Psychologist, PhD
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Oakland, California 94618
"My primary focus is on alcohol and drug related problems as well as anxiety, depression, interpersonal and work-related problems. I have worked extensively with professionals but particularly with physicians. I was a Co-Founder and the Director of The Stanford Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine, Stanford University from 1985 to 2001 providing clinical services, teaching and conducting research. I retired and I have been in private practice since then with an office in the Market Hall in the Rockridge area in Oakland offering individual, couple and family therapy."
Psychodynamic
(510) 275-7662
Verified
Oakland, California 94618
Psychodynamic
"My primary focus is on alcohol and drug related problems as well as anxiety, depression, interpersonal and work-related problems. I have worked extensively with professionals but particularly with physicians. I was a Co-Founder and the Director of The Stanford Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine, Stanford University from 1985 to 2001 providing clinical services, teaching and conducting research. I retired and I have been in private practice since then with an office in the Market Hall in the Rockridge area in Oakland offering individual, couple and family therapy."
Natalie Compagni Portis, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, MFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Oakland, California 94618
"I offer psychotherapy through the life cycle and I believe that each of us brings our unique history and experience to each relationship, with our partner, our children, our colleagues, friends and families. Through dialogue and learning deep empathy and understanding of ourselves as well as our partners, we can learn to trust, heal old wounds and love more deeply, and find deep satisfaction within ourselves and in our relationships."
Psychodynamic
(510) 592-9050
Verified
Oakland, California 94618
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Psychodynamic
"I offer psychotherapy through the life cycle and I believe that each of us brings our unique history and experience to each relationship, with our partner, our children, our colleagues, friends and families. Through dialogue and learning deep empathy and understanding of ourselves as well as our partners, we can learn to trust, heal old wounds and love more deeply, and find deep satisfaction within ourselves and in our relationships."
Chelsea DeMarte, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Oakland, California 94611
"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."
Psychodynamic
(510) 944-0842
Verified
Oakland, California 94611
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Psychodynamic
"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."
Megan Gredesky, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, RDT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Oakland, California 94609
"Are you navigating a world of fear, anxiety, anger, or sadness that follow any loss such as a divorce, death, or major change in your life? Has the rigidity of an Inner Critic taken control of your life preventing you from experiencing joy and ease in day to day life? Is your child or adolescent struggling with their peer relationships, experiencing ongoing bullying, or is their behavior impacting their academic performance or ability to be successful? I can help you or your child address these kinds of issues and more in therapy."
Psychodynamic
(510) 694-0644
Verified
Oakland, California 94609
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Psychodynamic
"Are you navigating a world of fear, anxiety, anger, or sadness that follow any loss such as a divorce, death, or major change in your life? Has the rigidity of an Inner Critic taken control of your life preventing you from experiencing joy and ease in day to day life? Is your child or adolescent struggling with their peer relationships, experiencing ongoing bullying, or is their behavior impacting their academic performance or ability to be successful? I can help you or your child address these kinds of issues and more in therapy."
Saun-Toy Latifa Trotter, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Oakland, California 94618
"The health of an individual informs and inspires the health of the community. Are you or a loved one experiencing anxiety, depression, chronic irritation, grief and loss, fear, or stuck in a pattern that no longer serves you? I am a healer and psychotherapist with over 18 years experience serving adults, adolescents and families impacted by interpersonal, community and historical trauma. I am committed to fostering healthy communities and families by supporting individuals to access healing that reveals their wholeness and authentic selves. Regardless of the past, you can experience a sense ease and wellbeing. "
Psychodynamic
(510) 661-3187
Verified
Oakland, California 94618
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Psychodynamic
"The health of an individual informs and inspires the health of the community. Are you or a loved one experiencing anxiety, depression, chronic irritation, grief and loss, fear, or stuck in a pattern that no longer serves you? I am a healer and psychotherapist with over 18 years experience serving adults, adolescents and families impacted by interpersonal, community and historical trauma. I am committed to fostering healthy communities and families by supporting individuals to access healing that reveals their wholeness and authentic selves. Regardless of the past, you can experience a sense ease and wellbeing. "
Kathleen H. McClelland, LMFT 82458, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Oakland, California 94609
"I work collaboratively with adults, children and families, co-creating a therapeutic relationship that helps clients recognize behaviors that no longer work and discover new options for living. Using a relational, non-judgmental and compassionate approach, I help people navigate difficult life transitions, work through grief and loss and adjust to living with physical or mental illnesses. I have assisted many in their recovery from addiction and substance abuse as well as from trauma. My work also incorporates sand tray and expressive arts."
Psychodynamic
(888) 697-2063
Verified
Oakland, California 94609
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Psychodynamic
"I work collaboratively with adults, children and families, co-creating a therapeutic relationship that helps clients recognize behaviors that no longer work and discover new options for living. Using a relational, non-judgmental and compassionate approach, I help people navigate difficult life transitions, work through grief and loss and adjust to living with physical or mental illnesses. I have assisted many in their recovery from addiction and substance abuse as well as from trauma. My work also incorporates sand tray and expressive arts."
David Cerfolio, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CAADAC
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Oakland, California 94618
"I am a licensed clinical social worker and certified substance abuse counselor who has worked in the field for the past 15 years. My hope is to use my experiences and skills to help individuals struggling with mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, PTSD or substance abuse issues find new coping skills in order improve the quality of their lives. My approach combines elements of short-term behavioral therapies (DBT and CBT) with psychodynamic techniques to address problematic behaviors to achieve lasting change."
Psychodynamic
(510) 296-6270
Verified
Oakland, California 94618
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Psychodynamic
"I am a licensed clinical social worker and certified substance abuse counselor who has worked in the field for the past 15 years. My hope is to use my experiences and skills to help individuals struggling with mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, PTSD or substance abuse issues find new coping skills in order improve the quality of their lives. My approach combines elements of short-term behavioral therapies (DBT and CBT) with psychodynamic techniques to address problematic behaviors to achieve lasting change."
Linda Kay Brunson, Psychologist
Psychologist, Ph.D.
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Oakland, California 94618
"I work with adolescents, adults, families, and couples who are experiencing emotional distress and are needing to sort out the root causes of their problems as well as develop appropriate coping skills to move forward in their lives. Relationship issues, work or school stress, job loss, illness, death of someone you love, bullying, fears of harm - these are examples of situations that can prompt anxiety, depression, loneliness, grief, anger, or other painful feelings. We work as a team to better understand your life circumstance and how to develop ways of dealing with life's difficulties."
Psychodynamic
(510) 974-7381
Verified
Oakland, California 94618
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Psychodynamic
"I work with adolescents, adults, families, and couples who are experiencing emotional distress and are needing to sort out the root causes of their problems as well as develop appropriate coping skills to move forward in their lives. Relationship issues, work or school stress, job loss, illness, death of someone you love, bullying, fears of harm - these are examples of situations that can prompt anxiety, depression, loneliness, grief, anger, or other painful feelings. We work as a team to better understand your life circumstance and how to develop ways of dealing with life's difficulties."
Preschool Psychology, Psychologist
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Office is near:
Oakland, California 94601
"If your child is experiencing tantrums or aggression, feels anxious, angry, or sad, has a low tolerance for frustration, or has poor relationships with other children or adults, I can help. I am a therapist specialized in working with young children and their families. I work with parents to help them understand their child's behavior and know how to respond during difficult parenting moments. I work with children to help them build social skills, understand and regulate their emotions, and overcome traumatic experiences (ex.death, illness) or difficult life transitions (ex. birth of a new sibling, divorce, school expulsion)."
Psychodynamic
(510) 282-5710
Verified
Office is near:
Oakland, California 94601
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Psychodynamic
"If your child is experiencing tantrums or aggression, feels anxious, angry, or sad, has a low tolerance for frustration, or has poor relationships with other children or adults, I can help. I am a therapist specialized in working with young children and their families. I work with parents to help them understand their child's behavior and know how to respond during difficult parenting moments. I work with children to help them build social skills, understand and regulate their emotions, and overcome traumatic experiences (ex.death, illness) or difficult life transitions (ex. birth of a new sibling, divorce, school expulsion)."
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Oakland, California 94609
"An ideal client for me would be someone who is seeking self-discovery and healing. The issues one may encounter may involve relationship difficulties, low self-esteem, lack of self-care, and are experiencing depression and/or anxiety. These are indeed painful but I believe pain is indicative of an impaired capacity for connection to ourselves and with others. Your goals should be created collaboratively, around your wants and needs, as we begin to co-create a path towards healing. I want my clients to see and accept the best and worst parts of themselves, ultimately seeing themselves as whole and honoring their uniqueness."
Psychodynamic
(628) 227-5767
Verified
Oakland, California 94609
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Psychodynamic
"An ideal client for me would be someone who is seeking self-discovery and healing. The issues one may encounter may involve relationship difficulties, low self-esteem, lack of self-care, and are experiencing depression and/or anxiety. These are indeed painful but I believe pain is indicative of an impaired capacity for connection to ourselves and with others. Your goals should be created collaboratively, around your wants and needs, as we begin to co-create a path towards healing. I want my clients to see and accept the best and worst parts of themselves, ultimately seeing themselves as whole and honoring their uniqueness."
Jennie Bertone, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Oakland, California 94609
"I have been exploring the body-mind connection as a dedicated mindfulness-practitioner and meditator for over a decade. I believe that each individual holds great capacity for healing and growth. My job is to help you uncover those resources that allow each of us to live more fully and authentically. My work is informed by many somatically-oriented modalities: Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Hakomi, Richard Schwartz's Internal Family Systems, as well as the most current research in attachment, neurobiology, and trauma. I am a Registered Marriage and Family Therapy Associate (IMF#103507)."
Psychodynamic
(510) 674-0464 x10
Verified
Oakland, California 94609
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Psychodynamic
"I have been exploring the body-mind connection as a dedicated mindfulness-practitioner and meditator for over a decade. I believe that each individual holds great capacity for healing and growth. My job is to help you uncover those resources that allow each of us to live more fully and authentically. My work is informed by many somatically-oriented modalities: Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Hakomi, Richard Schwartz's Internal Family Systems, as well as the most current research in attachment, neurobiology, and trauma. I am a Registered Marriage and Family Therapy Associate (IMF#103507)."
Caitlin E Billings, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Oakland, California 94609
"It takes courage to enter into therapy. My approach is to collaborate with you to restore a sense of wholeness. "
Psychodynamic
(510) 573-7458
Verified
Oakland, California 94609
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Psychodynamic
"It takes courage to enter into therapy. My approach is to collaborate with you to restore a sense of wholeness. "
Leigh Lyndon, Psychologist
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Oakland, California 94618
"Life moves so quickly these days, it's hard to take the time to really think about who we are and how we are living. Often, it takes years of patterns that are hurtful or self-destructive to wonder why we aren't feeling happy or fulfilled. Psychotherapy can provide the time and space to really understand and experience ourselves in a new way. I will listen with curiosity and warmth and will collaborate with you to help effect positive change in your life and relationships."
Psychodynamic
(510) 254-3504
Verified
Oakland, California 94618
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Psychodynamic
"Life moves so quickly these days, it's hard to take the time to really think about who we are and how we are living. Often, it takes years of patterns that are hurtful or self-destructive to wonder why we aren't feeling happy or fulfilled. Psychotherapy can provide the time and space to really understand and experience ourselves in a new way. I will listen with curiosity and warmth and will collaborate with you to help effect positive change in your life and relationships."
Eliot Schain, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, MFA
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Office is near:
Oakland, California 94609
"I work with adults, teens, and couples struggling with depression, anxiety, and the inability to effectively communicate. With individuals, I help reframe challenges and liberate talents, especially in men alienated from the economy and meaningful purpose. I taught for years in a high school, and thus am comfortable working with adolescents. My orientation is eclectic, however I draw mostly from psychodynamic and relational theory, as well as CBT techniques. I find these approaches complementary, even necessary to establish a holistic treatment plan."
Psychodynamic
(510) 296-5537
Verified
Office is near:
Oakland, California 94609
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Psychodynamic
"I work with adults, teens, and couples struggling with depression, anxiety, and the inability to effectively communicate. With individuals, I help reframe challenges and liberate talents, especially in men alienated from the economy and meaningful purpose. I taught for years in a high school, and thus am comfortable working with adolescents. My orientation is eclectic, however I draw mostly from psychodynamic and relational theory, as well as CBT techniques. I find these approaches complementary, even necessary to establish a holistic treatment plan."
Lucy Collier, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Office is near:
Oakland, California 94609
"I am a psychotherapist in private practice in the East Bay since 1996. I offer a non-judgmental therapeutic relationship where individuals, couples or families can find self acceptance, safety, access insight and intuition, and cultivate an attitude of kindness toward the self and others. Recovery from trauma, working on communication and relationships, overcoming addiction, spiritual self-development and healing, and coping with depression/stress from major life transitions are common themes. I have taught and supervised therapists in training at various local agencies. I also have a background in holistic and shamanic healing."
Psychodynamic
(510) 403-8133
Verified
Office is near:
Oakland, California 94609
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Psychodynamic
"I am a psychotherapist in private practice in the East Bay since 1996. I offer a non-judgmental therapeutic relationship where individuals, couples or families can find self acceptance, safety, access insight and intuition, and cultivate an attitude of kindness toward the self and others. Recovery from trauma, working on communication and relationships, overcoming addiction, spiritual self-development and healing, and coping with depression/stress from major life transitions are common themes. I have taught and supervised therapists in training at various local agencies. I also have a background in holistic and shamanic healing."
Noelle Clason, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Oakland, California 94609
"I provide sex-positive therapy to individuals, relationships, and adult families. Most of my clients have non-mainstream sexual, gender, and/or relationship identities. Many identify as non-monogamous, are considering opening or creatively designing their relationship(s); I help them to create agreements, move through jealousy, heal from infidelities, build trust, and improve communication with partners and metamours. I work with queer, transgender, and nonbinary clients just beginning to question and explore their identities, and those who have been out for years and need therapy from a clinician familiar with queer issues."
Psychodynamic
(510) 907-6191
Verified
Oakland, California 94609
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Psychodynamic
"I provide sex-positive therapy to individuals, relationships, and adult families. Most of my clients have non-mainstream sexual, gender, and/or relationship identities. Many identify as non-monogamous, are considering opening or creatively designing their relationship(s); I help them to create agreements, move through jealousy, heal from infidelities, build trust, and improve communication with partners and metamours. I work with queer, transgender, and nonbinary clients just beginning to question and explore their identities, and those who have been out for years and need therapy from a clinician familiar with queer issues."
Kathy Brady, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Office is near:
Oakland, California 94618
"Life in the Bay Area is challenging and the additional stress associated with being LGBTQ+, a woman, pregnant, a parent or all of the above can push it over the edge. Sometimes, especially if you didn’t feel protected or cared for as a child or if something bad has happened to you, life feels like you’re in over your head. Relationships feel out of control and painful, sleeping is hard and you can’t seem to take care of yourself the way you know you should. Emotions can feel like a roller coaster and daily responsibilities like work or kids are overwhelming. I want you to know - you can feel better and good therapy can help."
Psychodynamic
(628) 300-3570
Verified
Office is near:
Oakland, California 94618
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Psychodynamic
"Life in the Bay Area is challenging and the additional stress associated with being LGBTQ+, a woman, pregnant, a parent or all of the above can push it over the edge. Sometimes, especially if you didn’t feel protected or cared for as a child or if something bad has happened to you, life feels like you’re in over your head. Relationships feel out of control and painful, sleeping is hard and you can’t seem to take care of yourself the way you know you should. Emotions can feel like a roller coaster and daily responsibilities like work or kids are overwhelming. I want you to know - you can feel better and good therapy can help."
Kathryn Orfirer, Psychologist
Psychologist, PhD
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
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."
Psychodynamic
(510) 692-9736
Verified
Oakland, California 94610
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Psychodynamic
"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."
Fei A Hu, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Oakland, California 94610
" Have you ever asked yourself these questions - Who am I? Who are my people? Do I belong? Why do I keep repeating the same patterns in relationships? Why do I have trouble standing up or speaking up for myself? Why can't I give to myself the way I give to others? I invite you to reach out - I can help you explore these questions and find a deeper sense of connection to yourself and others. "
Psychodynamic
(510) 800-5874
Verified
Oakland, California 94610
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Psychodynamic
" Have you ever asked yourself these questions - Who am I? Who are my people? Do I belong? Why do I keep repeating the same patterns in relationships? Why do I have trouble standing up or speaking up for myself? Why can't I give to myself the way I give to others? I invite you to reach out - I can help you explore these questions and find a deeper sense of connection to yourself and others. "
Esther Ehrensaft, Psychologist
Psychologist, PhD
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Office is near:
Oakland, California 94618
"Most people seek out a psychologist when they have truly done their best to resolve their difficulties on their own. When you can't see your own emotional blind spots, feeling stuck and distressed can ripple through many areas of your life. Perhaps this is your first time seeking out a therapist, or perhaps you are returning to psychotherapy for a fresh perspective. As a psychologist with over 17 years of experience, I have a seasoned understanding of what leads people to hit roadblocks in their lives, in areas including work, school, marriage, parenting, family, and intimate relationships."
Psychodynamic
(415) 578-7673
Verified
Office is near:
Oakland, California 94618
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Psychodynamic
"Most people seek out a psychologist when they have truly done their best to resolve their difficulties on their own. When you can't see your own emotional blind spots, feeling stuck and distressed can ripple through many areas of your life. Perhaps this is your first time seeking out a therapist, or perhaps you are returning to psychotherapy for a fresh perspective. As a psychologist with over 17 years of experience, I have a seasoned understanding of what leads people to hit roadblocks in their lives, in areas including work, school, marriage, parenting, family, and intimate relationships."

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Psychodynamic Therapists
Psychodynamic therapy in Oakland, also known as insight-oriented therapy, evolved from Freudian psychoanalysis. Like adherents of psychoanalysis, psychodynamic therapists believe that bringing the unconscious into conscious awareness promotes insight and resolves conflict. But psychodynamic therapy is briefer and less intensive than psychoanalysis and also focuses on the relationship between the therapist and the client, as a way to learn about how the client relates to everyone in their life.

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.