-7871
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Oakland, CA 94610
Offers online therapy
I am passionate about multicultural issues, particularly those affecting Black communities, understanding holistic methods of healing, and maintaining awareness of the connections among mind-body and spirit as they relate to overall health.
*Virtual Sessions Only* I enjoy working with people who want support as they engage in self-exploration and attempt to make sense of the complexity and intersections of their identities, including race and ethnicity, spirituality, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. I also believe that it is important for the people I work with to approach therapy as more than a culmination of sessions, but as part of a lifestyle and commitment to take time and space to prioritize one’s health.
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Denise L Jones-Kazan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW Verified
Oakland, CA 94609
Not accepting new clients
Book Chapter- Case Study EFT Pursuer Softening– Emotionally Focused Therapy with African American Couples: Love Heals (Routledge).
I have been a therapist for 30 years. I provided psychotherapeutic services to adolescents, couples and families in a variety of clinical settings.For the past 18 years I was the lead clinician in an Intensive Day Treatment High School Program for adolescents in Special Education. Prior to that, I worked in a Women's Substance Abuse Agency.I am now in private practice and look forward to an opportunity to work with Adolescents, Adults, Couples and families where I can utilize my clinical expertise and work experience to help individuals achieve their goals.
(510) 379-7971
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Oakland, CA 94609
Not accepting new clients
Book Chapter- Case Study EFT Pursuer Softening– Emotionally Focused Therapy with African American Couples: Love Heals (Routledge).
I have been a therapist for 30 years. I provided psychotherapeutic services to adolescents, couples and families in a variety of clinical settings.For the past 18 years I was the lead clinician in an Intensive Day Treatment High School Program for adolescents in Special Education. Prior to that, I worked in a Women's Substance Abuse Agency.I am now in private practice and look forward to an opportunity to work with Adolescents, Adults, Couples and families where I can utilize my clinical expertise and work experience to help individuals achieve their goals.
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Brittany Cooper
Psychologist, PhD Verified
Oakland, CA 94613
Offers online therapy
I am passionate about supporting African American communities and people of color, and I specialize in supporting Biracial and Multiethnic communities.
Healing looks different for all of us. As we navigate different seasons, relationships, and themes in life, it can be helpful to have a space that is yours. You are the expert of your experience, and I believe in healing practices that emphasize collaboration and connection. I show up with a relational approach, ready to meet you where you are and how you want to support growth and exploration. I value social justice, supporting a good fit between therapist and client, and flexibility. My practice integrates the honoring of your cultural values, intersecting identities and meaningful relationships that inform who we are.
(510) 640-8582
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Oakland, CA 94613
Offers online therapy
I am passionate about supporting African American communities and people of color, and I specialize in supporting Biracial and Multiethnic communities.
Healing looks different for all of us. As we navigate different seasons, relationships, and themes in life, it can be helpful to have a space that is yours. You are the expert of your experience, and I believe in healing practices that emphasize collaboration and connection. I show up with a relational approach, ready to meet you where you are and how you want to support growth and exploration. I value social justice, supporting a good fit between therapist and client, and flexibility. My practice integrates the honoring of your cultural values, intersecting identities and meaningful relationships that inform who we are.
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SSAC Counseling and Training
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT Verified
Oakland, CA 94609
Offers online therapy
Over the past 17 years I have been healing the families of Alameda County. I am most known for my ability to reach hard to engage high risk clients in the African-American Community. I believe that my calling is to guide my clients to the roads of self-control, self-love, and self-motivation. Knowing that once one knows and loves their true self they are able to have better relationships with their children, partners, and family.
(510) 296-6521
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Oakland, CA 94609
Offers online therapy
Over the past 17 years I have been healing the families of Alameda County. I am most known for my ability to reach hard to engage high risk clients in the African-American Community. I believe that my calling is to guide my clients to the roads of self-control, self-love, and self-motivation. Knowing that once one knows and loves their true self they are able to have better relationships with their children, partners, and family.
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Sharon Jones
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT Verified
Oakland, CA 94609
Offers online therapy
As an African American therapist I am very passionate about social justice issues that have adversely affected people of color not only physically, but emotionally through depression, anxiety, and other stress related illnesses.
My goal is to promote and encourage good mental health with a person-centered approach. To help clients acquire coping skills that will raise self esteem, and overall well being. To support and encourage clients not only in therapy, but outside as well. To assist in accessing community resources as well as family support if appropriate, and friends.
(510) 345-0367
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Oakland, CA 94609
Offers online therapy
As an African American therapist I am very passionate about social justice issues that have adversely affected people of color not only physically, but emotionally through depression, anxiety, and other stress related illnesses.
My goal is to promote and encourage good mental health with a person-centered approach. To help clients acquire coping skills that will raise self esteem, and overall well being. To support and encourage clients not only in therapy, but outside as well. To assist in accessing community resources as well as family support if appropriate, and friends.
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Stephanie McWoods
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW Verified
Oakland, CA 94612
Offers online therapy
Do you feel misunderstood and overwhelmed? Is people pleasing or code switching exhausting? Do you feel disconnected from YOU? Are you searching for a space that is safe to be YOU? Are you hyperaware of your melanin in white spaces? Are you searching for a therapist that understands the minority experience? I recognize the struggles of living while Black. And I champion disrupting White Supremacy and systemic racism. I am a firm believer in order to dismantle racism and White Supremacy we must individually address our trauma, unlearn internalized racism and develop skills to elevate our thinking and regulate our emotions.
(510) 491-0339
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Oakland, CA 94612
Offers online therapy
Do you feel misunderstood and overwhelmed? Is people pleasing or code switching exhausting? Do you feel disconnected from YOU? Are you searching for a space that is safe to be YOU? Are you hyperaware of your melanin in white spaces? Are you searching for a therapist that understands the minority experience? I recognize the struggles of living while Black. And I champion disrupting White Supremacy and systemic racism. I am a firm believer in order to dismantle racism and White Supremacy we must individually address our trauma, unlearn internalized racism and develop skills to elevate our thinking and regulate our emotions.
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Happy Heart Therapy
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT Verified
Oakland, CA 94609
Offers online therapy
Hello all, I am an African-American marriage and family therapist who provides services in the Bay Area & So. Cal. I specialize in somatic therapy modalities that work well with individuals or couples who have experienced any trauma whether acute or developmental. I also work with client's experiencing grief, depression, and relational issues. My clients' find me easy to talk to and non-judgmental, this coupled with my life experience, creates a safe environment for healing to happen.
(424) 354-2814
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Oakland, CA 94609
Offers online therapy
Hello all, I am an African-American marriage and family therapist who provides services in the Bay Area & So. Cal. I specialize in somatic therapy modalities that work well with individuals or couples who have experienced any trauma whether acute or developmental. I also work with client's experiencing grief, depression, and relational issues. My clients' find me easy to talk to and non-judgmental, this coupled with my life experience, creates a safe environment for healing to happen.

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Black and African American Therapists
If you're looking for African American therapy in Oakland or for an Oakland African American therapist these professionals provide therapy, psychotherapy and counseling that's sensitive to African American cultural issues. They include African American therapists, African American psychologists, African American marriage counselors and African American counselors. Sometimes we refer to them as black therapists in Oakland or Oakland black psychologists, black marriage counselors or black counselors in Oakland. They provide African American counseling in Oakland or black counseling in Oakland and are sensitive to black couples and black marriages in Oakland.

Note: This term is sometimes spelled as 'African-American'.