Female Therapists in Oakland, CA

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Brittany N Allinger
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94610
I will accepting new clients as of January 2024- This is your journey, I am here to help you find your own way through it. With a dedication to putting your voice first, I will work with you to determine what healing looks like for you. Whether you’re struggling with anxiety, healing from trauma, coping with depression, or simply seeking to build your support network as you navigate the challenges of life, I am dedicated to working with you to shine from the inside out. As a queer therapist, I bring lived experience to my work with the LGBTQIA+ community.
I will accepting new clients as of January 2024- This is your journey, I am here to help you find your own way through it. With a dedication to putting your voice first, I will work with you to determine what healing looks like for you. Whether you’re struggling with anxiety, healing from trauma, coping with depression, or simply seeking to build your support network as you navigate the challenges of life, I am dedicated to working with you to shine from the inside out. As a queer therapist, I bring lived experience to my work with the LGBTQIA+ community.
(510) 395-8385 View (510) 395-8385
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Areeza Ali
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94609  (Online Only)
Despite your successes, you feel unhappy, worried, overwhelmed, lonely and unfulfilled in your life. You may be seeking more satisfying relationships with family, friends and intimate partners. Perhaps your life is being touched by major changes and this time, you aren’t able to hold all the pieces by yourself. Or perhaps you need support with addressing the complexities and emotional strain associated with being a child of immigrant parents or navigating the world as a person of color. You may have found short-term strategies helpful in the past but are looking for more long term change and satisfaction.
Despite your successes, you feel unhappy, worried, overwhelmed, lonely and unfulfilled in your life. You may be seeking more satisfying relationships with family, friends and intimate partners. Perhaps your life is being touched by major changes and this time, you aren’t able to hold all the pieces by yourself. Or perhaps you need support with addressing the complexities and emotional strain associated with being a child of immigrant parents or navigating the world as a person of color. You may have found short-term strategies helpful in the past but are looking for more long term change and satisfaction.
(510) 662-0908 View (510) 662-0908
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Sita G Patel
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94610  (Online Only)
I have been a licensed clinical psychologist in California since 2010. Using an authentic and direct approach, I treat a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, interpersonal and family challenges, and trauma. I work collaboratively with clients to develop collaborative therapy goals, track progress, build ongoing coping skills, and deepen emotional insight. In sessions, my approach is client-centered, warm, and culturally-sensitive.
I have been a licensed clinical psychologist in California since 2010. Using an authentic and direct approach, I treat a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, interpersonal and family challenges, and trauma. I work collaboratively with clients to develop collaborative therapy goals, track progress, build ongoing coping skills, and deepen emotional insight. In sessions, my approach is client-centered, warm, and culturally-sensitive.
(510) 288-5165 View (510) 288-5165
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Sandra Mangan
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94609  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
For many years I have helped individuals couples and families overcome obstacles to happiness and fulfillment in their lives. In the past I have practiced extensively with couples, families and with school aged and adolescent individuals. Currently and in the past few years my focus has shifted to working mainly with individuals going through transitions, loss, anxiety and depression. In recent years my interest and training have extended to dealing with individuals who have suffered past and more recent trauma.
For many years I have helped individuals couples and families overcome obstacles to happiness and fulfillment in their lives. In the past I have practiced extensively with couples, families and with school aged and adolescent individuals. Currently and in the past few years my focus has shifted to working mainly with individuals going through transitions, loss, anxiety and depression. In recent years my interest and training have extended to dealing with individuals who have suffered past and more recent trauma.
(510) 962-8267 View (510) 962-8267
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Jessica Robershaw
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94612  (Online Only)
I have 15 years of experience working with adults, children, and adolescents. I have extensive experience with diverse populations in medical, group and community settings. I work with my clients collaboratively by providing a non-judgmental, compassionate, and supportive setting. I believe in working in a partnership with my clients to help them identify their challenges and utilize their strengths to help them achieve their goals.
I have 15 years of experience working with adults, children, and adolescents. I have extensive experience with diverse populations in medical, group and community settings. I work with my clients collaboratively by providing a non-judgmental, compassionate, and supportive setting. I believe in working in a partnership with my clients to help them identify their challenges and utilize their strengths to help them achieve their goals.
(510) 851-9132 View (510) 851-9132
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Gabriele Goodman
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94619
I am a psychologist for sport, health, and life. I have spent 15 years studying, writing, teaching, and coaching people on how to perform at their best. I have worked with world-class performers from the arenas of sports, business, healthcare, and the United States Army. I have special expertise in Performance Psychology and train clients on how to strengthen the mental and emotional skills that underlie human performance excellence and sustainable resilience. I am a subject matter expert in the field of self-regulation techniques that promote optimism, resilience, alertness, and composure in high-pressure situations.
I am a psychologist for sport, health, and life. I have spent 15 years studying, writing, teaching, and coaching people on how to perform at their best. I have worked with world-class performers from the arenas of sports, business, healthcare, and the United States Army. I have special expertise in Performance Psychology and train clients on how to strengthen the mental and emotional skills that underlie human performance excellence and sustainable resilience. I am a subject matter expert in the field of self-regulation techniques that promote optimism, resilience, alertness, and composure in high-pressure situations.
(510) 662-0036 View (510) 662-0036
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Laurie Jacobs
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94611  (Online Only)
My practice includes teenagers, individuals, couples, and families. I specialize in helping adults better understand their relationships with others and themselves. My therapeutic approach is based on establishing a genuine, trusting relationship with clients. This enables my clients to express their thoughts and feelings without fear of judgment and leads to greater insight and positive life changes. I live in the East Bay and enjoy outdoor activities, spending time with my family/friends and being a therapist.
My practice includes teenagers, individuals, couples, and families. I specialize in helping adults better understand their relationships with others and themselves. My therapeutic approach is based on establishing a genuine, trusting relationship with clients. This enables my clients to express their thoughts and feelings without fear of judgment and leads to greater insight and positive life changes. I live in the East Bay and enjoy outdoor activities, spending time with my family/friends and being a therapist.
(415) 799-8174 View (415) 799-8174
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Beth Apfelbaum
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94602  (Online Only)
I like to start by making a warm and heartfelt connection with you, supporting and accepting you just as you are. From there, we work to transform difficult struggles into opportunities for greater self-love and richer understanding. Our process is collaborative, with you being at choice every step of the way. I use a blend of innovative approaches that have helped many hundreds of individuals and couples manifest, grow, and savor the relationships and sexuality they desire. In a relaxed, open, and deeply aware state, we discover our truths by gently dissolving shame-filled stories of the mind.
I like to start by making a warm and heartfelt connection with you, supporting and accepting you just as you are. From there, we work to transform difficult struggles into opportunities for greater self-love and richer understanding. Our process is collaborative, with you being at choice every step of the way. I use a blend of innovative approaches that have helped many hundreds of individuals and couples manifest, grow, and savor the relationships and sexuality they desire. In a relaxed, open, and deeply aware state, we discover our truths by gently dissolving shame-filled stories of the mind.
(650) 209-7942 View (650) 209-7942
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Jacqueline Hazel
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94621  (Online Only)
Hi and welcome! My name is Jacqueline Hazel and I am a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist (LMFT). I approach therapy from a client-centered approach. I like to get to know you as a person and then collaborate with you to come up with a therapeutic plan that fits your needs. I knew from a young age that I wanted to help people in some capacity. Through personal experiences of my own, I learned how helpful therapy can be. Through a challenging experience, I learned the importance of a good support system.
Hi and welcome! My name is Jacqueline Hazel and I am a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist (LMFT). I approach therapy from a client-centered approach. I like to get to know you as a person and then collaborate with you to come up with a therapeutic plan that fits your needs. I knew from a young age that I wanted to help people in some capacity. Through personal experiences of my own, I learned how helpful therapy can be. Through a challenging experience, I learned the importance of a good support system.
(510) 462-7323 View (510) 462-7323
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Elizabeth Matteoni
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94612  (Online Only)
People usually come to therapy because they want to feel better. Anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship problems, substance abuse/addiction, losing a loved one, work difficulties (to name a few) and life in general, can be very challenging and overwhelming at times. It is important to seek medical assistance for physical problems when we are not well; therefore, it is also just as important to seek emotional/mental assistance when needed. People who are willing to work on their issues by discovering, uncovering, and discarding what is not serving them emotionally and/or mentally, will be able to function better in their lives.
People usually come to therapy because they want to feel better. Anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship problems, substance abuse/addiction, losing a loved one, work difficulties (to name a few) and life in general, can be very challenging and overwhelming at times. It is important to seek medical assistance for physical problems when we are not well; therefore, it is also just as important to seek emotional/mental assistance when needed. People who are willing to work on their issues by discovering, uncovering, and discarding what is not serving them emotionally and/or mentally, will be able to function better in their lives.
(510) 726-9954 View (510) 726-9954
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Kale Woods
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94611
I am Kalé Woods, LMFT (85539) a California licensed psychotherapist who specializes in helping clients work through past trauma’s, understanding family history, and finding solution-oriented ways to break barriers to progress. We go through this process as a team. I help guide my client’s through the process while they do the work necessary to make long term change. We will begin our process by setting goals and developing a trusting relationship. Through this relationship it is my belief that together we can accomplish the progress that you wish in therapy. I am an integrative therapist and don’t believe that one solution works for
I am Kalé Woods, LMFT (85539) a California licensed psychotherapist who specializes in helping clients work through past trauma’s, understanding family history, and finding solution-oriented ways to break barriers to progress. We go through this process as a team. I help guide my client’s through the process while they do the work necessary to make long term change. We will begin our process by setting goals and developing a trusting relationship. Through this relationship it is my belief that together we can accomplish the progress that you wish in therapy. I am an integrative therapist and don’t believe that one solution works for
(510) 560-7825 View (510) 560-7825
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Shendl Tuchman
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94611  (Online Only)
Relationships are big challenges. Who are we when we interact with those around us? Do we let others see us for who we really are? Can we see them? I specialize in working with individuals and couples as they try to manage their relationships: preserving them, ending them or changing them. This includes the effects of divorce and moving from a pre-divorce to a post-divorce family from deciding how to tell your children to determining how you want to define your co-parenting relationship.
Relationships are big challenges. Who are we when we interact with those around us? Do we let others see us for who we really are? Can we see them? I specialize in working with individuals and couples as they try to manage their relationships: preserving them, ending them or changing them. This includes the effects of divorce and moving from a pre-divorce to a post-divorce family from deciding how to tell your children to determining how you want to define your co-parenting relationship.
(925) 336-3128 View (925) 336-3128
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Perri Franskoviak
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94619
Change happens when our insights align with a feeling or sensation in our body. It happens as we discover aspects of our experience and who we are in the presence of another person. I work collaboratively to help you define your goals and how you'll know that therapy is helping. Each one of us has a different idea of success; one size definitely does not fit all. My approach is warm, practical, and focused on the present. I blend a dynamic understanding of human development and how we adapt to and can potentially change our present circumstances. I also offer ketamine-assisted therapy to support your therapeutic goals.
Change happens when our insights align with a feeling or sensation in our body. It happens as we discover aspects of our experience and who we are in the presence of another person. I work collaboratively to help you define your goals and how you'll know that therapy is helping. Each one of us has a different idea of success; one size definitely does not fit all. My approach is warm, practical, and focused on the present. I blend a dynamic understanding of human development and how we adapt to and can potentially change our present circumstances. I also offer ketamine-assisted therapy to support your therapeutic goals.
(510) 401-3413 View (510) 401-3413
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Elizabeth Cadd
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94611  (Online Only)
I want to help you find the love that you want -- with yourself and with others. I work with individuals and couples, focusing on bringing more love, kindness, and acceptance to your life and relationships. Individuals have worked with me to explore such things as anxiety, depression, trauma resolution, relationship worries, boundaries, and childhood wounding. I also work with couples to navigate such topics as infidelities, communication, developing intimacy, navigating trauma as a couple, transitioning from a monogamous relationship to an open one, and much more.
I want to help you find the love that you want -- with yourself and with others. I work with individuals and couples, focusing on bringing more love, kindness, and acceptance to your life and relationships. Individuals have worked with me to explore such things as anxiety, depression, trauma resolution, relationship worries, boundaries, and childhood wounding. I also work with couples to navigate such topics as infidelities, communication, developing intimacy, navigating trauma as a couple, transitioning from a monogamous relationship to an open one, and much more.
(510) 398-4923 View (510) 398-4923
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Kini Chang
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94605  (Online Only)
I know the journey of life is not an easy one and sometimes we need some help to get through unexpected struggles and get in the way of living a happy and healthy life. I am dedicated to the holistic healing of the mind, body, and soul. Many people describe me as warm, understanding, and down to earth. I pride myself on integrity, commitment, and passion for the work I do as a therapist.
I know the journey of life is not an easy one and sometimes we need some help to get through unexpected struggles and get in the way of living a happy and healthy life. I am dedicated to the holistic healing of the mind, body, and soul. Many people describe me as warm, understanding, and down to earth. I pride myself on integrity, commitment, and passion for the work I do as a therapist.
(415) 969-3350 View (415) 969-3350
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Kathrina Peters
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94606  (Online Only)
Whether you're looking for short-term or long-term therapy, I provide a safe and caring place for you. Our sessions are focused on what is important to you, as well as what is important for you. I give special consideration to your cultural background, and work with you in a way that is respectful and effective. I don't just listen without commenting, but interact with you and help you express thoughts and feelings if that is what you need. Therapy can be painful and frustrating, but is almost always beneficial. I look forward to working together.
Whether you're looking for short-term or long-term therapy, I provide a safe and caring place for you. Our sessions are focused on what is important to you, as well as what is important for you. I give special consideration to your cultural background, and work with you in a way that is respectful and effective. I don't just listen without commenting, but interact with you and help you express thoughts and feelings if that is what you need. Therapy can be painful and frustrating, but is almost always beneficial. I look forward to working together.
(510) 403-1725 View (510) 403-1725
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Anna Kelleher
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94612
My name is Anna Kelleher and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) based in Oakland, California and working with clients statewide via telehealth. I am also a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (ID 2133). I work with adults 50+ and specialize in grief, parenting, and life transitions, using mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral and strength-based therapies to help my clients live in alignment with their goals and values. I have found my style is a good fit for adults who are facing life transitions and loss. This often takes the form of questioning how to cope, exploring identity, and a desire for new meaning and purpose.
My name is Anna Kelleher and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) based in Oakland, California and working with clients statewide via telehealth. I am also a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (ID 2133). I work with adults 50+ and specialize in grief, parenting, and life transitions, using mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral and strength-based therapies to help my clients live in alignment with their goals and values. I have found my style is a good fit for adults who are facing life transitions and loss. This often takes the form of questioning how to cope, exploring identity, and a desire for new meaning and purpose.
(951) 724-3712 View (951) 724-3712
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Loduskia Dusky Pierce
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94611
Whatever challenge or emotional pain has you considering therapy, our sessions will be tailored to your unique needs. Mind/body approaches such as EMDR, Emotional Freedom Technique and the newer Flash Technique are scientifically proven methods that can help resolve trauma or deep emotional wounds. If you struggle with depression, anxiety, or low self esteem, we might explore your judgmental self-talk or consider your limiting beliefs. If you are feeling troubled or stuck in a personal relationship or at work, we could look at ways to communicate that increase understanding and reduce conflict.
Whatever challenge or emotional pain has you considering therapy, our sessions will be tailored to your unique needs. Mind/body approaches such as EMDR, Emotional Freedom Technique and the newer Flash Technique are scientifically proven methods that can help resolve trauma or deep emotional wounds. If you struggle with depression, anxiety, or low self esteem, we might explore your judgmental self-talk or consider your limiting beliefs. If you are feeling troubled or stuck in a personal relationship or at work, we could look at ways to communicate that increase understanding and reduce conflict.
(510) 470-5947 View (510) 470-5947
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Barbara Lankamp
Marriage & Family Therapist
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94618
Sometimes we get stuck, in our own heads, in unhelpful behavior, or as a couple. We strive for change but soon fall back into old habits, patterns, arguments or results. "It will be different this time, once again starts looking frustratingly familiar, but only with added dissappointment and sense of repeated failure. To some this may feel terrifying, to others hopeless. Whether you feel exhausted from worrying or trying to please others, or angry and frustrated with the situation, there is help. Toegther we can shift away from bandaid approaches with the goal of root-level healing and change.
Sometimes we get stuck, in our own heads, in unhelpful behavior, or as a couple. We strive for change but soon fall back into old habits, patterns, arguments or results. "It will be different this time, once again starts looking frustratingly familiar, but only with added dissappointment and sense of repeated failure. To some this may feel terrifying, to others hopeless. Whether you feel exhausted from worrying or trying to please others, or angry and frustrated with the situation, there is help. Toegther we can shift away from bandaid approaches with the goal of root-level healing and change.
(341) 895-5788 View (341) 895-5788
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Monica Linares
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94611  (Online Only)
Many clients come to work with me at a time in their lives when they feel disconnected from themselves, stuck in their relationships, or when they are experiencing a major life transition. During these times, people often believe something is wrong with them and fear that others will judge them if they open up about their true feelings. As a result, many people stay quiet about their pain and feel lonely. Being a therapist has taught me that the struggles we encounter in life are far more common than we realize and your healing can be possible with my support.
Many clients come to work with me at a time in their lives when they feel disconnected from themselves, stuck in their relationships, or when they are experiencing a major life transition. During these times, people often believe something is wrong with them and fear that others will judge them if they open up about their true feelings. As a result, many people stay quiet about their pain and feel lonely. Being a therapist has taught me that the struggles we encounter in life are far more common than we realize and your healing can be possible with my support.
(510) 650-0263 View (510) 650-0263
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Female Therapists

Does it matter what gender my therapist is?

In general, this is not an important factor, as there is no relationship between a therapist’s gender and their efficacy. Some clients, however, prefer to see therapists of a particular gender, whether due to their own past experiences with men and women, or ingrained beliefs about how people of different genders think and behave. Exploring the roots of such preferences and considering what one wants to address in therapy can help someone determine whether their therapist’s gender truly matters to them.

Should I see a female therapist?

Many people—not just women—prefer to see a female therapist, either because they believe that a woman will be able to relate to their specific challenges (for example, sexism in the workplace) or because they imagine feeling more comfortable disclosing sensitive information to a woman. Such beliefs may not turn out to be accurate, however, and adhering too rigidly to a gender preference can at times hinder a client from finding the best therapeutic match.

Do therapists get specific training to help with women’s concerns?

Therapists are trained to provide care to clients of any gender. However, some therapists—both men and women—may pursue additional training in feminist therapy, gender-specific issues, or women’s mental health. Female clients may wish to ask prospective therapists whether they have received specific training in the client’s primary area(s) of concern, or whether they have worked extensively with women on issues similar to their own.

How can I inquire about a therapist’s experience in treating women?

It’s OK—even encouraged!—to ask a therapist directly whether and how often they have treated women in the past, or whether they have treated women dealing with the client’s most prominent concern(s). Competent therapists will be happy to share their educational background, preferred treatment modalities, and prior client experience to help an individual find the therapist best suited to their needs.