LGBTQ+ Therapists in Pill Hill, Oakland, CA

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Paul J. Wensley
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I am a survivor of depression, and the trauma of living in this world as a gay man.
Life has its ups and downs, ins and outs, mountains, plateaus, and valleys, and sometimes you just need someone to talk to. Is it a loss, feeling anxious, depressed, unaccepted, overwhelmed or fragile. Are some of these things holding you back? Together we can learn coping skills, healthy ways of living, and how to move forward in your life. I use a compassionate, non- judgmental, understanding, strength based approach by acknowledging and welcoming your whole person, body, mind, and spirit.
(415) 358-5306
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Pill Hill
Oakland, CA 94609
$100 per session
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Lara Taylor Kester
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Therapy can be intimidating and it can seem more so when we are at our most vulnerable. Whether you're dealing with depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, or life changes, my experience and compassion will be there for you on your path to overcoming the obstacles in your life and becoming your best self. I have also presented on mental health and geek culture at several comic conventions. I have over 10 years experience in crisis management and in home therapeutic services, working with at risk adolescents and young adults. I specialize in working with LGBTQ + individuals, adolescents and young adults, and trauma survivors.
(510) 640-8301
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Pill Hill
Oakland, CA 94612
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Mal Godha- Expansive Therapy
Counselor, ACSW
Verified
Verified
I have experience serving diverse communities, including people of color, LGBTQ + individuals, corporate offices, inmates, and elders with dementia and Alzheimer's.
I strive to create a safe, healing space where you can explore your thoughts, emotions, and life experiences. I am a trained mindfulness meditation instructor and view mental health from an integrated, holistic lens. The most effective therapy is built on an open, collaborative relationship and I am sensitive to your unique needs, culture, and identities. I believe the journey towards authenticity begins with expressing emotions and illuminating insights. I am excited to take the first step in this transformative journey with you! I am committed to my own growth and exploration.
(929) 357-1155
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Pill Hill
Oakland, CA 94611
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Addie Liechty Kogan Psychotherapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
As a queer and non-binary person, I welcome all people into my practice and extend a special welcome to those who have experience feelings of otherness or being an outsider, in any way, shape or form.
As a person originally trained in psychodynamics, I care greatly about the experiences and relationships that have shaped you. I am currently perusing more training and consultation in Internal Family Systems and trauma informed approaches. Of primary focus, in my work with clients, is the therapeutic relationship. It is here that our patterns of relating often reveal themselves. Through the safe container of therapy, I invite my clients into new ways of being that invite more creativity, flexibility and deeper relationships.
(510) 356-0264
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Pill Hill
Oakland, CA 94609
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$200 (individual)$225 (couples)
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Kathy Brady
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
5 Endorsed
Verified
5 Endorsed
Life in the Bay Area is challenging and the additional stress associated with being LGBTQ +, a woman, pregnant, a parent or all of the above can push it over the edge. Sometimes, especially if you didn’t feel protected or cared for as a child or if something bad has happened to you, life can feel like you’re in over your head. Relationships feel out of control and painful, sleeping is hard and you can’t seem to take care of yourself the way you know you should. Emotions can feel like a roller coaster and daily responsibilities like work or kids are overwhelming. It is possible to feel better and good therapy can help.
(628) 300-3570
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Pill Hill
Oakland, CA 94609
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$175 (individual)$225 (couples)
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John R. Edwards
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
LGBT Affirming.
I provide counseling that helps you to transform your current life. Free yourself from the clutches of anxiety, fear, worry, depression, avoidance, or procrastination. See yourself enjoying things, loving and taking care of yourself. Reclaim those plans you had for your life and transform overwhelm into action. Achieve a life free of the pain and destruction caused by alcohol, drugs, or emotional eating. Heal and recover from recent or distant past horrific/traumatic events. You are not your trauma. Learn to commit to your own emotional well-being and live the life you know deep down inside you are meant to live.
(925) 575-9269
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Pill Hill
Oakland, CA 94609
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$225 (individual)$400 (couples)
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Marcy Reda
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I have extensive experience and affinity with LGBTQ and gender- queer people, and welcome individuals and couples from all walks of life.
I help individuals and couples better understand, trust, and communicate their emotions, needs, and longings. Our emotions, even the painful ones, provide us with important information about what we need and where we should be headed. At times we dismiss our own inner wisdom in an attempt to fit in, keep the peace, or protect ourselves from hurt, but we then miss out on creating the life and relationships we desire. I strongly believe that people heal and grow best in connection with others, and therapy provides the security and compassion necessary to make new discoveries about yourself that can lead to positive change.
(505) 302-3875
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Pill Hill
Oakland, CA 94609
$175 (individual)$250 (couples)
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Dr. Lauren Szyper
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
Areas of emphasis include treating depression and anxiety, self-medicating with alcohol and other substances, working with youth and their families, and specializing in the LGBTQIA + community and other marginalized groups.
The world can be an overwhelming place that leads us to put a lot of pressure on ourselves. Do you desire to have meaningful relationships, be successful in school or your career, and feel your best physically and emotionally? Many do, however, insecurity and fear of abandonment, imposter syndrome, comparing ourselves to others, and not feeling good enough can make attaining this sometimes feel impossible. This is where I can help. For over 20 years I have assisted my clients in stepping outside of their circumstances so that they can gain a better vantage point to understand and therefore create meaningful change in their lives.
(510) 851-9938
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Pill Hill
Oakland, CA 94609
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$200 per session
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Tanisha Stewart
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
I specialize in providing services for transgender , gender-expansive youth, and their families.
Life can feel overwhelming, isolating, or riddled with anxiety and depression. Perhaps things feel stuck and you are seeking a change and want more out of life. Early adulthood is a particularly challenging time. It can be difficult to challenge the perceptions of the world shaped by our families and upbringing, while maintaining the shared connections and values. It is a time to explore racial, sexual, and gender identities. A task made more complicated when layered with neurodiversity, trauma, grief, or a life circumstance that makes you feel different. Therapy can offer a sense of insight, stability, and self-acceptance.
(510) 380-7789
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Pill Hill
Oakland, CA 94609
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$255 per session
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Audrey Hu
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ASW
Verified
Verified
I also provide LGBTQ + affirmative therapy.
We all feel lost from time to time, but there’s always light at the end of the tunnel. I’ve been through my own therapy as a young adult when I was stuck in a bout of anxiety and panic attacks due to childhood trauma. Throughout my years of working with traumatized individuals, I learned first-hand about how childhood trauma can have a strong impact on adulthood. I can help you address unresolved trauma, in order for you to find passion, connection, and purpose in your life.
(415) 715-1673
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Pill Hill
Oakland, CA 94609
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$130 (individual)$150 (couples)
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Asae Kondo
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
My understanding of the world is influenced by my experiences as a queer , mixed-race (Japanese/white) therapist.
Do you find yourself feeling overwhelmed and weighed down by critical self-talk? Is it difficult to stand up for your needs and set healthy boundaries? Many of us have the desire to be truly listened to, seen, and deeply understood. I believe all of us have the answers within ourselves and our unique experiences, and sometimes we just need a little help from someone else to help us discover them. I'm not going to talk your ear off or mansplain your nervous system to you. I will listen, we will talk through things, I will challenge the way you look at things, there may be tears, and there will definitely be laughter.
(510) 953-4605
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Pill Hill
Oakland, CA 94609
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$180 (individual)$220 (couples)
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Sterling Walker
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified
Verified
I specialize in working with members of the LGBTQIA community.
Throughout our lives, we all have experienced feelings of depression, anxiety, and anger. These emotions leave you feeling insecure, shameful, lonely, unworthy and stuck in unhealthy patterns of behavior. Trauma can have negative emotional and physical effects and can lead to family/relationship issues. I specialize in solution-focused brief therapy, motivational interviewing, mindfulness and CBT. These approaches allow me to work with the client to decrease symptoms of anxiety and depression and other health/behavioral issues.
(415) 712-1672
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Pill Hill
Oakland, CA 94609
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$150 (individual)$180 (couples)
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So Yung Kim
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, SEP
Verified
Verified
As a queer woman of color therapist my perspective includes an intersectional social justice lens, and I welcome all aspects of your identity, history, and cultural context into the therapy process.
I approach therapy with warmth, curiosity, and compassion. I aim to provide a safe, non-judgmental space for you to explore and grow. I work in a relational, strengths-based approach that I tailor to each client's needs. Many people come to therapy with a specific problem they want to address, like anxiety, work or family stress, a life transition, or trauma. I'm experienced in supporting clients around a wide range of issues, and I specialize in trauma recovery.
(415) 687-5768
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Pill Hill
Oakland, CA 94609
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$180 per session
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Heather Coleman
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I enjoy supporting both LGBTQ + and straight clients.
Welcome! Whether you’re dealing with anxiety, depression, or frustrating relationship patterns, I will help you unpack your situation so you can gain more perspective, choice, and control. We’ll honor the strengths and strategies that have gotten you through while keeping an eye out for any underlying beliefs or relational habits that no longer serve you. I will listen carefully, ask questions, and share my ideas with you. I may also suggest practical tools to help you ground yourself or handle moments of emotional overwhelm.
(510) 756-3342
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Pill Hill
Oakland, CA 94609
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$150 per session
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Fred Kutnick
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I also specialize in LGBTQ issues, multicultural issues, and identity issues.
Anger, shame, anxiety, depression, and perfectionism are emotions and traits that can be caused by trauma. Unresolved trauma can negatively affect our current relationships and family dynamics. My goal as a therapist is to collaborate with you in order to manage trauma-related symptoms and reach a more meaningful state. I utilize a client-centered approach in order to create a safe space for my clients to process unresolved feelings/reactions. Forming a meaningful connection allows us to create a space that welcomes vulnerability, and the therapeutic relationship is just as important as the therapeutic modality.
(415) 338-9959
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Pill Hill
Oakland, CA 94609
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$130 (individual)$150 (couples)
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Dr. Bree McDaniel
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
My approach is warm, collaborative, supportive, empathic, and is rooted in my lived experience as a Black Queer Woman.
The decision to embark on the path of healing and face oneself, is not an endeavor to be taken lightly, as it requires courage, vulnerability, and patience with oneself. With that said, intentionally delving into a healing process can be a powerful and liberating experience - an amazing journey, filled with new discoveries about oneself. In my practice I help my clients shed light on their unconscious process, gain more awareness about themselves, including what motivates them, and better understand how they relate to others in their lives. I also support my clients in finding healthier ways of relating and coping.
(415) 340-6209
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Pill Hill
Oakland, CA 94609
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$200 per session
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Mende Jung-Hsuan Chang
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, APCC
Verified
Verified
My therapy practice seeks to be culturally sensitive and a safe space for LGBTQIA + folks.
If you are dealing with anxiety, depression, stress, grief and loss, trauma, life transitions- whatever you may be going through in life, you don’t have to do it alone. I am here to support you. Let's work together to build tools to manage the stresses of life and explore the connection to your authentic expressions of self today.
(415) 917-1678
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Pill Hill
Oakland, CA 94609
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$150 (individual)$180 (couples)
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Katrina dela Cruz- Expansive Therapy
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LCSW
Verified
Verified
My practice is rooted in the strengths-based perspective, and informed by the interconnectedness of all things. I recognize the relationship between mind, body, and spirit (or soul), and the complexity of being an individual influenced by multiple, dynamic systems. Therapy is a collaboration between client and therapist, as we are all practitioners and students in our own rights. We all have within us an innate wisdom and knowing to share and to affect positive change.
(628) 265-3610
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Pill Hill
Oakland, CA 94611
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Adele (Addie) Liechty Kogan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
People enter my therapy practice for all sorts of reasons. You may be at an impasse or a crossroads due to the loss of a relationship, a big life decision or general anxiety that you can no longer bear on your own. You may be suffering from the wounds of homophobia, transphobia, racism, white supremacy and patriarchy, on top of other traumas and early childhood wounds. Regardless, I seek to offer a safe space for you to access a deeper understanding of yourself and your underlying needs and motives, as well as a personal sense of freedom and empowerment.
(727) 334-8457
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Pill Hill
Oakland, CA 94609
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Patricia Banchik Rothschild
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CMHIMP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
My experience comes from 31 years of helping children, adults, couples and families in both Community Mental Health and Private Practice. My approach is eclectic and tailored to each individual's needs to facilitate healing and growth. Through my years of experience I have witnessed over and over again people coming into therapy with great pain, discomfort and despair but with time, (sometimes within a very short time) their symptoms diminish and a whole new person emerges. Crisis times can be extremely painful and distressful but they can also be opportunities for growth and healing through therapy.
(510) 403-8151
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Pill Hill
Oakland, CA 94609
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