Stephen Sperber, Ph.D, LMFT

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The world we live in can be complicated and at times feel difficult to navigate.  We may feel pressure from work and/or personal demands and expectations. In addition, the roles we have with our partners, children and extended family members can at times be at odds with one another and feel confusing or over-whelming.  Alcohol or drug abuse by adolescents and/or adults can lead to self-destructive behavior.  The way we have handled these challenges in the past may not be healthy or no longer be effective.

In my past 30+ years of working as a psychotherapist with adults, adolescents, children and families, I have created a safe and supportive environment with my clients. We work together to help you develop the courage and confidence to face life’s difficulties and achieve personal growth.  Our goal is always to help you develop the strengths and skills that enable you to deal effectively with troubling personal or interpersonal situations.

I would like to share some information about me and my professional training so that you get a more personal sense of who I am.  I began my professional career as a high school teacher and counselor and soon found that I gained an enormous sense of satisfaction helping young people and their families resolve difficult issues. I was fortunate to have been able to advance my skills and training while receiving my master’s degree in counseling from the University of Southern California and my doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh. I have continued to collaborate with master teachers throughout my career as a psychotherapist and have been in private practice in the Bay Area for more than 30 years.

I have maintained a clinical membership in the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and its East Bay chapter and am on the registry of Marriage Friendly Therapists.  I held the position as lecturer in the Department of Educational Psychology at California State University, East Bay and in the Psychology Department at Chapman College.  I served as an expert witness in cases of child development and family dynamics and in cases of sexual abuse in the Superior Court, Contra Costa County and as a mediator in child custody disputes for the Superior Court, Alameda County.  Over the course of my career, I appeared as a guest presenter on numerous radio and television programs dealing with a wide variety of topics related to understanding and treating various client populations.

Throughout my professional career as a psychotherapist, I have discovered enormous satisfaction in helping to support others in their quest for personal growth and their efforts to resolve difficult circumstances in their lives. 

My clients have reported that my abilities as a listener and my warm and friendly demeanor have encouraged them to pursue viable solutions to the problems they face and to feel more successful as individuals and as partners in relationships.

For more information about me, please visit my website: sperbertherapy.com.  Feel free to send me an email or give me a call if you think we may be a good fit and we can set up a time to talk about the benefit of working together.  


Dr. Stephen Sperber Reaches

Walnut Creek CA