Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94609
"I offer a free initial session to invite you to see what it's like for us to work together. I am a safe and devoted ally. I help people understand themselves better, heal, and grow. I use warmth, curiosity, and humor to help remove blocks to feeling happy and connected: to yourself, to others, and to your life. In my work with couples, I help each partner feel safe, heard, and respected enough to uncover and put words to the vulnerable feelings that underly the fights and alienation."
Gay
(415) 630-4265
Verified
Oakland, California 94609
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Gay
"I offer a free initial session to invite you to see what it's like for us to work together. I am a safe and devoted ally. I help people understand themselves better, heal, and grow. I use warmth, curiosity, and humor to help remove blocks to feeling happy and connected: to yourself, to others, and to your life. In my work with couples, I help each partner feel safe, heard, and respected enough to uncover and put words to the vulnerable feelings that underly the fights and alienation."
Beth Gadomski, Psychologist
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94611
"Working at Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley, helped me to develop these three recommendations for finding a therapist: 1) Find the "best fit" by meeting with (or calling) two or three therapists. Research suggests that the relationship you develop with your therapist determines therapy outcomes/benefits. Trust your judgement; pick a therapist that you like. 2) When contacting therapists, ask what experience they have working with your particular concerns. If their response does not increase your comfort, find another therapist. 3) Consider your preferred therapist demographics, such as age, ethnic-racial identity, and gender."
Gay
(415) 373-6080
Verified
Oakland, California 94611
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Gay
"Working at Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley, helped me to develop these three recommendations for finding a therapist: 1) Find the "best fit" by meeting with (or calling) two or three therapists. Research suggests that the relationship you develop with your therapist determines therapy outcomes/benefits. Trust your judgement; pick a therapist that you like. 2) When contacting therapists, ask what experience they have working with your particular concerns. If their response does not increase your comfort, find another therapist. 3) Consider your preferred therapist demographics, such as age, ethnic-racial identity, and gender."
Marjorie Chaset, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94610
"Many of the people who reach out to me for therapy describe themselves as disheartened and distressed with some major part of their lives. Some feel sadly disconnected in their intimate relationship with a primary partner or spouse. Others feel they can't find a way to communicate and connect with a parent, child or sibling. Other people want relief from feeling anxious, depressed or overwhelmed by stress. What they all have in common is a genuine desire to feel more deeply connected in their relationships and to live more fully and with greater ease. Does this sound like you?"
Gay
(650) 516-6803
Verified
Oakland, California 94610
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Gay
"Many of the people who reach out to me for therapy describe themselves as disheartened and distressed with some major part of their lives. Some feel sadly disconnected in their intimate relationship with a primary partner or spouse. Others feel they can't find a way to communicate and connect with a parent, child or sibling. Other people want relief from feeling anxious, depressed or overwhelmed by stress. What they all have in common is a genuine desire to feel more deeply connected in their relationships and to live more fully and with greater ease. Does this sound like you?"
Alison Trules, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94618
"In times of transition life can be complicated and it may be difficult to make the best choices or decisions. A warm, experienced and compassionate psychotherapist can help guide you though these times. If you are struggling in your life right now, I offer you a safe place and the support that you need. Therapy will provide a structure that allows you to work on your relationship with yourself and improve your relationship with others. I work with adults and adolescents on a broad range of difficulties such as depression, anxiety, loss and grief, body image and eating disorders."
Gay
(510) 417-3442
Verified
Oakland, California 94618
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Gay
"In times of transition life can be complicated and it may be difficult to make the best choices or decisions. A warm, experienced and compassionate psychotherapist can help guide you though these times. If you are struggling in your life right now, I offer you a safe place and the support that you need. Therapy will provide a structure that allows you to work on your relationship with yourself and improve your relationship with others. I work with adults and adolescents on a broad range of difficulties such as depression, anxiety, loss and grief, body image and eating disorders."
Amanda Piasecki, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94612
"Through therapy, we can author and re-author life stories and personal mythologies in order to bring self-supporting realities into existence. I work collaboratively with clients, cultivating existing strengths and internal resources in order to foster relationships and life experiences that contribute to clients' recovery and wellbeing. When invited, and with respect, I’m honored to explore what makes clients who they are, and to support who they want to become. "
Gay
(415) 938-7007
Verified
Oakland, California 94612
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Gay
"Through therapy, we can author and re-author life stories and personal mythologies in order to bring self-supporting realities into existence. I work collaboratively with clients, cultivating existing strengths and internal resources in order to foster relationships and life experiences that contribute to clients' recovery and wellbeing. When invited, and with respect, I’m honored to explore what makes clients who they are, and to support who they want to become. "
Christina Michelle Watkins, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94610
"( Please note I am not accepting new clients at this time.) Hello! Congratulations on the step you are making towards your healing. It takes incredible bravery to share your story and journey with another person, and I will do my best to create and maintain an atmosphere of safety, respect, and acceptance for all of your identities, strengths, and concerns. I firmly believe that you are the expert on your experiences: within you already is the the capacity to fully heal from past wounds. I see myself as a "Co-explorer" on your journey to living the life you desire and want to assist you in trusting your own inner wisdom."
Gay
(510) 698-9385
Verified
Oakland, California 94610
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Gay
"( Please note I am not accepting new clients at this time.) Hello! Congratulations on the step you are making towards your healing. It takes incredible bravery to share your story and journey with another person, and I will do my best to create and maintain an atmosphere of safety, respect, and acceptance for all of your identities, strengths, and concerns. I firmly believe that you are the expert on your experiences: within you already is the the capacity to fully heal from past wounds. I see myself as a "Co-explorer" on your journey to living the life you desire and want to assist you in trusting your own inner wisdom."
Leena K Osteraas, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94610
"I am sincerely interested in joining you on your life journey, accompanying you as you focus on your unique strengths and continually emerging interests. Allowing yourself to give yourself attention in this way is sure to help you to regain your balance and to connect with people in your work and personal life with more satisfaction and pleasure ."
Gay
(510) 662-1257
Verified
Oakland, California 94610
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Gay
"I am sincerely interested in joining you on your life journey, accompanying you as you focus on your unique strengths and continually emerging interests. Allowing yourself to give yourself attention in this way is sure to help you to regain your balance and to connect with people in your work and personal life with more satisfaction and pleasure ."
Leyla Antonia Eraslan, LPC Intern
LPC Intern, MA, MFTI, PCCI
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94618
"Hi there--I'm Leyla! First, kudos to you for taking this step--finding a therapist isn't easy! It's my goal to provide you with a compassionate and creative space to work together on whatever may be holding you back or weighing you down. My philosophy in therapy is based on this belief: We are all entitled to love ourselves wholly and deeply. There's a lot that disconnects us from ourselves and our path--together we can rebuild the relationship to self and foster positive change, growth, and understanding. I am all about collaboration, imagination, and respect!"
Gay
(510) 944-1017
Verified
Oakland, California 94618
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Gay
"Hi there--I'm Leyla! First, kudos to you for taking this step--finding a therapist isn't easy! It's my goal to provide you with a compassionate and creative space to work together on whatever may be holding you back or weighing you down. My philosophy in therapy is based on this belief: We are all entitled to love ourselves wholly and deeply. There's a lot that disconnects us from ourselves and our path--together we can rebuild the relationship to self and foster positive change, growth, and understanding. I am all about collaboration, imagination, and respect!"
Amanda Houston-Hamilton, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, DMH, MFT
Office is near:
Oakland, California 94608
"My "ideal" patient is ready to make changes s/he has long wanted and feels able to explore the barriers to emotional well-being in partnership with an experienced therapist. Building a healthy relationship in therapy is not only essential to immediate goals, but is a skill that patients take away for use with on-going problem-solving."
Gay
(415) 867-5100
Office is near:
Oakland, California 94608
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Gay
"My "ideal" patient is ready to make changes s/he has long wanted and feels able to explore the barriers to emotional well-being in partnership with an experienced therapist. Building a healthy relationship in therapy is not only essential to immediate goals, but is a skill that patients take away for use with on-going problem-solving."
Amy Ratkovich, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94612
"All are welcome... It can be difficult to find self-compassionate when we don't fit into mainstream society or feel utterly alone. I provide creative guidance and tailored solutions to the universal difficulties we face in life to the unique difficulties you as an individual face. You are on this site because you need someone with an open mind and heart to purely listen, without judgement and teach you some skills to support your unique journey. Clearly, if you are here just looking at your options you are already taking an important first step, please reach out so I can support you in taking the next step. "
Gay
(510) 694-1245
Verified
Oakland, California 94612
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Gay
"All are welcome... It can be difficult to find self-compassionate when we don't fit into mainstream society or feel utterly alone. I provide creative guidance and tailored solutions to the universal difficulties we face in life to the unique difficulties you as an individual face. You are on this site because you need someone with an open mind and heart to purely listen, without judgement and teach you some skills to support your unique journey. Clearly, if you are here just looking at your options you are already taking an important first step, please reach out so I can support you in taking the next step. "
Marla Cass, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Office is near:
Oakland, California 94609
"I help women who are successful in their careers but not in their relationships. I have many years of experience helping people discover their strengths, look at their lives through a different lens, and move past the obstacles that have held them back. Our work together will include understanding you as a person, not as a diagnosis, while helping you to to find acceptance for who you are and build a more solid sense of yourself. "
Gay
(415) 967-5007
Verified
Office is near:
Oakland, California 94609
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Gay
"I help women who are successful in their careers but not in their relationships. I have many years of experience helping people discover their strengths, look at their lives through a different lens, and move past the obstacles that have held them back. Our work together will include understanding you as a person, not as a diagnosis, while helping you to to find acceptance for who you are and build a more solid sense of yourself. "
Bay Area Couples Counseling, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, Emotion, Focused, Couples
Verified by Psychology Today
Office is near:
Oakland, California 94618
"SPECIALIZING IN COUPLES COUNSELING: It really hurts when the person you love is focused on "being right", rather than really getting you! Does your relationship create a deep pain or numbness in your heart? When we start to believe that our LEGITIMATE needs for connection will not be adequately met with our partner, it is easy to focus on our personal needs (at the expense of our partner's). A NORMAL human response to this is: nagging, petty repetitive fights, silent-treatments, numbing out, outbursts, being condescending, focusing on being right (rather than really listening). I DON'T PLAY REFEREE!"
Gay
(510) 296-5425
Verified
Office is near:
Oakland, California 94618
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Gay
"SPECIALIZING IN COUPLES COUNSELING: It really hurts when the person you love is focused on "being right", rather than really getting you! Does your relationship create a deep pain or numbness in your heart? When we start to believe that our LEGITIMATE needs for connection will not be adequately met with our partner, it is easy to focus on our personal needs (at the expense of our partner's). A NORMAL human response to this is: nagging, petty repetitive fights, silent-treatments, numbing out, outbursts, being condescending, focusing on being right (rather than really listening). I DON'T PLAY REFEREE!"
Bri Badelle, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94609
"The focus of my practice is working with folx from various communities (women from all backgrounds, men of color, LGBTQ, varying spiritual and cultural beliefs, those who want to work through their racism to become allies, etc) figure out how to best navigate their lives. As we get older and become more successful, it becomes harder to "figure things out", while also staying true to ourselves. I see my clients as the experts of their own lives and I am just here to help them figure out which route to take. "
Gay
(510) 573-7559
Verified
Oakland, California 94609
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Gay
"The focus of my practice is working with folx from various communities (women from all backgrounds, men of color, LGBTQ, varying spiritual and cultural beliefs, those who want to work through their racism to become allies, etc) figure out how to best navigate their lives. As we get older and become more successful, it becomes harder to "figure things out", while also staying true to ourselves. I see my clients as the experts of their own lives and I am just here to help them figure out which route to take. "
Kathryn Orfirer, Psychologist
Psychologist, PhD
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94610
"A clinical and developmental psychologist with over 30 years experience, I work with adults, parents and children from birth through adolescence. Development is a continual balance of equilibrium and disequilibrium; a lifelong process as bodies, brains, relationships and expectations change. Vulnerabilities, discomfort and negative emotions also create unseen opportunity for growth and change. From infancy on, we all have an inner vitality into which therapy can allow us to tap. Therapy provides a safe protected space that nurtures exploration, reflection, growth and change."
Gay
(510) 692-9736
Verified
Oakland, California 94610
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Gay
"A clinical and developmental psychologist with over 30 years experience, I work with adults, parents and children from birth through adolescence. Development is a continual balance of equilibrium and disequilibrium; a lifelong process as bodies, brains, relationships and expectations change. Vulnerabilities, discomfort and negative emotions also create unseen opportunity for growth and change. From infancy on, we all have an inner vitality into which therapy can allow us to tap. Therapy provides a safe protected space that nurtures exploration, reflection, growth and change."
Dr. Jayn Rajandran PsyD / Jayn.Org, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, LMFT, IO, Psych, CGE
Verified by Psychology Today
Hosts group in:
Oakland, California 94618
"Concierge therapy offered in Palo Alto, Rockridge & SF locations. You decide on the day, time, location, in-person or online. This modality is for busy professionals/students who want to graduate psychotherapy fast. Sessions are fun and focused. Most clients can graduate from therapy within 3-6 months for life transition problems. For severe trauma and mental health cases, it can a little longer. Specializing in teens, couples and individuals struggling with trauma, sexual abuse, substances abuse, depression, anxiety, grief, suicide, trust, abandonment, severe mental health and anger. "
Gay
(650) 727-1761
Verified
Hosts group in:
Oakland, California 94618
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Gay
"Concierge therapy offered in Palo Alto, Rockridge & SF locations. You decide on the day, time, location, in-person or online. This modality is for busy professionals/students who want to graduate psychotherapy fast. Sessions are fun and focused. Most clients can graduate from therapy within 3-6 months for life transition problems. For severe trauma and mental health cases, it can a little longer. Specializing in teens, couples and individuals struggling with trauma, sexual abuse, substances abuse, depression, anxiety, grief, suicide, trust, abandonment, severe mental health and anger. "
Tricia Kim Walsh, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94609
"Do you feel stressed from helplessness and find yourself bottling up your emotions? Have you just entered into a new developmental life phase (middle/high school/college/graduation/job change/new relationship/engagement/marriage, etc.). Or maybe your depression, anxiety and/or relational problems have you so stuck, you can no longer can focus on what is most important in your life. I am an authentic and interactive therapist who is focused on helping you find immediate solutions. I specialize in work with individual adults, tweens, teens and families. Call for a free 20 minute telephone consultation today!"
Gay
(925) 392-0834
Verified
Oakland, California 94609
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Gay
"Do you feel stressed from helplessness and find yourself bottling up your emotions? Have you just entered into a new developmental life phase (middle/high school/college/graduation/job change/new relationship/engagement/marriage, etc.). Or maybe your depression, anxiety and/or relational problems have you so stuck, you can no longer can focus on what is most important in your life. I am an authentic and interactive therapist who is focused on helping you find immediate solutions. I specialize in work with individual adults, tweens, teens and families. Call for a free 20 minute telephone consultation today!"
Andy Sussman, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94618
"It's a courageous step to seek help. Things aren't working and perhaps you are looking for a new way, new strategies and perspective. You need relief from this angst. The surprise here is that your pain, frustration or relationship conflict can also be an asset. I am not suggesting minimizing your emotional suffering nor the importance of us finding immediate relief. I am suggesting that in facing your difficulties we can move towards enduring change. How does change happen in therapy? In my work with clients we identify some of the stories you have been telling yourself."
Gay
(415) 969-2593
Verified
Oakland, California 94618
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Gay
"It's a courageous step to seek help. Things aren't working and perhaps you are looking for a new way, new strategies and perspective. You need relief from this angst. The surprise here is that your pain, frustration or relationship conflict can also be an asset. I am not suggesting minimizing your emotional suffering nor the importance of us finding immediate relief. I am suggesting that in facing your difficulties we can move towards enduring change. How does change happen in therapy? In my work with clients we identify some of the stories you have been telling yourself."
Shelley M Samuels, LPC Intern
LPC Intern, MS, APPC
Verified by Psychology Today
Office is near:
Oakland, California 94601
"Therapy is neither magic nor science, but I believe that therapy has the potential to be magical and transformative. I offer a warm, supportive environment to help individuals explore deep trauma as well as ordinary issues that impact daily life and long-term goals. I strive to inspire creativity through nature, and incorporate creative arts into my practice. My specialties: LGBTQQ issues/identity, working through grief/loss, helping with political wounding, healing survivors of domestic violence/sexual assault, positive aging, body image, building long-term relationships, and life transitions. A veteran career counselor, I've over 7 years of experience providing career counseling and coaching."
Gay
(510) 974-7425
Verified
Office is near:
Oakland, California 94601
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Gay
"Therapy is neither magic nor science, but I believe that therapy has the potential to be magical and transformative. I offer a warm, supportive environment to help individuals explore deep trauma as well as ordinary issues that impact daily life and long-term goals. I strive to inspire creativity through nature, and incorporate creative arts into my practice. My specialties: LGBTQQ issues/identity, working through grief/loss, helping with political wounding, healing survivors of domestic violence/sexual assault, positive aging, body image, building long-term relationships, and life transitions. A veteran career counselor, I've over 7 years of experience providing career counseling and coaching."
Kathleen Croker, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Office is near:
Oakland, California 94611
"I work well with people who are going through major life transitions such as loss; divorce and separation; launching adult children; education and career shifts; and immigration. I also work with adults who want to heal from recent or childhood traumas, relationship difficulties, and family of origin issues. In addition I work with adopted and foster children or adults with foster/adopt histories. I provide calm respectful attention to what you need to explore and do during the session."
Gay
(510) 379-9405
Verified
Office is near:
Oakland, California 94611
Gay
"I work well with people who are going through major life transitions such as loss; divorce and separation; launching adult children; education and career shifts; and immigration. I also work with adults who want to heal from recent or childhood traumas, relationship difficulties, and family of origin issues. In addition I work with adopted and foster children or adults with foster/adopt histories. I provide calm respectful attention to what you need to explore and do during the session."
Lucy Fine, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, RN, CPC
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94618
"Are you asking, How can I find love? or, What is missing in my relationships? Are you stuck in complaining and blaming, or avoiding and withholding? Are you noticing your relationship struggles make you feel lonelier rather than more open to each other? I provide an environment of safety where you may explore how you are stuck and how your persistent conflicts spoil your potential for intimacy. Tracking the repetitive patterns of communication, and the stories which confirm your most negative beliefs, I will strengthen your awareness to the influences that affect whether you keep repeating old patterns or open to real change."
Gay
(415) 742-2927
Verified
Oakland, California 94618
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Gay
"Are you asking, How can I find love? or, What is missing in my relationships? Are you stuck in complaining and blaming, or avoiding and withholding? Are you noticing your relationship struggles make you feel lonelier rather than more open to each other? I provide an environment of safety where you may explore how you are stuck and how your persistent conflicts spoil your potential for intimacy. Tracking the repetitive patterns of communication, and the stories which confirm your most negative beliefs, I will strengthen your awareness to the influences that affect whether you keep repeating old patterns or open to real change."

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Gay (LGBTQ) Therapists
We should make clear that not all the therapists listed here are gay themselves. Rather, they specialize in helping with aspects of being gay in Oakland or homosexual. They provide help for gay couples in gay relationships, gay issues and issues that affect gay life.

If you're gay or are looking for help with gay issues in Oakland or for an Oakland gay therapist these professionals provide gay counseling and gay friendly care for gays or lesbians. They include gay friendly therapists plus gay therapists in Oakland, gay friendly psychologists, and gay friendly counsellors.

Counseling may include LGBT counseling in Oakland, LGBTQ or Oakland GLBT counseling.

How can I tell if a therapist is right for me?
Therapists in Oakland are able to work with a wide range of issues.

For example, if you're seeking a marriage counselor in Oakland you'll find that most therapists are trained in marriage counseling or couples counseling in Oakland and couples therapy. And they welcome families for family counseling in Oakland or family therapy in Oakland.