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Karen Pernet, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, BCD, RPT-S
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94602
"When individuals, couples, families or children make the difficult decision to come to therapy they are usually feeling stuck and often scared. Each of us has our own strength and wisdom which we don't see when we are troubled. My goal is for us to work together to rediscover those qualities. I use a cattail plant as a symbol of how I see therapy. Why? Cattails are found stuck in a marsh and often regarded as weeds. But when looked at carefully they are graceful and strong. Let me help you find your strength and grace."
(925) 695-7986
Verified
Oakland, California 94602
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"When individuals, couples, families or children make the difficult decision to come to therapy they are usually feeling stuck and often scared. Each of us has our own strength and wisdom which we don't see when we are troubled. My goal is for us to work together to rediscover those qualities. I use a cattail plant as a symbol of how I see therapy. Why? Cattails are found stuck in a marsh and often regarded as weeds. But when looked at carefully they are graceful and strong. Let me help you find your strength and grace."
Carole Christensen, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Berkeley, California 94704
"Whether or not they say it, most of the people that I see want to live a life that is worth living. They want to feel empowered-- to be active participants in their lives. You may feel a void, emptiness, and that something is missing. Often people feel stuck in their lives because they have lost connection with a vital part of themselves and with their hopes and desires. This vitality is the source of our imagination and creativity. This internal source and "knowing" of what we need and want becomes disconnected, covered over by past disappointments, losses and fears."
(415) 304-8517
Verified
Berkeley, California 94704
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"Whether or not they say it, most of the people that I see want to live a life that is worth living. They want to feel empowered-- to be active participants in their lives. You may feel a void, emptiness, and that something is missing. Often people feel stuck in their lives because they have lost connection with a vital part of themselves and with their hopes and desires. This vitality is the source of our imagination and creativity. This internal source and "knowing" of what we need and want becomes disconnected, covered over by past disappointments, losses and fears."
Rebecca Courry, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94618
"Welcome! I am a psychotherapist in private practice based in Oakland. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) and Harm Reduction to assist my clients with making changes to address problems, reduce emotional pain, find acceptance, develop insight and improve relationships. I know you want to feel better and my goal is to help you develop the skills and insight you need."
(510) 241-4585
Verified
Oakland, California 94618
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"Welcome! I am a psychotherapist in private practice based in Oakland. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) and Harm Reduction to assist my clients with making changes to address problems, reduce emotional pain, find acceptance, develop insight and improve relationships. I know you want to feel better and my goal is to help you develop the skills and insight you need."
Sharon Bass, Psychologist
Psychologist, PhD
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94610
"How good would it feel to be deeply listened to and understood? To talk with someone who has the empathy and skill to help you sort out the tangle of thoughts, feelings and behaviors that prevent you from having the best life possible? Whether you pick the wrong partners, undermine yourself at work, lack the confidence to pursue your dreams or can't form a clear picture of what they are, working with a skilled therapist can get you moving in the right direction. I have particular expertise working with trauma/PTSD, depression, life transitions like divorce, and relationship issues."
(510) 240-5991
Verified
Oakland, California 94610
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"How good would it feel to be deeply listened to and understood? To talk with someone who has the empathy and skill to help you sort out the tangle of thoughts, feelings and behaviors that prevent you from having the best life possible? Whether you pick the wrong partners, undermine yourself at work, lack the confidence to pursue your dreams or can't form a clear picture of what they are, working with a skilled therapist can get you moving in the right direction. I have particular expertise working with trauma/PTSD, depression, life transitions like divorce, and relationship issues."
Purposeful Renewal Inc, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified by Psychology Today
Hayward, California 94541
"You may be feeling hopeless with your life as it is... with challenges in your relationships or difficulties at work, and you do not see an end in sight with your problems. You sometimes wake up and do not feel like getting out of bed, yet you're being pulled in different directions and need to get a handle on the activities of the day. Your kid(s) might be exhibiting certain behaviors that you do not seem to be able to manage, and it makes you want to pull your hair out. If any of this is you, I want you to know there is hope. "
(510) 907-4568
Verified
Hayward, California 94541
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"You may be feeling hopeless with your life as it is... with challenges in your relationships or difficulties at work, and you do not see an end in sight with your problems. You sometimes wake up and do not feel like getting out of bed, yet you're being pulled in different directions and need to get a handle on the activities of the day. Your kid(s) might be exhibiting certain behaviors that you do not seem to be able to manage, and it makes you want to pull your hair out. If any of this is you, I want you to know there is hope. "
Lynn Winsten, Psychologist
Psychologist, PhD
Verified by Psychology Today
Berkeley, California 94706
"I am most interested in helping people make the most of their lives. Good relationships and/or a fulfilling career bring us the greatest gratification. My focus will be to help you to achieve your life goals whatever they may be. I have been a specialist in the treatment of Trauma and PTSD for over 30 years and help people cope with difficulties with anxiety, depression, loneliness and grief or others that are more diffuse ... feeling lousy and not sure why ."
(510) 296-5574
Verified
Berkeley, California 94706
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"I am most interested in helping people make the most of their lives. Good relationships and/or a fulfilling career bring us the greatest gratification. My focus will be to help you to achieve your life goals whatever they may be. I have been a specialist in the treatment of Trauma and PTSD for over 30 years and help people cope with difficulties with anxiety, depression, loneliness and grief or others that are more diffuse ... feeling lousy and not sure why ."
Clark Hsu, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Emeryville, California 94608
"I provide a warm and understanding atmosphere without judgment and pressure. Our work together is going to be about you and for you. I am not here to tell you what to do, but allow you to become the master of your life. You will be invited to explore through using traditional means of therapy(talk therapy) or more creative ways such as drama and expressive arts therapy. The choice will be yours and completely based on your level of comfort. I will be here to set up the creative stage for you to shine, cry, laugh, and grow."
(408) 512-1315
Verified
Emeryville, California 94608
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"I provide a warm and understanding atmosphere without judgment and pressure. Our work together is going to be about you and for you. I am not here to tell you what to do, but allow you to become the master of your life. You will be invited to explore through using traditional means of therapy(talk therapy) or more creative ways such as drama and expressive arts therapy. The choice will be yours and completely based on your level of comfort. I will be here to set up the creative stage for you to shine, cry, laugh, and grow."
Lindsey Antin, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Berkeley, California 94705
"Does it feel like you are repeating the same arguments, and unsure how to make progress? Or are you considering a life transition such as engagement or starting a family, and unsure of when your relationship will feel ready? We are 3 licensed therapists and specialize in couples who want help sorting through their topics with a focused approach. We practice research-based therapy on the science of good relationships. Did you know it can help you consider which complaints are important and which to let go? We can teach you how."
(925) 252-5994
Verified
Berkeley, California 94705
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"Does it feel like you are repeating the same arguments, and unsure how to make progress? Or are you considering a life transition such as engagement or starting a family, and unsure of when your relationship will feel ready? We are 3 licensed therapists and specialize in couples who want help sorting through their topics with a focused approach. We practice research-based therapy on the science of good relationships. Did you know it can help you consider which complaints are important and which to let go? We can teach you how."
Amy Leibowitz, Psychologist
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94610
"Welcome. I provide a warm, confidential space for adults of all ages to consider themselves in a new light. My belief is that we all have a natural inclination to develop and grow, to find connection and joy. Psychotherapy with the right person can help one move past roadblocks - whether new or longstanding - with an increased sense of meaning and ease. I work with clients from diverse backgrounds to clarify and expand their strengths, grieve losses, and reconnect with inner wisdom."
(510) 587-9040
Verified
Oakland, California 94610
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"Welcome. I provide a warm, confidential space for adults of all ages to consider themselves in a new light. My belief is that we all have a natural inclination to develop and grow, to find connection and joy. Psychotherapy with the right person can help one move past roadblocks - whether new or longstanding - with an increased sense of meaning and ease. I work with clients from diverse backgrounds to clarify and expand their strengths, grieve losses, and reconnect with inner wisdom."
Sam Davis, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified by Psychology Today
Berkeley, California 94705
"I am a trans Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in working with trans, queer, genderqueer, and gender-nonconforming teens and adults. I have a non-pathologizing approach and deeply value identities outside the "norm." I have fifteen years of experience as a mental health provider, including support groups with teens and adults, individual therapy, and crisis work. I am a Bay Area activist who has fought for transgender rights by organizing provider trainings and public demonstrations. I am a visual artist and storyteller who believes that underrepresented individuals expressing themselves creatively and authentically is powerful and important."
(781) 417-5129
Verified
Berkeley, California 94705
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"I am a trans Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in working with trans, queer, genderqueer, and gender-nonconforming teens and adults. I have a non-pathologizing approach and deeply value identities outside the "norm." I have fifteen years of experience as a mental health provider, including support groups with teens and adults, individual therapy, and crisis work. I am a Bay Area activist who has fought for transgender rights by organizing provider trainings and public demonstrations. I am a visual artist and storyteller who believes that underrepresented individuals expressing themselves creatively and authentically is powerful and important."
Susan (Sj) Kahn, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94618
"All emotional wounding happens in a larger context. We are all embedded in relationships, families, cultural identities community and institutional values. Therefore our pain, trauma and grief are all firmly connected in a matrix. I mainly work with those of us who are outside the margins of dominant culture and are especially vulnerable. I work from a non pathologizing stance. I believe healing occurs on many levels, in many ways. Psychotherapy is one path to emotional wellness. Do you desire a deeper relationship with yourself and others, and are willing to engage in personal inquiry in an environment of connection? "
(510) 568-8866
Verified
Oakland, California 94618
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"All emotional wounding happens in a larger context. We are all embedded in relationships, families, cultural identities community and institutional values. Therefore our pain, trauma and grief are all firmly connected in a matrix. I mainly work with those of us who are outside the margins of dominant culture and are especially vulnerable. I work from a non pathologizing stance. I believe healing occurs on many levels, in many ways. Psychotherapy is one path to emotional wellness. Do you desire a deeper relationship with yourself and others, and are willing to engage in personal inquiry in an environment of connection? "
Christine Chang, Psychologist
Psychologist, PhD
Verified by Psychology Today
Berkeley, California 94704
"Therapy is an opportunity to address problems we want to change, gain insights into our concerns, and develop new ways of being. My approach to therapy is best described as integrative with a strong grounding in psychodynamic, relational, and multicultural principles. I draw on cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and accelerated experiential dynamic psychotherapy to co-construct effective strategies for everyday life beyond the therapy room. I strive to provide clients a safe space to increase awareness, make meaning of the experience, and begin to cope and overcome life's difficulties. I provide individual and couple's therapy. I speak Mandarin and English."
(510) 757-1320
Verified
Berkeley, California 94704
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"Therapy is an opportunity to address problems we want to change, gain insights into our concerns, and develop new ways of being. My approach to therapy is best described as integrative with a strong grounding in psychodynamic, relational, and multicultural principles. I draw on cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and accelerated experiential dynamic psychotherapy to co-construct effective strategies for everyday life beyond the therapy room. I strive to provide clients a safe space to increase awareness, make meaning of the experience, and begin to cope and overcome life's difficulties. I provide individual and couple's therapy. I speak Mandarin and English."
Sasha Wright, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified by Psychology Today
Berkeley, California 94703
"We were born to connect with ourselves and others, to be alive in our bodies and awake in the world, and to anchor into a sense of purpose. Painful experiences and negative patterns can disconnect us from our innate ability to full-heartedly live life. When you are stuck, dissatisfied in relationship, challenged by life transition, constrained by depression or anxiety, unable to heal from trauma, or simply feeling called to step more fully into your best self, therapy can be a powerful ally. I offer tools you can use to reconnect with your own power, agility, and direction."
(510) 306-7137
Verified
Berkeley, California 94703
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"We were born to connect with ourselves and others, to be alive in our bodies and awake in the world, and to anchor into a sense of purpose. Painful experiences and negative patterns can disconnect us from our innate ability to full-heartedly live life. When you are stuck, dissatisfied in relationship, challenged by life transition, constrained by depression or anxiety, unable to heal from trauma, or simply feeling called to step more fully into your best self, therapy can be a powerful ally. I offer tools you can use to reconnect with your own power, agility, and direction."
Deborah Lee Fishman, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified by Psychology Today
Berkeley, California 94704
"After being a therapist for over 20 years, I have learned that each person is unique. I can help you foster that aspect of yourself and grow to be your authentic self and make decisions that support your best interest and growth. By clearing the path, relieving you from your pains and wounds, detaching you from the stories that harm you and are not true, you can make the decisions that will empower you to live your life in the way that brings you the most pleasure and happiness."
(628) 227-5983
Verified
Berkeley, California 94704
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"After being a therapist for over 20 years, I have learned that each person is unique. I can help you foster that aspect of yourself and grow to be your authentic self and make decisions that support your best interest and growth. By clearing the path, relieving you from your pains and wounds, detaching you from the stories that harm you and are not true, you can make the decisions that will empower you to live your life in the way that brings you the most pleasure and happiness."
Nicola Wagenberg, Psychologist
Psychologist, PhD
Verified by Psychology Today
Berkeley, California 94707
"Are you wanting to be more true to who you are but do not know if it is possible? Do you often repress your desires and ignore your needs? Does this end up making you feel stuck, unhappy, hopeless, sad, frustrated, depressed and/or anxious? Whether you were raised by people who failed to see you and support you, or in a culture that oppressed you, it is important that you do not give up. You deserve to prioritize yourself and be who you are truly meant to be."
(510) 944-1327
Verified
Berkeley, California 94707
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"Are you wanting to be more true to who you are but do not know if it is possible? Do you often repress your desires and ignore your needs? Does this end up making you feel stuck, unhappy, hopeless, sad, frustrated, depressed and/or anxious? Whether you were raised by people who failed to see you and support you, or in a culture that oppressed you, it is important that you do not give up. You deserve to prioritize yourself and be who you are truly meant to be."
Shauna L. Castro-McDaniel, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Alameda, California 94502
"I founded Be Love Community Counseling to provide safe, healing space for people that have been oppressed, marginalized or have an identity outside of the "dominant culture." Historic trauma and past hurts may show up as depression, anxiety, anger management issues, low self-esteem, underachievement, oppositional behaviors etc. You may think that something is wrong with you while what you're experiencing may actually be a result of something that has happened to you or your ancestors. Therapy is empowering as you may increase awareness about what is keeping you from freedom to live the life you desire."
(510) 808-6136
Verified
Alameda, California 94502
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"I founded Be Love Community Counseling to provide safe, healing space for people that have been oppressed, marginalized or have an identity outside of the "dominant culture." Historic trauma and past hurts may show up as depression, anxiety, anger management issues, low self-esteem, underachievement, oppositional behaviors etc. You may think that something is wrong with you while what you're experiencing may actually be a result of something that has happened to you or your ancestors. Therapy is empowering as you may increase awareness about what is keeping you from freedom to live the life you desire."
Victoria Bravo, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Berkeley, California 94704
"We all go through difficult times at some point in our lives. How we adjust, cope, and learn from these experiences will help us regain the sense of empowerment, inspiration and resilience to endure the many stages in life. Todos pasamos por momentos dificiles en nuestras vidas, pero el como nos ajustamos y lo que aprendemos de esas experiencias, es lo que nos ayudara a volver a sentir la capacidad, inspiracion y fortaleza para sobrellevar las diferentes etapas de nuestra vida."
(510) 746-8137
Verified
Berkeley, California 94704
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"We all go through difficult times at some point in our lives. How we adjust, cope, and learn from these experiences will help us regain the sense of empowerment, inspiration and resilience to endure the many stages in life. Todos pasamos por momentos dificiles en nuestras vidas, pero el como nos ajustamos y lo que aprendemos de esas experiencias, es lo que nos ayudara a volver a sentir la capacidad, inspiracion y fortaleza para sobrellevar las diferentes etapas de nuestra vida."
(Will) Se Williams, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Berkeley, California 94702
"I offer holistic and depthful therapy that is both affirming & collaborative. My clients appreciate my gentleness, compassion & humor. My approach is de-stigmatizing and non-shaming, addressing & coming into contact with held stories and social narratives that may not match your current self or the self that wants to be. I hold an adaptive client centered framework utilizing trauma informed, social justice, EMDR, somatic, gestalt/ parts work, & attachment based approaches. Sites of harm are often the sites of healing, in forming therapeutic relationship we can explore & come to know these sites and the unique offering and"
(510) 399-1782
Verified
Berkeley, California 94702
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"I offer holistic and depthful therapy that is both affirming & collaborative. My clients appreciate my gentleness, compassion & humor. My approach is de-stigmatizing and non-shaming, addressing & coming into contact with held stories and social narratives that may not match your current self or the self that wants to be. I hold an adaptive client centered framework utilizing trauma informed, social justice, EMDR, somatic, gestalt/ parts work, & attachment based approaches. Sites of harm are often the sites of healing, in forming therapeutic relationship we can explore & come to know these sites and the unique offering and"
Emily Johnson, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94618
"Starting therapy can be daunting. Perhaps you are in crisis and feeling overwhelmed. Or you have long meant to get help with an issue, but it feels hard to know where to start. I am skilled at helping people find the part of themselves that most urgently needs to be attended to."
(510) 878-4537
Verified
Oakland, California 94618
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"Starting therapy can be daunting. Perhaps you are in crisis and feeling overwhelmed. Or you have long meant to get help with an issue, but it feels hard to know where to start. I am skilled at helping people find the part of themselves that most urgently needs to be attended to."
Sophie Soltani, Psychologist
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified by Psychology Today
Berkeley, California 94704
"I strongly believe in an individual's ability to change and improve the quality of his or her life. I view my role as a catalyst for transformation, and work to create a safe collaborative environment of mutual trust, where any issue can be discussed and explored in depth: www.drsophiesoltani.com"
(510) 431-2835
Verified
Berkeley, California 94704
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"I strongly believe in an individual's ability to change and improve the quality of his or her life. I view my role as a catalyst for transformation, and work to create a safe collaborative environment of mutual trust, where any issue can be discussed and explored in depth: www.drsophiesoltani.com"

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Art Therapy Therapists
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.