Therapists for Teens in Oakland, CA

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Chinmay Surpur
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94610
Waitlist for new clients
Additionally, my specialty is adolescent psychotherapy.
Are you experiencing difficulties concentrating? Do you ever feel that your mood is so low you can’t get out of bed? Do you struggle with anxiety or obsessive thoughts? Are you finding yourself wrestling with existential thoughts? Maybe you’re experiencing a combination of issues that just don’t let you feel like yourself? Whatever you’re experiencing, I’m here to help. Through our work together, we can identify your core issues and make a plan to address them using an individually-tailored and holistic approach to achieve your goals. Let’s embark on this journey of healing together!
Additionally, my specialty is adolescent psychotherapy.
Are you experiencing difficulties concentrating? Do you ever feel that your mood is so low you can’t get out of bed? Do you struggle with anxiety or obsessive thoughts? Are you finding yourself wrestling with existential thoughts? Maybe you’re experiencing a combination of issues that just don’t let you feel like yourself? Whatever you’re experiencing, I’m here to help. Through our work together, we can identify your core issues and make a plan to address them using an individually-tailored and holistic approach to achieve your goals. Let’s embark on this journey of healing together!
(510) 422-0827 View (510) 422-0827
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William (Wiley) Rogers
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94618
After my counseling psychology degree at the Wright Institute, I worked in public schools addressing adolescent challenges and trauma.
Based in Oakland and Lafayette, I am a licensed therapist offering comprehensive support to individuals across various age groups, with a primary focus on teenagers and adults. My approach is integrative, drawing from Narrative Therapy, Relational Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to address a variety of concerns, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, relational issues, and trauma.
After my counseling psychology degree at the Wright Institute, I worked in public schools addressing adolescent challenges and trauma.
Based in Oakland and Lafayette, I am a licensed therapist offering comprehensive support to individuals across various age groups, with a primary focus on teenagers and adults. My approach is integrative, drawing from Narrative Therapy, Relational Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to address a variety of concerns, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, relational issues, and trauma.
(925) 430-7579 View (925) 430-7579
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Angelina Nader
Art Therapist, MA, ATR
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94610  (Online Only)
Have you recently experienced a traumatic loss and are feeling lost and overwhelmed with grief? Are you in the midst of a major life transition with your career or relationship? Perhaps you are an artist experiencing a creative block? Art Therapy may be the answer for your or your teen. As an Art Therapist, I specialize in guiding clients through grief and loss, life transitions, trauma, anxiety, depression, ADHD, and blocks in creativity and self exploration. I help my clients to harness the power of creativity to deepen emotional exploration and uncover feelings that may be challenging to otherwise articulate with words.
Have you recently experienced a traumatic loss and are feeling lost and overwhelmed with grief? Are you in the midst of a major life transition with your career or relationship? Perhaps you are an artist experiencing a creative block? Art Therapy may be the answer for your or your teen. As an Art Therapist, I specialize in guiding clients through grief and loss, life transitions, trauma, anxiety, depression, ADHD, and blocks in creativity and self exploration. I help my clients to harness the power of creativity to deepen emotional exploration and uncover feelings that may be challenging to otherwise articulate with words.
(510) 544-3656 View (510) 544-3656
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Renee Beck, MFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94609
Holden High Clinical Co-Director emerita: 30+ years teenager/family therapy, training/supervising counselors; teaching teens.
As a practicioner on a creative, spiritual, or healing arts path, you face a unique set of challenges, and your work can bring up unconscious issues that you might have never noticed otherwise. Sometimes working with someone to heal on a deeper level can be useful. Together, we can work to help you access your inner clarity and wisdom, feather out the personal, interpersonal, social, creative and spiritual facets of your experience, and bring them together in new and healing ways. You don't have to do this alone! Call me to see how I can help.
Holden High Clinical Co-Director emerita: 30+ years teenager/family therapy, training/supervising counselors; teaching teens.
As a practicioner on a creative, spiritual, or healing arts path, you face a unique set of challenges, and your work can bring up unconscious issues that you might have never noticed otherwise. Sometimes working with someone to heal on a deeper level can be useful. Together, we can work to help you access your inner clarity and wisdom, feather out the personal, interpersonal, social, creative and spiritual facets of your experience, and bring them together in new and healing ways. You don't have to do this alone! Call me to see how I can help.
(510) 768-7292 View (510) 768-7292
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Athenia Teng
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94610  (Online Only)
I understand the challenges of being a teenager and deeply appreciate holding safe space for their exploration.
My therapeutic style is rooted in the belief that everyone deserves to be seen and understood. Whatever the challenges, I believe in our abilities to become self-aware and connect deeper with ourselves, our patterns, and those around us. I aim to co-create a caring and supportive space for you, where you can feel accepted and affirmed. Together, we’ll work in ways that are in-depth and practical, discover the strengths that are already within you, and move towards greater health, wellness, pleasure, and joy.
I understand the challenges of being a teenager and deeply appreciate holding safe space for their exploration.
My therapeutic style is rooted in the belief that everyone deserves to be seen and understood. Whatever the challenges, I believe in our abilities to become self-aware and connect deeper with ourselves, our patterns, and those around us. I aim to co-create a caring and supportive space for you, where you can feel accepted and affirmed. Together, we’ll work in ways that are in-depth and practical, discover the strengths that are already within you, and move towards greater health, wellness, pleasure, and joy.
(510) 544-8108 View (510) 544-8108
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Robyn Riley
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LPCC
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94618
Everyone has their ups and downs. Life can be stressful and challenging at times. These are the times when it can be helpful for you to talk with someone to support you getting through a difficult time. Whether you have a child having difficulty in school, an adolescent transitioning into adulthood, relationship issues with a partner, or other life stressing events, I provide a safe space to help manage these challenges.
Everyone has their ups and downs. Life can be stressful and challenging at times. These are the times when it can be helpful for you to talk with someone to support you getting through a difficult time. Whether you have a child having difficulty in school, an adolescent transitioning into adulthood, relationship issues with a partner, or other life stressing events, I provide a safe space to help manage these challenges.
(510) 722-9300 View (510) 722-9300
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Raymond J Sutton
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94602
Waitlist for new clients
It is my passion to work with pre-adolescent, adolescent, and transitional age youth as well as young adults. My clients experience a wide range of trauma and stress that can result in depression and anxiety who want a compassionate adult to facilitate the creation of personalized goals targeted at increasing self-awareness and life improvement.
It is my passion to work with pre-adolescent, adolescent, and transitional age youth as well as young adults. My clients experience a wide range of trauma and stress that can result in depression and anxiety who want a compassionate adult to facilitate the creation of personalized goals targeted at increasing self-awareness and life improvement.
(415) 749-9391 View (415) 749-9391
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Peter V. Curtin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, BA, LCSW
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94618  (Online Only)
As a teenager I watched my brother struggle with a substance abuse issue at a time when heroin and ecstasy abuse was rampant in Ireland.
Clients generally come to me because they are experiencing disruption to their lives due to their use of, or a loved ones use of, drugs and/or alcohol, significant anxiety and stress challenges or have suffered a trauma which is preventing them from living the life that they want to be able to live.
As a teenager I watched my brother struggle with a substance abuse issue at a time when heroin and ecstasy abuse was rampant in Ireland.
Clients generally come to me because they are experiencing disruption to their lives due to their use of, or a loved ones use of, drugs and/or alcohol, significant anxiety and stress challenges or have suffered a trauma which is preventing them from living the life that they want to be able to live.
(510) 588-5869 View (510) 588-5869
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Cameron Murphey
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94607
“The best things in life are on the other side of fear.” You or your teen struggle with anxiety, OCD, or trauma. You spend hours worrying and feeling anxious. You feel tense and you're in a ton of pain. You’ve tried all kinds of ways to get rid of the problem - relaxation, meditation, etc. - and nothing has worked. You’re confused, frustrated, and nearly hopeless. You don’t understand why this is happening, how to make it go away, or even what to do next.
“The best things in life are on the other side of fear.” You or your teen struggle with anxiety, OCD, or trauma. You spend hours worrying and feeling anxious. You feel tense and you're in a ton of pain. You’ve tried all kinds of ways to get rid of the problem - relaxation, meditation, etc. - and nothing has worked. You’re confused, frustrated, and nearly hopeless. You don’t understand why this is happening, how to make it go away, or even what to do next.
(510) 216-1751 View (510) 216-1751
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Tim Tisdell
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94618
My particular areas of focus include: individual child, adolescent and adult therapy, adoption, and working with LGBTQQIA2S youth, adults, and families.
I am well trained as a licensed Clinical Psychologist with more than 20 years of experience providing individual therapy to children, adolescents and adults. I strive to create a genuine relationship with my clients to allow for collaborative exploration of the areas in their lives that interfere with personal fulfillment. My approach also involves listening actively, building trust, being curious, providing empathy, and making direct comments to help my clients develop greater awareness about themselves and the patterns in their lives that cause emotional distress or relationship difficulties. This allows my clients to grow and to live more meaningful lives.
My particular areas of focus include: individual child, adolescent and adult therapy, adoption, and working with LGBTQQIA2S youth, adults, and families.
I am well trained as a licensed Clinical Psychologist with more than 20 years of experience providing individual therapy to children, adolescents and adults. I strive to create a genuine relationship with my clients to allow for collaborative exploration of the areas in their lives that interfere with personal fulfillment. My approach also involves listening actively, building trust, being curious, providing empathy, and making direct comments to help my clients develop greater awareness about themselves and the patterns in their lives that cause emotional distress or relationship difficulties. This allows my clients to grow and to live more meaningful lives.
(510) 358-4819 View (510) 358-4819
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Olayinka Rahman
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94601  (Online Only)
You don’t have to go through it alone, it is my passion to help you and/or your teen grow and learn ways to cope with and navigate life’s challenges effectively.
Do you find yourself currently struggling? Whether it be with anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, general life, or work stressors, therapy is a safe space to explore and develop skills to cope with life’s stressors and work toward personal goals.
You don’t have to go through it alone, it is my passion to help you and/or your teen grow and learn ways to cope with and navigate life’s challenges effectively.
Do you find yourself currently struggling? Whether it be with anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, general life, or work stressors, therapy is a safe space to explore and develop skills to cope with life’s stressors and work toward personal goals.
(510) 573-7714 View (510) 573-7714
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Renee K. Miller
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94602
My specialties include, depression, anxiety, PTSD, couples counseling, parenting and adolescent issues.
My experience includes 15 years of helping clients heal themselves and their relationships.The essence of my counseling approach is each person has access to health and well being regardless of what is currently being experienced. I help clients regain that innate health through deep listening and non-judgmental feedback. I work deeply with current thoughts, beliefs and feelings about one's self to uncover deep seated self-judgment that blocks happiness. Anxiety, depression and unhappiness transform into greater peace and understanding. In turn, self awareness is enhanced which leads to greater understanding, compassion and empathy for self and others.
My specialties include, depression, anxiety, PTSD, couples counseling, parenting and adolescent issues.
My experience includes 15 years of helping clients heal themselves and their relationships.The essence of my counseling approach is each person has access to health and well being regardless of what is currently being experienced. I help clients regain that innate health through deep listening and non-judgmental feedback. I work deeply with current thoughts, beliefs and feelings about one's self to uncover deep seated self-judgment that blocks happiness. Anxiety, depression and unhappiness transform into greater peace and understanding. In turn, self awareness is enhanced which leads to greater understanding, compassion and empathy for self and others.
(925) 695-7914 View (925) 695-7914
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Michael Y. Simon, LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94602
I've spent the last two decades in support of children, youth and families, with a special expertise in adolescents/adolescent development.
Therapy should not and cannot be "one size fits all." It should be rooted in a consistent, deep effort to understand who you are and what you need, in relation to the resources you have near you. Therapy should also be practical and offer some fairly immediate results, even though bigger change takes time. It's ultimately about collaboration, and the formation of a helpful relationship. Although I have 25 years of clinical experience to bring to our work, it is more important that you feel we have a good match as we enter this work together. I trust that after we talk, you'll know whether it seems like the right match.
I've spent the last two decades in support of children, youth and families, with a special expertise in adolescents/adolescent development.
Therapy should not and cannot be "one size fits all." It should be rooted in a consistent, deep effort to understand who you are and what you need, in relation to the resources you have near you. Therapy should also be practical and offer some fairly immediate results, even though bigger change takes time. It's ultimately about collaboration, and the formation of a helpful relationship. Although I have 25 years of clinical experience to bring to our work, it is more important that you feel we have a good match as we enter this work together. I trust that after we talk, you'll know whether it seems like the right match.
(510) 343-7369 View (510) 343-7369
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Hilary Combs
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94618
My clients are people struggling with a transition in their lives; initiating independence as a teenager or young adult, wrestling with a new gender or new role as a significant other / parent, newly dealing with depression, traumatic memories or substance abuse. My approach to psychotherapy is collaborative and interactive with the goal of creating a safe environment that will enable you to explore your thoughts and feelings related to present difficulties. I work with the idea of relieving one's immediate suffering with the longer term goal of how to better understand oneself and one's relationship to the world around you.
My clients are people struggling with a transition in their lives; initiating independence as a teenager or young adult, wrestling with a new gender or new role as a significant other / parent, newly dealing with depression, traumatic memories or substance abuse. My approach to psychotherapy is collaborative and interactive with the goal of creating a safe environment that will enable you to explore your thoughts and feelings related to present difficulties. I work with the idea of relieving one's immediate suffering with the longer term goal of how to better understand oneself and one's relationship to the world around you.
(347) 603-0916 View (347) 603-0916
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Ellen P Davis
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94601
Waitlist for new clients
Each person is unique, therefore so are their concerns. I approach therapy based on the individuality of each adult, teen, and child, and their personal needs. Assisting you in working though thought patterns and feelings that are causing you distress is my goal. Being the parent of a tween/teen, you might find yourself looking for answers to questions that allude you. Often there are issues you would like to have a better understanding of, or a way to process them. I will assist you in finding the tools needed for you or your child to live a less stressful and more fulfilling life.
Each person is unique, therefore so are their concerns. I approach therapy based on the individuality of each adult, teen, and child, and their personal needs. Assisting you in working though thought patterns and feelings that are causing you distress is my goal. Being the parent of a tween/teen, you might find yourself looking for answers to questions that allude you. Often there are issues you would like to have a better understanding of, or a way to process them. I will assist you in finding the tools needed for you or your child to live a less stressful and more fulfilling life.
(510) 683-5269 View (510) 683-5269
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Barb McClung
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94606
My expertise is in somatic therapy, family therapy, teen therapy, addiction/codependency recovery, communication and conflict resolution, DBT, harm reduction and mindfulness based practices.
Dear potential Client, Congratulations on making it this far! Choosing therapy is difficult and even more is taking steps to actually meet with a therapist. I have made this journey myself and found lots of reasons to procrastinate making "the call". If you choose to move forward and contact me, I am happy to consult with you about what you're looking for and how I can support you.
My expertise is in somatic therapy, family therapy, teen therapy, addiction/codependency recovery, communication and conflict resolution, DBT, harm reduction and mindfulness based practices.
Dear potential Client, Congratulations on making it this far! Choosing therapy is difficult and even more is taking steps to actually meet with a therapist. I have made this journey myself and found lots of reasons to procrastinate making "the call". If you choose to move forward and contact me, I am happy to consult with you about what you're looking for and how I can support you.
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Sami Qreini
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94601
Are you looking for help, guidance or support as a parent, adolescent, adult, or couple? Do you feel out of tune with your friends or family? Overwhelmed with demands? Or stuck in relational or behavioral patterns? Therapy can open you to new perspectives. As your therapist, I can help you widen your view, find your competence and reconnect with yourself, so you feel up to life’s challenges. I will be a curious and empathic listener and provide a secure, contained space to explore.
Are you looking for help, guidance or support as a parent, adolescent, adult, or couple? Do you feel out of tune with your friends or family? Overwhelmed with demands? Or stuck in relational or behavioral patterns? Therapy can open you to new perspectives. As your therapist, I can help you widen your view, find your competence and reconnect with yourself, so you feel up to life’s challenges. I will be a curious and empathic listener and provide a secure, contained space to explore.
(510) 996-5994 View (510) 996-5994
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Matthew Daube
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94611
I am truly glad that you are looking for support, as the strongest healing happens with the help of others. I approach my therapy work with this attitude of collaboration, whether you're an adult dealing with depression, an adolescent experiencing anxiety, or a couple in need of reaching shared understanding. We'll work on it together, with a mixture of open exploration and focused treatment. Whether the issues are big or small, for yourselves or your loved ones, I can help increase your sense of groundedness, connection, and the ability to live the life that suits you best.
I am truly glad that you are looking for support, as the strongest healing happens with the help of others. I approach my therapy work with this attitude of collaboration, whether you're an adult dealing with depression, an adolescent experiencing anxiety, or a couple in need of reaching shared understanding. We'll work on it together, with a mixture of open exploration and focused treatment. Whether the issues are big or small, for yourselves or your loved ones, I can help increase your sense of groundedness, connection, and the ability to live the life that suits you best.
(510) 216-1514 View (510) 216-1514
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Renea Lynn
Psychologist, PsyD, MA
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94610
I also love providing play/talk therapy for kids/teens & finding best parenting strategies for their kid's/teen's unique needs.
If you are looking for down to earth & collaborative therapy, I'd be happy to see how I can be of help. I'm dedicated to providing a therapeutic environment that is inclusive, welcoming, culturally humble, compassionate and thoughtful. In addition to treating depression, anxiety and trauma, I specialize in 1. Relational Trauma (when someone has been repeatedly hurt by a loved one, community, institution and/or society), 2. Religious Trauma (when theology, culture and/or religious leader/community has caused shame, fear and pain) and 3. Child/Adolescent Therapy (for ADHD, school refusal, social struggles, depression and anxiety).
I also love providing play/talk therapy for kids/teens & finding best parenting strategies for their kid's/teen's unique needs.
If you are looking for down to earth & collaborative therapy, I'd be happy to see how I can be of help. I'm dedicated to providing a therapeutic environment that is inclusive, welcoming, culturally humble, compassionate and thoughtful. In addition to treating depression, anxiety and trauma, I specialize in 1. Relational Trauma (when someone has been repeatedly hurt by a loved one, community, institution and/or society), 2. Religious Trauma (when theology, culture and/or religious leader/community has caused shame, fear and pain) and 3. Child/Adolescent Therapy (for ADHD, school refusal, social struggles, depression and anxiety).
(510) 454-8739 View (510) 454-8739
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Cheryl Feldman
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT, ATR-BC
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94611
Children and teens are more aware of their own internal states and the world around them than ever before, while the family unit takes on more stress. This combination can create anxiety, depression, acting out behaviors, confusion, and educational struggles for many. Through a strength-based perspective I focus on communication, relationships, boundaries, and self-care. I work with youth (and families) to explore their patterns of interactions with others and encourage self-awareness and growth in these areas. Developing a relationship with a child or teen takes time and care, both of which I have done for nearly twenty years.
Children and teens are more aware of their own internal states and the world around them than ever before, while the family unit takes on more stress. This combination can create anxiety, depression, acting out behaviors, confusion, and educational struggles for many. Through a strength-based perspective I focus on communication, relationships, boundaries, and self-care. I work with youth (and families) to explore their patterns of interactions with others and encourage self-awareness and growth in these areas. Developing a relationship with a child or teen takes time and care, both of which I have done for nearly twenty years.
(510) 256-7864 View (510) 256-7864
Teen Therapists

What does therapy for teenagers look like?

When a therapist works with a teenager, the pair will talk about what the teen is struggling with and explore solutions, which may involve interpersonal skills, coping strategies, medication, or lifestyle changes related to sleep, diet, and exercise. Different therapists employ different modalities, but most involve a combination of conversation and skill building.

How long does therapy for teenagers generally take to work?

There’s variability in teenagers’ experiences and challenges; some may begin to improve from therapy within a few weeks while others may take several months or longer. Teens can discuss their progress with their therapist periodically to assess how they’re improving and any changes to the treatment plan that could potentially accelerate that progress.

How do you encourage a teenager to go to therapy?

It’s helpful to express your concern and love while framing therapy as an opportunity to explore a tool that could help improve their life; just like they practice baseball or dance, now they can practice their emotional skills. Give your teen control over the process where you can—maybe by weighing in on choice of therapist and signaling that therapy involves confidentiality, so a parent need not know all that is discussed in sessions.

How do you prepare teens for therapy?

You can prepare your teenager for therapy by describing what the process will look like and setting expectations for timeline, if requested. You can explain that the first session may begin with an assessment phase, that they can describe their experiences but that the therapist will ask questions too, and that it may take time to feel comfortable opening up. Ask how they’re feeling about the process and answer any questions calmly and supportively.