Adoption Therapists in Oakland, CA

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Nathan Greene
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I am a bilingual (English and Spanish-speaking) licensed clinical psychologist who provides therapy and psychological assessment services to children, adolescents, adults and families. I support clients in fostering resilience and in building more meaningful, connected relationships. In therapy, I take a supportive, curious, non-judgemental stance. My clients struggle with issues related to depression, anxiety, loss, adoption , psychological trauma, childhood development, parenting, and everyday stressors.
(949) 577-6606
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Oakland, CA 94618
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Christopher Medina Brown
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, APCC
Verified
Verified
I work with teens, adults, couples and families while specializing in attachment ruptures, adoption related experiences, and athletic identity issues.
I carry a deep appreciation and sense of joy for walking side by side individuals and couples through their healing journey. Such a journey is far from linear and simple. Holding space for folx of all backgrounds and identities to delve into their complex stories is the focal point of the work done in session. I provide a warm, genuine, curious and compassionate space for folx to begin and or continue this healing journey. In solidarity, folx and I will build and nourish their own personal insight that will unburden them from their adversities.
(510) 737-7959
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Oakland, CA 94618
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Brandy Gadson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
), adoption /foster care issues, LGBTQ+ issues, and issues related to navigating the world as a person of color.
My practice is rooted in the belief that there is power in knowing and telling your own story. Who are you? Where did you come from? What's important to you? Let's work together to untangle your story, identify your strengths, goals, passions, and barriers; and make you the author of what comes next. I work with people who want to make positive changes, but feel paralyzed by stress, fear, indecision, or old habits. I can also help you learn concrete strategies for managing uncomfortable thoughts, emotions, transitions, health conditions or problematic relationships.
(510) 901-3757
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Oakland, CA 94602
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Esther Ehrensaft
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
I am also specialized in the area of adoption , for adult adoptees as well as children.
Most people seek out a psychologist when they have truly done their best to resolve their difficulties on their own. When you can't see your own emotional blind spots, feeling stuck and distressed can ripple through many areas of your life. Perhaps this is your first time seeking out a therapist, or perhaps you are returning to psychotherapy for a fresh perspective. As a psychologist with over 17 years of experience, I have a seasoned understanding of what leads people to hit roadblocks in their lives, in areas including work, school, marriage, parenting, family, and intimate relationships.
(415) 578-7673
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Oakland, CA 94618
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Nina Anderson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I have designed a practice that recognizes diverse paths to family. Because I believe each journey is unique. I respect what you have experienced and will help you discover and reach​ your goals. This mindful approach allows me to bring an open mind and heart to each situation. I offer Counseling, Education and Consultation services in the area of Family Formation, specializing in the area of Adoption . I provide counseling to pre-adoptive and adoptive parents, expectant/birth parents, and adoptees, covering an array of topics.
(415) 993-6226
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Oakland, CA 94601
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Patrick D. Chrisman
Psychologist, BA, MA, PsyD
Verified
5 Endorsed
Verified
5 Endorsed
Areas I specialize in: Anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, parenting support, family relationships and communication, trauma/abuse, loss/grief, attachment, interpersonal difficulties, adoption and divorce and self-growth.
I believe that understanding and compassion are vital for building trust, mutual respect, and openness, all of which are essential in forming a therapeutic relationship that can encourage change. My style in therapy is a mix of person-centered, solution-focused, cognitive-behavioral, and psychodynamic theories. With children I utilize a variety of expressive therapies including play, art, narrative, sand tray and bibliotherapy. In working with children, adolescents and adults, I use a cognitive behavioral therapeutic approach.
(415) 570-8936
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Oakland, CA 94611
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Laura S. Anderson
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
Specialized areas of interest include: supporting those in the adoption triad; transracial adoption ; issues related to gender identity/expression; "third culture" children and families; women's health; diagnosing autism spectrum disorders; and parenting support in general.
Are you hoping to have more energy? Would you like to be a calmer parent or partner? Are you hoping for stronger or smoother relationships with important people in your life? Do you worry about how your child is doing in school, or how they feel about themselves as a learner? I provide detailed assessments, and individual, group and family therapy to help kids, families and adults build on their strengths. Together we will figure out how to help you, and/or your children, feel better, function better, and live a life with less friction and more fulfillment.
(808) 445-6369
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Oakland, CA 94610
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Laura Frame
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PhD
Verified
Verified
I specialize in relationship difficulties, developmental concerns and life transitions, parenting, adoption , foster and kinship care, trauma, attachment-related challenges and disruptions, as well as emotional difficulties such as anxiety and depression.
Growth, change and transformation happen in the context of crucial relationships in our lives. We also experience pain, loss, absence, fear, shame, and more within those relationships – as children and as adults. Our life experiences, intertwined with our cultural background and unique neurobiology, lead us to become who we are, but may not lead us to become who we want to be. Psychotherapy offers an opportunity to create lives and relationships that are more satisfying and in which we feel more alive.
(510) 399-2147
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Oakland, CA 94607
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Adriana N Taranta
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW
Verified
Verified
Are you concerned about your child’s behavior? Are you struggling to understand what is happening for your child? Are you finding parenting overwhelming? I work with children and parents to help them make meaning of life’s challenges and work with children and parents, both individually and together. I bring more than twenty years of experience providing therapy, consultation, and assessments with children and their families to my clinical practice. I have experience working with children and families around many issues including, loss, attachment, adoption , anxiety, depression, atypical development, learning differences and trauma.
(510) 661-3529
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Oakland, CA 94610
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Sarah McCartney
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Are you a lesbian couple in the process of deciding to become parents? Are you an individual seeking support while you and your partner are thinking about beginning a family? There are unique decisions that you may be currently facing such as, pregnancy or adoption , which partner will become pregnant, and how will both partners feel involved as parents. It is important for you to have a safe space to explore these questions. There are feelings that accompany the decisions that you are making, and partners may feel differently. This sometimes challenges the connection between you.
(510) 246-3475
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Oakland, CA 94611
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Tim Tisdell
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
6 Endorsed
Verified
6 Endorsed
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
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Oakland, CA 94618
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Kathryn Orfirer
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
I specialize in transition to parenthood, pregnancy loss, building family (straight and LGBTQ), adoption , foster and kinship parenting, perinatal mood disorders, attachment challenges and disruptions, developmental and life transitions, parent child relationships at all ages, children's school problems, behavioral issues, ADHD, depression, and anxiety.
A clinical and developmental psychologist with over 30 years experience, I work with adults, parents and children from birth through adolescence. Development is a continual balance of equilibrium and disequilibrium; a lifelong process as our bodies, brains, relationships and societal expectations change. While the challenges along the way bring the discomfort of vulnerability and negative emotions, they also create opportunity for growth and change. From infancy on, we all have an inner vitality into which therapy can allow us to tap. Therapy provides a safe protected space that nurtures exploration, reflection, growth and change.
(510) 692-9736
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Oakland, CA 94610
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Not accepting new clients
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Westley Rutter
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I view therapy as a collaborative relationship, seeking to form a partnership to explore your struggles, moving towards growth and healing. I am experienced in working with anxiety, depression, substance issues, grief/loss, relationship difficulties, trauma, oppression, chronic medical conditions, sexuality, eating disorders, and adoption issues. In addition to individual therapy, I work with couples, and relationships of all configurations.
(415) 737-6154
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Oakland, CA 94610
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Dr. Meghan Tunson
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
My specialties include: *Trauma * Adoption *Anxiety *Depression *Parenting *Learning Disorders *Relationship issues *ADHD *Autism spectrum disorder *Sensory Processing Disorder *Psychological Assessments.
People are often hesitant to try therapy because they feel it won't work or believe they should be able to handle difficult things on their own. If you're willing to try personal trainers, babysitters, house cleaners, and other services to better your life, doesn't your emotional happiness or the happiness of your family deserve the same focus? I believe that it absolutely does.
(510) 269-2639
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Oakland, CA 94612
Not accepting new clients
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Ricka L. White-Soso
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, BIP, CEAT
Verified
Verified
Living well - mind, body & spirit - is the goal many strive for daily. However, sometimes life throws you a curve ball and you find it hard to keep all the balls of life going. Working as a professional Social Worker for many years in hospitals and various other settings has afforded me the opportunity to have extensive experiences with clients that have had multiple needs. My specialties include: general life adjustments, crisis intervention, grief and loss, substance abuse, trauma, mild to chronic medical conditions and illnesses, interpersonal violence (Domestic Violence, Abuse and Sexual Assault), community violence, re-entry and adoption /foster care issues.
(510) 221-6652
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Oakland, CA 94612
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Karisa L Barrow
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
Specialties: Gender and Sexuality, Foster Care/ Adoption , Parenting Work & Trauma Areas of Focus: Adjustment, Depression & Anxiety, Children with Developmental, Emotional & Behavioral Difficulties, Parenting Consultation & Collaboration, Trauma, Loss, Dying & Bereavement.
I strive to create an authentic connection with my clients so we can develop an effective partnership in which healing, trying on new ways of thinking, and exploring change can happen safely. I believe that the foundation of mutual trust, empathy, and curiosity that I create with my clients will help them build meaningful relationships with others, mend old wounds, and learn more about themselves and how they contribute to their struggles. Helping my clients see themselves through a new lens will help them achieve the growth and fulfillment they want in their lives. Please don't hesitate to call for help.
(510) 962-9394
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Oakland, CA 94611
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Jan S. Cehn, LCSW,BCD
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, BCD
Verified
Verified
I am also very experienced in adoption issues, both personally and professionally.
I am an experienced therapist who has been working with teens, individuals, couples and families for over 30 years. I see therapy as a partnership: you enter this process with your particular issues and uniqueness and together, through building trust, being curious, and using specialized techniques, you progress. My approach is based on my client's personal history and their needs and, in general, I am quite interactive. I provide short-term as well as long-term treatment.
(415) 889-8965
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Oakland, CA 94610
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Caitlin Finnell
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified
7 Endorsed
Verified
7 Endorsed
Gender related issues, family therapy, children and youth, trauma, anxiety, depression, self esteem, ADD, emotional distress from learning and physical disabilities, adoption and foster youth, and self care.
While I work with a diversity of people, I specialize in working with LGBTQ individuals, couples and youth. As a Marriage and Family psychotherapist, I seek to help my clients find their way through the hardships that life can bring. I believe in the healing power of the therapeutic relationship as well as each individual having the power to heal themselves. I believe in a strength based, solution focused approach to therapy and work with my clients to not only overcome their current circumstances but to also develop tools and strategies that they can use moving forward in their lives.
(415) 630-6595
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Oakland, CA 94606
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Laura Rainville
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I treat a wide array of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, behavioral issues, relational problems, family conflict, educational problems, divorce, foster care, adoption , gender identity, attachment problems, grief, and more.
I enjoy working with children and adults to help them find grounded ways of being with and moving through the struggles they face. I believe that strong relationships, with the self, the body, and with others, are central to a healthy lifestyle. Painful life experiences, transitions, trauma, anxiety, and depression are opportunities for growth, and helping people move through these challenges is incredibly rewarding. I love working with people of diverse sociocultural backgrounds and exploring how culture shapes experience. A deep understanding of development allows me to connect with people of all ages and help them move through difficult stages.
(510) 900-5537
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Oakland, CA 94619
Louise Evette Robinson
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified
Verified
I work with individuals, couples, and families, on facilitating communication, conflict resolution, and often healing old wounds from childhood that cause difficulties in present relationships. I also work with children and their families on parenting issues. I work with couples having infertility issues and adoption .
(415) 787-2991
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Oakland, CA 94601
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Adoption Therapists
In recent years, psychologists have begun to investigate how adopted children and their adoptive families navigate their lives together. In an attempt to help children who have been adopted adjust and thrive in a new home, and to understand why problems may arise, studies look at the genetic as well as both prenatal and postnatal environmental influences on the development of children who have been adopted.