Black and African American Therapists in Walnut Creek, CA

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Mary Ann Dawkins-Padigela
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT, APCC
Verified
Verified
I am deeply committed to working with BIPOC ( Black , Indigenous, Persons of Color), formerly incarcerated, LGBTQ ally, non-normative relationships, trans, Law Enforcement/First Responders as well as Veteran communities.
Having trouble navigating through life? Hitting roadblocks within different relationships? Do you have doubt about your identity and worth? I am available to provide a safe, open space in which we can work collaboratively to support you in your journey of healing. I have a background of working with youth and children dealing with depression, anxiety and the throws of life. Personally I identify as a cis-female, Black and Filipina, heterosexual therapist. I have personally experienced prenatal loss/ stillbirth. I also have a background as a former LEO as well as military veteran for almost a decade.
(510) 544-7980
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Walnut Creek, CA 94598
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Stacy Heiser
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Hi there, Do you find yourself anxious, depressed, or doubting your abilities? Are you struggling to process your experiences? Are these experiences now impacting your sense of self or your relationships? Has a significant life transition left you feeling stressed? Are you now seeing the impact of transgenerational patterns and trauma and want to heal? Sometimes using our coping skills and self-care rituals aren’t enough to manage our emotional pain. Sometimes we know what we need to thrive but aren’t sure how to get it. I’d like to help you find what you need within yourself.
(925) 204-2037
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Walnut Creek, CA 94596
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Danielle Horne
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, APCC
Verified
Verified
Want to improve how you manage your relationships? Want to survey the relationship before you say "I do"? Maybe you're overwhelmed by stress or struggling with your inner critic. Are there family issues or childhood wounds (root issues) you'd like to address? I want to help you. In addition to education and training, I have personal experience with surviving life's challenges. I refer to therapy as holding someone's hands while they find their feet. Therapy is work, but we will walk through it together.
(408) 459-6211
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Walnut Creek, CA 94596
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Pure Serenity Therapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
It’s early in the morning, and your eyes pop open to the sound of a blaring alarm clock. Groaning, you hit the snooze button as you start dreading the grueling day ahead. Lying in bed, you scroll through your phone, looking for the motivation to get you through this day. Instead, you're met with images of women with perfect bodies and perfect lives. You can’t help but compare yourself to them. A voice says, “that’ll never be you; it can't be.” You try to dismiss it, but the voice in your head gets louder. You can’t shake the feeling that you don’t deserve happiness or success in your life. You feel lost and defeated.
(510) 949-3702
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Walnut Creek, CA 94596
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Clyde C. Wayne
Pastoral Counselor, MA
2 Endorsed
2 Endorsed
I don't "fix" people's lives, I help "fit" people for their lives. You absolutely deserve your second chance for a first class life. I will help you discover talents for accessing your unique reservoir of resources. I will hold forth a safe environment for you to manage your makeover. I am passionately positive about your possibilities to be productive. I have studied the human mind thoroughly presenting myself competent to provide profound insights into your thoughts and emotions. I employ strength-based, evidence-proven techniques to create satisfying long lasting results. Together we can achieve progress in your life's process.
(510) 674-0740
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Walnut Creek, CA 94596
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Jennifer Caldwell-Hernandez
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
For a long time I have desired to bring wellness to our people with simple access. As the concept of mental health is finally gaining the audience it deserves I realize there is a missing piece. You don't have to be "not well" or "not functioning" to have a therapist or coach to help you through challenging times or humps. My goal is always to support you in reaching your own optimal functioning. What is to be acknowledged is that this means something different for each of us individually. Let's not be compared to the masses yet rather to our own self. I strive to create an environment where you can BE...WELL...STRONG...LOVED...YOU!
(925) 722-5524
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Walnut Creek, CA 94595
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Life by Design Therapy
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
When life gets rough, it's important to know there are safe and supportive spaces you can turn to for support. Whether you're seeking real relief from anxiety or depression, needing help establishing better boundaries, questioning your identity, sexuality, or personal relationships or just having trouble managing the day-to-day, we can help. At Life by Design Therapy we believe change is possible for you. We offer holistic and somatic therapy to support you in navigating life's challenges without having to dismiss, avoid, or disconnect from what you truly want. It's time to live life on your own terms and Create A Life You Love!
(510) 422-0349
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Walnut Creek, CA 94595
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Sasha Jackson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Do you feel like something is missing in your life? Does your success on the outside not match how you feel about yourself on the inside? Are you looking to transform your life and tap into your inner strength? If you are here, I can only imagine the frustration you feel about not being able to be in charge of your life. Deep down you feel hopeless and afraid about what the future holds for you. Which only perpetuates doubt and uncertainty about your happiness. You are longing to feel more supported and understood. More importantly you are looking for answers to start reclaiming the life you have lost.
(209) 878-2150
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Walnut Creek, CA 94597
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Gabrielle Jones
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I work with people who are looking for a different approach to life. You may feel like you have lost your path, or that you don't have the capacity to figure out a healthy way to cope with the various changes that you are experiencing in life. There may be family stress, work stress, or you may just be at a loss of why you don't feel like yourself. I work side by side with you to determine what you want from our work together, while holding steady the ultimate goal of being able to better function on your own. Additionally, I work within the context of your cultural identity help inform how we accomplish your treatment goals.
(925) 297-1938
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Walnut Creek, CA 94596
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Danyelle Caruthers
Pre-Licensed Professional, ASW, MSW
Verified
Verified
I work with children, teens, and adults experiencing depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other trauma-related symptoms. I utilize a trauma-informed lens and integrate somatic, narrative, and relational therapeutic approaches. Before pursuing licensure, I spent almost 20 years in the nonprofit sector, working with children, youth, and families.
(925) 643-2162
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Walnut Creek, CA 94596
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Michelle Rodriguez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
For over twenty years, I have worked with individuals experiencing anxiety, grief, depression, loss, trauma, substance abuse, and adjustment disorder. My clients are children, adolescents, young adults, and adults. My approach is holistic and focuses on meeting the individual where they are. I incorporate Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic and Humanistic approaches and EMDR in my work. I see each person, not as a diagnosis, but as an individual with strengths and challenges. I would be honored to walk alongside you and support you in your journey.
(925) 214-8755
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Walnut Creek, CA 94596
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Chante Erica McCree
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Are you reluctant to talk to someone who you barely know about the challenges you currently are facing? Completely understandable! But everyone needs someone outside of family and close friends to talk to. As a Therapist I would like to help you along your journey to self discovery. You've already made a huge step in improving your mental health! As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist my passion is help others of various ages and from all walks of life. If we have the opportunity to work together I will respect all of your emotions and let you explore them without judgement.
(925) 633-6941
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Walnut Creek, CA 94598
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Mateus Porter
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Parent who seems to be worried about their child? Teenager that seems to be angry most of the time or "doesn't care" about anything? Families with conflict? Or just someone striving to make life a little better? I can definitely provide the support needed to bring light to your situation. Not support that a friend, parent, or spouse can give but a deeper support that will encourage you to journey through difficulties of many kinds and eventually reach a place of understanding and light. I also specialize in consulting and counseling for student-athletes from middle school through college.
(650) 557-4300
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Walnut Creek, CA 94597
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James Chavers
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
Hello, my name is James Chavers. Thank you for taking the time to read my counselor profile. I am a clinical psychologist licensed and living in California. I earned my master' and doctorate in clinical psychology at Antioch University Santa Barbara. I have worked and trained in locked settings (jails and prisons), community health clinics, and colleges and universities for nine years. I have worked with older adults living with HIV, addiction, and life course diseases, inmates of all genders preparing to transition out of locked settings, and students from 18 to over 50 navigating the difficulties of college life.
(707) 306-8410
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Marla Lane-Parks
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
For eight years I have had hands-on experience working with individuals, children, couples and families, and have helped my clients deal with the various challenges life brought them. Diversity and inclusion are core beliefs of mine. I feel that every person has value that can be enriched and strengthened.
(925) 326-6067
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Walnut Creek, CA 94595
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Kelly Magee-O'Dea
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I believe the goal of therapy is to engage life in a more positive and enjoyable way while improving a sense of self and deepening relationships with others. As a family therapist for 23 years, I’ve always enjoyed providing a supportive space for children, young adults and families to better understand themselves and the struggles they face. Together we explore tools and build on skills that bring relief. In 2023 many families are dealing with multiple stressors. These stresses are compounded when they see their child struggling with depression, anxiety, social problems or school issues.
(925) 281-0331
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Walnut Creek, CA 94597
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Paul Kramer
Marriage & Family Therapist, EdD, LMFT
Verified
Verified
At some point we all struggle to adjustment to life's changes; it's normal to feel stuck and I believe people have what it takes to adjust. Couples often come to me for help in distress and are confused about how or why their relationship has derailed. I am dedicated to helping people build stronger; more intimate relationships and I use several modalities when attempting to help couples in distress. A high percentage of my caseload at any given time is comprised of couples.
(925) 320-0698
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Walnut Creek, CA 94596
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Julie Anderson
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, MA, MFT
Verified
Verified
As the host of my own popular radio show for eight years, I had a chance to do on a grand scale what I love most: touching people's lives in a positive way. Because of the call-in format, I became every effective at quickly identifying the underlying factors that were causing concern. Today, I continue to use my exceptional intuition and experience to rapidly guide clients in gaining insight into their problems and making changes so that they can lead more fulfilling lives. From our first hour together, you will feel confident that your issues are being addressed.
(925) 521-8780
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Walnut Creek, CA 94596
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Lee Embrey
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I work with individuals and couples who are going through life transitions. I am an interactive therapist, honest and direct. I help people develop their emotional readiness to continue on their life journey. Psychotherapy is about change and development. I have an empathetic approach that helps release feelings, and develop thoughtful understanding.
(925) 478-5235
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Walnut Creek, CA 94598
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Alexis Smith-Baumann
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
I am a clinical psychologist licensed in the state of California (license number PSY 28050). I provide psychological assessments of children and adults. Neuropsychological assessment can be useful for identifying a cognitive basis for stumbling blocks with academic achievement, social functioning, or occupational success. I also provide forensic and independent medical evaluations for both criminal and civil matters, including mental health diversion, competence to stand trial, mitigating factors relating to cognitive and emotional functioning, personal injury, short- and long-term disability, and employment discrimination.
(925) 308-9244
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What type of Walnut Creek mental health professional is right for me?
While most types of therapy have a lot in common, they also fall into clusters that share core features, such as cognitive therapies or psychodynamic approaches. It is important to seek someone who practices evidence-based therapy, meaning one or more forms of treatment that have been scientifically evaluated and tested, and demonstrate consistent improvement for a majority of patients.

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How to find a therapist or counselor in Walnut Creek?
When looking to find a therapist, start by considering training and credentials. Studies also indicate that the therapeutic alliance, or the relationship the client develops with the therapist, is an important factor in their ability to work together to achieve the client’s goals.

What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.

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