Therapists in Oakland, CA

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Photo of Paul Taruskin, Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA
Paul Taruskin
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94610
I'm glad you are here. This is a big deal. Whether you seek therapy individually or as part of a couple, the way you relate to yourself, your world, and your people are pivotal to understanding your mental health. I'm committed to supporting couples and individuals at all levels of development who seek a supportive environment in their pursuit of growth and healing. Together, we will explore your present and past to discover your strengths, while making space for the pain and distress you are carrying. Together, we will understand your partner and relationships in a new way and rediscover your capacity to find solutions on your own
I'm glad you are here. This is a big deal. Whether you seek therapy individually or as part of a couple, the way you relate to yourself, your world, and your people are pivotal to understanding your mental health. I'm committed to supporting couples and individuals at all levels of development who seek a supportive environment in their pursuit of growth and healing. Together, we will explore your present and past to discover your strengths, while making space for the pain and distress you are carrying. Together, we will understand your partner and relationships in a new way and rediscover your capacity to find solutions on your own
(510) 683-5919 View (510) 683-5919
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Kini Chang
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
2 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94609
I know the journey of life is not an easy one and sometimes we need some help to get through unexpected struggles and get in the way of living a happy and healthy life. I am dedicated to the holistic healing of the mind, body, and soul. Many people describe me as warm, understanding, and down to earth. I pride myself on integrity, commitment, and passion for the work I do as a therapist.
I know the journey of life is not an easy one and sometimes we need some help to get through unexpected struggles and get in the way of living a happy and healthy life. I am dedicated to the holistic healing of the mind, body, and soul. Many people describe me as warm, understanding, and down to earth. I pride myself on integrity, commitment, and passion for the work I do as a therapist.
(415) 969-3350 View (415) 969-3350
Photo of East Bay Art Therapy, Art Therapist in Oakland, CA
East Bay Art Therapy
Art Therapist, MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT, ATCS
Verified
4 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94610
Are you looking for a new creative way to deal with difficulties in life and get in touch with your best self? Do you feel like you’ve tried everything with your child, but they struggle to benefit from traditional talk therapy? As art therapists, we incorporate talk therapy with art making to help our clients unlock their creative potential, look at problems with fresh eyes, and develop new creative coping skills for managing with difficult emotions. If you or your child is feeling blocked by past trauma, stuck in destructive patterns, or overwhelmed by depression or anxiety, then I encourage you to reach out. You are not alone.
Are you looking for a new creative way to deal with difficulties in life and get in touch with your best self? Do you feel like you’ve tried everything with your child, but they struggle to benefit from traditional talk therapy? As art therapists, we incorporate talk therapy with art making to help our clients unlock their creative potential, look at problems with fresh eyes, and develop new creative coping skills for managing with difficult emotions. If you or your child is feeling blocked by past trauma, stuck in destructive patterns, or overwhelmed by depression or anxiety, then I encourage you to reach out. You are not alone.
(510) 675-7070 View (510) 675-7070
Photo of Maria Jeffery, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Oakland, CA
Maria Jeffery
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Oakland, CA 94612  (Online Only)
I utilize a person-centered approach tailored to the unique needs of the individual client. I am dedicated to addressing life transitions, trauma, and maladaptive communication patterns to re-activate resilience by creating a warm, non-judgmental, attentive and safe space to process and develop healthy skillsets to promote healing.
I utilize a person-centered approach tailored to the unique needs of the individual client. I am dedicated to addressing life transitions, trauma, and maladaptive communication patterns to re-activate resilience by creating a warm, non-judgmental, attentive and safe space to process and develop healthy skillsets to promote healing.
(510) 945-3635 View (510) 945-3635
Photo of Alisa Zachery, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Oakland, CA
Alisa Zachery
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CCATP
Verified
Oakland, CA 94605  (Online Only)
Are you seeking therapy for any of the following: feeling overwhelmed by anxiety & stress? Isolating, or at a complete standstill in life due to depression? Is unresolved trauma hindering your ability to thrive? In a relationship that no one else understands or approves of? If so, I am here to help you restructure your thoughts & behaviors, develop healthy & nurturing relationships, learn new skills to minimize the impact of distressing situations, build self-esteem & self-confidence, enhance self awareness, & find or rediscover your true purpose. My clinical work has equally been with adolescents & adults for over seventeen years.
Are you seeking therapy for any of the following: feeling overwhelmed by anxiety & stress? Isolating, or at a complete standstill in life due to depression? Is unresolved trauma hindering your ability to thrive? In a relationship that no one else understands or approves of? If so, I am here to help you restructure your thoughts & behaviors, develop healthy & nurturing relationships, learn new skills to minimize the impact of distressing situations, build self-esteem & self-confidence, enhance self awareness, & find or rediscover your true purpose. My clinical work has equally been with adolescents & adults for over seventeen years.
(402) 685-8715 View (402) 685-8715
Photo of Kevin Edward Rowland, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Oakland, CA
Kevin Edward Rowland
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Oakland, CA 94611
Want to see results in your psychotherapy? My twenty years in the field have informed my safe, supportive, solutions focused style using empirically proven techniques. I collaborate best with motivated Clients who are working through the following challenges: depression, anxiety, addiction, traumas, communication/relationship and workplace issues. I have an office in Oakland and San Francisco, and take most insurance and self pay Clients. Please call for a free telephonic consultation.
Want to see results in your psychotherapy? My twenty years in the field have informed my safe, supportive, solutions focused style using empirically proven techniques. I collaborate best with motivated Clients who are working through the following challenges: depression, anxiety, addiction, traumas, communication/relationship and workplace issues. I have an office in Oakland and San Francisco, and take most insurance and self pay Clients. Please call for a free telephonic consultation.
(510) 877-0241 View (510) 877-0241
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Ronnie Doss
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94612  (Online Only)
Have you wondered when life became stagnant? Does a past trauma keep invading your present day despite your best efforts? Have you experienced a loss that you still grieve? Stress over things that may or may not happen? Are you not engaging in the life you used to or thought you would? Hiding your pain and feeling sadness, anger, shame, or guilt for experiencing it? If this sounds like you and you feel ready to take back your life, then you may benefit from counseling services I could provide.
Have you wondered when life became stagnant? Does a past trauma keep invading your present day despite your best efforts? Have you experienced a loss that you still grieve? Stress over things that may or may not happen? Are you not engaging in the life you used to or thought you would? Hiding your pain and feeling sadness, anger, shame, or guilt for experiencing it? If this sounds like you and you feel ready to take back your life, then you may benefit from counseling services I could provide.
(415) 548-7096 View (415) 548-7096
Photo of Heather (Dez) Valdez, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Oakland, CA
Heather (Dez) Valdez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Oakland, CA 94609
Are you nervous or hesitant to start therapy because you might not find someone who can relate? You may have also tried several things to help how you've been feeling but it hasn’t quite helped enough, so it feels discouraging. You may be fed up with feeling misunderstood, unseen, disconnected, worrying too much, stretching beyond your boundaries, or like you will never feel better. Things have been hard lately, and you’re ready to feel something different. You’re ready to find more ease, build confidence, and live more in alignment with your values.
Are you nervous or hesitant to start therapy because you might not find someone who can relate? You may have also tried several things to help how you've been feeling but it hasn’t quite helped enough, so it feels discouraging. You may be fed up with feeling misunderstood, unseen, disconnected, worrying too much, stretching beyond your boundaries, or like you will never feel better. Things have been hard lately, and you’re ready to feel something different. You’re ready to find more ease, build confidence, and live more in alignment with your values.
(510) 767-0239 View (510) 767-0239
Photo of Rebecca J Rice, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Oakland, CA
Rebecca J Rice
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Oakland, CA 94609  (Online Only)
Raising young children can elicit a range of intense and often conflicting emotions—delight, love, fear, and anger, to name a few. The process of becoming a parent can also evoke memories and feelings related to our own childhoods, which can serve as a reminder of patterns we would like to either emulate or avoid. In the midst of this phase of life transition, it can be easy to lose our footing—dilemmas start to emerge and conflicts in our relationships with partners or other family members increase. We often wonder if we are doing a good job raising our kids, while we try not to lose sight of our own needs and desires.
Raising young children can elicit a range of intense and often conflicting emotions—delight, love, fear, and anger, to name a few. The process of becoming a parent can also evoke memories and feelings related to our own childhoods, which can serve as a reminder of patterns we would like to either emulate or avoid. In the midst of this phase of life transition, it can be easy to lose our footing—dilemmas start to emerge and conflicts in our relationships with partners or other family members increase. We often wonder if we are doing a good job raising our kids, while we try not to lose sight of our own needs and desires.
(510) 800-8673 View (510) 800-8673
Photo of Julian Dodd, Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA
Julian Dodd
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94618  (Online Only)
I view psychotherapy as a collaborative process between therapist and client, where the relationship is part of the healing process. My style is active, creative, and holistic. I will meet you where you are, not-judging, engaged and curious. I work with clients who struggle with anxiety, depression, trauma, shame, relationship distress, life transitions, and existential dilemmas (questions about the meaning of life, questions about dying and death). I also have experience working with individuals struggling with dual diagnosis (addiction and mental health issues combined).
I view psychotherapy as a collaborative process between therapist and client, where the relationship is part of the healing process. My style is active, creative, and holistic. I will meet you where you are, not-judging, engaged and curious. I work with clients who struggle with anxiety, depression, trauma, shame, relationship distress, life transitions, and existential dilemmas (questions about the meaning of life, questions about dying and death). I also have experience working with individuals struggling with dual diagnosis (addiction and mental health issues combined).
(415) 304-8603 View (415) 304-8603
Photo of Miranda Becker, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate in Oakland, CA
Miranda Becker
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified
Oakland, CA 94610  (Online Only)
We all carry wounds that run deeper than we’d like to admit. Sometimes these wounds continue to affect us in the present, even if we hope we’ve put the past firmly behind us. Maybe you’re struggling with people-pleasing patterns, self-judgment, or perfectionism. Perhaps it’s hard to identify how you feel or what you really need. Or maybe you just have a nagging sense that something isn’t quite right. I help clients address anxiety, codependency, trauma, and more in order to reclaim their lives and build the future they want. As a queer therapist, I also specialize in working with LGBTQIA+ individuals.
We all carry wounds that run deeper than we’d like to admit. Sometimes these wounds continue to affect us in the present, even if we hope we’ve put the past firmly behind us. Maybe you’re struggling with people-pleasing patterns, self-judgment, or perfectionism. Perhaps it’s hard to identify how you feel or what you really need. Or maybe you just have a nagging sense that something isn’t quite right. I help clients address anxiety, codependency, trauma, and more in order to reclaim their lives and build the future they want. As a queer therapist, I also specialize in working with LGBTQIA+ individuals.
(510) 439-9539 View (510) 439-9539
Photo of Laura (Lo) Wesely, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Oakland, CA
Laura (Lo) Wesely
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Oakland, CA 94611
Whether sitting with individuals or partners, I am here to remind you of what you already know but might have forgotten: you are enough. Many clients find their way to me because they want to work through challenges related to their identity, acculturation, sexuality, gender expression, relationship formation, and early traumas. My identities as a queer, non-monogamous, sex- and kink-positive, immigrant woman tend to attract potential clients who share some of these positionalities.
Whether sitting with individuals or partners, I am here to remind you of what you already know but might have forgotten: you are enough. Many clients find their way to me because they want to work through challenges related to their identity, acculturation, sexuality, gender expression, relationship formation, and early traumas. My identities as a queer, non-monogamous, sex- and kink-positive, immigrant woman tend to attract potential clients who share some of these positionalities.
(510) 462-3503 View (510) 462-3503
Photo of Helga Cohen, Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA
Helga Cohen
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Oakland, CA 94611  (Online Only)
The current pandemic, environmental conditions, and political situation are overwhelming. Psychotherapy is helpful and transformative in dealing with the challenges that affect our social interactions and emotional well-being. I work with people dealing with depression, anxiety, life transitions, grief, and chronic illness. We set goals to redefine personal and professional directions.
The current pandemic, environmental conditions, and political situation are overwhelming. Psychotherapy is helpful and transformative in dealing with the challenges that affect our social interactions and emotional well-being. I work with people dealing with depression, anxiety, life transitions, grief, and chronic illness. We set goals to redefine personal and professional directions.
(510) 858-2940 View (510) 858-2940
Photo of Eugene P Porter, Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA
Eugene P Porter
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94609
I have been in practice for over 30 years. My primary specialty has been working with men and boys who have experienced sexual abuse. This issue often includes alcohol and drug issues, anxiety, depression, marital and couples issues and more. I am experienced in EMDR as well as a range of somatic and humanistic approaches.
I have been in practice for over 30 years. My primary specialty has been working with men and boys who have experienced sexual abuse. This issue often includes alcohol and drug issues, anxiety, depression, marital and couples issues and more. I am experienced in EMDR as well as a range of somatic and humanistic approaches.
(510) 356-2052 View (510) 356-2052
Photo of Kathleen Parkinson McConnell, Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA
Kathleen Parkinson McConnell
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Oakland, CA 94611
"Reaching out is the first step. I invite you to take that first step and CALL me at 510-652-1902. I look forward to talking with you."
"Reaching out is the first step. I invite you to take that first step and CALL me at 510-652-1902. I look forward to talking with you."
(510) 652-1902 View (510) 652-1902
Photo of Ebony Ellis, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Oakland, CA
Ebony Ellis
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Oakland, CA 94609  (Online Only)
I help people manage their mental health by creating a safe space to process difficult emotions because: "...being human's hard - on the boulevard." - André L. Benjamin
I help people manage their mental health by creating a safe space to process difficult emotions because: "...being human's hard - on the boulevard." - André L. Benjamin
(415) 316-1901 View (415) 316-1901
Photo of Mikhaëla Beaudet-DeBus, Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA
Mikhaëla Beaudet-DeBus
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Oakland, CA 94609
Welcome! I support my Clients' path to arrive at a freer, more empowered version of themselves. I am passionate about working through an intersectional and trauma-informed lens with everyone. I respect my Clients deeply and give them my genuine warmth and attentiveness. I am a good fit for people who are nervous about therapy, people working on boundaries, self love, finding their voice, embodiment, healing from trauma/complex trauma as well as folks from all parts of the LGBT+ family. I am here for gender exploration, questioning, arrival and take a non judgmental stance on all corners of consensual sex/sexuality/kink/non-monog+
Welcome! I support my Clients' path to arrive at a freer, more empowered version of themselves. I am passionate about working through an intersectional and trauma-informed lens with everyone. I respect my Clients deeply and give them my genuine warmth and attentiveness. I am a good fit for people who are nervous about therapy, people working on boundaries, self love, finding their voice, embodiment, healing from trauma/complex trauma as well as folks from all parts of the LGBT+ family. I am here for gender exploration, questioning, arrival and take a non judgmental stance on all corners of consensual sex/sexuality/kink/non-monog+
(510) 880-3764 View (510) 880-3764
Photo of Andrés Salerno, Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA
Andrés Salerno
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Oakland, CA 94609
Life is a series of peaks and valleys, and the low points can feel really overwhelming. It's in those moments that we most need support, but that's also when we're most prone to isolating and bottling up. Relationship issues, low self-esteem, anxiety, and workplace stress can all be urgent matters, yet we often hesitate admitting we need help.
Life is a series of peaks and valleys, and the low points can feel really overwhelming. It's in those moments that we most need support, but that's also when we're most prone to isolating and bottling up. Relationship issues, low self-esteem, anxiety, and workplace stress can all be urgent matters, yet we often hesitate admitting we need help.
(415) 630-5759 View (415) 630-5759
Gregg E Bernstein
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Oakland, CA 94611
I have many years of experience in dealing with anxiety, depression, loss, life transitions, addictions of all types, and relationship and identity issues. I think my strength is that I approach people on a very human level, with respect, caring and humor. I feel "we are all in the same boat" (including me) and that we all need someone to take us seriously, listen carefully and know how hard it is to be vulnerable to a 'stranger'. I will do my very best to help you create the life you want. I have lost a child, so I have a special sensitivity to grieving parents and their challenges.
I have many years of experience in dealing with anxiety, depression, loss, life transitions, addictions of all types, and relationship and identity issues. I think my strength is that I approach people on a very human level, with respect, caring and humor. I feel "we are all in the same boat" (including me) and that we all need someone to take us seriously, listen carefully and know how hard it is to be vulnerable to a 'stranger'. I will do my very best to help you create the life you want. I have lost a child, so I have a special sensitivity to grieving parents and their challenges.
(510) 817-2108 View (510) 817-2108
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Nathan Greene
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
3 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94618
I am a bilingual (English and Spanish-speaking) licensed clinical psychologist who provides psychotherapy services to adults, children, adolescents families. I support clients in fostering resilience and in building more meaningful, connected relationships. In therapy, I take a supportive, curious, nonjudgemental stance. My clients struggle with issues related to depression, anxiety, loss, adoption, psychological trauma, childhood development, parenting, and everyday stressors.
I am a bilingual (English and Spanish-speaking) licensed clinical psychologist who provides psychotherapy services to adults, children, adolescents families. I support clients in fostering resilience and in building more meaningful, connected relationships. In therapy, I take a supportive, curious, nonjudgemental stance. My clients struggle with issues related to depression, anxiety, loss, adoption, psychological trauma, childhood development, parenting, and everyday stressors.
(949) 577-6606 View (949) 577-6606

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Number of Therapists in Oakland, CA

2,000+

Average cost per session

$180

Therapists in Oakland, CA who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
88% Depression
82% Relationship Issues
75% Self Esteem
73% Trauma and PTSD
69% Grief
65% Stress

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

56% Aetna
45% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
43% Optum

How Therapists in Oakland, CA see their clients

63% In Person and Online
37% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
22% Male
3% 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.

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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.