Geriatric and Seniors Therapists in Oakland, CA

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Annie Brashem
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94618
cancer, stroke, ALS, Parkinsons, dementia, MS, MD, heart or lung disease, injury) as well as with loved ones.
Coping with illness, injury, disability, or medical trauma is one of life’s most difficult challenges. It forever affects how we view ourselves, our bodies, our relationships, and how our lives were “supposed” to go. These experiences are also impacted by everything else we have been through in our lives. Each of us will inevitably experience being a care-giver or a care-recipient, and specialized therapeutic support can help you navigate the specific difficulties that illness or any health issues present. At any age, stage, or severity of illness or injury, cultivating resilience is possible. You aren't alone.
cancer, stroke, ALS, Parkinsons, dementia, MS, MD, heart or lung disease, injury) as well as with loved ones.
Coping with illness, injury, disability, or medical trauma is one of life’s most difficult challenges. It forever affects how we view ourselves, our bodies, our relationships, and how our lives were “supposed” to go. These experiences are also impacted by everything else we have been through in our lives. Each of us will inevitably experience being a care-giver or a care-recipient, and specialized therapeutic support can help you navigate the specific difficulties that illness or any health issues present. At any age, stage, or severity of illness or injury, cultivating resilience is possible. You aren't alone.
(510) 330-1142 View (510) 330-1142
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EMDR Psychotherapy and Geriatric Mental Health
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94611  (Online Only)
I have years of experience helping challenging individuals from middle age to elderly.
Are you bothered by an upsetting event (s) that you cannot get out of your mind? Do you know something is holding you back, perhaps from your past, but you can't seem to shake it? Have you tried traditional talk therapy, but your past still has a grip on you? Exciting breakthroughs have been advanced in our understanding of how our brains mange memories. The latest research shows that non-traditional therapies like EMDR, can more quickly & deeply help us heal and recover from traumatic events and live more satisfying lives.
I have years of experience helping challenging individuals from middle age to elderly.
Are you bothered by an upsetting event (s) that you cannot get out of your mind? Do you know something is holding you back, perhaps from your past, but you can't seem to shake it? Have you tried traditional talk therapy, but your past still has a grip on you? Exciting breakthroughs have been advanced in our understanding of how our brains mange memories. The latest research shows that non-traditional therapies like EMDR, can more quickly & deeply help us heal and recover from traumatic events and live more satisfying lives.
(510) 545-9572 View (510) 545-9572
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Andreea Simon
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94602
My background includes in-depth work with both an aging population (subspecialty in serving clients and families coming to terms with dementia) and elementary- and high-school age children and their families.
Choosing a therapist and beginning therapy isn't easy. The first step is recognizing the feeling that you don't want to be alone in working on your challenges. My commitment is to help you find out whether I might be a good match as your therapist, and to be your guide in the process of getting support. I work particularly well with anyone who is negotiating difficult life cycle transitions--from challenges of beginning school, moving or dealing with loss to the strains of adolescence, marriage or divorce or the demands of aging and caring for aging parents.
My background includes in-depth work with both an aging population (subspecialty in serving clients and families coming to terms with dementia) and elementary- and high-school age children and their families.
Choosing a therapist and beginning therapy isn't easy. The first step is recognizing the feeling that you don't want to be alone in working on your challenges. My commitment is to help you find out whether I might be a good match as your therapist, and to be your guide in the process of getting support. I work particularly well with anyone who is negotiating difficult life cycle transitions--from challenges of beginning school, moving or dealing with loss to the strains of adolescence, marriage or divorce or the demands of aging and caring for aging parents.
(510) 746-8126 View (510) 746-8126
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Melissa K Bowman
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94606  (Online Only)
My specializations include: working with older adults through life transitions, grief counseling, treatment-resistant depression, individuals with disabilities and/or chronic pain, and trauma.
I love what I do! I have the pleasure of working with clients from five to 105-years-old! Having the opportunity to work with an expansive age range has taught me that at any age: we want to be loved and we want to love, we want to belong, we want to have purpose, we want to experience joy, and we don't want pain. My goal as a therapist, is to help my clients find ways to reduce, restructure, and remove obstacles that cause pain; while building on our individual resources to promote health, happiness and well-being.
My specializations include: working with older adults through life transitions, grief counseling, treatment-resistant depression, individuals with disabilities and/or chronic pain, and trauma.
I love what I do! I have the pleasure of working with clients from five to 105-years-old! Having the opportunity to work with an expansive age range has taught me that at any age: we want to be loved and we want to love, we want to belong, we want to have purpose, we want to experience joy, and we don't want pain. My goal as a therapist, is to help my clients find ways to reduce, restructure, and remove obstacles that cause pain; while building on our individual resources to promote health, happiness and well-being.
(510) 849-6789 View (510) 849-6789
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Genica Robbins
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94601
Waitlist for new clients
I have a great deal of experience working with severe mental illness, addiction, personality disorders and older adults, and can help you if you just feel you want someone understanding.
Making changes is challenging, but together we can work to find ways to make it more possible. If you are wanting to discover why you do what you do and why you choose the people to do it with that you do, we may work well together. I am very warm and empathic, and enjoy working with you to address the problems that you want to change without judgment.
I have a great deal of experience working with severe mental illness, addiction, personality disorders and older adults, and can help you if you just feel you want someone understanding.
Making changes is challenging, but together we can work to find ways to make it more possible. If you are wanting to discover why you do what you do and why you choose the people to do it with that you do, we may work well together. I am very warm and empathic, and enjoy working with you to address the problems that you want to change without judgment.
(510) 746-8097 View (510) 746-8097
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Natasha Belfor
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94601
-Seniors worried about cognitive decline, difficulties driving, diagnosed with a neuro degenerative condition (FrontoTemporal Dementia, Alzheimers, Lewy Body Disease) -Babyboomers worried about losing memory, inability to concentrate, problems making decisions, cognitive decline -Professionals dealing with social, personal, professional stressors and anxiety.
I'm a scientist and a clinician. I believe in evidence-based treatments supported by extensive clinical research at the best medical institutions in the world. My methods have been evaluated and used by scientists and clinicians at the Mayo Clinic, USC, UCSF, Yale, Stanford, Harvard University Center for Brain Science, Johns Hopkins, University of Haifa, MIT, Cambridge, Hebrew University etc
-Seniors worried about cognitive decline, difficulties driving, diagnosed with a neuro degenerative condition (FrontoTemporal Dementia, Alzheimers, Lewy Body Disease) -Babyboomers worried about losing memory, inability to concentrate, problems making decisions, cognitive decline -Professionals dealing with social, personal, professional stressors and anxiety.
I'm a scientist and a clinician. I believe in evidence-based treatments supported by extensive clinical research at the best medical institutions in the world. My methods have been evaluated and used by scientists and clinicians at the Mayo Clinic, USC, UCSF, Yale, Stanford, Harvard University Center for Brain Science, Johns Hopkins, University of Haifa, MIT, Cambridge, Hebrew University etc
(415) 889-8545 View (415) 889-8545
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Cate Corcoran
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94618
Not accepting new clients
I work with adults (18 to elderly) to address issues including transitions, grief, health challenges, relationship struggles, difficulty connecting with others, low self-image, and dissatisfaction with life, work and love.
PLEASE NOTE MY PRACTICE IS FULL AS OF 7/1/2024 As a fully licensed Psy.D. Clinical Psychologist, I bring years of experience to the private practice of psychotherapy. Together with you, I help discover patterns, assumptions, conflicts, and internal limitations that are holding you back from a greater sense of happiness, confidence, connection, self-understanding and future direction. My approach is tailored to your specific needs, and I treat root causes, not just symptoms. I work with couples to help move past stuck patterns, while deepening communication and connection.
I work with adults (18 to elderly) to address issues including transitions, grief, health challenges, relationship struggles, difficulty connecting with others, low self-image, and dissatisfaction with life, work and love.
PLEASE NOTE MY PRACTICE IS FULL AS OF 7/1/2024 As a fully licensed Psy.D. Clinical Psychologist, I bring years of experience to the private practice of psychotherapy. Together with you, I help discover patterns, assumptions, conflicts, and internal limitations that are holding you back from a greater sense of happiness, confidence, connection, self-understanding and future direction. My approach is tailored to your specific needs, and I treat root causes, not just symptoms. I work with couples to help move past stuck patterns, while deepening communication and connection.
(415) 237-4366 View (415) 237-4366
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Adam Rochmes
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94618
I also counsel persons diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment, dementia, and their family members and lead groups for caregivers, care receivers, and couples.
I am a clinical psychologist practicing in Berkeley, California. I specialize in adult counseling and psychotherapy, working collaboratively to guide clients in achieving greater psychological freedom and self-mastery through mindfulness and understanding. I earned degrees from Harvard and UC Berkeley & have practiced for over 45 years.
I also counsel persons diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment, dementia, and their family members and lead groups for caregivers, care receivers, and couples.
I am a clinical psychologist practicing in Berkeley, California. I specialize in adult counseling and psychotherapy, working collaboratively to guide clients in achieving greater psychological freedom and self-mastery through mindfulness and understanding. I earned degrees from Harvard and UC Berkeley & have practiced for over 45 years.
(510) 671-8119 View (510) 671-8119
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Erin McQueen
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94618
I specialize in working with older adults, those navigating chronic and/or terminal illness, life transitions, and grief/loss.
In the face of life's challenges, it is natural to feel isolated and overwhelmed. In such moments, the act of seeking support, while especially daunting, is profoundly courageous. I believe in your inherent capacity to choose, and thereby choose courageously a life aligned with your innermost needs and desires. With a collaborative style that is both warm and direct, I strive to provide a safe environment for you to explore the depths of your experience, identify unconscious patterns of thinking, feeling, and relating that may run counter to your goals, and empower your own inner knowing.
I specialize in working with older adults, those navigating chronic and/or terminal illness, life transitions, and grief/loss.
In the face of life's challenges, it is natural to feel isolated and overwhelmed. In such moments, the act of seeking support, while especially daunting, is profoundly courageous. I believe in your inherent capacity to choose, and thereby choose courageously a life aligned with your innermost needs and desires. With a collaborative style that is both warm and direct, I strive to provide a safe environment for you to explore the depths of your experience, identify unconscious patterns of thinking, feeling, and relating that may run counter to your goals, and empower your own inner knowing.
(341) 888-6557 View (341) 888-6557
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Suzan Bollich, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94618
My psychotherapy practice is specialized in working with Adults, Older Adults, Couples, and Families who are seeking psychological help with Old/New trauma, Grief/Bereavement/Loss, living with Cancer, living with a Movement disorder (e.g., Parkinson disease), living with a Dementia (e.g., Alzheimer's disease), Aging, and Confronting End-of-Life. If you seek to confront the myriad concerns related to living with any of the above challenging situations, I will do that with you by exploring your particular situation and its inherent concerns. Concerns might include fear, anxiety, difficult decision-making, depression and despair.
My psychotherapy practice is specialized in working with Adults, Older Adults, Couples, and Families who are seeking psychological help with Old/New trauma, Grief/Bereavement/Loss, living with Cancer, living with a Movement disorder (e.g., Parkinson disease), living with a Dementia (e.g., Alzheimer's disease), Aging, and Confronting End-of-Life. If you seek to confront the myriad concerns related to living with any of the above challenging situations, I will do that with you by exploring your particular situation and its inherent concerns. Concerns might include fear, anxiety, difficult decision-making, depression and despair.
(510) 459-3985 View (510) 459-3985
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Cathy Swift Nagel
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94609  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2001, I am deeply committed to supporting the well-being of each client, providing culturally competent services and helping clients improve their quality of life.  I see older and disabled adults, often dealing with chronic illness or a new diagnosis.  I have an extensive history working in medical settings and am also available to assist caregivers with navigating the health care system. I believe that positive change is possible at any age and at any juncture in a person's life.  I believe you can have a more fulfilling life, and that I can help you.
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2001, I am deeply committed to supporting the well-being of each client, providing culturally competent services and helping clients improve their quality of life.  I see older and disabled adults, often dealing with chronic illness or a new diagnosis.  I have an extensive history working in medical settings and am also available to assist caregivers with navigating the health care system. I believe that positive change is possible at any age and at any juncture in a person's life.  I believe you can have a more fulfilling life, and that I can help you.
(415) 715-1807 View (415) 715-1807
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Daniel Matthieu Cohen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94602
I specialize in working with teens, adults, and older adults who cope with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, mental illness, and major life events.
I specialize in an integrative therapeutic approach that combines CBT, Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Psychodynamic Theory. This blend is designed to help you uncover and align with your deepest values, improve self-confidence, reduce stress and suffering, and to find more richness and meaning in your life. I'm here to be in your corner, as an ally and as a guide. Additionally, as a powerful supplement for adults, I am partnered with Journey Clinical to offer legal, safe Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy that can be experienced in the comfort of my office or your home.
I specialize in working with teens, adults, and older adults who cope with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, mental illness, and major life events.
I specialize in an integrative therapeutic approach that combines CBT, Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Psychodynamic Theory. This blend is designed to help you uncover and align with your deepest values, improve self-confidence, reduce stress and suffering, and to find more richness and meaning in your life. I'm here to be in your corner, as an ally and as a guide. Additionally, as a powerful supplement for adults, I am partnered with Journey Clinical to offer legal, safe Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy that can be experienced in the comfort of my office or your home.
(510) 395-8582 View (510) 395-8582
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Leigh Lyndon
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94618
Not accepting new clients
I welcome individual adults, couples and older adolescents to my practice.
Life moves so quickly these days, it's hard to take the time to really think about who we are and how we are living. Often, it takes years of patterns that are hurtful or self-destructive to wonder why we aren't feeling happy or fulfilled. Psychotherapy can provide the time and space to really understand and experience ourselves in a new way. I will listen with curiosity and warmth and will collaborate with you to help effect positive change in your life and relationships.
I welcome individual adults, couples and older adolescents to my practice.
Life moves so quickly these days, it's hard to take the time to really think about who we are and how we are living. Often, it takes years of patterns that are hurtful or self-destructive to wonder why we aren't feeling happy or fulfilled. Psychotherapy can provide the time and space to really understand and experience ourselves in a new way. I will listen with curiosity and warmth and will collaborate with you to help effect positive change in your life and relationships.
(510) 254-3504 View (510) 254-3504
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Anne E Gimbel
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94618  (Online Only)
My clientele consists of individuals, couples, adolescents, and seniors seeking help with stress, anxiety, depression, family issues, LGBT issues, trauma and aging.
Life used to be easier! Perhaps you feel stuck in your relationships and you are not getting along with the people you see daily. Issues in life can be overwhelming and full of challenges. I begin by meeting you at your place of growth or healing, and whether trauma, abuse, grieving, recovery or life issues, we work together to overcome them. There is hope. Let me help you reach the goals and connections you deserve. With sensitivity and compassion, we work to determine what might be blocking your full potential and your feelings.
My clientele consists of individuals, couples, adolescents, and seniors seeking help with stress, anxiety, depression, family issues, LGBT issues, trauma and aging.
Life used to be easier! Perhaps you feel stuck in your relationships and you are not getting along with the people you see daily. Issues in life can be overwhelming and full of challenges. I begin by meeting you at your place of growth or healing, and whether trauma, abuse, grieving, recovery or life issues, we work together to overcome them. There is hope. Let me help you reach the goals and connections you deserve. With sensitivity and compassion, we work to determine what might be blocking your full potential and your feelings.
(760) 561-5421 View (760) 561-5421
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Jean Milam
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94602
I work with adults and older adults, experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, and transitions.
I provide a safe, warm, non-judgmental space where every part of you is welcome, the parts you know and like and those parts that you may keep hidden. Asking for help is not easy. You may have been taught that you should be able to handle difficulty by yourself, but, in fact, seeking support is the most courageous step you can take toward your own healing and emotional well-being. You don't have to experience sadness, anxiety, trauma, anger, or loss on your own.
I work with adults and older adults, experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, and transitions.
I provide a safe, warm, non-judgmental space where every part of you is welcome, the parts you know and like and those parts that you may keep hidden. Asking for help is not easy. You may have been taught that you should be able to handle difficulty by yourself, but, in fact, seeking support is the most courageous step you can take toward your own healing and emotional well-being. You don't have to experience sadness, anxiety, trauma, anger, or loss on your own.
(510) 257-9386 View (510) 257-9386
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Gabriela Luciana Ruiz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94605  (Online Only)
My experience includes working with people with disabilities, seniors and couples.
Life transitions can be overwhelming experiences and even though it takes some time to adjust to changes in our lives, it is good to reach out to professionals that can help you. My focus is on cognitive behavioral therapy and complicated grief therapy. Sadness over a loss is normal and everyone takes a different and unique path to navigate grief. We try to cope with the world’s challenges based on the values and strengths we built during childhood, but there are ways to rekindle our creativity and joy as adults to re imagine a new way to live.
My experience includes working with people with disabilities, seniors and couples.
Life transitions can be overwhelming experiences and even though it takes some time to adjust to changes in our lives, it is good to reach out to professionals that can help you. My focus is on cognitive behavioral therapy and complicated grief therapy. Sadness over a loss is normal and everyone takes a different and unique path to navigate grief. We try to cope with the world’s challenges based on the values and strengths we built during childhood, but there are ways to rekindle our creativity and joy as adults to re imagine a new way to live.
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Bret Fimiani
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94618
, educational, career and relationship choices) and I also have extensive experience with more mature and older adults facing the various challenges of later life.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist working in Oakland, CA in a private practice setting. I have 12+ years of clinical experience working with adults in short and long-term psychotherapy with a range of issues including depression, work related stress, anxiety, relationship issues, substance abuse/dependence issues, issues related to sexuality and sexual orientation, and emotional issues related to the challenge of adapting to chronic medical problems.
, educational, career and relationship choices) and I also have extensive experience with more mature and older adults facing the various challenges of later life.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist working in Oakland, CA in a private practice setting. I have 12+ years of clinical experience working with adults in short and long-term psychotherapy with a range of issues including depression, work related stress, anxiety, relationship issues, substance abuse/dependence issues, issues related to sexuality and sexual orientation, and emotional issues related to the challenge of adapting to chronic medical problems.
(510) 746-8676 View (510) 746-8676
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Jan Chess
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, MFT
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94610
I am experienced in couples therapy and enjoy work with older adults.
Are you struggling with how childhood experiences, losses or trauma continues to influence your life? Are you discouraged at repeating difficult situations or find it hard to get out from under depression or anxiety? I'm glad to see how we can put our minds together to understand your dilemmas and see things differently. Change is possible no matter what your age or your life circumstances when you feel seen, accepted and appreciated for who you are and where you've been.
I am experienced in couples therapy and enjoy work with older adults.
Are you struggling with how childhood experiences, losses or trauma continues to influence your life? Are you discouraged at repeating difficult situations or find it hard to get out from under depression or anxiety? I'm glad to see how we can put our minds together to understand your dilemmas and see things differently. Change is possible no matter what your age or your life circumstances when you feel seen, accepted and appreciated for who you are and where you've been.
(530) 645-3796 View (530) 645-3796
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Mollie Lyddane
Psychologist, PsyD, MA
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94601  (Online Only)
I practice individual psychotherapy with individuals 21 and older.
I practice a variety of different therapeutic styles designed to best address your own particular needs. Genuineness, empathy, and warmth serve as foundational elements of my way of relating. I place emphasis on facilitating an environment where you can feel safe to investigate life experiences in greater depth, identify and question deeply held beliefs that have been influencing your life, connect to and express emotions and bodily sensations as they arise in the context of our discovery process, and ultimately move towards developing a greater sense of strength, wholeness, and openness within yourself as you move forward.
I practice individual psychotherapy with individuals 21 and older.
I practice a variety of different therapeutic styles designed to best address your own particular needs. Genuineness, empathy, and warmth serve as foundational elements of my way of relating. I place emphasis on facilitating an environment where you can feel safe to investigate life experiences in greater depth, identify and question deeply held beliefs that have been influencing your life, connect to and express emotions and bodily sensations as they arise in the context of our discovery process, and ultimately move towards developing a greater sense of strength, wholeness, and openness within yourself as you move forward.
(213) 340-0847 View (213) 340-0847
Rose F Sneed
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94611
Not accepting new clients
My services are best suited for adults and older adolescents.
Going into psychotherapy or coaching should be like putting the finishing touches on your life. My goal in working with clients is to assist them in discovering their strengths so they can use them to create the life they most desire. I believe clients move towards growth when time is right. Most clients enter therapy or coaching when they have reached a critical life transition. In our work, we will explore how your thoughts, behaviors, and emotions are all connected. As a result of our meetings, you will gain tools to feel better, more confident, and satisfied with your life.
My services are best suited for adults and older adolescents.
Going into psychotherapy or coaching should be like putting the finishing touches on your life. My goal in working with clients is to assist them in discovering their strengths so they can use them to create the life they most desire. I believe clients move towards growth when time is right. Most clients enter therapy or coaching when they have reached a critical life transition. In our work, we will explore how your thoughts, behaviors, and emotions are all connected. As a result of our meetings, you will gain tools to feel better, more confident, and satisfied with your life.
(510) 953-5726 View (510) 953-5726
Geriatric and Seniors Therapists

Is one ever too old for mental health therapy?

Individuals of all ages can benefit from mental health therapy. Indeed, older adults in particular may benefit from the social and psychological support a therapist can provide; the topics that older adults address in therapy may simply differ from those of younger clients. Seniors should seek out a therapist who has experience working with older individuals and who is well-versed in addressing common concerns among elderly individuals, such as depression, anxiety, loneliness, dementia, and physical mobility challenges.

How can geriatric therapy improve the quality of life of aging individuals?

Therapy for aging adults can greatly improve quality of life by providing an opportunity for them to process difficult emotions related to end-of-life, navigate relational or caregiver challenges, and develop coping skills for common mental health conditions, like anxiety or depression. Subsequent reductions in negative emotions and mental health disorder symptoms can make day-to-day living much more manageable for aging adults and those that care for them. The ongoing relationship with a trusted therapist can also help seniors combat loneliness and provide a sense of structure for their routine.

How is counseling for elderly different from counseling for other age groups?

Many aspects of geriatric counseling are similar to counseling in younger age groups; in general, counseling offers an opportunity for clients to process difficult life events and develop coping skills they can use outside of the therapy session. However, therapists who specialize in working with elderly clients may place a special emphasis on specific topics, such as caregiver relationships and reducing loneliness. They may be specially equipped to deal with certain physical conditions or facilitate discussion surrounding end-of-life topics. Counseling for the elderly may also place a greater emphasis on social work-type topics to ensure that geriatric clients have access to necessary resources, such as food, a safe home environment, and healthcare.

Can geriatric counseling help people who suffer from dementia?

Counseling can be highly effective for aging adults with dementia. While some therapists specializing in dementia may work with clients solely on topics surrounding memory loss, they can also assist clients with conditions that may co-occur at old age, such as anxiety or depression. Counselors specializing in working with older adults can also offer an objective assessment of a client’s functioning or disease progression to caregivers, and they may be particularly knowledgeable about community resources that may benefit dementia clients and their families. Therapists specializing in dementia may also be trained in specialized forms of therapy for memory-loss|memory loss, such as Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST)—which can help mentally stimulate dementia clients to preserve cognitive functioning.