Gwen J Sanders, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT, ATR-BC
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94611
"My clients are most often dealing with communication concerns, issues of intimacy and complications related to life changes. When traumatic events impact their daily lives, they may seek assistance. Occasionally couples and families experiencing stress in their relationships may need an objective listener and guide to help them figure out how to reestablish balance. With the many demands of life and work, we work together to find pleasure in their families and for parents to reinstate parental authority within the family structure."
Art Therapy
Any/Out-of-network Insurance
(510) 403-8093
Verified
Oakland, California 94611
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Art Therapy
Any/Out-of-network Insurance
"My clients are most often dealing with communication concerns, issues of intimacy and complications related to life changes. When traumatic events impact their daily lives, they may seek assistance. Occasionally couples and families experiencing stress in their relationships may need an objective listener and guide to help them figure out how to reestablish balance. With the many demands of life and work, we work together to find pleasure in their families and for parents to reinstate parental authority within the family structure."
Trusting Transitions, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94611
"Are you experiencing a difficult time? Looking for support? My therapeutic approach is tailored to meet your individual needs, as you are the expert on your life! My goal is to partner with you as you navigate through this difficult time. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with ten years experience working with children and families in various non-profit, school and county capacities. My private practice is dedicated to supporting school-age, teen and adult clients to make the most out of their resources and relationships. I provide psychotherapy services to those in need."
Art Therapy
Any/Out-of-network Insurance
(510) 907-6476
Verified
Oakland, California 94611
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Art Therapy
Any/Out-of-network Insurance
"Are you experiencing a difficult time? Looking for support? My therapeutic approach is tailored to meet your individual needs, as you are the expert on your life! My goal is to partner with you as you navigate through this difficult time. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with ten years experience working with children and families in various non-profit, school and county capacities. My private practice is dedicated to supporting school-age, teen and adult clients to make the most out of their resources and relationships. I provide psychotherapy services to those in need."
Farooq Malik, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94610
"I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, relationship challenges and couples work. I use specialized experiential and emotionally attuned approach in my work with clients. "
Art Therapy
Any/Out-of-network Insurance
(415) 964-3281
Verified
Oakland, California 94610
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Art Therapy
Any/Out-of-network Insurance
"I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, relationship challenges and couples work. I use specialized experiential and emotionally attuned approach in my work with clients. "
Kasey Varga, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, MA
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94610
"Are you feeling heartbroken or utterly confused by a romantic relationship? Are you a parent who is endlessly stirred up by your child's behavior? I offer an opportunity to utilize heartbreak in service of growth and to begin to untangle the reality of your current relationships from the residue of your history. I challenge parents to set firm limits with warmth and to allow children the full expression of their feelings. In light of a great deal of training and personal experience I bring a deep respect for the unknown and a willingness to land in mystery."
Art Therapy
Any/Out-of-network Insurance
(628) 227-5522
Verified
Oakland, California 94610
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Art Therapy
Any/Out-of-network Insurance
"Are you feeling heartbroken or utterly confused by a romantic relationship? Are you a parent who is endlessly stirred up by your child's behavior? I offer an opportunity to utilize heartbreak in service of growth and to begin to untangle the reality of your current relationships from the residue of your history. I challenge parents to set firm limits with warmth and to allow children the full expression of their feelings. In light of a great deal of training and personal experience I bring a deep respect for the unknown and a willingness to land in mystery."
Patricia Banchik Rothschild, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94609
"My experience comes from 23 years of helping children, adults, couples and families in both Community Mental Health and Private Practice. My approach is eclectic and tailored to each individual's needs to facilitate healing and growth. Through my years of experience I have witnessed over and over again people coming into therapy with great pain, discomfort and despair but with time, (sometimes within a very short time) their symptoms diminish and a whole new person emerges. Crisis times can be extremely painful and distressful but they can also be opportunities for growth and healing through therapy."
Art Therapy
Any/Out-of-network Insurance
(510) 403-8151
Verified
Oakland, California 94609
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Art Therapy
Any/Out-of-network Insurance
"My experience comes from 23 years of helping children, adults, couples and families in both Community Mental Health and Private Practice. My approach is eclectic and tailored to each individual's needs to facilitate healing and growth. Through my years of experience I have witnessed over and over again people coming into therapy with great pain, discomfort and despair but with time, (sometimes within a very short time) their symptoms diminish and a whole new person emerges. Crisis times can be extremely painful and distressful but they can also be opportunities for growth and healing through therapy."
Eleanor Ruckman, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, ATR
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94610
"Life is challenging. We all benefit from receiving support as we navigate transitions, relationships, and the constancy of change. I have 20 years' experience supporting people who span a diverse range of ages and cultural backgrounds. My approach integrates body and sensory awareness with relaxation practices. I offer information about how neurobiological processes impact functioning and experience. The therapeutic relationship is collaborative and dynamic as we observe and shift unhelpful patterns of thought and behavior. Some people choose to make art as part of most meetings; others prefer to mostly talk. "
Art Therapy
Any/Out-of-network Insurance
(510) 257-9746
Verified
Oakland, California 94610
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Art Therapy
Any/Out-of-network Insurance
"Life is challenging. We all benefit from receiving support as we navigate transitions, relationships, and the constancy of change. I have 20 years' experience supporting people who span a diverse range of ages and cultural backgrounds. My approach integrates body and sensory awareness with relaxation practices. I offer information about how neurobiological processes impact functioning and experience. The therapeutic relationship is collaborative and dynamic as we observe and shift unhelpful patterns of thought and behavior. Some people choose to make art as part of most meetings; others prefer to mostly talk. "
Rose Toutjian, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94610
"I believe that each of us is a unique expression of Love and that we are at our happiest and most content when we feel in touch with ourselves and our loved ones. I also know that life can be challenging and seem overwhelming at times. Experiences of trauma, relationship problems, transitions, illness/death, and even the world around us can leave us feeling anxious, depressed or alone. My focus is on helping my clients learn the tools that they need to discover or return to the self they desire to be."
Art Therapy
Any/Out-of-network Insurance
(510) 298-3749
Verified
Oakland, California 94610
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Art Therapy
Any/Out-of-network Insurance
"I believe that each of us is a unique expression of Love and that we are at our happiest and most content when we feel in touch with ourselves and our loved ones. I also know that life can be challenging and seem overwhelming at times. Experiences of trauma, relationship problems, transitions, illness/death, and even the world around us can leave us feeling anxious, depressed or alone. My focus is on helping my clients learn the tools that they need to discover or return to the self they desire to be."
Megan Gredesky, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, RDT
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94609
"Are you navigating a world of fear, anxiety, anger, or sadness that follow any loss such as a divorce, death, or major change in your life? Has the rigidity of an Inner Critic taken control of your life preventing you from experiencing joy and ease in day to day life? Is your child or adolescent struggling with their peer relationships, experiencing ongoing bullying, or is their behavior impacting their academic performance or ability to be successful? I can help you or your child address these kinds of issues and more in therapy."
Art Therapy
Any/Out-of-network Insurance
(510) 694-0644
Verified
Oakland, California 94609
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Art Therapy
Any/Out-of-network Insurance
"Are you navigating a world of fear, anxiety, anger, or sadness that follow any loss such as a divorce, death, or major change in your life? Has the rigidity of an Inner Critic taken control of your life preventing you from experiencing joy and ease in day to day life? Is your child or adolescent struggling with their peer relationships, experiencing ongoing bullying, or is their behavior impacting their academic performance or ability to be successful? I can help you or your child address these kinds of issues and more in therapy."
Catarina Maria Rodrigues, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94618
"Life guarantees all of us ups and downs- but in our highly individualistic culture, it is common to believe that one ought to be able to handle their own difficulties. In reality, stressful life events,transitions and challenges can become much more manageable with consistent support. Through active listening and reflection,I assist clients in accessing their own intuition about what makes their life feel satisfying. Therapy involves a growing self awareness that often uncovers outdated beliefs and patterns. I truly enjoy guiding clients through this discovery process.This often involves a look at how culture and upbringing influence behavior."
Art Therapy
Any/Out-of-network Insurance
(415) 236-3570
Verified
Oakland, California 94618
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Art Therapy
Any/Out-of-network Insurance
"Life guarantees all of us ups and downs- but in our highly individualistic culture, it is common to believe that one ought to be able to handle their own difficulties. In reality, stressful life events,transitions and challenges can become much more manageable with consistent support. Through active listening and reflection,I assist clients in accessing their own intuition about what makes their life feel satisfying. Therapy involves a growing self awareness that often uncovers outdated beliefs and patterns. I truly enjoy guiding clients through this discovery process.This often involves a look at how culture and upbringing influence behavior."
Shenelle Jackson, Associate Clinical Social Worker
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ASW
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94610
"You want to move forward in life, but there are things in your past or present that are affecting your ability to do so. As your therapist, I offer a welcoming space of warmth and safety where you can freely address anything. I am committed to assisting you in moving past the mental and emotional barriers that prevent you from reaching a sense of self and wellbeing. We will create tools that will assist you in learning how to establish healthy boundaries, relationships, and lifestyles​. "
Art Therapy
Any/Out-of-network Insurance
(510) 953-4685
Verified
Oakland, California 94610
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Art Therapy
Any/Out-of-network Insurance
"You want to move forward in life, but there are things in your past or present that are affecting your ability to do so. As your therapist, I offer a welcoming space of warmth and safety where you can freely address anything. I am committed to assisting you in moving past the mental and emotional barriers that prevent you from reaching a sense of self and wellbeing. We will create tools that will assist you in learning how to establish healthy boundaries, relationships, and lifestyles​. "
Bay Area Clinical Associates - BACA,
MD, LMFT, LCSW, MPH, MFTI
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94607
"Bay Area Clinical Associates (BACA) is a physician-owned and operated organization committed to providing integrated, scientific, empathetic mental health treatment for kids, teens, young adults and their families. BACA is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of child & adolescent psychiatrists, licensed marriage & family therapists, and licensed clinical social workers. We work to take the "mystery" out of psychiatric care and have a relaxed, fun, caring environment at our clinics. Our mission is to revolutionize mental health services and offer sound, evidence-based care to all clients, regardless of socio-economic status."
Art Therapy
Any/Out-of-network Insurance
(510) 500-9732
Verified
Oakland, California 94607
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Art Therapy
Any/Out-of-network Insurance
"Bay Area Clinical Associates (BACA) is a physician-owned and operated organization committed to providing integrated, scientific, empathetic mental health treatment for kids, teens, young adults and their families. BACA is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of child & adolescent psychiatrists, licensed marriage & family therapists, and licensed clinical social workers. We work to take the "mystery" out of psychiatric care and have a relaxed, fun, caring environment at our clinics. Our mission is to revolutionize mental health services and offer sound, evidence-based care to all clients, regardless of socio-economic status."
Merry Ross, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94618
"My work ranges from people who have experienced serious trauma, and suffer from depression and anxiety to those who just want to feel better in their lives and their relationships. I love working with couples. I know from my own experience of being married since 1990 that relationships need nurturing and intention. I love helping couples find intimacy that may have been lost. I really see my work as helping individuals and couples live their best life!"
Art Therapy
Any/Out-of-network Insurance
(510) 969-6005
Verified
Oakland, California 94618
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Art Therapy
Any/Out-of-network Insurance
"My work ranges from people who have experienced serious trauma, and suffer from depression and anxiety to those who just want to feel better in their lives and their relationships. I love working with couples. I know from my own experience of being married since 1990 that relationships need nurturing and intention. I love helping couples find intimacy that may have been lost. I really see my work as helping individuals and couples live their best life!"
Jennifer Howard, Psychologist
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94611
"My approach is grounded in Cognitive-Behavioral and Attachment Theories. I also incorporate the practices of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). I aspire to meet clients where they are, and help each individual to work on his or her expressed goals. I enjoy taking this journey with clients to navigate some of their most difficult and challenging moments in life, to help prevent troubled kids or young adults from more serious trouble, and to help all clients who seek my support turn their life's biggest challenges into opportunities for growth and lasting change."
Art Therapy
Any/Out-of-network Insurance
(510) 878-6002
Verified
Oakland, California 94611
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Art Therapy
Any/Out-of-network Insurance
"My approach is grounded in Cognitive-Behavioral and Attachment Theories. I also incorporate the practices of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). I aspire to meet clients where they are, and help each individual to work on his or her expressed goals. I enjoy taking this journey with clients to navigate some of their most difficult and challenging moments in life, to help prevent troubled kids or young adults from more serious trouble, and to help all clients who seek my support turn their life's biggest challenges into opportunities for growth and lasting change."
Christopher Patrick White, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94618
"My clients are often sensitive, intelligent, and creative people who face life transitions, self-doubt, anxiety, depression, and the challenges of liberating passion and creating meaning in life. Many struggle with the legacy of significant trauma. Through acceptance, loving encouragement, and providing a container for self-exploration, I help clients to find a more encompassing love for self and other, develop strength and firmness of character, and tap into the well of their vitality, creativity, and joy."
Art Therapy
Any/Out-of-network Insurance
(510) 878-4334
Verified
Oakland, California 94618
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Art Therapy
Any/Out-of-network Insurance
"My clients are often sensitive, intelligent, and creative people who face life transitions, self-doubt, anxiety, depression, and the challenges of liberating passion and creating meaning in life. Many struggle with the legacy of significant trauma. Through acceptance, loving encouragement, and providing a container for self-exploration, I help clients to find a more encompassing love for self and other, develop strength and firmness of character, and tap into the well of their vitality, creativity, and joy."
Laila Shamszad, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94609
"Modern living is strenuous and challenging work. I will help you find relief from the heaviness of the worries, depression, and fatigue that so often sit right next to your innate capacities for meaning, appreciation, and joy. My approach is collaborative, engaged, and warm. I deeply respect the power of the therapeutic relationship as a potential agent for change and transformation, and I value your feelings of safety and comfort as essential to our working relationship."
Art Therapy
Any/Out-of-network Insurance
(510) 401-3803
Verified
Oakland, California 94609
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Art Therapy
Any/Out-of-network Insurance
"Modern living is strenuous and challenging work. I will help you find relief from the heaviness of the worries, depression, and fatigue that so often sit right next to your innate capacities for meaning, appreciation, and joy. My approach is collaborative, engaged, and warm. I deeply respect the power of the therapeutic relationship as a potential agent for change and transformation, and I value your feelings of safety and comfort as essential to our working relationship."
Ariana Heller, Psychologist
Psychologist, PsyD, MA, MAEd
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94618
"I offer you an open space in which together we can explore and understand difficult feelings and thoughts. Through this collaborative process you will have the opportunity to deepen your understanding of yourself, allow your emotions to be processed, and work through uncomfortable/ difficult feelings. As a result, life becomes easier to navigate and more meaningful. Like any relationship, it has to feel right to you. What I bring to the relationship is my warmth, curiosity, compassion, honesty, years of expertise, and the ability to dive deep into issues without judgment leading to long-term change."
Art Therapy
Any/Out-of-network Insurance
(510) 757-1536
Verified
Oakland, California 94618
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Art Therapy
Any/Out-of-network Insurance
"I offer you an open space in which together we can explore and understand difficult feelings and thoughts. Through this collaborative process you will have the opportunity to deepen your understanding of yourself, allow your emotions to be processed, and work through uncomfortable/ difficult feelings. As a result, life becomes easier to navigate and more meaningful. Like any relationship, it has to feel right to you. What I bring to the relationship is my warmth, curiosity, compassion, honesty, years of expertise, and the ability to dive deep into issues without judgment leading to long-term change."
Denise Kralj, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94610
"I work especially well with adults who were impacted by their parents' substance use or an unpredictable, neglectful, or traumatic environment, and who may now be in some kind of recovery/deconditioning process themselves. Couples and families are welcome. My clients want to overcome anxiety and relationship struggles; achieve emotional stability, presence, acceptance and peace; and experience more choice and less habituation with behaviors. For Adult Children identified clients, some particular themes they often want to attend to are "not good enough" beliefs; perfectionism; over-responsibility; shame; depression; and a stressed response to authority, to disagreements, and to unexpected changes."
Art Therapy
Any/Out-of-network Insurance
(415) 942-9413
Verified
Oakland, California 94610
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Art Therapy
Any/Out-of-network Insurance
"I work especially well with adults who were impacted by their parents' substance use or an unpredictable, neglectful, or traumatic environment, and who may now be in some kind of recovery/deconditioning process themselves. Couples and families are welcome. My clients want to overcome anxiety and relationship struggles; achieve emotional stability, presence, acceptance and peace; and experience more choice and less habituation with behaviors. For Adult Children identified clients, some particular themes they often want to attend to are "not good enough" beliefs; perfectionism; over-responsibility; shame; depression; and a stressed response to authority, to disagreements, and to unexpected changes."
Ken Takahashi, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, SEP
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94610
"Transformation will occur to you at a right timing with a right support. I am here for you to support your transformation. I will help enhance your innate ability to break patterns, utilizing cognitive, nervous & energetic methods. For instance, you have had a car accident before. You feel anxious whenever you see cars on the street. This means that the car accident is associated with the anxiety. I will help disconnect the anxiety from the car accident while rebuilding positive experiences in you. You will gradually re-associate the car accident with the positive experiences, transforming the old pattern."
Art Therapy
Any/Out-of-network Insurance
(510) 694-0966
Verified
Oakland, California 94610
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Art Therapy
Any/Out-of-network Insurance
"Transformation will occur to you at a right timing with a right support. I am here for you to support your transformation. I will help enhance your innate ability to break patterns, utilizing cognitive, nervous & energetic methods. For instance, you have had a car accident before. You feel anxious whenever you see cars on the street. This means that the car accident is associated with the anxiety. I will help disconnect the anxiety from the car accident while rebuilding positive experiences in you. You will gradually re-associate the car accident with the positive experiences, transforming the old pattern."
Barbara Petterson, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MA, LMFT, ATR
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94611
"Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, transition, loss, trauma, caregiving, chronic pain or aging? Are you hoping to develop a deeper sense of confidence, ease and effectiveness? As a Registered Art Therapist and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 25 years of experience, I work with my clients to help strengthen what works, let go of what doesn't, and find more helpful behaviors, skills and understandings. Together, we develop our way of working with each other, integrating approaches that are client-centered, art-based, psychoanalytic, psychodynamic, humanistic and cognitive."
Art Therapy
Any/Out-of-network Insurance
(510) 863-8980
Verified
Oakland, California 94611
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Art Therapy
Any/Out-of-network Insurance
"Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, transition, loss, trauma, caregiving, chronic pain or aging? Are you hoping to develop a deeper sense of confidence, ease and effectiveness? As a Registered Art Therapist and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 25 years of experience, I work with my clients to help strengthen what works, let go of what doesn't, and find more helpful behaviors, skills and understandings. Together, we develop our way of working with each other, integrating approaches that are client-centered, art-based, psychoanalytic, psychodynamic, humanistic and cognitive."
Kyoko Tsuchiya, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94618
"Are you feeling stuck in your life, your relationships or your job, or going through challenging life transitions? I strongly believe that we all have tremendous capacity for change, growth and healing. Drawing upon my professional training in body-oriented psychotherapy and decades of meditation practice, I can assist you in quieting your mind and taping into your own truth, strengths and wisdom within. Psychotherapy that integrates body, mind and spirit can help you move beyond the problems to release the creative energy, optimism and hope necessary to lead you to a more authentic and fulfilling life."
Art Therapy
Any/Out-of-network Insurance
(510) 858-0979
Verified
Oakland, California 94618
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Art Therapy
Any/Out-of-network Insurance
"Are you feeling stuck in your life, your relationships or your job, or going through challenging life transitions? I strongly believe that we all have tremendous capacity for change, growth and healing. Drawing upon my professional training in body-oriented psychotherapy and decades of meditation practice, I can assist you in quieting your mind and taping into your own truth, strengths and wisdom within. Psychotherapy that integrates body, mind and spirit can help you move beyond the problems to release the creative energy, optimism and hope necessary to lead you to a more authentic and fulfilling life."

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It may look like a craft class, but art therapy in Oakland is a serious technique that uses the creative process to help improve the mental health of clients. Oakland Art therapy can be used on children and adults to treat a wide range of emotional issues, including anxiety, depression, family and relationship problems, abuse and domestic violence, and trauma and loss. Commonly found in hospitals and community centers, art therapy programs are based on the belief that the creative process is healing and life-enhancing. As they paint or draw, a skilled Oakland art therapist can use the client's works of art and their approach to the process as springboards to help them gain personal insight, improve their judgment, cope with stress, and work through traumatic experiences.

How can I tell if a therapist is right for me?
Therapists in Oakland are able to work with a wide range of issues.

For example, if you're seeking a marriage counselor in Oakland you'll find that most therapists are trained in marriage counseling or couples counseling in Oakland and couples therapy. And they welcome families for family counseling in Oakland or family therapy in Oakland.