Therapists in Oakland, CA

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Photo of Brian Lopez, Psychologist in Oakland, CA
Brian Lopez
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94606  (Online Only)
Imagine logging into our secure video appointment in the comfort of your own home. We collaborate on what you hope to get out of therapy. You open up about what has made that difficult to achieve on your own. I listen and validate your struggles. We collaborate on small goals to get you closer each week. You start to feel better. When your goals are achieved, you graduate from therapy.
Imagine logging into our secure video appointment in the comfort of your own home. We collaborate on what you hope to get out of therapy. You open up about what has made that difficult to achieve on your own. I listen and validate your struggles. We collaborate on small goals to get you closer each week. You start to feel better. When your goals are achieved, you graduate from therapy.
(415) 429-3811 View (415) 429-3811
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Kristina Modeste
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94610
I offer my services to individuals, couples, and all polyamorous configurations. This is an affirming space for clients identifying as 2LGBTQIA+, kinksters, sex workers, and non-monogamous. My aim is not just to return you to functioning, but to amplify the innate wisdom existing in you, while guiding you towards an authentic version of wellness in alignment with your goals. Together, we will collaborate on how to best Our work together will be collaborative, prioritize your psychological safety, and hold space for curiosity, play, and self-celebration!
I offer my services to individuals, couples, and all polyamorous configurations. This is an affirming space for clients identifying as 2LGBTQIA+, kinksters, sex workers, and non-monogamous. My aim is not just to return you to functioning, but to amplify the innate wisdom existing in you, while guiding you towards an authentic version of wellness in alignment with your goals. Together, we will collaborate on how to best Our work together will be collaborative, prioritize your psychological safety, and hold space for curiosity, play, and self-celebration!
(510) 254-3783 View (510) 254-3783
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Natalye Pearson
Psychologist, MA, PsyD
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94605  (Online Only)
When you've decided to get help, seeking a psychologist you feel comfortable with is as important as their skill and training. If I'm so honored to have you as my client, you'll find I utilize an integrated approach; a mix of gentle yet direct communication, mindfulness, cultural dynamics including family systems, psychoeducation, skill building using cognitive behavioral techniques, and of course explorative questions that help to uncover the emotional obstacles to your healing and progression in life.
When you've decided to get help, seeking a psychologist you feel comfortable with is as important as their skill and training. If I'm so honored to have you as my client, you'll find I utilize an integrated approach; a mix of gentle yet direct communication, mindfulness, cultural dynamics including family systems, psychoeducation, skill building using cognitive behavioral techniques, and of course explorative questions that help to uncover the emotional obstacles to your healing and progression in life.
(510) 953-5678 View (510) 953-5678
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Bay Area Somatics, a LCSW Corporation
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94610
I aim to respect your autonomy as we journey together, creating a space for introspection. Therapy is tailored to your individual needs, drawing from psychodynamic, Somatic Experiencing, rational emotive behavioral therapies (REBT). Psychodynamic therapy addresses past experiences shaping negative cycles, while REBT targets limiting beliefs hindering growth. Somatic Experiencing is a method of rebalancing the nervous system aiding in trauma recovery by restoring balance. It utilizes the body’s innate healing systems to release stored trauma and return to a more desirable way of living. Your autonomy and ethics are top priority.
I aim to respect your autonomy as we journey together, creating a space for introspection. Therapy is tailored to your individual needs, drawing from psychodynamic, Somatic Experiencing, rational emotive behavioral therapies (REBT). Psychodynamic therapy addresses past experiences shaping negative cycles, while REBT targets limiting beliefs hindering growth. Somatic Experiencing is a method of rebalancing the nervous system aiding in trauma recovery by restoring balance. It utilizes the body’s innate healing systems to release stored trauma and return to a more desirable way of living. Your autonomy and ethics are top priority.
(510) 956-6233 View (510) 956-6233
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Craig Metz | Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94602
I help people to live the life they dream of living.
I help people to live the life they dream of living.
(415) 639-9186 View (415) 639-9186
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Kristopher Curtis Kern
Psychologist, PsyD, MSCP
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94611  (Online Only)
When making the complex and vulnerable choice to begin therapy, you should be able to trust your therapist and feel safe sharing your story. This is why compassion and empathy are my priorities when building our therapeutic alliance. Together, we will collaborate on an individualized plan for change and growth that is consistent with your values and cultural identities. Every human is a unique mix of identities, experiences, fears, dreams, and values. I am well-versed in theory and operate from a foundation of science. However, I also believe that it is essential to recognize the humanity behind everyone’s struggles and actions.
When making the complex and vulnerable choice to begin therapy, you should be able to trust your therapist and feel safe sharing your story. This is why compassion and empathy are my priorities when building our therapeutic alliance. Together, we will collaborate on an individualized plan for change and growth that is consistent with your values and cultural identities. Every human is a unique mix of identities, experiences, fears, dreams, and values. I am well-versed in theory and operate from a foundation of science. However, I also believe that it is essential to recognize the humanity behind everyone’s struggles and actions.
(510) 319-0519 View (510) 319-0519
Photo of Jess Gioia, Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA
Jess Gioia
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94610  (Online Only)
You deserve to feel at peace with who you are. This can sometimes feel impossible, but I work with the paradoxical theory of change- that "change happens when a person becomes what they are, not when they try to become what they are not.” I guide my clients to the mirror and help them to squarely face themselves- their strengths, weaknesses, past traumas and future hopes- and know that they are good enough. From that place of self-compassion we can determine the right tools to support you as you set off on a life path that deeply motivates and satisfies you.
You deserve to feel at peace with who you are. This can sometimes feel impossible, but I work with the paradoxical theory of change- that "change happens when a person becomes what they are, not when they try to become what they are not.” I guide my clients to the mirror and help them to squarely face themselves- their strengths, weaknesses, past traumas and future hopes- and know that they are good enough. From that place of self-compassion we can determine the right tools to support you as you set off on a life path that deeply motivates and satisfies you.
(510) 901-3465 View (510) 901-3465
Photo of Jenny Turner, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Oakland, CA
Jenny Turner
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94601
I initially became a social worker to help the elderly population. Through graduate school, I have found a love for both medical social work as well as working in behavioral and mental health.
I initially became a social worker to help the elderly population. Through graduate school, I have found a love for both medical social work as well as working in behavioral and mental health.
(510) 880-1474 View (510) 880-1474
Photo of Andy Lavine, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Oakland, CA
Andy Lavine
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94610
I specialize in working with individuals, couples, and families. If you've encountered tough experiences, difficulties in work and relationships, traumas, or addiction, I am available to help. I've done extensive work at the crossroads of trauma and mental health, and specialize in helping clients move from crisis into stabilization. I use modalities such as attachment focused EMDR, IFS, DBT skills, somatic interventions and insight oriented talk therapy. I am here to partner with you so that we can work together to help you feel better. Getting you to a place where you can live the life you want to is my primary goal!
I specialize in working with individuals, couples, and families. If you've encountered tough experiences, difficulties in work and relationships, traumas, or addiction, I am available to help. I've done extensive work at the crossroads of trauma and mental health, and specialize in helping clients move from crisis into stabilization. I use modalities such as attachment focused EMDR, IFS, DBT skills, somatic interventions and insight oriented talk therapy. I am here to partner with you so that we can work together to help you feel better. Getting you to a place where you can live the life you want to is my primary goal!
(415) 936-1910 View (415) 936-1910
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Andrew Hudson
Pre-Licensed Professional, ACSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94609  (Online Only)
My approach to therapy is person centered and I use validation as my foundation. I hold the assumption that we are all trying our best and that there is always room to learn, grow, and practice acceptance. In sessions together you can expect to connect with how you are currently experiencing emotions, to work through problematic thoughts beliefs or assumptions, and to explore situations and relationships and how exactly they may be having an impact on you. My goal as a therapist is to provide a space where you can connect and feel understood as well as challenged in a way that is helpful for you.
My approach to therapy is person centered and I use validation as my foundation. I hold the assumption that we are all trying our best and that there is always room to learn, grow, and practice acceptance. In sessions together you can expect to connect with how you are currently experiencing emotions, to work through problematic thoughts beliefs or assumptions, and to explore situations and relationships and how exactly they may be having an impact on you. My goal as a therapist is to provide a space where you can connect and feel understood as well as challenged in a way that is helpful for you.
(415) 991-3933 View (415) 991-3933
Photo of L Rebecca Connell, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Oakland, CA
L Rebecca Connell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94618  (Online Only)
INDIVIDUALS (couples below): Energy Psychology is a group of self-calming practices involving breathing and touching one’s own face and body. Scientific studies and clinical experience are confirming that Energy Psychology can help with anxiety, relationships, and trauma. You will learn practices to calm down during a conflict, sleep better, or let go of things that bother you. These practices help you by enhancing nervous system regulation, changing the way your brain stores upsetting memories, and bringing in more happiness and focus. You'll learn practices to use at home, in moments of stress or to start your day on a good note
INDIVIDUALS (couples below): Energy Psychology is a group of self-calming practices involving breathing and touching one’s own face and body. Scientific studies and clinical experience are confirming that Energy Psychology can help with anxiety, relationships, and trauma. You will learn practices to calm down during a conflict, sleep better, or let go of things that bother you. These practices help you by enhancing nervous system regulation, changing the way your brain stores upsetting memories, and bringing in more happiness and focus. You'll learn practices to use at home, in moments of stress or to start your day on a good note
(510) 594-8224 View (510) 594-8224
Photo of Sara Rabinovitch, Psychologist in Oakland, CA
Sara Rabinovitch
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94612  (Online Only)
Welcome! It is so nice to meet you. I work best with clients who are motivated to change and looking for a short-term and skills-based approach. You can expect sharp clinical precision, collaboration, deep human kindness, realness, and radical open-mindedness. I am a licensed clinical psychologist and professor at USC Keck School of Medicine. I am also a certified Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher with 15+ years of formal mindfulness training. I specialize in research-supported Cognitive Behavioral and Mindfulness-Based therapies.
Welcome! It is so nice to meet you. I work best with clients who are motivated to change and looking for a short-term and skills-based approach. You can expect sharp clinical precision, collaboration, deep human kindness, realness, and radical open-mindedness. I am a licensed clinical psychologist and professor at USC Keck School of Medicine. I am also a certified Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher with 15+ years of formal mindfulness training. I specialize in research-supported Cognitive Behavioral and Mindfulness-Based therapies.
(510) 619-2297 View (510) 619-2297
Photo of Laura Shames, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Oakland, CA
Laura Shames
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94606
With over twenty years of experience, as a board certified LCSW, I have helped thousands of people find their way to an incredible life filled with purpose, love and happiness. By utilizing the client's inherent strengths and building on them to find solutions to challenges that help the client create their unique path. I earned my Bachelors of Science at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, acquired my Masters in Social Work in 1993 from Loyola University in Chicago and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 1996 specializing in individual, couples and family clinical therapy.
With over twenty years of experience, as a board certified LCSW, I have helped thousands of people find their way to an incredible life filled with purpose, love and happiness. By utilizing the client's inherent strengths and building on them to find solutions to challenges that help the client create their unique path. I earned my Bachelors of Science at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, acquired my Masters in Social Work in 1993 from Loyola University in Chicago and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 1996 specializing in individual, couples and family clinical therapy.
(415) 881-5967 View (415) 881-5967
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Merideth Bowen Shamszad
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94602
If you find yourself seeking new ways to be in relationship to your life, yourself and others, the sensitive and attuned psychotherapy I provide can help. Using inquiry, dialogue, guided imagery, Enneagram explorations and the arts, we can work together to explore and untangle your distress and illuminate the creative solutions that lie within you.
If you find yourself seeking new ways to be in relationship to your life, yourself and others, the sensitive and attuned psychotherapy I provide can help. Using inquiry, dialogue, guided imagery, Enneagram explorations and the arts, we can work together to explore and untangle your distress and illuminate the creative solutions that lie within you.
(510) 878-3048 View (510) 878-3048
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Dr. Jacquie Josephson- Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94609  (Online Only)
Do you feel stuck, like you are getting in your own way? Feelings hopeless and isolated? Life presents all kinds of challenges which we often try to manage on our own and creates frustrations. This frustration creates barriers that can leave you feeling distant from others and even a stranger to yourself. What is worse is often we don’t even know why we are struggling. I am dedicated to helping you with the difficult and painful experiences by facilitating understanding of yourself and the issues that cause pain.
Do you feel stuck, like you are getting in your own way? Feelings hopeless and isolated? Life presents all kinds of challenges which we often try to manage on our own and creates frustrations. This frustration creates barriers that can leave you feeling distant from others and even a stranger to yourself. What is worse is often we don’t even know why we are struggling. I am dedicated to helping you with the difficult and painful experiences by facilitating understanding of yourself and the issues that cause pain.
(341) 999-4375 View (341) 999-4375
Photo of Evelyn Natalya Fleischman, Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA
Evelyn Natalya Fleischman
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94609
I specialize in somatic psychotherapy, a body/mind approach that helps you change core beliefs and attitudes that are causing you suffering. My approach is relational and uses mindfulness to bring awareness to the parts of yourself you don't ordinarily notice. In our sessions, we slow down and pay attention the story your body is telling as well as the mind. The work is highly experiential, creative and transformative!
I specialize in somatic psychotherapy, a body/mind approach that helps you change core beliefs and attitudes that are causing you suffering. My approach is relational and uses mindfulness to bring awareness to the parts of yourself you don't ordinarily notice. In our sessions, we slow down and pay attention the story your body is telling as well as the mind. The work is highly experiential, creative and transformative!
(510) 239-5301 View (510) 239-5301
Photo of Almaz Nigusse-Bland, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Oakland, CA
Almaz Nigusse-Bland
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94609  (Online Only)
You are feeling overwhelmed by your thoughts and emotions. You feel disconnected from those around you and maybe from yourself. Maybe you shut out the world. Maybe you don't feel like yourself. Maybe you are not sleeping well. Maybe it is challenging to create boundaries. Past negative experiences may be contributing to your current concerns. You want to find a way to manage these feelings. Your goal is to have an awareness of yourself and triggers. With the right tools and interventions customized to your needs, healing is possible.
You are feeling overwhelmed by your thoughts and emotions. You feel disconnected from those around you and maybe from yourself. Maybe you shut out the world. Maybe you don't feel like yourself. Maybe you are not sleeping well. Maybe it is challenging to create boundaries. Past negative experiences may be contributing to your current concerns. You want to find a way to manage these feelings. Your goal is to have an awareness of yourself and triggers. With the right tools and interventions customized to your needs, healing is possible.
(510) 288-3343 View (510) 288-3343
Photo of William L. Spivey, Psychologist in Oakland, CA
William L. Spivey
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94609
Dr. Spivey is the Director of a small group practice located in the heart of the medical district in Oakland, CA. He offers more than 35 years of experience working with anxiety, depression, PTSD, and OCD within adults and adolescents. He takes a holistic approach by integrating concerns of health, diet, and exercise. Dr. Spivey also works with those suffering from occupational diseases, including job stress, feeling stale on the job, burnout, and job unhappiness. Other areas of endeavors include personality reshaping, motivation, and marital enhancement.
Dr. Spivey is the Director of a small group practice located in the heart of the medical district in Oakland, CA. He offers more than 35 years of experience working with anxiety, depression, PTSD, and OCD within adults and adolescents. He takes a holistic approach by integrating concerns of health, diet, and exercise. Dr. Spivey also works with those suffering from occupational diseases, including job stress, feeling stale on the job, burnout, and job unhappiness. Other areas of endeavors include personality reshaping, motivation, and marital enhancement.
(510) 730-3273 View (510) 730-3273
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Quincy L Wilkins
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, LPCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94609
Life isn't always easy. Whether you're dealing with an existing challenge, a current stressful situation, or you're turning a page to start a new chapter of your life, I believe we all can benefit from someone helping us to manage these changes and transitions. My therapeutic goal is to help you better manage your life's challenges and to provide you with tools and strategies to achieve your personal goals.
Life isn't always easy. Whether you're dealing with an existing challenge, a current stressful situation, or you're turning a page to start a new chapter of your life, I believe we all can benefit from someone helping us to manage these changes and transitions. My therapeutic goal is to help you better manage your life's challenges and to provide you with tools and strategies to achieve your personal goals.
(510) 900-8769 View (510) 900-8769
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Miranda Hoffman Jung
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94610
I believe my job is to create a sense of safety in which we can think about the things you might have trouble thinking about. There may be parts of your history that are difficult and frightening to contemplate on your own. Together, we can help you begin to understand yourself, trust yourself, soften toward yourself, validate what is true for you, and eventually accept all the parts of you. I’ll want to understand your current difficulties in the context of your personal and family history, and will listen with curiosity and warmth to understand the way in which your history may be affecting your current situation.
I believe my job is to create a sense of safety in which we can think about the things you might have trouble thinking about. There may be parts of your history that are difficult and frightening to contemplate on your own. Together, we can help you begin to understand yourself, trust yourself, soften toward yourself, validate what is true for you, and eventually accept all the parts of you. I’ll want to understand your current difficulties in the context of your personal and family history, and will listen with curiosity and warmth to understand the way in which your history may be affecting your current situation.
(510) 491-0981 View (510) 491-0981

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Oakland, CA

2,000+

Average cost per session

$185

Therapists in Oakland, CA who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
88% Depression
81% Relationship Issues
74% Self Esteem
73% Trauma and PTSD
69% Grief
66% Stress

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

59% Aetna
48% Cigna and Evernorth
44% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in Oakland, CA see their clients

62% In Person and Online
38% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
21% Male
4% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Oakland?

Search for nearby therapists or counselors by inputting your city, town, or suburb; or zip code; or a provider’s name into the search bar. From there, you can filter providers by the issues they treat, cost, insurance, gender, and other factors to find providers who are well-suited to your needs. To navigate between locations within the same country, enter a new city or zip code into the search bar.

Learn more about how to find a therapist

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed therapist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and counselors.

Many have been licensed by the country or state where they practice; providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some clinicians or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

What’s the difference between a psychologist, a therapist, and a counselor?

Therapists, psychologists, and counselors are all licensed mental health professionals. In the US, psychologists have earned a doctoral degree. The terms “therapist” and “counselor” are used somewhat interchangeably, but generally therapists offer longer-term, mental health care, while counselors offer shorter-term care that may focus on one domain, such as marriage, career, or academic challenges.

Clients should consider factors such as insurance coverage and their primary reason(s) for seeking therapy to determine the type of professional best suited to their needs. Someone struggling with mental health challenges such as depression or anxiety, for example, may wish to seek out a clinical psychologist or therapist, while someone navigating career obstacles or marital upheaval may benefit from seeing a counselor who can offer short-term, targeted support.

What type of therapy is right for me?

The type of therapy best suited to a particular individual depends on several factors, including their primary reason for seeking therapy, their preferred timeline (some therapy types last for a set number of sessions, while others are open-ended), and their personality and preferences—some may prefer a more structured approach. For many individuals, multiple types of therapy could provide a good fit.

How much does therapy cost?

The cost of therapy depends on a number of variables, including location and the therapist’s experience and training. On average, a therapy session in the United States could cost between $100 and $200 or more. If you have insurance, the expense of mental health care is typically lower, but it varies based on your insurance plan details and whether you choose an in-network or out-of-network mental healthcare provider.

What are more affordable or low cost therapy solutions?

Many therapists offer sliding scale payments, usually on a limited number of slots, which consists in an agreement between the therapist and a client to pay a reduced rate. Therapists who provide such arrangements often consider the client's income or ability to pay, but the extent of the discount is ultimately at the therapist's discretion. Furthermore, while group therapy may have different goals and benefits compared to individual therapy, it can be a more affordable solution to address certain types of issues.

Is online therapy cheaper than in-person therapy?

Many therapists charge the same amount for online therapy as they do for in-person therapy—though clients may still find this cost-effective if it cuts down on their transportation costs. Health insurance plans often offer equivalent coverage for online and in-person therapy; indeed, in many places, they are legally required to do so. Text-based or on-demand therapy apps may be cheaper than traditional one-on-one psychotherapy; however, the practice may be less effective and is not likely to be covered by insurance.

Is online therapy a good option?

Therapy conducted online can be just as effective as in-person therapy, as long as there is a strong alliance between the client and the therapist. To find a therapist who provides telehealth services to clients in your area, click “Online Therapy” on the directory homepage and search by your city or town or your zip code.

Are therapy sessions confidential?

Confidentiality is a crucial part of the therapeutic relationship. Therapists in the United States are bound by the regulations set out by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), which aims to protect sensitive health information. With very few exceptions, a therapist will only discuss their client with others when the client has given their written permission. The instances in which a therapist would be required to disclose personal information are: if a client poses a danger to themselves or others, if the therapist suspects the abuse of a child or an elderly or otherwise dependent adult, or if they are legally forced to by court order. These exceptions to the confidentiality agreement are usually discussed with a client before their first session.