Psychologist, PhD, MBA, MSEE
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94618
"I specialize in serving GIFTED PROFESSIONAL AND CREATIVE ADULTS AND COUPLES. Being gifted is a minority experience, which is hard to own or talk about due to cultural (mis)attributions of elitism and arrogance, so many gifted people have not explored this aspect of their identity and how this may be related to difficulties in their life. You may feel out of step with the world or misunderstood, and not know why, or that you have to hide aspects of yourself. Or have trouble making friends, be told you’re "too intense", feel socially awkward, not understand why others seem to respond negatively to your ideas, or feel deeply disappointed with the world’s imperfections. IN MY OFFICE, YOU CAN BE UNRESERVEDLY YOURSELF. Talking frankly about being gifted can improve your self-esteem and offer relief from self-doubt, loneliness, anxiety, or depression, as you develop strategies to meet the majority culture more effectively. Before becoming a psychologist, I worked for 25 years in startups, nonprofits, academia, and F500 companies. I hold a Stanford MBA and Berkeley MSEE, and have special training in assisting gifted clients. I've also published research on the creative process."
Art Therapy
Suicidal Ideation
Sexual Addiction
(415) 200-2685
Verified
Oakland, California 94618
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Art Therapy
Suicidal Ideation
Sexual Addiction
"I specialize in serving GIFTED PROFESSIONAL AND CREATIVE ADULTS AND COUPLES. Being gifted is a minority experience, which is hard to own or talk about due to cultural (mis)attributions of elitism and arrogance, so many gifted people have not explored this aspect of their identity and how this may be related to difficulties in their life. You may feel out of step with the world or misunderstood, and not know why, or that you have to hide aspects of yourself. Or have trouble making friends, be told you’re "too intense", feel socially awkward, not understand why others seem to respond negatively to your ideas, or feel deeply disappointed with the world’s imperfections. IN MY OFFICE, YOU CAN BE UNRESERVEDLY YOURSELF. Talking frankly about being gifted can improve your self-esteem and offer relief from self-doubt, loneliness, anxiety, or depression, as you develop strategies to meet the majority culture more effectively. Before becoming a psychologist, I worked for 25 years in startups, nonprofits, academia, and F500 companies. I hold a Stanford MBA and Berkeley MSEE, and have special training in assisting gifted clients. I've also published research on the creative process."
Bay Area Gestalt Institute, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94610
"We are Bay Area Gestalt Institute (BAGI), a non-profit collective of highly trained marriage and family therapists and associates, providing affordable psychotherapy throughout the Bay Area. We offer counseling to individuals, couples, families, and children. Our work is active, creative and holistic. Our therapists work with a variety of issues including: * Relationship Issues * Anxiety * Depression * LGBTQI concerns * Trauma * Substance abuse * Eating disorders * Spiritual / Personal Growth"
Art Therapy
Suicidal Ideation
Sexual Addiction
(415) 969-3361
Verified
Oakland, California 94610
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Art Therapy
Suicidal Ideation
Sexual Addiction
"We are Bay Area Gestalt Institute (BAGI), a non-profit collective of highly trained marriage and family therapists and associates, providing affordable psychotherapy throughout the Bay Area. We offer counseling to individuals, couples, families, and children. Our work is active, creative and holistic. Our therapists work with a variety of issues including: * Relationship Issues * Anxiety * Depression * LGBTQI concerns * Trauma * Substance abuse * Eating disorders * Spiritual / Personal Growth"
Barbara J Thomas, Psychological Associate
Psychological Associate, PhD
Verified by Psychology Today
Office is near:
Oakland, California 94612
"So, you are browsing for someone to help you. There are many here who can, myself included. Effective therapy is first and foremost about good fit. Can we collaborate on a solution for you? Do I care enough to hear what you are saying and feel what you are not ready to say? Am I patient enough to give you time to share in your own time and in your own way? Am I willing to be directive when you most need it, even though you may not want that? In a word, "Yes.""
Art Therapy
Suicidal Ideation
Sexual Addiction
(415) 801-0882
Verified
Office is near:
Oakland, California 94612
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Art Therapy
Suicidal Ideation
Sexual Addiction
"So, you are browsing for someone to help you. There are many here who can, myself included. Effective therapy is first and foremost about good fit. Can we collaborate on a solution for you? Do I care enough to hear what you are saying and feel what you are not ready to say? Am I patient enough to give you time to share in your own time and in your own way? Am I willing to be directive when you most need it, even though you may not want that? In a word, "Yes.""
Betty Tharpe, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Office is near:
Oakland, California 94611
"I work with adults, adolescents, children and couples / families. If you are anxious, depressed, or lonely; in a troubled relationship, grieving, haunted by childhood trauma, or painful, confusing feelings; it can be hard to make headway alone. There are times when the reason for coming to therapy is clear (a loss, a crisis), other times a feeling that something is holding you back, or keeping you from your self."
Art Therapy
Suicidal Ideation
Sexual Addiction
(510) 735-8960
Verified
Office is near:
Oakland, California 94611
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Art Therapy
Suicidal Ideation
Sexual Addiction
"I work with adults, adolescents, children and couples / families. If you are anxious, depressed, or lonely; in a troubled relationship, grieving, haunted by childhood trauma, or painful, confusing feelings; it can be hard to make headway alone. There are times when the reason for coming to therapy is clear (a loss, a crisis), other times a feeling that something is holding you back, or keeping you from your self."
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, PsyD, LMFT, LCSW, LPCC
Verified by Psychology Today
Office is near:
Oakland, California 94601
"WELCOME to Gaylesta: The Psychotherapist Association for Gender and Sexual Diversity. Our members provide mental health services including therapist referrals, education, and consultation. We offer a wide range of specializations, allowing us to serve as a unique resource both the LGBTQ communities and to other service providers. Explore our site to find a therapist, learn more about us, or become a valued member."
Art Therapy
Suicidal Ideation
Sexual Addiction
Verified
Office is near:
Oakland, California 94601
Art Therapy
Suicidal Ideation
Sexual Addiction
"WELCOME to Gaylesta: The Psychotherapist Association for Gender and Sexual Diversity. Our members provide mental health services including therapist referrals, education, and consultation. We offer a wide range of specializations, allowing us to serve as a unique resource both the LGBTQ communities and to other service providers. Explore our site to find a therapist, learn more about us, or become a valued member."
Sean Stefon Bell, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, BFA, MA, AMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Office is near:
Oakland, California 94601
"Early exposure to the mental healthcare system taught me that oppression can be as multi-layered and intersectional as the oppressed, and diagnosis will continue to be an act of oppression if it ignores cultural context, societal phobias, and systemic oppression. For a great number, our mental health is a representation of how we survive our social climate. To see things creatively is to see symptoms as keys to recovery and radical healing. Before I was a therapist, I was a visual artist and writer. So not only have I been able to see things through a critical lens, I learned to appreciate imagery, symbolism and metaphor in life. "
Art Therapy
Suicidal Ideation
Sexual Addiction
(510) 240-5906
Verified
Office is near:
Oakland, California 94601
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Art Therapy
Suicidal Ideation
Sexual Addiction
"Early exposure to the mental healthcare system taught me that oppression can be as multi-layered and intersectional as the oppressed, and diagnosis will continue to be an act of oppression if it ignores cultural context, societal phobias, and systemic oppression. For a great number, our mental health is a representation of how we survive our social climate. To see things creatively is to see symptoms as keys to recovery and radical healing. Before I was a therapist, I was a visual artist and writer. So not only have I been able to see things through a critical lens, I learned to appreciate imagery, symbolism and metaphor in life. "
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Nick Wightman, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94611
"Choosing to start therapy is a sign of strength, not weakness. I believe all people have a natural inclination toward growth and wholeness and sometimes things get in the way. Exploring these obstacles with compassion and courage can help you cultivate the most important relationship of your life -- your relationship with yourself. Whether your challenge is depression, anxiety, grief and loss, relationships, addictions or career challenges, all you need to get started is the desire to change."
(510) 403-8480
Verified
Oakland, California 94611
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"Choosing to start therapy is a sign of strength, not weakness. I believe all people have a natural inclination toward growth and wholeness and sometimes things get in the way. Exploring these obstacles with compassion and courage can help you cultivate the most important relationship of your life -- your relationship with yourself. Whether your challenge is depression, anxiety, grief and loss, relationships, addictions or career challenges, all you need to get started is the desire to change."
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."
(415) 236-3570
Verified
Oakland, California 94618
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"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."
Leslie Hemedes, Psychologist
Psychologist, MA, PsyD
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94612
"Welcome. Do you feel stuck or overwhelmed? Do you have trouble expressing your needs? Do you put a lot of pressure on yourself, and feel anxious about not meeting your expectations? Do you feel like your everyday responsibilities are getting harder for you to complete? Do you feel uncertain about how to manage feelings of distress? I am a psychologist that can help guide you toward relief. I aim to help individuals understand their concerns, strengths, and help them identify the tools necessary to manage distress, push through challenges, and understand how to become the best version of themselves."
(925) 807-7184
Verified
Oakland, California 94612
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"Welcome. Do you feel stuck or overwhelmed? Do you have trouble expressing your needs? Do you put a lot of pressure on yourself, and feel anxious about not meeting your expectations? Do you feel like your everyday responsibilities are getting harder for you to complete? Do you feel uncertain about how to manage feelings of distress? I am a psychologist that can help guide you toward relief. I aim to help individuals understand their concerns, strengths, and help them identify the tools necessary to manage distress, push through challenges, and understand how to become the best version of themselves."
Kendra Feliz Paulsen, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94609
"As a depth psychotherapist, one of the things I do is help my clients know their unknown issues. I do this by creating a safe therapeutic environment in which to explore and bring repair to the past injuries and traumas holding my clients back from experiencing life and relationships in a full and meaningful way. I like to look at my client's dreams, artwork, and daily life experiences, to bring light and insight to blockages and barriers to their full experience and enjoyment of life. Such blockages can be past trauma, incorrect embedded beliefs, and ingrained thought patterns and habits."
(510) 922-0049
Verified
Oakland, California 94609
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"As a depth psychotherapist, one of the things I do is help my clients know their unknown issues. I do this by creating a safe therapeutic environment in which to explore and bring repair to the past injuries and traumas holding my clients back from experiencing life and relationships in a full and meaningful way. I like to look at my client's dreams, artwork, and daily life experiences, to bring light and insight to blockages and barriers to their full experience and enjoyment of life. Such blockages can be past trauma, incorrect embedded beliefs, and ingrained thought patterns and habits."
Laura Farha, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94610
"I work online with clients around the world, in particular the Middle East and California. Many of my clients are expats and many are locals living in areas where psychotherapy is either underdeveloped or unavailable. Some are busy professionals in California and elsewhere who prefer to do video-based therapy from home or hotel. One of my specialities is working with women who are navigating the sexual, spiritual and social challenges of menopause. I like to help people who are feeling lonely, uncertain, depressed, anxious and/or confused find their way to a more comfortable and satisfying life."
(510) 369-0735
Verified
Oakland, California 94610
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"I work online with clients around the world, in particular the Middle East and California. Many of my clients are expats and many are locals living in areas where psychotherapy is either underdeveloped or unavailable. Some are busy professionals in California and elsewhere who prefer to do video-based therapy from home or hotel. One of my specialities is working with women who are navigating the sexual, spiritual and social challenges of menopause. I like to help people who are feeling lonely, uncertain, depressed, anxious and/or confused find their way to a more comfortable and satisfying life."
Katie Burrill, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94610
"How tedious is the process of finding a therapist anyway? And how do you know if one therapist is a better fit for you than another? The "real" answer is you don't and the only way to find out is to pick one. I'm the one to pick if you are looking for someone who is genuine and accessible. I use a relational and client-centered approach to my work and consider my clients to be the experts of their own experiences. We work together to gain insights, alleviate the hurt or destructive patterns, and improve personal relationships."
(510) 629-6938
Verified
Oakland, California 94610
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"How tedious is the process of finding a therapist anyway? And how do you know if one therapist is a better fit for you than another? The "real" answer is you don't and the only way to find out is to pick one. I'm the one to pick if you are looking for someone who is genuine and accessible. I use a relational and client-centered approach to my work and consider my clients to be the experts of their own experiences. We work together to gain insights, alleviate the hurt or destructive patterns, and improve personal relationships."
Alexandra Mitnick, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MPH
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94618
"I specialize in using creativity, humor, and the arts in working with adults who are having intimacy and relationship issues. I enjoy working with individuals and couples, especially young people and families who are experiencing the stresses and complexities of family life. People have described me as inquisitive, insightful, curious and warm. I offer a solid presence, as well as a fresh, down-to-earth, and direct point of view to support you in your life's pursuits."
(510) 878-4467
Verified
Oakland, California 94618
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"I specialize in using creativity, humor, and the arts in working with adults who are having intimacy and relationship issues. I enjoy working with individuals and couples, especially young people and families who are experiencing the stresses and complexities of family life. People have described me as inquisitive, insightful, curious and warm. I offer a solid presence, as well as a fresh, down-to-earth, and direct point of view to support you in your life's pursuits."
Annie Botha, Psychologist
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94618
""In every person there lies buried deep in the heart a desire for a certain sort of life: a life that is free and unencumbered, a life that is full of beauty, joy and fulfillment" (A H Almaas). Are you struggling with a relationship? Did you suffer a loss? Are you struggling to find meaning in your life, or are you still troubled by the effects of a difficult childhood? Psychotherapy can offer a path to healing where you can get back in touch with your true nature, and experience this as inherently healthy, whole, and a source of compassion and intuitive wisdom."
(510) 962-8279
Verified
Oakland, California 94618
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""In every person there lies buried deep in the heart a desire for a certain sort of life: a life that is free and unencumbered, a life that is full of beauty, joy and fulfillment" (A H Almaas). Are you struggling with a relationship? Did you suffer a loss? Are you struggling to find meaning in your life, or are you still troubled by the effects of a difficult childhood? Psychotherapy can offer a path to healing where you can get back in touch with your true nature, and experience this as inherently healthy, whole, and a source of compassion and intuitive wisdom."
Danielle Ray, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94618
"I provide insightful and compassionate psychotherapy for individuals and couples struggling with unhealthy recurrent patterns in relationships and/or with compulsive/ addictive behaviors involving eating, substances, spending, working, etc. I also work with depression, anxiety, 12-step recovery, traumatic childhood experiences, the particular concerns of being an artist, and issues of identity."
(510) 878-4808
Verified
Oakland, California 94618
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"I provide insightful and compassionate psychotherapy for individuals and couples struggling with unhealthy recurrent patterns in relationships and/or with compulsive/ addictive behaviors involving eating, substances, spending, working, etc. I also work with depression, anxiety, 12-step recovery, traumatic childhood experiences, the particular concerns of being an artist, and issues of identity."
Patrick Kenneth Whalen, Psychologist
Psychologist, PhD
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94618
"My time is split equally between two offices -- Rockridge and Palo Alto. I help couples, families, individual adults and teens face a wide range of challenges, including healing from early life trauma (all severities, including Dissociative Identity Disorder), Bipolar Disorder, personality disorders, personal and professional transitions, relationship and family struggles, dilemmas of faith and fulfillment, and meditation and mindfulness cultivation. I especially enjoy psychotherapy involving collaborations with other therapists and/or blending meditation and other kinds of spiritual practices with psychotherapy. I value diversity -- my clients come from a wide range of orientations, economic means, and cultural backgrounds."
(650) 727-5248
Verified
Oakland, California 94618
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"My time is split equally between two offices -- Rockridge and Palo Alto. I help couples, families, individual adults and teens face a wide range of challenges, including healing from early life trauma (all severities, including Dissociative Identity Disorder), Bipolar Disorder, personality disorders, personal and professional transitions, relationship and family struggles, dilemmas of faith and fulfillment, and meditation and mindfulness cultivation. I especially enjoy psychotherapy involving collaborations with other therapists and/or blending meditation and other kinds of spiritual practices with psychotherapy. I value diversity -- my clients come from a wide range of orientations, economic means, and cultural backgrounds."
Katie Cooper, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94618
"I work with folx who are feeling called to look at the aspects of their lives they have been avoiding, and are causing them distress: relationship struggles, blocked creativity, grief, anger, unspoken emotional truths, pain from the past, or lack of clarity around their vision for the future. I can support you in leaning into your edges, reclaiming your boundaries, developing a solid inner sense of yourself, unearthing your gifts, and stepping more fully into your desire."
(415) 658-6434
Verified
Oakland, California 94618
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"I work with folx who are feeling called to look at the aspects of their lives they have been avoiding, and are causing them distress: relationship struggles, blocked creativity, grief, anger, unspoken emotional truths, pain from the past, or lack of clarity around their vision for the future. I can support you in leaning into your edges, reclaiming your boundaries, developing a solid inner sense of yourself, unearthing your gifts, and stepping more fully into your desire."
Soreliz Ascanio, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94609
"Are you struggling with insecurity, fears, worry, and anxiety in your relationships and overall? Do you often feel undeserving and/or unworthy? Do you struggle with your interpersonal and intimate relationships? Do you find yourself repeating patterns and feeling stuck in your life and your relationships? Perhaps you are struggling with self-esteem, self-expresssion/communication, co-dependency and avoidance in your relationships, often originating from early attachment relationships and/or trauma. Do you often wonder what your life's purpose is and how to find fulfillment in your life?"
(510) 230-0418
Verified
Oakland, California 94609
"Are you struggling with insecurity, fears, worry, and anxiety in your relationships and overall? Do you often feel undeserving and/or unworthy? Do you struggle with your interpersonal and intimate relationships? Do you find yourself repeating patterns and feeling stuck in your life and your relationships? Perhaps you are struggling with self-esteem, self-expresssion/communication, co-dependency and avoidance in your relationships, often originating from early attachment relationships and/or trauma. Do you often wonder what your life's purpose is and how to find fulfillment in your life?"
Sylvia Wenninger, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94611
"If you feel stuck -- whether in the dark pit of depression, the loneliness of an unfulfilling relationship, or the bewilderment of grief -- I would welcome the chance to connect with you. In my twelve years of practice, I have helped clients to emerge renewed from some of life's hardest places. "
(415) 799-4207
Verified
Oakland, California 94611
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"If you feel stuck -- whether in the dark pit of depression, the loneliness of an unfulfilling relationship, or the bewilderment of grief -- I would welcome the chance to connect with you. In my twelve years of practice, I have helped clients to emerge renewed from some of life's hardest places. "
Sonja Yount, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, LPCC
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94618
"I'm passionate about helping people move towards more joyful and intentional lives. I use Mindfulness-based therapies, Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT), and Somatic approaches to help my clients move through difficult or stuck places, build more choice into their lives, and improve and deepen their relationships."
(510) 597-4333
Verified
Oakland, California 94618
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"I'm passionate about helping people move towards more joyful and intentional lives. I use Mindfulness-based therapies, Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT), and Somatic approaches to help my clients move through difficult or stuck places, build more choice into their lives, and improve and deepen their relationships."

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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.