Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapists in Hayward, CA

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Mayra Ruelas-Ramirez
Marriage & Family Therapist
Verified Verified
Hayward, CA 94541
Hola! I am a bilingual LMFT. It is my priority to offer culturally responsive, social justice-oriented, LGBTQ+-affirming therapy that serve the unique needs of each client. Are you looking for a trauma-focused therapist that has experience working with individuals and families who have experienced single and or complex trauma events in childhood or adulthood and intergenerational trauma? I have experience working with trauma, family conflict, mood disorders, etc. I practice evidence-based treatments such as Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Internal Family Systems and can tailor other techniques based on your needs.
Hola! I am a bilingual LMFT. It is my priority to offer culturally responsive, social justice-oriented, LGBTQ+-affirming therapy that serve the unique needs of each client. Are you looking for a trauma-focused therapist that has experience working with individuals and families who have experienced single and or complex trauma events in childhood or adulthood and intergenerational trauma? I have experience working with trauma, family conflict, mood disorders, etc. I practice evidence-based treatments such as Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Internal Family Systems and can tailor other techniques based on your needs.
(341) 217-1188 View (341) 217-1188
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Kristin Porter
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
Hayward, CA 94540
I use a 'parts' approach informed by IFS, structural dissociation, and Comprehensive Resource Model.
You can heal your life with your own mind/body! In today's stressful world, symptoms of anxiety, depression and troubled relationships are common. As an LMFT, I have 20+ years experience working with families, couples and individuals; healing traumas, mending relationships, reducing depression, anxiety and addiction and supporting personal growth. Focusing on "kindfulness," we work to shine a light of insight, offering profound transformation. With compassion and empathy, I guide clients to a deep sense of well-being which provides relief from many troubling symptoms and creates solutions to today's common modern life problems.
I use a 'parts' approach informed by IFS, structural dissociation, and Comprehensive Resource Model.
You can heal your life with your own mind/body! In today's stressful world, symptoms of anxiety, depression and troubled relationships are common. As an LMFT, I have 20+ years experience working with families, couples and individuals; healing traumas, mending relationships, reducing depression, anxiety and addiction and supporting personal growth. Focusing on "kindfulness," we work to shine a light of insight, offering profound transformation. With compassion and empathy, I guide clients to a deep sense of well-being which provides relief from many troubling symptoms and creates solutions to today's common modern life problems.
(510) 788-2862 View (510) 788-2862
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Desiree Botelho
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, 136900
Verified Verified
Hayward, CA 94544  (Online Only)
We innately desire connection. It has been that way since we were children. When our needs aren't met, we may pull away or panic. A breakup can feel devastating and we don't understand why it's hitting us so hard. Are you feeling anxious, worried, or overwhelmed in your partnership? If you are struggling to connect with your partner or processing a break up, we may be a good fit. We will explore the roadblocks that are getting in the way of you having healthy relationships and focus on giving yourself the love you look for in others. My specialties include trauma, depression, life transitions, and domestic violence.
We innately desire connection. It has been that way since we were children. When our needs aren't met, we may pull away or panic. A breakup can feel devastating and we don't understand why it's hitting us so hard. Are you feeling anxious, worried, or overwhelmed in your partnership? If you are struggling to connect with your partner or processing a break up, we may be a good fit. We will explore the roadblocks that are getting in the way of you having healthy relationships and focus on giving yourself the love you look for in others. My specialties include trauma, depression, life transitions, and domestic violence.
(510) 822-8233 View (510) 822-8233
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Clyde C. Wayne
Pastoral Counselor, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hayward, CA 94545
I don't "fix" people's lives, I help "fit" people for their lives. You absolutely deserve your second chance for a first class life. I will help you discover talents for accessing your unique reservoir of resources. I will hold forth a safe environment for you to manage your makeover. I am passionately positive about your possibilities to be productive. I have studied the human mind thoroughly presenting myself competent to provide profound insights into your thoughts and emotions. I employ strength-based, evidence-proven techniques to create satisfying long lasting results. Together we can achieve progress in your life's process.
I don't "fix" people's lives, I help "fit" people for their lives. You absolutely deserve your second chance for a first class life. I will help you discover talents for accessing your unique reservoir of resources. I will hold forth a safe environment for you to manage your makeover. I am passionately positive about your possibilities to be productive. I have studied the human mind thoroughly presenting myself competent to provide profound insights into your thoughts and emotions. I employ strength-based, evidence-proven techniques to create satisfying long lasting results. Together we can achieve progress in your life's process.
(510) 674-0740 View (510) 674-0740
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Dawn Napier
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Hayward, CA 94541
Hi, my name is Dawn Napier, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in CA. I work with teens, adults, active duty military women and men, veterans, Christians and senior adults. I enjoy providing professional, discerning counsel to Christians, solely based on biblical truth. I also enjoy working, helping, and encouraging people to lean into their spiritual beliefs and strengths as an avenue for healing. I treat mild to severe conditions such as anxiety, depression, grief and loss, PTSD, complex trauma, DV, separation and divorce, military issues, and personality disorders. I use a strengths based, humanistic, and client centered approach.
Hi, my name is Dawn Napier, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in CA. I work with teens, adults, active duty military women and men, veterans, Christians and senior adults. I enjoy providing professional, discerning counsel to Christians, solely based on biblical truth. I also enjoy working, helping, and encouraging people to lean into their spiritual beliefs and strengths as an avenue for healing. I treat mild to severe conditions such as anxiety, depression, grief and loss, PTSD, complex trauma, DV, separation and divorce, military issues, and personality disorders. I use a strengths based, humanistic, and client centered approach.
(510) 822-7509 View (510) 822-7509
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Susy J Nayak
PhD, CCHT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hayward, CA 94545
Do you feel like you're just not yourself anymore? Something is off and you need to find your way back. Or maybe you have had a significant event or loss that is calling for your attention. You're wanting to find a path from pain to healing. Let me be your guide and compassionate witness as you find the way back to yourself and feeling Whole again.
Do you feel like you're just not yourself anymore? Something is off and you need to find your way back. Or maybe you have had a significant event or loss that is calling for your attention. You're wanting to find a path from pain to healing. Let me be your guide and compassionate witness as you find the way back to yourself and feeling Whole again.
(510) 756-3429 View (510) 756-3429
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Kara Vesely
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Hayward, CA 94541  (Online Only)
I believe that the therapeutic relationship should be a collaborative one. Together, we will work on the issues that may be holding you back from living a more fulfilling life. I use a compassionate, empathetic, and nonjudgmental approach in which I seek to understand you and your life experiences. My graduate school training in art therapy confirmed my belief in the healing power of creativity. I work for several telehealth platforms, including Foresight Mental Health (1-888-588-8995), Path Mental Health, and Advances in Mental Health (based in Long Beach, California (562-365-2020).
I believe that the therapeutic relationship should be a collaborative one. Together, we will work on the issues that may be holding you back from living a more fulfilling life. I use a compassionate, empathetic, and nonjudgmental approach in which I seek to understand you and your life experiences. My graduate school training in art therapy confirmed my belief in the healing power of creativity. I work for several telehealth platforms, including Foresight Mental Health (1-888-588-8995), Path Mental Health, and Advances in Mental Health (based in Long Beach, California (562-365-2020).
(562) 314-3983 View (562) 314-3983
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Brittany MacLeod
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Hayward, CA 94544
My name is Brittany MacLeod, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). I am passionate about my work as a therapist and bring 14 years of experience including 6 years of doing telehealth. You will find me to be an accepting, supportive, and caring professional who is dedicated to supporting you along your journey. My approach to Therapy is to meet my clients where they are at and offer a gentle and supportive role. I take the time to build the therapeutic relationship by listening to my clients and taking the time to get to know what’s important to them.
My name is Brittany MacLeod, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). I am passionate about my work as a therapist and bring 14 years of experience including 6 years of doing telehealth. You will find me to be an accepting, supportive, and caring professional who is dedicated to supporting you along your journey. My approach to Therapy is to meet my clients where they are at and offer a gentle and supportive role. I take the time to build the therapeutic relationship by listening to my clients and taking the time to get to know what’s important to them.
(341) 895-7234 View (341) 895-7234
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Katherine (Katie) Au
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Hayward, CA 94541  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Therapy should be an individualized experience with the goal of guiding you through life's challenges and helping you find the emotional gold in your life. I am here to partner with you in exploring your goals, taming your stressors and claiming the life you want to live. A little about me; I love to laugh and refuse to take myself too seriously. I strive to provide open, honest communication and allyship. My hope is to continue exploring, uplifting, advocating and growing. I believe in creating safe spaces for others to explore themselves with grace, humility, caring, and some fun too!
Therapy should be an individualized experience with the goal of guiding you through life's challenges and helping you find the emotional gold in your life. I am here to partner with you in exploring your goals, taming your stressors and claiming the life you want to live. A little about me; I love to laugh and refuse to take myself too seriously. I strive to provide open, honest communication and allyship. My hope is to continue exploring, uplifting, advocating and growing. I believe in creating safe spaces for others to explore themselves with grace, humility, caring, and some fun too!
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Noel Guevara
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Hayward, CA 94541
I am Noel Guevara, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 10 years of experience in mental health. I work with clients of all ages and backgrounds with emotional challenges and patterns. I have a strong passion for supporting others, identifying limiting beliefs keeping individuals stuck, and teaching my clients how to break through and achieve a life they didn't think was possible! I typically work with high-risk clients (suicidal, self-harming, impulsive). I work with individuals with personality disorders, eating disorders, and general anxiety/depression. I am comfortable treating these clients.
I am Noel Guevara, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 10 years of experience in mental health. I work with clients of all ages and backgrounds with emotional challenges and patterns. I have a strong passion for supporting others, identifying limiting beliefs keeping individuals stuck, and teaching my clients how to break through and achieve a life they didn't think was possible! I typically work with high-risk clients (suicidal, self-harming, impulsive). I work with individuals with personality disorders, eating disorders, and general anxiety/depression. I am comfortable treating these clients.
(510) 800-1382 View (510) 800-1382
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Beth Day
Pre-Licensed Professional, BA
Verified Verified
Hayward, CA 94545
I’ve learned that we all will experience pain, hardships, and valleys - where we could use some hope and help, to find our way out. Those valleys can be difficult, devastating, and overwhelming at times, especially to face on our own. In those difficult times, trauma’s effects, emotional wounds, life burdens, relational challenges, and transitions - can seem insurmountable to navigate, and sometimes struggles enter our life: by surprise, at length, or in great abundance.
I’ve learned that we all will experience pain, hardships, and valleys - where we could use some hope and help, to find our way out. Those valleys can be difficult, devastating, and overwhelming at times, especially to face on our own. In those difficult times, trauma’s effects, emotional wounds, life burdens, relational challenges, and transitions - can seem insurmountable to navigate, and sometimes struggles enter our life: by surprise, at length, or in great abundance.
(510) 674-1675 View (510) 674-1675
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Vaughn L Baker
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Hayward, CA 94540
I am a thought leader and teacher and I share the knowledge I have acquired through formal education and life experience. I view therapy as a spiritual path to expand, grow, and evolve as a human being. I will guide you to an awareness and understanding of your thoughts and underlying beliefs which contribute to your actions and decision making. I use a holistic approach that is warm and supportive for Individuals, couples, families and other forms of relationships. Together we'll establish an environment for you to develop the strengths and strategies which will guide you to goal achievement.
I am a thought leader and teacher and I share the knowledge I have acquired through formal education and life experience. I view therapy as a spiritual path to expand, grow, and evolve as a human being. I will guide you to an awareness and understanding of your thoughts and underlying beliefs which contribute to your actions and decision making. I use a holistic approach that is warm and supportive for Individuals, couples, families and other forms of relationships. Together we'll establish an environment for you to develop the strengths and strategies which will guide you to goal achievement.
(510) 573-7314 View (510) 573-7314
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Esther Wei
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, LAADC, ICAADC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Hayward, CA 94541  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
An individual adult or couple who may benefit from seeing Esther has probably said to themselves, "My life is stuck in a rut or falling apart" or "We are so frustrated with dealing with each other!" Esther assists clients in untangling blurry webs of feelings, thoughts, and interactions in order to bring clarity to issues that may be the source of great pain and dissatisfaction. Esther provides a safe, empathetic environment that allows clients to feel heard and supported, especially when struggling with marital/relationship problems, depression/anxiety, trauma, and addiction/codependency.
An individual adult or couple who may benefit from seeing Esther has probably said to themselves, "My life is stuck in a rut or falling apart" or "We are so frustrated with dealing with each other!" Esther assists clients in untangling blurry webs of feelings, thoughts, and interactions in order to bring clarity to issues that may be the source of great pain and dissatisfaction. Esther provides a safe, empathetic environment that allows clients to feel heard and supported, especially when struggling with marital/relationship problems, depression/anxiety, trauma, and addiction/codependency.
(510) 900-5285 View (510) 900-5285
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Catherine Harris
Psychologist, LCP
Verified Verified
Hayward, CA 94544
Welcome! My name is Catherine Harris and I am honored to assist you with your healing journey. After 20 years of seeing clients, I still enjoy every day of this work. When off duty, I am usually hiking up a mountain, paddle boarding, or enjoying time with loved ones.
Welcome! My name is Catherine Harris and I am honored to assist you with your healing journey. After 20 years of seeing clients, I still enjoy every day of this work. When off duty, I am usually hiking up a mountain, paddle boarding, or enjoying time with loved ones.
(707) 394-3358 View (707) 394-3358
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Adolfo Hernandez
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Hayward, CA 94546
My name is Adolfo M. Hernandez and license number is 126948 LMFT. MY approach to therapy is primary to focus on client's personal strengths, cognitive restructuring, increase insight and awareness, increase overall functioning, and problem-solving skills. I had helped children, teens, and adults who suffer from depression, anxiety, alcohol, panic attacks, substance abuse, bipolar, anger, stress, family problems, and many others. I do not rely in a single approach, instead, focusing on client's goals. Moreover, I used Cognitive behavioral, existential, Prolonged exposure for individuals who experienced traumatic experiences.
My name is Adolfo M. Hernandez and license number is 126948 LMFT. MY approach to therapy is primary to focus on client's personal strengths, cognitive restructuring, increase insight and awareness, increase overall functioning, and problem-solving skills. I had helped children, teens, and adults who suffer from depression, anxiety, alcohol, panic attacks, substance abuse, bipolar, anger, stress, family problems, and many others. I do not rely in a single approach, instead, focusing on client's goals. Moreover, I used Cognitive behavioral, existential, Prolonged exposure for individuals who experienced traumatic experiences.
(619) 728-2672 View (619) 728-2672
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Onaje Smartt
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Hayward, CA 94541
I work with all clients who are willing and able to work on their relationships, whether that be a relationship with themselves or with a family member or significant other. I am most comfortable treating couples who are struggling with communication, conflict resolution, intimacy, and trust. I also work with individuals who are struggling with issues such as sex, anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. I believe that everyone has the potential for healthy relationships, and I am committed to helping my clients reach their full potential.
I work with all clients who are willing and able to work on their relationships, whether that be a relationship with themselves or with a family member or significant other. I am most comfortable treating couples who are struggling with communication, conflict resolution, intimacy, and trust. I also work with individuals who are struggling with issues such as sex, anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. I believe that everyone has the potential for healthy relationships, and I am committed to helping my clients reach their full potential.
(626) 779-8566 View (626) 779-8566
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Pat Pearson
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Hayward, CA 94546
My name is Pat Pearson, RN, LMFT. I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) based in Pagosa Springs, CO, and working with clients in CA statewide via telehealth. I work with children, teens, and adults. I specialize in trauma, stress, and grief, using Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Brainspotting, Client-Centered Therapy, and Trauma Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. My approach to therapy varies on the needs of each client I work with.
My name is Pat Pearson, RN, LMFT. I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) based in Pagosa Springs, CO, and working with clients in CA statewide via telehealth. I work with children, teens, and adults. I specialize in trauma, stress, and grief, using Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Brainspotting, Client-Centered Therapy, and Trauma Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. My approach to therapy varies on the needs of each client I work with.
(424) 340-5905 View (424) 340-5905
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Thema S Page
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hayward, CA 94541
I am a non-judgmental compassionate licensed clinical social worker with 20+ years of experience working with children, families, teens, and adults. I am sensitive to cultural, multiethnic, and racial issues. I have experience with conflict resolution, crisis intervention, and crisis de-escalation.
I am a non-judgmental compassionate licensed clinical social worker with 20+ years of experience working with children, families, teens, and adults. I am sensitive to cultural, multiethnic, and racial issues. I have experience with conflict resolution, crisis intervention, and crisis de-escalation.
(510) 756-3144 View (510) 756-3144
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April Silva
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Hayward, CA 94546
Hi there! My name is April Silva, and I currently hold a License as a Marriage and family Therapist, 142789. I aim to provides a space to help you sort through your day-to-day worries, identify the underlying causes of strong, confusing emotions, and build skills for communication and connection. I currently specialize in PTSD, Depression, and Anxiety. I currently work with adults, couples, and seniors. I really enjoy working with couples who are struggling to communicate and need help reconnecting, and individuals who are struggling with either healing from trauma, anxiety and panic, and depression.
Hi there! My name is April Silva, and I currently hold a License as a Marriage and family Therapist, 142789. I aim to provides a space to help you sort through your day-to-day worries, identify the underlying causes of strong, confusing emotions, and build skills for communication and connection. I currently specialize in PTSD, Depression, and Anxiety. I currently work with adults, couples, and seniors. I really enjoy working with couples who are struggling to communicate and need help reconnecting, and individuals who are struggling with either healing from trauma, anxiety and panic, and depression.
(559) 543-5327 View (559) 543-5327
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Breenu Sraa
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Hayward, CA 94546
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (CA, 53160), an Educator with a School Psychologist and a Clear Administrative Credential, and a Lawyer preparing to take the BAR soon. Additionally, I specialize in court-involved therapy and have written a curriculum for co-parenting and parallel parenting education. My approach to counseling is multidisciplinary, integrative, culture-centered, and evidence-based. I prioritize your perspective and unique experiences over a single theoretical approach to counseling. Research shows that such approaches are only valuable when adapted and personalized to fit one’s life experiences.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (CA, 53160), an Educator with a School Psychologist and a Clear Administrative Credential, and a Lawyer preparing to take the BAR soon. Additionally, I specialize in court-involved therapy and have written a curriculum for co-parenting and parallel parenting education. My approach to counseling is multidisciplinary, integrative, culture-centered, and evidence-based. I prioritize your perspective and unique experiences over a single theoretical approach to counseling. Research shows that such approaches are only valuable when adapted and personalized to fit one’s life experiences.
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Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapists

What is Internal Family Systems therapy?

Internal Family Systems (IFS) is a type of talk therapy that focuses on sub-personalities, or “families,” within a person, which may be made up of wounded parts and unpleasant emotions like anger and shame. These sub-personalities can come into conflict with each other and with an individual’s core Self, leaving the person feeling detached from positive traits such as the “8 C’s” of confidence, calmness, creativity, clarity, curiosity, courage, compassion, and connectedness. By healing a patient’s wounded parts, a therapist aims to restore balance and bring on positive change.

How does Internal Family Systems therapy work?

An IFS therapist will work with a patient to identify their particular sub-personalities, recognize the emotions powering them, and release them. By doing so, the patient should become more able to address any underlying problems their sub-personalities may have been trying to protect them from. Ultimately, a patient discovers ways to manage internal and external conflicts on their own, through techniques such as relaxation exercises, journaling, and making charts depicting the relationships between their core Self and their distinct parts.

Does Internal Family Systems therapy work?

IFS therapy has been shown to help people address conditions such as depression, anxiety, panic, fears and phobias, trauma, and substance use disorders. Some research has also found that it can help individuals deal with symptoms of physical health conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, such as pain, everyday functioning, depressive feelings, and low self-compassion. There are some conditions for which IFS treatment, specifically discussions of one’s “parts,” may be less appropriate, such as schizophrenia or other states that involve psychosis or paranoia.

How long does Internal Family Systems therapy take?

As with most forms of talk therapy, there is no set duration or end point for IFS therapy. After becoming comfortable with a therapist and the core concepts of IFS, some patients quickly make progress. While experiences vary, most will find that it is a relatively longer-term therapy, involving months and sometimes years of sessions.