Psychodynamic Therapists in Oakland, CA

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Evelia Ilarraz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, RYT
Verified
My practice is influenced by psychodynamic and strength-based perspectives.
Therapy is a place where you can uncover any barriers that may be limiting your relationship with others and, most importantly, with yourself. When we can access and understand our inner thoughts and emotions, we become empowered to make better choices, love fully, and live lighter.
(510) 327-3371 
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Oakland, CA 94619
Offers online therapy
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Dana Marie Nielsen
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
As an integrationist, I draw from a range of somatic, depth, transpersonal, behavioral, eco, and psychodynamic healing modalities, including brain spotting.
How would life be if you felt nourished inside and out? Perhaps you've never known true inner ease, or perhaps only now life is throwing chaos at you in ways you didn't ask for. Many of us struggle to feel a sense of causeless safety and to trust that thriving is possible when we are in survival. Do you crave belonging and freedom, yet feel at a loss for how to access them? I believe that you can find what you are looking for when you can learn how to integrate your head, heart and gut and I’m here to help you cultivate a regulated calm nervous system that allows you to find ease in life.
(415) 799-4306 
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Oakland, CA 94607
Not accepting new clients
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Ashley Coover
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern
Verified
I utilize models that include a strong social justice lens coupled with a feminist psychodynamic background along with an emphasis on understanding and working with complex trauma.
My clients are passionate, sensitive, often highly creative people searching for a place where their full self can be witnessed, celebrated, and supported. Sometimes this includes mourning for what was not possible or the intensity of previous experiences they were put through and what that has cost them. My clients tend to struggle with a variety of complex issues. They often come from families with a legacy of unprocessed intergenerational trauma, which can take many forms. Ultimately, clients who seek me are looking for a place to try out new ways of being in the world. Ways that will better support their deepest values.
(510) 369-1025 
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Oakland, CA 94610
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Ali Kimmell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
I am only accepting new patients interested in group treatment. I use a warm and collaborative approach to help you find connection, relief, and fulfillment in your life. I adjust my approach to meet each client's unique needs and the problems they are facing. My work is grounded in a psychodynamic and relational approach: that is, I believe that lasting change comes from exploring and ultimately freeing oneself from the underlying causes of current symptoms. Together, we will discover the patterns that are holding you back, and experiment with new ways of being.
(510) 947-8446 
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Oakland, CA 94611
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Lauren Ores Phillips
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
My treatment approach is eclectric, based primarily on psychodynamic theories.
I provide psychotherapy for adults, teenagers and children, consultation regarding parenting issues, and play therapy for children with behavioral or emotional issues. My work with adults has covered a broad spectrum - from people who are having problems with relationships or need help with stress management and coping skills, to people suffering from anxiety disorders and depression. I specialize in women's issues and life transitions. My goal is to help people get through difficult and challenging times and see opportunities for growth.
(510) 858-0654 
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Oakland, CA 94611
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David Cerfolio
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CAADAC
Verified
I am a licensed clinical social worker and certified substance abuse counselor who has worked in the field for the past 15 years. My hope is to use my experiences and skills to help individuals struggling with mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, PTSD or substance abuse issues find new coping skills in order improve the quality of their lives. My approach combines elements of short-term behavioral therapies (DBT and CBT) with psychodynamic techniques to address problematic behaviors to achieve lasting change.
(510) 296-6270 
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Oakland, CA 94618
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Marielle Ramsay
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
I have received extensive training in family therapy, attachment-focused and trauma-informed treatment, psychodynamic practices, AOD recovery, and other modalities.
You may be considering family therapy already or you may be looking for an individual therapist for your child. I support families with a wide variety of challenges. I can support with addressing the identified behavioral or developmental concerns you may having with your child such as anxiety, depression, conflict, or risk behaviors for children of any age.
(510) 619-2614 
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Oakland, CA 94610
Offers online therapy
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Justine Gordon
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, EMDR
Verified
I draw from EMDR, psychodynamic therapy, CBT, and DBT.
Navigating life's challenges is never easy, but reaching out for help is a brave first step to living a more genuine and fulfilling life. I have expertise in working with individuals struggling with childhood trauma and trauma-related symptoms such as grief, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and relational conflict. I believe every client is unique and deserves to be listened to and understood in an empathetic way. I am passionate about creating a safe, kind, collaborative and judgment-free space where clients can attain new insights, experience new feelings, and find a renewed sense of physical and mental well-being.
(415) 936-0776 
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Oakland, CA 94609
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Jocelyn Lam
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, APCC
Verified
I use family systems techniques to heal your inner child, and psychodynamic techniques to uncover patterns that are not serving you.
I work with folks in the intersection of being neurodivergent, BIPOC, and queer to navigate the oppressive structures that prevent us from expressing ourselves authentically. Together, we can process intergenerational trauma to truly meet your needs. My areas of focus include conscious parenting, eating disorders, and postpartum/perinatal mental health. In our therapeutic relationship, genuine, empathetic care and connection come first. I understand that healing is not only individual but also systemic.
(650) 249-7703 
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Oakland, CA 94612
Offers online therapy
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Abby Weintraub
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified
I work from a relational, psychodynamic , trauma-informed, liberatory perspective that recognizes how our lived experiences and identities shape us.
Welcome! First and foremost, I believe your pain is real, and that you deserve space to be seen and heard in it. I work with people across many areas, but those who seek me out tend to be queer/LGBTQIAA2+, trans/non-binary/gender non-conforming, chronically or acutely ill, disabled, fat-identified and/or working on an empowered relationship with their body, polyamorous, kinky, sex workers, and non-traditional family structures. I'll be with you every step of the way as you move toward the relief of true self-compassion, as well as the expression of anger, sadness, and grief around what you've lost, or what you never got to have.
(510) 890-3436 
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Oakland, CA 94610
Not accepting new clients
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Farooq Malik
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified
I am trained in Somatic Experiencing, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Accelerated Experiential Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) which integrate the best of various models of psychotherapy (e.
I provide therapy for those experiencing a wide range of life challenges including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, trauma recovery, grief and loss, life transitions and relationship concerns. With my background in Technology and corporate work (over a decade) I am very conversant and knowledgeable of that world. I have extensive experience and expertise in working with Anxiety, relationship issues and highly sensitive people.
(415) 964-3281 
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Oakland, CA 94610
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Megan Van Vlack
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
I offer psychodynamic -psychotherapy that can be playful and imaginative, while also serious in its task to surface the meaning behind challenges, conflicts, and symptoms.
I work with adults, parents, teenagers, and children who are interested in using their creativity, uniqueness, imagination, and capacity to play to overcome obstacles, heal, and deepen their understanding of their own minds.
(415) 914-9740 
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Oakland, CA 94606
Offers online therapy
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Cameo Johnson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
I utilize an approach that emphasizes honesty and transparency, collaboration, and support without judgement through multiple therapy styles, such as Psychodynamic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Solution Focused Therapy, among others.
I specialize in working with transitional age youth, young adults, and young professionals. I guide each session with a social justice and trauma-informed lens to support your mental, emotional, and social development. This includes supporting you in managing practical life challenges such as education, employment, and interpersonal relationships, as well as more complex obstacles like imposter syndrome, financial values, and navigating current social climate. If you are interested in beginning your journey toward becoming more a confident, introspective, emotionally balanced individual, I will be here every step of the way.
(510) 936-7611 
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Oakland, CA 94610
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Sage Leitson
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
I draw from harm-reduction, holistic, feminist-relational, psychodynamic , attachment focused and evidence-based modalities such as CBT and DBT.
Recovery from trauma, working on communication and relationships, overcoming substance use issues, increasing self-awareness, healing and coping with depression and stress are common themes. I specialize in working with people who are marginalized by the dominant culture for many reasons including their gender identity, sexual orientation or practices, race, relationship status or cultural background. I have many years of experience working with queer and nonbinary individuals, sex workers, radical activists, the BIPOC community and people in poly/kink relationships as well as alternative families.
(510) 826-5137 
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Oakland, CA 94610
Offers online therapy
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Julie K Peters
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, MA, APCC
Verified
My training equips me with skills in drama therapy, psychodynamic therapy, CBT, motivational interviewing, DBT, etc.
Welcome, I bring a strong skill base working in LGBTQIA+, addiction and PTSD communitites. I love working with Couples and families, and I'm passionate about helping students navigate studying and self-care. I'm here to help you utilize your innate creativity, and I'm excited to aid you as you enact new patterns in your relationship with yourself and others. You will experience me as an affirming clinician who values and acknowledges your marginalized identity and the intersection of the many roles you embody. You can expect kindness from me and a treatment space that expands to allow your unique perspective to shine.
(510) 380-5706 
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Oakland, CA 94610
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Elizabeth Preston
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
I am a licensed clinical psychologist with 25 years of experience treating children, adolescents, families and adults. I provide highly indiviudalized therapy to each and every client. I integrate techniques from several theoretical orientations, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, family systems theory, and psychodynamic theory, to formulate an indiviudalized treatment plan for each client. Within the session, I create a safe, compassionate and confidential setting for clients to address their core issues and to work out past and present difficulties.
(510) 962-7931 
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Oakland, CA 94619
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Patrick D. Chrisman
Psychologist, BA, MA, PsyD
Verified
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
Offers online therapy
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Nicholas Hack
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
I come to this work with a contemporary psychodynamic approach, meaning we’ll explore things deeply.
Many people find themselves with one hand tied behind their backs. They weren't taught or allowed as children to express what’s happening inside of them. Rather than showing any vulnerability, they're told to not feel, to act as if everything is fine. Given these messages, we can lose track of who we really are and what we really want. Unfortunately, this leaves many people with few ways to know their needs, wants, and conflicts when it comes to the most important parts of their lives: their relationships.
(707) 723-6043 
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Oakland, CA 94602
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Megan Shaughnessy-Mogill
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
I deeply believe in our innate capacity, as humans, to heal, and I hold great reverence for the creative wisdom and resilience of the people I accompany in this work. My clinical approach is rooted in relational psychodynamic and politicized somatic lineages. I work intuitively and collaboratively, bringing a holistic and compassionate approach to the unique nature of each therapeutic relationship, supporting clients in building upon their wise and adaptive capacities with greater self-knowledge, compassion and support. I attune to the ways each of us is dialectically shaped by, and shaping, the conditions of the world around us.
(510) 519-3640 
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Oakland, CA 94619
Not accepting new clients
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Sara Bisikirski
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
With 20 years of experience, I work with individual adults, adolescents and couples from a trauma-informed model that integrates DBT, psychodynamic , family systems and Mindful Self-Compassion perspectives. Through therapy I can help you to achieve your goals, develop an increased understanding of yourself and build new ways of coping with life’s challenges. As a Certified Mediator with a background in divorce mediation I can lend informed support to those struggling with divorce-related challenges. Furthermore as a transracially adoptive mom of two I hold a strong interest in helping others navigate the world of parenting.
(510) 880-1983 
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Oakland, CA 94607
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Psychodynamic Therapists
Psychodynamic therapy in Oakland, also known as insight-oriented therapy, evolved from Freudian psychoanalysis. Like adherents of psychoanalysis, psychodynamic therapists believe that bringing the unconscious into conscious awareness promotes insight and resolves conflict. But psychodynamic therapy is briefer and less intensive than psychoanalysis and also focuses on the relationship between the therapist and the client, as a way to learn about how the client relates to everyone in their life.