Preston Lopez
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MS, AMFT Verified
Oakland, CA 94610
Offers online therapy
Hello and welcome. My name is Preston and I am a queer therapist of color. My first priority as a therapist is always to establish a safe and vibrant relationship with clients, believing deeply that authentic human connection is one of the greatest catalysts for healing and change. I also take a systems approach in the work I do with clients, seeking to understand each individual’s role within larger social and systemic constructs. I bring a social justice lens to working with clients, helping people to understand and heal from the effects of internalized oppression and the ways it impacts one's sense of self and relationships.
(510) 738-2626
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Oakland, CA 94610
Offers online therapy
Hello and welcome. My name is Preston and I am a queer therapist of color. My first priority as a therapist is always to establish a safe and vibrant relationship with clients, believing deeply that authentic human connection is one of the greatest catalysts for healing and change. I also take a systems approach in the work I do with clients, seeking to understand each individual’s role within larger social and systemic constructs. I bring a social justice lens to working with clients, helping people to understand and heal from the effects of internalized oppression and the ways it impacts one's sense of self and relationships.
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Paul J. Wensley
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW Verified
Oakland, CA 94609
Offers online therapy
I am a survivor of depression, and the trauma of living in this world as a gay man.
Life has its ups and downs, ins and outs, mountains, plateaus, and valleys, and sometimes you just need someone to talk to. Is it a loss, feeling anxious, depressed, unaccepted, overwhelmed or fragile. Are some of these things holding you back? Together we can learn coping skills, healthy ways of living, and how to move forward in your life. I use a compassionate, non- judgmental, understanding, strength based approach by acknowledging and welcoming your whole person, body, mind, and spirit.
(415) 358-5306
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Oakland, CA 94609
Offers online therapy
I am a survivor of depression, and the trauma of living in this world as a gay man.
Life has its ups and downs, ins and outs, mountains, plateaus, and valleys, and sometimes you just need someone to talk to. Is it a loss, feeling anxious, depressed, unaccepted, overwhelmed or fragile. Are some of these things holding you back? Together we can learn coping skills, healthy ways of living, and how to move forward in your life. I use a compassionate, non- judgmental, understanding, strength based approach by acknowledging and welcoming your whole person, body, mind, and spirit.
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Aaron Testard
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, LPCC Verified
Office is near:
Oakland, CA 94601
Not accepting new clients
I have several years of experience specializing in the areas of sexuality, gender, LGBT issues, addiction, and chronic illness, with both adults and adolescents.
Do you feel lost, questioning who you are or where you're going with no easy answers? Sometimes life takes an unexpected turn, we hit a bottom, or we just realize that something in us is different...or something must change. Such times of confusion and crisis are often the meeting point for our work together. They are also openings to self-discovery and real change. I listen deeply for what you want, develop a relationship of trust, and work WITH you to establish the clarity and direction you need.
(510) 239-5686
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Office is near:
Oakland, CA 94601
Not accepting new clients
I have several years of experience specializing in the areas of sexuality, gender, LGBT issues, addiction, and chronic illness, with both adults and adolescents.
Do you feel lost, questioning who you are or where you're going with no easy answers? Sometimes life takes an unexpected turn, we hit a bottom, or we just realize that something in us is different...or something must change. Such times of confusion and crisis are often the meeting point for our work together. They are also openings to self-discovery and real change. I listen deeply for what you want, develop a relationship of trust, and work WITH you to establish the clarity and direction you need.
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Michael Lysaght
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT Verified
Office is near:
Oakland, CA 94610
Offers online therapy
I specialize in treating LGBT concerns (individual and relationship), and augment my practice with specialized training in transgender care.
*September 2021: Appointments remain virtual, due to COVID-19 concerns, at this time. I offer teletherapy to clients in California and Colorado.* Sometimes we expect far too much from ourselves. Each client is invited into a space where there is no expectation and where they are free to be themselves, without fear of judgement or misunderstanding. Adults can sometimes struggle to find space to hold compassion for themselves. Couples (and all variants of relationship structure) can also use a nonjudgmental time and space to feel heard, while building tools for communication.
(415) 723-4141
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Office is near:
Oakland, CA 94610
Offers online therapy
I specialize in treating LGBT concerns (individual and relationship), and augment my practice with specialized training in transgender care.
*September 2021: Appointments remain virtual, due to COVID-19 concerns, at this time. I offer teletherapy to clients in California and Colorado.* Sometimes we expect far too much from ourselves. Each client is invited into a space where there is no expectation and where they are free to be themselves, without fear of judgement or misunderstanding. Adults can sometimes struggle to find space to hold compassion for themselves. Couples (and all variants of relationship structure) can also use a nonjudgmental time and space to feel heard, while building tools for communication.
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Miles Murch
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA Verified
Office is near:
Oakland, CA 94611
Offers online therapy
I work with gay men and queer people who would like to feel more empowered, more at ease, and more connected in their lives and relationships! It’s not easy to walk your own path and find safety, belonging, and purpose in this world. If you identify as LGBTQIA, you didn’t grow up with good models for queer relationships. Even if your life is "perfect on paper," it might be a challenge to find trust, deepen intimacy, set boundaries, stay centered, and go after the life you want.
(510) 900-9779
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Office is near:
Oakland, CA 94611
Offers online therapy
I work with gay men and queer people who would like to feel more empowered, more at ease, and more connected in their lives and relationships! It’s not easy to walk your own path and find safety, belonging, and purpose in this world. If you identify as LGBTQIA, you didn’t grow up with good models for queer relationships. Even if your life is "perfect on paper," it might be a challenge to find trust, deepen intimacy, set boundaries, stay centered, and go after the life you want.
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Percy Raynier Castellanos
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW Verified
Office is near:
Oakland, CA 94601
Offers online therapy
I welcome diversity in all of its forms, especially queer people of color and non-monogamous relationships.
I am drawn to support clients heal the anxiety, guilt and shame from trauma. This may include trauma related to abuse, bullying, accidents, harassment, religious impositions, discrimination, and more. My clients often want to feel less anxiety, better manage their triggers, enjoy sexual intercourse with their partner(s), and redefine themselves from the trauma they experienced. Grounding techniques, challenging learned beliefs, asserting needs, and living more for self, are common themes in my practice and essential for post-traumatic growth. Integrating identities (e.g. race, ethnicity, sexuality, etc.) is common in my practice.
(341) 999-7914
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Office is near:
Oakland, CA 94601
Offers online therapy
I welcome diversity in all of its forms, especially queer people of color and non-monogamous relationships.
I am drawn to support clients heal the anxiety, guilt and shame from trauma. This may include trauma related to abuse, bullying, accidents, harassment, religious impositions, discrimination, and more. My clients often want to feel less anxiety, better manage their triggers, enjoy sexual intercourse with their partner(s), and redefine themselves from the trauma they experienced. Grounding techniques, challenging learned beliefs, asserting needs, and living more for self, are common themes in my practice and essential for post-traumatic growth. Integrating identities (e.g. race, ethnicity, sexuality, etc.) is common in my practice.
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Max Kopeikin
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, A-MFT, MA, PgDip, BA Verified
Office is near:
Oakland, CA 94610
I help adults and teens looking to become more aware, learn and better themselves. Maybe there is something that needs to shift/change or maybe it is just a growth-oriented process. I have done a lot of my work with people who identify as Trans/Gender Non-Conforming/Nonbinary. Other queer populations who I have a lot of experience helping include couples, polyamorous relationships, the Latinx community, long-term HIV survivors, and gay/Queer men. My work celebrates diverse genders, sexualities and kink identities. My ideal client is open to work in a way that combines talk therapy, yoga/somatic approaches and art-based therapies.
(628) 244-3943
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Office is near:
Oakland, CA 94610
I help adults and teens looking to become more aware, learn and better themselves. Maybe there is something that needs to shift/change or maybe it is just a growth-oriented process. I have done a lot of my work with people who identify as Trans/Gender Non-Conforming/Nonbinary. Other queer populations who I have a lot of experience helping include couples, polyamorous relationships, the Latinx community, long-term HIV survivors, and gay/Queer men. My work celebrates diverse genders, sexualities and kink identities. My ideal client is open to work in a way that combines talk therapy, yoga/somatic approaches and art-based therapies.
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Kip Williams
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT Verified
Office is near:
Oakland, CA 94610
Not accepting new clients
As a gay therapist, I specialize in working with LGBTQ+ clients to heal from shame and internalized stigma so we can live from a place of authenticity and connection.
I can provide a safe and supportive space for you to talk about important life experiences, including past trauma and current challenges. As a therapist, I want to help you understand your emotions better, make use of the resources that are available to you, and take steps for personal growth as you define it for yourself.
(503) 455-5770
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Office is near:
Oakland, CA 94610
Not accepting new clients
As a gay therapist, I specialize in working with LGBTQ+ clients to heal from shame and internalized stigma so we can live from a place of authenticity and connection.
I can provide a safe and supportive space for you to talk about important life experiences, including past trauma and current challenges. As a therapist, I want to help you understand your emotions better, make use of the resources that are available to you, and take steps for personal growth as you define it for yourself.
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Larry Tonberg Edwards
Psychologist, PsyD Verified
Oakland, CA 94602
Offers online therapy
LGBT focus on: identity issues, sexuality, internalized homophobia, and nontraditional relationships.
Psychotherapy is an opportunity to develop a new compassionate understanding of yourself and your relationship to others. Whether you are looking for symptom relief or personal growth, the work of psychotherapy begins with establishing a trusting relationship with the therapist who will be your guide, ally, and occasionally your nemesis in exploration. I encourage my clients to become relentlessly curious about themselves by carefully looking at their past and present relationships and the patterns of their emotional and psychological lives.
(510) 403-8479
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Oakland, CA 94602
Offers online therapy
LGBT focus on: identity issues, sexuality, internalized homophobia, and nontraditional relationships.
Psychotherapy is an opportunity to develop a new compassionate understanding of yourself and your relationship to others. Whether you are looking for symptom relief or personal growth, the work of psychotherapy begins with establishing a trusting relationship with the therapist who will be your guide, ally, and occasionally your nemesis in exploration. I encourage my clients to become relentlessly curious about themselves by carefully looking at their past and present relationships and the patterns of their emotional and psychological lives.
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Micah Rea
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT Verified
Oakland, CA 94609
Offers online therapy
I have been working with LGBTQ+ communities and their families in mental health settings for the last 8 years. I'm passionate about providing a space for all people to be celebrated for their full authentic selves. I honor and respect the strategies clients have learned that support them in coping and surviving. Together, we can work towards becoming more aware and understanding of how these coping strategies and patterns best serve us, recognize what may no longer serve us, and find new ways of coping. I support clients with any needs or goals that they bring to therapy.
(925) 905-8569
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Oakland, CA 94609
Offers online therapy
I have been working with LGBTQ+ communities and their families in mental health settings for the last 8 years. I'm passionate about providing a space for all people to be celebrated for their full authentic selves. I honor and respect the strategies clients have learned that support them in coping and surviving. Together, we can work towards becoming more aware and understanding of how these coping strategies and patterns best serve us, recognize what may no longer serve us, and find new ways of coping. I support clients with any needs or goals that they bring to therapy.
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David A Irving
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT Verified
Oakland, CA 94618
I have extensive training and experience working with clients from a variety of ethnic and racial backgrounds, as well as members of the LGBT community.
Adolescents (and adults) have many difficult issues to face as they transition through different phases of life. These issues are often compounded by trauma, low self-esteem, and problems within interpersonal relationships with peers and family. Therapy is a tool that can be used to help individuals identify and access inner strength to overcome life's hurdles.
(510) 585-9002
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Oakland, CA 94618
I have extensive training and experience working with clients from a variety of ethnic and racial backgrounds, as well as members of the LGBT community.
Adolescents (and adults) have many difficult issues to face as they transition through different phases of life. These issues are often compounded by trauma, low self-esteem, and problems within interpersonal relationships with peers and family. Therapy is a tool that can be used to help individuals identify and access inner strength to overcome life's hurdles.
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Quetzal Francois
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT Verified
Oakland, CA 94609
Offers online therapy
As a mixed-race queer woman I hold an intimate understanding of the need for a therapeutic approach that is intersectional.
I believe that inside each of our struggles there is a choice and it's from this place that we can reconnect to and reclaim our inherent wisdom and power. My intention in our work together is to help shed light on the path to help guide you home to yourself
(341) 444-2078 x2
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Oakland, CA 94609
Offers online therapy
As a mixed-race queer woman I hold an intimate understanding of the need for a therapeutic approach that is intersectional.
I believe that inside each of our struggles there is a choice and it's from this place that we can reconnect to and reclaim our inherent wisdom and power. My intention in our work together is to help shed light on the path to help guide you home to yourself
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Chelsea DeMarte
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT Verified
Oakland, CA 94610
Offers online therapy
While I work with diverse individuals from all walks of life, I specialize in working with LGBTQ+ community and regularly integrate EMDR into treatment.
Navigating through our human journey can be daunting, and everyone can benefit from support along the way. My role as a therapist is to help you gain more insight into the nature of your inner world and a greater perspective of your outer circumstances so that you can become empowered to create the intentional and meaningful life that you truly desire. With compassion and deep presence, we will identify unconscious patterns that are limiting you so that you can gain the awareness and tools needed to create effective changes for yourself.
(510) 944-0842
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Oakland, CA 94610
Offers online therapy
While I work with diverse individuals from all walks of life, I specialize in working with LGBTQ+ community and regularly integrate EMDR into treatment.
Navigating through our human journey can be daunting, and everyone can benefit from support along the way. My role as a therapist is to help you gain more insight into the nature of your inner world and a greater perspective of your outer circumstances so that you can become empowered to create the intentional and meaningful life that you truly desire. With compassion and deep presence, we will identify unconscious patterns that are limiting you so that you can gain the awareness and tools needed to create effective changes for yourself.
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Lara Taylor Kester
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT Verified
Oakland, CA 94612
Offers online therapy
To schedule your first visit with me, please use this online scheduling link - (https://portal.geneticforesight.com/book) --- Lara Taylor Kester is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Masters in Counseling Psychology and a Certificate in Traumatology from Holy Names University. She has also presented on mental health and geek culture at several comic conventions. Lara has over 10 years experience in crisis management and in home therapeutic services, working with at risk adolescents and young adults. She specializes in working with LGBTQ+ individuals, adolescents and young adults, and trauma survivors.
(510) 640-8301
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Oakland, CA 94612
Offers online therapy
To schedule your first visit with me, please use this online scheduling link - (https://portal.geneticforesight.com/book) --- Lara Taylor Kester is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Masters in Counseling Psychology and a Certificate in Traumatology from Holy Names University. She has also presented on mental health and geek culture at several comic conventions. Lara has over 10 years experience in crisis management and in home therapeutic services, working with at risk adolescents and young adults. She specializes in working with LGBTQ+ individuals, adolescents and young adults, and trauma survivors.
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Jonathan Julian
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT Verified
Oakland, CA 94610
Offers online therapy
I am a queer artist, activist and therapist. I believe deeply in healing, and my practice as a therapist is one way I use my own healing journey to inform and create space for others to explore theirs. I seek to center my work on empowering and supporting people in the LGBTQIA+ community navigating all the emotional work it takes to exist in an oppressive culture - anxiety, depression, relationships, sex, gender, substance use, family, housing, employment, etc. Whether directly or indirectly through my practice, I also work to uplift and center the empowerment of queer, trans*, black, indigenous and people of color (QTBIPOC).
(510) 800-7282
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Oakland, CA 94610
Offers online therapy
I am a queer artist, activist and therapist. I believe deeply in healing, and my practice as a therapist is one way I use my own healing journey to inform and create space for others to explore theirs. I seek to center my work on empowering and supporting people in the LGBTQIA+ community navigating all the emotional work it takes to exist in an oppressive culture - anxiety, depression, relationships, sex, gender, substance use, family, housing, employment, etc. Whether directly or indirectly through my practice, I also work to uplift and center the empowerment of queer, trans*, black, indigenous and people of color (QTBIPOC).
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Abby Weintraub
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT Verified
Oakland, CA 94610
Not accepting new clients
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
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.
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Caitlin Finnell
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT Verified
Oakland, CA 94606
Offers online therapy
While I work with a diversity of people, I specialize in working with LGBTQ individuals, couples and youth. As a Marriage and Family psychotherapist, I seek to help my clients find their way through the hardships that life can bring. I believe in the healing power of the therapeutic relationship as well as each individual having the power to heal themselves. I believe in a strength based, solution focused approach to therapy and work with my clients to not only overcome their current circumstances but to also develop tools and strategies that they can use moving forward in their lives.
(303) 816-3290
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Oakland, CA 94606
Offers online therapy
While I work with a diversity of people, I specialize in working with LGBTQ individuals, couples and youth. As a Marriage and Family psychotherapist, I seek to help my clients find their way through the hardships that life can bring. I believe in the healing power of the therapeutic relationship as well as each individual having the power to heal themselves. I believe in a strength based, solution focused approach to therapy and work with my clients to not only overcome their current circumstances but to also develop tools and strategies that they can use moving forward in their lives.
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Matthew Moreno
Marriage & Family Therapist Verified
Oakland, CA 94610
Offers online therapy
In addition to working extensively with anxiety issues, I specialize in helping clients improve their relationships with their partners/spouses. I wholeheartedly welcome both straight and LGBT clients into my practice. I often tell clients that everything makes perfect sense (ie. the problems they share and how they react), and all we need to do is find the right pieces of the puzzle to help them understand. It is from this understanding that relief and solutions arise. By truly understanding what anxiety is an isn't, we learn how to navigate it so it doesn't control our lives.
(415) 675-1848
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Oakland, CA 94610
Offers online therapy
In addition to working extensively with anxiety issues, I specialize in helping clients improve their relationships with their partners/spouses. I wholeheartedly welcome both straight and LGBT clients into my practice. I often tell clients that everything makes perfect sense (ie. the problems they share and how they react), and all we need to do is find the right pieces of the puzzle to help them understand. It is from this understanding that relief and solutions arise. By truly understanding what anxiety is an isn't, we learn how to navigate it so it doesn't control our lives.
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Walt Odets
Psychologist, PhD Verified
Office is near:
Oakland, CA 94618
Offers online therapy
About three-quarters of my practice is devoted to individual therapy with gay men and counseling for gay couples. The remainder of my therapy hours are devoted to women, the parents of gay men, and others. I specialize in gay and bisexual issues, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, aging, trauma, personal isolation, relationships, intimacy, sex, HIV, and survivor issues. I have written extensively about the psychological and social issues of gay men and gay communities. My most recent book, released in June 2019 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (and Penguin in the U.K.), is "Out of the Shadows: Reimagining Gay Men's Lives."
(510) 858-2863
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Office is near:
Oakland, CA 94618
Offers online therapy
About three-quarters of my practice is devoted to individual therapy with gay men and counseling for gay couples. The remainder of my therapy hours are devoted to women, the parents of gay men, and others. I specialize in gay and bisexual issues, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, aging, trauma, personal isolation, relationships, intimacy, sex, HIV, and survivor issues. I have written extensively about the psychological and social issues of gay men and gay communities. My most recent book, released in June 2019 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (and Penguin in the U.K.), is "Out of the Shadows: Reimagining Gay Men's Lives."
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Kelly M. Sharp
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT Verified
Office is near:
Oakland, CA 94601
Offers online therapy
As a person of color and a member of the LGBTQ community, I have a unique perspective to offer and am acutely aware of ways that gender, sexual identity and race can impact our experiences.
Emotional distress can lead to feelings of anxiety, depression, hopelessness and isolation. Stress resulting from uncertainty can greatly impact our ability to engage in relationships, to make healthy choices and our self esteem. Learning to cope adaptively can make life more manageable, especially during stressful life events.
(510) 230-2721
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Office is near:
Oakland, CA 94601
Offers online therapy
As a person of color and a member of the LGBTQ community, I have a unique perspective to offer and am acutely aware of ways that gender, sexual identity and race can impact our experiences.
Emotional distress can lead to feelings of anxiety, depression, hopelessness and isolation. Stress resulting from uncertainty can greatly impact our ability to engage in relationships, to make healthy choices and our self esteem. Learning to cope adaptively can make life more manageable, especially during stressful life events.

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LGBTQ+ Therapists
These therapists specialize in providing supportive, LGBTQ-affirming therapy in Oakland. Many offer personal insights as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender therapists themselves. Others are allies of the LGBTQIA community with specialized training and experience working with LGBTQ+ clients. All have chosen to include the LGBTQIA community as an area of specialization and client focus.