Mary A. Hart
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT Verified
Richmond, CA 94806
Are you stuck? Constantly second-guessing your choices? Self-doubt, low self-esteem or low-motivation all create a good deal of stress. These challenges often lead to chronic depression or anxiety which may keep you frozen, hold you back from taking a step forward to getting what you want in life. Creating a warm, safe, compassionate space is my way of helping you to begin exploring your individual needs, and what is and is not working for you. It is my experience that the process of getting to know each client allows for the expression of those thoughts and feelings that are in the way of ultimately reaching your goals.
(510) 564-9948
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Richmond, CA 94806
Are you stuck? Constantly second-guessing your choices? Self-doubt, low self-esteem or low-motivation all create a good deal of stress. These challenges often lead to chronic depression or anxiety which may keep you frozen, hold you back from taking a step forward to getting what you want in life. Creating a warm, safe, compassionate space is my way of helping you to begin exploring your individual needs, and what is and is not working for you. It is my experience that the process of getting to know each client allows for the expression of those thoughts and feelings that are in the way of ultimately reaching your goals.
Todd Evans
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW Verified
Richmond, CA 94803
Offers online therapy
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than five years of experience working with adults suffering from depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, anger issues, parenting difficulties, low self-esteem, and many other behavioral and mental health challenges that get in the way of achieving their life goals, whether personally or professionally.
Do daily challenges often cause you to feel overwhelmed? Are there thoughts, behaviors, or feelings that get in the way of your ability to form close and stable relationships? Do distressing experiences that you had in the past make it hard for you to feel safe in the world or trust others? If any of these questions resonate with you, I would like to help.
(510) 491-9771
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Richmond, CA 94803
Offers online therapy
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than five years of experience working with adults suffering from depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, anger issues, parenting difficulties, low self-esteem, and many other behavioral and mental health challenges that get in the way of achieving their life goals, whether personally or professionally.
Do daily challenges often cause you to feel overwhelmed? Are there thoughts, behaviors, or feelings that get in the way of your ability to form close and stable relationships? Do distressing experiences that you had in the past make it hard for you to feel safe in the world or trust others? If any of these questions resonate with you, I would like to help.
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Raquel Castellanos Miller, MSW, LCSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW Verified
Richmond, CA 94801
Offers online therapy
Utilizing a trauma informed approach, I work to build a safe therapeutic relationship with you, in order to address the underlying question of "What happened to you?," rather than "What's wrong with you?" Understanding that depression, anxiety and other mental health challenges stem from complex and myriad issues, including our family of origin, and the impact of adverse life experiences, I encourage you to guide the therapeutic process. My goal is to assist you to utilize life's adversities to discover and cultivate your inner strength and resilience, in service of your lifelong journey of growth and healing.
(510) 288-3392
Verified

Richmond, CA 94801
Offers online therapy
Utilizing a trauma informed approach, I work to build a safe therapeutic relationship with you, in order to address the underlying question of "What happened to you?," rather than "What's wrong with you?" Understanding that depression, anxiety and other mental health challenges stem from complex and myriad issues, including our family of origin, and the impact of adverse life experiences, I encourage you to guide the therapeutic process. My goal is to assist you to utilize life's adversities to discover and cultivate your inner strength and resilience, in service of your lifelong journey of growth and healing.
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Juniper Hobson
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT Verified
Richmond, CA 94801
Not accepting new clients
I have 11 years experience helping others maneuver through life's challenges and transformations. I have a lot of clinical experience at this point in my training and offer a variety of different therapeutic approaches. Any treatment I provide is rooted in empathy, acceptance, and based in relationship. I specialize in one-on-one therapy, often with a focus on areas such as personal growth, anxiety, depression, trauma, or life and relationship transitions. I accept Contra Costa Medi-Cal - if it is the Anthem Blue Cross plan. Cigna, Anthem Blue Cross (out of network only) or Blue Shield (out of network only.)
(510) 288-6595
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Richmond, CA 94801
Not accepting new clients
I have 11 years experience helping others maneuver through life's challenges and transformations. I have a lot of clinical experience at this point in my training and offer a variety of different therapeutic approaches. Any treatment I provide is rooted in empathy, acceptance, and based in relationship. I specialize in one-on-one therapy, often with a focus on areas such as personal growth, anxiety, depression, trauma, or life and relationship transitions. I accept Contra Costa Medi-Cal - if it is the Anthem Blue Cross plan. Cigna, Anthem Blue Cross (out of network only) or Blue Shield (out of network only.)
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Natalya Kuzmicheva
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT Verified
Richmond, CA 94806
Every patient is unique, and so is every therapist. I have lived and practiced therapy in two very different cultures, which has given me insight into culturally specific and universal issues that underlie personal and interpersonal conflicts. I approach every client with acceptance and understanding, providing them with a compassionate space for exploring challenges and obstacles to happiness in themselves and their relationships. I enjoy working with people of all ages and backgrounds, seeking to understand each client's worldview and to help them to discover their own solutions to the difficulties they face, including anxiety, depression, and relationship conflicts.
(858) 352-7322
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Richmond, CA 94806
Every patient is unique, and so is every therapist. I have lived and practiced therapy in two very different cultures, which has given me insight into culturally specific and universal issues that underlie personal and interpersonal conflicts. I approach every client with acceptance and understanding, providing them with a compassionate space for exploring challenges and obstacles to happiness in themselves and their relationships. I enjoy working with people of all ages and backgrounds, seeking to understand each client's worldview and to help them to discover their own solutions to the difficulties they face, including anxiety, depression, and relationship conflicts.
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Jonathan Johnson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW Verified
Richmond, CA 94803
Offers online therapy
My areas of focus include men’s issues, anxiety, depression, substance use, life transitions, personal & professional relationships, and Veteran needs.
I view therapy as a unique relationship between two people - the therapist and the client. Therapy is a process that fosters acceptance and change of the challenges people face and helps provide clarity. My goal is to help create a safe place to explore thoughts, feelings, and experiences that cause you pain, which may lead to difficulties in relationships, work, and/or daily life. Through this process we will create goals and a plan to reach your specific goals. My approach is genuine, compassionate, and non-judgmental. As a therapist, I bring 20 years of experience working with individuals from many walks of life.
(415) 821-8110
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Richmond, CA 94803
Offers online therapy
My areas of focus include men’s issues, anxiety, depression, substance use, life transitions, personal & professional relationships, and Veteran needs.
I view therapy as a unique relationship between two people - the therapist and the client. Therapy is a process that fosters acceptance and change of the challenges people face and helps provide clarity. My goal is to help create a safe place to explore thoughts, feelings, and experiences that cause you pain, which may lead to difficulties in relationships, work, and/or daily life. Through this process we will create goals and a plan to reach your specific goals. My approach is genuine, compassionate, and non-judgmental. As a therapist, I bring 20 years of experience working with individuals from many walks of life.
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Life by Design Therapy
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT Verified
Richmond, CA 94806
Offers online therapy
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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Richmond, CA 94806
Offers online therapy
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!
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Selva Counseling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW Verified
Office is near:
Richmond, CA 94805
Offers online therapy
Do you find it hard to move on or cope with life due to relationship, career stress, death of loved one, parenting, generational trauma or unresolved family dynamics ? Sometimes "feeling stuck" could be due to a recent or prior trauma. Are you First/Second generation american trying to negotiate between two cultures? My role is to increase awareness, help you get to the core of your issues, and come up with effective coping strategies. I work with both adults and youth who are overwhelmed, depressed or have experienced trauma/shock in their life, couples/families who have trouble communicating with each other and out of sync.
(510) 216-1287
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Office is near:
Richmond, CA 94805
Offers online therapy
Do you find it hard to move on or cope with life due to relationship, career stress, death of loved one, parenting, generational trauma or unresolved family dynamics ? Sometimes "feeling stuck" could be due to a recent or prior trauma. Are you First/Second generation american trying to negotiate between two cultures? My role is to increase awareness, help you get to the core of your issues, and come up with effective coping strategies. I work with both adults and youth who are overwhelmed, depressed or have experienced trauma/shock in their life, couples/families who have trouble communicating with each other and out of sync.
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Karen J Benjamin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW Verified
Office is near:
Richmond, CA 94806
Offers online therapy
I offer a culturally sensitive, excellent clinical, and a warm, nurturing and safe environment for individuals and families to help facilitate their growth and development. My specialties are working with Victims of Crime, Addictions, Grief/Loss, Parent-Teen issues (Adolescents), Mood Disorders - Anxiety, Depression, and Bi-Polar Disorder. My philosophy is ..." While keeping your best interest in mind, I believe we all have the capacity to reach our full potential, live our lives to the fullest and maintain a healthy balance". I also provide MFTI and ACSW CLINICAL SUPERVISION and professional consultations regarding program development and organizational management for profit and non-profit agency's.
(510) 985-4799
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Office is near:
Richmond, CA 94806
Offers online therapy
I offer a culturally sensitive, excellent clinical, and a warm, nurturing and safe environment for individuals and families to help facilitate their growth and development. My specialties are working with Victims of Crime, Addictions, Grief/Loss, Parent-Teen issues (Adolescents), Mood Disorders - Anxiety, Depression, and Bi-Polar Disorder. My philosophy is ..." While keeping your best interest in mind, I believe we all have the capacity to reach our full potential, live our lives to the fullest and maintain a healthy balance". I also provide MFTI and ACSW CLINICAL SUPERVISION and professional consultations regarding program development and organizational management for profit and non-profit agency's.
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Zvi Bellin
Counselor, PhD, LPCC Verified
Office is near:
Richmond, CA 94801
Offers online therapy
Struggle and suffering in your life, your relationship, or family can provide surprising opportunities to cultivate resilience, connection, and meaning. Therapy with me is a collaborative process. I work with individuals, couples, and families to develop a framework that will foster nourishing joy and holistic health. I welcome clients who experience social/racial oppression. If you struggle with communication, satisfaction, depression, meaning, or difficulty in life transitions, you will find resonance with my mindfulness-based and narrative approach. I work best with clients who seek to ease suffering and aim for transformation.
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Office is near:
Richmond, CA 94801
Offers online therapy
Struggle and suffering in your life, your relationship, or family can provide surprising opportunities to cultivate resilience, connection, and meaning. Therapy with me is a collaborative process. I work with individuals, couples, and families to develop a framework that will foster nourishing joy and holistic health. I welcome clients who experience social/racial oppression. If you struggle with communication, satisfaction, depression, meaning, or difficulty in life transitions, you will find resonance with my mindfulness-based and narrative approach. I work best with clients who seek to ease suffering and aim for transformation.
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Augie Feder
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT Verified
Office is near:
Richmond, CA 94801
Offers online therapy
Many of my clients are aware of feeling alienated or "different." My clients come from diverse walks of life and experience alienation for very different reasons. However, they often struggle with: depression, anxiety, early-life trauma, addictions, as well as painful repetition and disappointment in relationships. You may have had difficulty connecting and benefiting from therapy in the past. Working together we can face the pain, anxiety, and repetition that you may be feeling. Finding relief, gaining confidence and increasing satisfaction in your relationships is not a distant dream. I invite you to visit my website to learn more about my practice.
(510) 400-4168
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Office is near:
Richmond, CA 94801
Offers online therapy
Many of my clients are aware of feeling alienated or "different." My clients come from diverse walks of life and experience alienation for very different reasons. However, they often struggle with: depression, anxiety, early-life trauma, addictions, as well as painful repetition and disappointment in relationships. You may have had difficulty connecting and benefiting from therapy in the past. Working together we can face the pain, anxiety, and repetition that you may be feeling. Finding relief, gaining confidence and increasing satisfaction in your relationships is not a distant dream. I invite you to visit my website to learn more about my practice.
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Bay Area Personal Counseling Therapies
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, SEP, LMFT Verified
Office is near:
Richmond, CA 94804
Offers online therapy
My therapeutic training has been centered on experiential, culturally sensitive, and inner work necessary for becoming a healer. I focus on assessing individual client needs and providing compassionate therapeutic interventions to families, couples and children. My specialties include: Stress, Anxiety, Self esteem, Depression, Chronic Pain, and Trauma, Loss, Insomnia related to stress, Alcohol and Chemical dependency.
(415) 496-0465
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Office is near:
Richmond, CA 94804
Offers online therapy
My therapeutic training has been centered on experiential, culturally sensitive, and inner work necessary for becoming a healer. I focus on assessing individual client needs and providing compassionate therapeutic interventions to families, couples and children. My specialties include: Stress, Anxiety, Self esteem, Depression, Chronic Pain, and Trauma, Loss, Insomnia related to stress, Alcohol and Chemical dependency.
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La Shawn Miggins
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW Verified
Office is near:
Richmond, CA 94801
Offers online therapy
Therapy services can be challenging when you feel misunderstood culturally or struggle with developing a trustworthy therapeutic alliance. I’m experienced in working with diverse populations and providing treatment for Chronic Depression, Adjustment Disorder, Personality Disorders, Anxiety and Mood Disorders. I’m a licensed Psychotherapist with over 10 years’ experience working with adults, couples, families and children (specifically highlighting teens). I specialize in providing services for family conflict, substance abuse issues, childhood neglect, PTSD, relationship trauma, identity exploration, and emotional dysregulation.
(707) 940-8208
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Office is near:
Richmond, CA 94801
Offers online therapy
Therapy services can be challenging when you feel misunderstood culturally or struggle with developing a trustworthy therapeutic alliance. I’m experienced in working with diverse populations and providing treatment for Chronic Depression, Adjustment Disorder, Personality Disorders, Anxiety and Mood Disorders. I’m a licensed Psychotherapist with over 10 years’ experience working with adults, couples, families and children (specifically highlighting teens). I specialize in providing services for family conflict, substance abuse issues, childhood neglect, PTSD, relationship trauma, identity exploration, and emotional dysregulation.
All Heart Psychotherapy & Relationship Enhancement
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, RN, MA Verified
Richmond, CA 94806
Offers online therapy
You can be happier, healthier and find life more fulfilling, by engaging in therapy with Larry Yavorsky,MFT. A psychotherapist & relationship therapist for over 30 years, I help people to heal emotionally, mentally and physically, to become free of troubling symptoms and to explore and understand themselves. I have had success in treating a wide range of problems, especially depression, grief, anxiety, relationship stress, and post-traumatic stress. In relationship and marriage counseling, I emphasize the positive growth potential in relationships and in the individuals. I offer ways of enhancing communication, mutual nurturance, reaching agreements, and sexual fulfillment.
(510) 401-3935
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Richmond, CA 94806
Offers online therapy
You can be happier, healthier and find life more fulfilling, by engaging in therapy with Larry Yavorsky,MFT. A psychotherapist & relationship therapist for over 30 years, I help people to heal emotionally, mentally and physically, to become free of troubling symptoms and to explore and understand themselves. I have had success in treating a wide range of problems, especially depression, grief, anxiety, relationship stress, and post-traumatic stress. In relationship and marriage counseling, I emphasize the positive growth potential in relationships and in the individuals. I offer ways of enhancing communication, mutual nurturance, reaching agreements, and sexual fulfillment.
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Alexander Ochoa
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT Verified
Richmond, CA 94805
Offers online therapy
I focus on sports mental health, athletes struggling with fears of re-injury, effective communication, identity loss, anxiety, depression, substance use, life transitions, parenting, and conflict resolution.
Finding a therapist can be difficult, especially finding a therapist who looks like you and can relate to struggles you face with. Being a young male in todayʻs society can be difficult and often times problems are over looked due to the stigma of "man up." Being a parent and adjusting to the changes of a growing family, strain on a marriage, issues from childhood impacting parenting can be difficult to identify and reflect on. Being an athlete and finding space to process how issues outside of the sport could be impacting your performance can be outside of your comfort zone because personal or athletic lives tend to be seperate.
(510) 900-5394
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Richmond, CA 94805
Offers online therapy
I focus on sports mental health, athletes struggling with fears of re-injury, effective communication, identity loss, anxiety, depression, substance use, life transitions, parenting, and conflict resolution.
Finding a therapist can be difficult, especially finding a therapist who looks like you and can relate to struggles you face with. Being a young male in todayʻs society can be difficult and often times problems are over looked due to the stigma of "man up." Being a parent and adjusting to the changes of a growing family, strain on a marriage, issues from childhood impacting parenting can be difficult to identify and reflect on. Being an athlete and finding space to process how issues outside of the sport could be impacting your performance can be outside of your comfort zone because personal or athletic lives tend to be seperate.
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Debra S. Butler
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT Verified
Richmond, CA 94806
Offers online therapy
Waitlist for new clients
EAP, Stress, Depression, Anxiety,Trauma care and Relational problems are areas of practice.
I am a clinician whose passion is working with individuals, couples and groups from diverse cultures and backgrounds. I work from a whole-person and inclusive perspective welcoming clients with their own personal circumstances. Clients and members discover that anyone may have problems, feel overwhelmed and get stuck. That this is a great time to talk with a clinician who is interested in your values and well-being. Discussing your concerns and goal is intended to be informative and encouraging. With commitment and partnership during the therapy process, we work towards getting to a more productive and restored experience.
(510) 369-0503
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Richmond, CA 94806
Offers online therapy
Waitlist for new clients
EAP, Stress, Depression, Anxiety,Trauma care and Relational problems are areas of practice.
I am a clinician whose passion is working with individuals, couples and groups from diverse cultures and backgrounds. I work from a whole-person and inclusive perspective welcoming clients with their own personal circumstances. Clients and members discover that anyone may have problems, feel overwhelmed and get stuck. That this is a great time to talk with a clinician who is interested in your values and well-being. Discussing your concerns and goal is intended to be informative and encouraging. With commitment and partnership during the therapy process, we work towards getting to a more productive and restored experience.
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Gayle Peterson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PhD Verified
Richmond, CA 94804
Offers online therapy
Life transitions, such as childbirth, parenting, divorce, and stepfamilies can be challenging. I have 30 years experience applying an integrative approach based on family systems research, psycho-dynamic psychotherapy, and hypnosis. I am a pioneer in perinatal psychology. www.Petersonchildbirthmethod.com describes my work with women and their partners preparing for birth and motherhood for the first time, or after previous loss or birth trauma. I also treat individuals for depression and anxiety. I am also skilled as a life coach.
(510) 640-8923
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Richmond, CA 94804
Offers online therapy
Life transitions, such as childbirth, parenting, divorce, and stepfamilies can be challenging. I have 30 years experience applying an integrative approach based on family systems research, psycho-dynamic psychotherapy, and hypnosis. I am a pioneer in perinatal psychology. www.Petersonchildbirthmethod.com describes my work with women and their partners preparing for birth and motherhood for the first time, or after previous loss or birth trauma. I also treat individuals for depression and anxiety. I am also skilled as a life coach.
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Sara Rodenburg
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW Verified
Richmond, CA 94801
Offers online therapy
Hello. I'm glad you're here. As your therapist, I offer compassionate ear, gentle guidance, tools and skills you can use to help enhance your life, strengthen your inner power, brighten your light and live the life you have always envisioned. Whether you are grieving, struggling with addiction, feeling depressed, anxious, having a hard time coping with life's challenges, or going through changes, big or small, in your life, I can help. My clients tell me they feel heard and supported. I will walk with you through whatever you are going through, and help you forward with your journey.
(510) 272-7483
Verified
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Richmond, CA 94801
Offers online therapy
Hello. I'm glad you're here. As your therapist, I offer compassionate ear, gentle guidance, tools and skills you can use to help enhance your life, strengthen your inner power, brighten your light and live the life you have always envisioned. Whether you are grieving, struggling with addiction, feeling depressed, anxious, having a hard time coping with life's challenges, or going through changes, big or small, in your life, I can help. My clients tell me they feel heard and supported. I will walk with you through whatever you are going through, and help you forward with your journey.
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James Edwards
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW Verified
Richmond, CA 94801
Not accepting new clients
Sometimes we get to places in life where we get stuck. Maybe it’s an issue at the job or at home. Perhaps you’ve been dealing with feelings of depression, anxiety, or overwhelming anger. It is my goal to help you sort out how to deal with your challenges and support you develop into a better you. I also know that I am an African American cisgender male, and I want to use my presence in the therapy field to help increase the comfort level for males and minorities to receive clinical services.
(510) 621-6234
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Richmond, CA 94801
Not accepting new clients
Sometimes we get to places in life where we get stuck. Maybe it’s an issue at the job or at home. Perhaps you’ve been dealing with feelings of depression, anxiety, or overwhelming anger. It is my goal to help you sort out how to deal with your challenges and support you develop into a better you. I also know that I am an African American cisgender male, and I want to use my presence in the therapy field to help increase the comfort level for males and minorities to receive clinical services.
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Ryann DeSouza
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA Verified
Richmond, CA 94801
Offers online therapy
Are you struggling with any of the following: trauma, stress, anxiety, depression, LGBTQ+ issues, Autism, hoarding, organizational issues, and parenting issues? I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life when taking the first steps towards change. If you are ready to take that step, I am here to support and empower you on this new journey. I am looking for highly motivated individuals that are ready for the challenge, whom are dedicated and motivated to make a positive change in their life. I believe everyone deserves quality care.
(650) 235-4676
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Richmond, CA 94801
Offers online therapy
Are you struggling with any of the following: trauma, stress, anxiety, depression, LGBTQ+ issues, Autism, hoarding, organizational issues, and parenting issues? I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life when taking the first steps towards change. If you are ready to take that step, I am here to support and empower you on this new journey. I am looking for highly motivated individuals that are ready for the challenge, whom are dedicated and motivated to make a positive change in their life. I believe everyone deserves quality care.

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Depression Therapists
Depressive disorders are characterized by persistent feelings of sadness and worthlessness and a lack of desire to engage in formerly pleasurable activities. Depression is not a passing blue mood, which almost everyone experiences from time to time, but a complex mind/body illness that interferes with everyday functioning. It not only darkens one's outlook, it is commonly marked by sleep problems and changes in energy levels and appetite. It alters the structure and function of nerve cells so that it disrupts the way the brain processes information and interprets experience.

Despite feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness, depression is a treatable condition. It can be treated with psychotherapy by depression therapists in Richmond. As with many illnesses, the earlier treatment begins, the more effective it can be and the greater the likelihood that recurrence can be prevented.

Psychotherapy addresses the thinking patterns that precipitate depression, and studies show that it prevents recurrence. Drug therapy is often helpful in relieving symptoms, such as severe anxiety, so that people can engage in meaningful psychotherapy.