Psychologist, PhD, MBA, ABPP
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94618
"Many people, like those I usually work with, feel that, because of experiences in their past, they are not able to live as fully and happily as they wish. They want to be free of the effects of those experiences. Each person sets their own pace, but newer, effective approaches enable most people to reach their therapeutic goals more quickly than they could with older methods. These newer methods require out of session practice and record-keeping, so that we might better understand the events that cause difficulties and develop new ways to respond. The therapist is your guide, mentor, coach, and knowledgeable ally."
Psychodynamic
(510) 488-2253
Verified
Oakland, California 94618
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Psychodynamic
"Many people, like those I usually work with, feel that, because of experiences in their past, they are not able to live as fully and happily as they wish. They want to be free of the effects of those experiences. Each person sets their own pace, but newer, effective approaches enable most people to reach their therapeutic goals more quickly than they could with older methods. These newer methods require out of session practice and record-keeping, so that we might better understand the events that cause difficulties and develop new ways to respond. The therapist is your guide, mentor, coach, and knowledgeable ally."
East Bay Intimacy & Sex Therapy Center
PsyD
Verified by Psychology Today
Office is near:
Oakland, California 94610
"East Bay Intimacy & Sex Therapy Center was created with the goal of making the practice of sex & intimacy therapy more relationship-focused & accessible, without the stigma & confusion that often accompanies misperceptions about couples & sex therapy. We offer attachment-based sex therapy & couples counseling. We believe that healthy relationships are at the core of how change & healing occur. Having a healthy sexual relationship to one's self or partner(s) is vital to overall wellbeing. We strive to support & promote lifelong change that will allow you to form sustainable, loving & equitable relationships, & an overall sense of health wellbeing."
Psychodynamic
(510) 694-2664
Verified
Office is near:
Oakland, California 94610
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Psychodynamic
"East Bay Intimacy & Sex Therapy Center was created with the goal of making the practice of sex & intimacy therapy more relationship-focused & accessible, without the stigma & confusion that often accompanies misperceptions about couples & sex therapy. We offer attachment-based sex therapy & couples counseling. We believe that healthy relationships are at the core of how change & healing occur. Having a healthy sexual relationship to one's self or partner(s) is vital to overall wellbeing. We strive to support & promote lifelong change that will allow you to form sustainable, loving & equitable relationships, & an overall sense of health wellbeing."
Marion Lisa Bayard, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, RPT-S
Verified by Psychology Today
Office is near:
Oakland, California 94602
"Whether experiencing distress due to current life circumstances or lingering hurts and difficulties, working with a supportive therapist can help. Each individual and family has its own unique story and set of strengths and struggles. My practice consists of working with children, families and adults. I have provided services in diverse settings including schools, youth and family service organizations and substance abuse programs. I have had the honor of working with people of all ages and cultural backgrounds. I believe in working collaboratively with clients and I strive to provide a welcoming environment that promotes healing, self-acceptance and learning new skills to cope."
Psychodynamic
(510) 592-6663
Verified
Office is near:
Oakland, California 94602
Psychodynamic
"Whether experiencing distress due to current life circumstances or lingering hurts and difficulties, working with a supportive therapist can help. Each individual and family has its own unique story and set of strengths and struggles. My practice consists of working with children, families and adults. I have provided services in diverse settings including schools, youth and family service organizations and substance abuse programs. I have had the honor of working with people of all ages and cultural backgrounds. I believe in working collaboratively with clients and I strive to provide a welcoming environment that promotes healing, self-acceptance and learning new skills to cope."
Sharon Gregory, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Office is near:
Oakland, California 94612
"Since 1989, I have been helping people uncover, explore, and work through barriers to authenticity and aliveness. Together, we bring into awareness the thoughts and feelings that can interfere with being more fully engaged with yourself or others. You may feel that you don't know yourself or can't be yourself; that decisions are difficult to make or impossible to follow through on; or that connections with others are empty or unsatisfying. Taking a closer look at what's getting in the way can make a difference."
Psychodynamic
(510) 540-4870
Verified
Office is near:
Oakland, California 94612
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Psychodynamic
"Since 1989, I have been helping people uncover, explore, and work through barriers to authenticity and aliveness. Together, we bring into awareness the thoughts and feelings that can interfere with being more fully engaged with yourself or others. You may feel that you don't know yourself or can't be yourself; that decisions are difficult to make or impossible to follow through on; or that connections with others are empty or unsatisfying. Taking a closer look at what's getting in the way can make a difference."
Desirae Torrens, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, M.S., LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94610
"As a bilingual licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, I have 12+ years of extensive experience working with clients who struggle with depression, anxiety, trauma, abuse, have been victims of crime or violence, issues related to immigration and acculturation, and relationship and occupational stress."
Psychodynamic
(415) 301-3940
Verified
Oakland, California 94610
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Psychodynamic
"As a bilingual licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, I have 12+ years of extensive experience working with clients who struggle with depression, anxiety, trauma, abuse, have been victims of crime or violence, issues related to immigration and acculturation, and relationship and occupational stress."
Carrie K Evenden, Psychologist
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified by Psychology Today
Hosts group in:
Oakland, California 94609
"The decision to start psychotherapy is significant as it often means that you are suffering in some way or you've realized that what you've been doing is no longer working, and you are seeking change in your life. My approach is collaborative, warm, and challenging. I work psychodynamically, and also focus on the integration of the mind and body. I believe change occurs through the expression of emotions, addressing how the past impacts your current experiences, and exploring interpersonal relationships, including the relationship between the patient and therapist."
Psychodynamic
(415) 234-4674
Verified
Hosts group in:
Oakland, California 94609
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Psychodynamic
"The decision to start psychotherapy is significant as it often means that you are suffering in some way or you've realized that what you've been doing is no longer working, and you are seeking change in your life. My approach is collaborative, warm, and challenging. I work psychodynamically, and also focus on the integration of the mind and body. I believe change occurs through the expression of emotions, addressing how the past impacts your current experiences, and exploring interpersonal relationships, including the relationship between the patient and therapist."
Nick Wightman, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94611
"Choosing to start therapy is a sign of strength, not weakness. I believe all people have a natural inclination toward growth and wholeness and sometimes things get in the way. Exploring these obstacles with compassion and courage can help you cultivate the most important relationship of your life -- your relationship with yourself. Whether your challenge is depression, anxiety, grief and loss, relationships, addictions or career challenges, all you need to get started is the desire to change."
Psychodynamic
(510) 403-8480
Verified
Oakland, California 94611
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Psychodynamic
"Choosing to start therapy is a sign of strength, not weakness. I believe all people have a natural inclination toward growth and wholeness and sometimes things get in the way. Exploring these obstacles with compassion and courage can help you cultivate the most important relationship of your life -- your relationship with yourself. Whether your challenge is depression, anxiety, grief and loss, relationships, addictions or career challenges, all you need to get started is the desire to change."
Genoa Hamiel, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94609
"Hi there! Maybe you have a lot going for you, but nonetheless you're suffering quietly. You may feel at a loss to deal with yourself and get through your rut. Maybe your usual methods of sweeping your "baggage" under the rug isn't working so well anymore. Seeking help at a moment like this is both a smart move and a brave one! I approach my time with you in all seriousness, but sprinkled in with levity when appropriate; crying and laughter can both be healing!"
Psychodynamic
(415) 682-6712
Verified
Oakland, California 94609
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Psychodynamic
"Hi there! Maybe you have a lot going for you, but nonetheless you're suffering quietly. You may feel at a loss to deal with yourself and get through your rut. Maybe your usual methods of sweeping your "baggage" under the rug isn't working so well anymore. Seeking help at a moment like this is both a smart move and a brave one! I approach my time with you in all seriousness, but sprinkled in with levity when appropriate; crying and laughter can both be healing!"
Eileen Heo, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94609
"I am skilled in treating clients with the following problems: work stress; depression and anxiety; post traumatic stress syndrome; domestic violence, physical, emotional and sexual abuse; issues of acculturation and inter-generational conflict; relationship and women's health; as well as aging, losses and bereavement."
Psychodynamic
(510) 860-4216
Verified
Oakland, California 94609
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Psychodynamic
"I am skilled in treating clients with the following problems: work stress; depression and anxiety; post traumatic stress syndrome; domestic violence, physical, emotional and sexual abuse; issues of acculturation and inter-generational conflict; relationship and women's health; as well as aging, losses and bereavement."
Shirin Shoai, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94610
"If you're considering therapy, you may feel that you're not quite living up to your potential, not finding the connection you want in relationships, or generally feeling stuck, anxious, or frustrated without knowing why. Feelings like these are more common than you think, and therapy can help you move forward with more self-awareness and confidence."
Psychodynamic
(415) 366-8346
Verified
Oakland, California 94610
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Psychodynamic
"If you're considering therapy, you may feel that you're not quite living up to your potential, not finding the connection you want in relationships, or generally feeling stuck, anxious, or frustrated without knowing why. Feelings like these are more common than you think, and therapy can help you move forward with more self-awareness and confidence."
Jess Gioia, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Office is near:
Oakland, California 94607
"Aren’t emotions the worst? You're chugging along in your routine that includes all the things you’re supposed to do to be healthy, happy and successful, and then boom! Overwhelming anger or despair pops up out of nowhere and knocks you on your ass, and despite your efforts, there is nothing you can do to stop it. You are extremely intelligent, highly disciplined; you don’t need any more self-care tips. What you do need is someone there when you feel out of control, who won’t be intimidated by how deeply you feel and who in fact relishes the opportunity to walk with you on this terrifying and exhilarating journey of being human."
Psychodynamic
(510) 901-3465
Verified
Office is near:
Oakland, California 94607
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Psychodynamic
"Aren’t emotions the worst? You're chugging along in your routine that includes all the things you’re supposed to do to be healthy, happy and successful, and then boom! Overwhelming anger or despair pops up out of nowhere and knocks you on your ass, and despite your efforts, there is nothing you can do to stop it. You are extremely intelligent, highly disciplined; you don’t need any more self-care tips. What you do need is someone there when you feel out of control, who won’t be intimidated by how deeply you feel and who in fact relishes the opportunity to walk with you on this terrifying and exhilarating journey of being human."
Kris Velasco, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified by Psychology Today
Office is near:
Oakland, California 94601
"By the time you get to this point, deciding you need help and seeking out a therapist, you have made an important first step towards feeling better. You may be going through a difficult time and do not know how to break out of it. I use my 15+ years of experience to help people through painful times and hard changes. I work collaboratively with you, prioritizing what you would like to work on."
Psychodynamic
(510) 284-2866
Verified
Office is near:
Oakland, California 94601
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Psychodynamic
"By the time you get to this point, deciding you need help and seeking out a therapist, you have made an important first step towards feeling better. You may be going through a difficult time and do not know how to break out of it. I use my 15+ years of experience to help people through painful times and hard changes. I work collaboratively with you, prioritizing what you would like to work on."
Milena Edwards, Psychologist
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94618
"Something is shifting in your life. The earth beneath you is not as stable as it once was. Maybe it's a major life transition, like going to college, getting married, moving to the Bay Area, or changing jobs. Maybe it's a loss, like a death, a divorce, a miscarriage, or leaving someone or something in your life. Or maybe this transition is harder to put your finger on...you might be feeling stuck and needing something to shift. There are many moments in life that offer an opportunity to transform, or require us to change if we are to continue growing. "
Psychodynamic
(510) 462-5683
Verified
Oakland, California 94618
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Psychodynamic
"Something is shifting in your life. The earth beneath you is not as stable as it once was. Maybe it's a major life transition, like going to college, getting married, moving to the Bay Area, or changing jobs. Maybe it's a loss, like a death, a divorce, a miscarriage, or leaving someone or something in your life. Or maybe this transition is harder to put your finger on...you might be feeling stuck and needing something to shift. There are many moments in life that offer an opportunity to transform, or require us to change if we are to continue growing. "
Andrew Nelson Peterson, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CCSOTS
Verified by Psychology Today
Office is near:
Oakland, California 94619
"I specialize in working with individuals and couples who are experiencing challenges with addiction, emotional trauma/ptsd, depression & anxiety as well as issues regarding relationship negotiation, conflict resolution, intimacy, sex and sexuality. I focus on self-understanding, individual strengths, developing stronger communication skills and coping skills. My approach is collaborative, interactive, eclectic and engaging. I believe that therapy is a partnership as no-one should have to struggle with any of these issues alone. I work with my clients to better understand that there is a solution, that change is possibe and that there is Hope."
Psychodynamic
(628) 600-1369
Verified
Office is near:
Oakland, California 94619
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Psychodynamic
"I specialize in working with individuals and couples who are experiencing challenges with addiction, emotional trauma/ptsd, depression & anxiety as well as issues regarding relationship negotiation, conflict resolution, intimacy, sex and sexuality. I focus on self-understanding, individual strengths, developing stronger communication skills and coping skills. My approach is collaborative, interactive, eclectic and engaging. I believe that therapy is a partnership as no-one should have to struggle with any of these issues alone. I work with my clients to better understand that there is a solution, that change is possibe and that there is Hope."
Amy Gentile, Psychologist
Psychologist, MA, PhD
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94618
"I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who has been in private practice for over 20 years. I work with couples and individuals with issues ranging from adjustment to college to depression, anxiety, grief, loss, bipolor and personality disorders. My work consists of a combination of dynamic, cognitive, behavioral and mindfulness approaches that help individuals and couples resolve the issues that have brought them into psychotherapy."
Psychodynamic
(510) 398-6226
Verified
Oakland, California 94618
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Psychodynamic
"I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who has been in private practice for over 20 years. I work with couples and individuals with issues ranging from adjustment to college to depression, anxiety, grief, loss, bipolor and personality disorders. My work consists of a combination of dynamic, cognitive, behavioral and mindfulness approaches that help individuals and couples resolve the issues that have brought them into psychotherapy."
Christie Lee, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Office is near:
Oakland, California 94610
"***NOW ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS***Do you feel isolated, alienated, overworked, or stressed out? Do you wonder what people are talking about when they use the words, "self-care", "boundaries" or "personal time"? I am a mindfulness practitioner who specializes in issues of acculturation, Asian American racial identity, stress, anxiety, perfectionism, and self-esteem. I provide a safe, collaborative, empathic environment for you to be heard, and be unburdened. I want to help you cultivate the internal and external resources to live a richer, happier, and healthier life. "
Psychodynamic
(510) 939-7329
Verified
Office is near:
Oakland, California 94610
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Psychodynamic
"***NOW ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS***Do you feel isolated, alienated, overworked, or stressed out? Do you wonder what people are talking about when they use the words, "self-care", "boundaries" or "personal time"? I am a mindfulness practitioner who specializes in issues of acculturation, Asian American racial identity, stress, anxiety, perfectionism, and self-esteem. I provide a safe, collaborative, empathic environment for you to be heard, and be unburdened. I want to help you cultivate the internal and external resources to live a richer, happier, and healthier life. "
Jacob Donnelly, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94610
"I currently have weeknight and Saturday morning availability. Whether you want to get support around new changes in your life that are causing you pain and worry, or work through problems that have been with you for years, my goal is to help you feel relief, feel empowered, and adjust to the things that are out of your control. I take an open, non-judgmental approach to working with my clients. I'm currently the Clinical Director at a San Francisco non-profit, and I'm expanding my private practice so that I can focus on this full-time. I enjoy working with adults, older adults, older teens (16+) and couples."
Psychodynamic
(510) 399-1667
Verified
Oakland, California 94610
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Psychodynamic
"I currently have weeknight and Saturday morning availability. Whether you want to get support around new changes in your life that are causing you pain and worry, or work through problems that have been with you for years, my goal is to help you feel relief, feel empowered, and adjust to the things that are out of your control. I take an open, non-judgmental approach to working with my clients. I'm currently the Clinical Director at a San Francisco non-profit, and I'm expanding my private practice so that I can focus on this full-time. I enjoy working with adults, older adults, older teens (16+) and couples."
Dan Quinn, Psychologist
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94602
"If you feel hopeless or unsupported, or you feel depressed or anxious...or if your husband or wife or partner isn't willing to talk about problems; there's professional, supportive, empathic, and good-humored help available. I'm a psychologist, researcher, and former clinical supervisor and professor at The Wright Institute, in Berkeley, California, who helps adults and teens facing difficulties and dilemmas, and couples with low to high conflict, including infidelity, who may want to save--or simply improve--their relationship."
Psychodynamic
(510) 408-6852
Verified
Oakland, California 94602
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Psychodynamic
"If you feel hopeless or unsupported, or you feel depressed or anxious...or if your husband or wife or partner isn't willing to talk about problems; there's professional, supportive, empathic, and good-humored help available. I'm a psychologist, researcher, and former clinical supervisor and professor at The Wright Institute, in Berkeley, California, who helps adults and teens facing difficulties and dilemmas, and couples with low to high conflict, including infidelity, who may want to save--or simply improve--their relationship."
Margaret M Clausen, Psychologist
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified by Psychology Today
Office is near:
Oakland, California 94611
"Everyone comes to psychotherapy with unique needs, difficulties, and strengths. Together with clients I work to ease distress, build on strengths already present, gain insights, and cultivate relating to yourself and other people in life-enhancing ways. I focus on working with men and women experiencing traumatic stress, addiction, depression, chronic or terminal illness, and relationship problems. My approach is holistic."
Psychodynamic
(510) 851-9765
Verified
Office is near:
Oakland, California 94611
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Psychodynamic
"Everyone comes to psychotherapy with unique needs, difficulties, and strengths. Together with clients I work to ease distress, build on strengths already present, gain insights, and cultivate relating to yourself and other people in life-enhancing ways. I focus on working with men and women experiencing traumatic stress, addiction, depression, chronic or terminal illness, and relationship problems. My approach is holistic."
Jane Burka, Psychologist
Psychologist, PhD
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94618
"Are you worried about self-defeating tendencies? Why do you get in your own way in relationships, at work, in school, or in expressing your inspiration and creativity? We look together at the barriers to success that interfere with productivity and peace of mind. Because I co-authored the book, "Procrastination: Why You Do It; What To Do About It NOW," (and because it took me six years to complete my dissertation!) I like to help people overcome procrastination and achieve their goals. My other specialities include: grief, trauma, relationship difficulties, sexual and gender confusion, low self-esteem."
Psychodynamic
(925) 290-8958
Verified
Oakland, California 94618
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Psychodynamic
"Are you worried about self-defeating tendencies? Why do you get in your own way in relationships, at work, in school, or in expressing your inspiration and creativity? We look together at the barriers to success that interfere with productivity and peace of mind. Because I co-authored the book, "Procrastination: Why You Do It; What To Do About It NOW," (and because it took me six years to complete my dissertation!) I like to help people overcome procrastination and achieve their goals. My other specialities include: grief, trauma, relationship difficulties, sexual and gender confusion, low self-esteem."

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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.