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Mey Saephan, MS, LMFT

Marriage and Family Therapist

1134 Ballena Blvd., Alameda, California

My approach to psychotherapy is a family systems/attachment approach. Knowing when it is safe to approach or avoid someone is learned in your upbringing. Those beliefs and strategies in relating to others may have worked in childhood, but now as an adult, these strategies are no longer working. Each person's way of loving is different. You will learn your love style while I provide you with a caring, nurturing, but challenging presence. I will help you understand your style, teach you new skills, and challenge you to apply those new strategies in relationship with others. I do provide a free consultation, when clients ask me.


Esther Lerman, M.A., M.F.T.

Marriage and Family Therapist

6239 College Ave., Oakland, California

Psychotherapy is a process of entering into a trusting, confidential relationship with a professionally trained therapist to explore your inner and outer conflicts, anxieties, relationship problems and traumas of all kinds, big and small. We all carry around inner voices and experiences from our childhood and youth, as well as from experiences in adulthood, which we are unaware of but have a big impact on our experience of self, other and Life itself. Psychotherapy is a safe place to sort it out and develop more sense of self-confidence, choice and strength. You should feel free to try different therapists and kind of therapy to see what feels right to you and trust your intuition.


Philip Kolba, MA


Available for Online Therapy

I provide brief solutions-focused psychotherapy to help clients assess personal and professional functioning, clarify goals, and strengthen social and emotional skills. I specialize in brief online relationship counseling. Online counseling allows clients to seek help as needed, engage in therapy at a schedule that's convenient to them, and keep their counselor as they progress through life. I work with LGBTQ and hetero clients on individual, couple, and alternative relationship concerns. Clients explore issues that impact their professional and personal relationships, including communication, power dynamics, and intimacy. I accept US$ and cryptocurrencies.


Kevin Fleming Ph.D.

Coach/Change Agent/Consultant

At Home or Private Discreet Intensives

James Hillman once said, "We've had a hundred years of psychotherapy and the world is getting worse." While there are many occasions where the validation and listening endemic to psychotherapy makes sense, there are times where we over assume that "feeling better" and "changing behavior" are the same. Grey Matters International, Inc. goes after the forgotten brain laws to behavior change that therapists miss when processing hours and hours of dialogues with people. Utilizing a cutting edge technology to facilitate the emotional process of change, we can make the therapy process way more effective, faster, and with less money spent. Contact or 877-606-6161.


Elena Gardella, MFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

3803 Broadway, Suite 1, Oakland, California

Regardless of therapeutic technique, the most important part of psychotherapy is the relationship between client and therapist. Therapy is best when it is collaborative. In my work, I support, and sometimes challenge, you to dig deep, to examine what is working for you, and the ways you are not in alignment with your own vision of health. There are good reasons each of us has come to behave as we do. Even if some of our behaviors or beliefs no longer serve us, or even harm us, it is important that we understand how we came to use certain strategies in order to let them go and choose new ways of being in the world.


Jennifer Twardowski, MA, AMFT

Holistic Psychotherapist

445 Bellevue Ave., Oakland, California

Life can be challenging. Sometimes we can find ourselves with overwhelming emotions, struggling in relationships and having difficulty in our daily functioning. Everybody has these moments, and everybody needs some help once in a while. This is where I come in. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, life transitions, grief, past trauma or whatever, I can help. As a holistic psychotherapist, my main goal is to help you find meaning and purpose in your life. My intention is to be a guide in helping you find what it is that you've been seeking: love, joy, satisfaction, comfort, peace, an understanding of your purpose, etc.


Todd Harvey, MFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

3179 College Ave, Berkeley, California

Healthy relationships make healthy people. Unfortunately, about 50% of our society, while their parents may have loved them dearly, didn't get enough attachment and connection. When this happens, the normal / natural response is depression, anger, excess perfectionism, feeling uncomfortable in your skin, etc. While I may use several modalities, I am always being present and attuning to you in a way that gives you permission to be who you are. My experience is this creates a re-wiring of the "attachment / connecting" neuropathways in your brain. My clients, usually between 6 months and 2 years experience significant emotional shifts that allow them to feel comfortable in their own skin.


Dan Quinn, Psy.D.

Clinical Psychologist

The Bridge Center for Psychotherapy and Coaching, 1425 Leimert Boulevard, Oakland, California

For reasons that are not entirely clear, most people are helped by sitting down with someone who respects them and understands them, and devotes time to listening to them. I practice depth psychotherapy, but I often use very practical approached like cognitive-behavioral therapy, to help my clients get past life obstacles and moving forward in their lives.


Theo Reynolds, RC

Relationship Counselor

4797 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, California

I use many techniques and tools to help people grow, heal and evolve. I start with inner mindfulness as the basis for all my work. I have extensive training in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP). Also in Somatic Experiencing (SE) as well as some training in Hakomi. All three of these are styles of healing work that are experiential in nature. Recent studies show that what helps people heal more effectively is to have new, better experiences than you had in the past. So I help you have those experiences. This changes your brain patterns which changes how things affect you and how you respond. You end up feeling more at ease and confident as you move forward.


Matthew Lindgren, MFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

610 16th Street, Suite 210, Oakland, California

Simply taking the time to observe thoughts and emotions is often enough to create a radical shift. Research shows that mindfulness interventions are particularly good at treating depression. I'm happy to offer these interventions to adults and children in my Oakland practice.

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To overcome a physical issue, a counselor Oakland CA is like a life coach. Often, we have to learn to live with special conditions or limitations of some kind that regardless of your age, can be felt as losses or impediments.  Like in cases of diabetes or chronic hypertension that are treatable but demand deep behavioral change. Additionally, staying sober is not the cure for alcohol addiction, remaining sugar-free or avoiding red meat are not going to cure the limitation that your body has, but will keep you in good health if you persevere. The discipline this requires does not need to be a heavy sacrifice or felt as a handicap, there are many strategies for you to learn a new behavioral pattern to do more than just cope. With a professional counselor you can learn and enjoy what you have. An Oakland counselor CA, can show you how.

Gestalt therapy is but one of many therapeutic choices available at Oakland counseling, in CA. With therapy, you may learn more about you and what you want for a purposeful future.  As young adults, just out of college or home, many tend to believe they have it all figured out, and that there is not much new on themselves that they can learn, often to be surprised by life’s events. The merciful little girl that adopted sick cats, or the idealistic young boy willing kindness and justice for all, find themselves in a stressful fight to make a place of their own in a competitive and demanding world. Psychotherapy is not only for people who feel unadjusted or sick, but also a space for reflection and growth, where you can learn how to live and succeed, without sacrificing the best qualities you have. An experienced therapist is the best companion you may have to talk to yourself. Counseling Oakland, can help you hear your own answers.

At Marriage counseling Oakland, we can help you both to understand the challenging management of closeness and distance as a pair. Marriage is a sacred covenant between a husband and a wife, and we uphold the value of your relationship as a couple. The self-impassive pose, may be expressing a cold form of distance, or the supposedly loving constant demand of a spouse not leaving his or her partner a free minute alone, can reflect deep insecurities and dependences. The effect on marriage of either extreme can be devastating. Every human being needs closeness and company, but also everyone must have some air to breath and space to grow.  As the most robust plants can asphyxiate if planted too close, or die from lack of the shadow that they can exchange, so good, solid people can see their marriages fail. Through counseling you can learn the delicate balance and the particular needs of you and your spouse as a whole. With an Oakland marriage counselor in CA, you can learn how, and receive invaluable tools aimed at enhancing and protecting your marriage for decades to come.

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While Oakland is the eighth largest city in California, it is the sixth-most populous metropolitan area in America.  During the 19th century, Oakland was given to Luis Maria Peralta by the Spanish royal government.  Oakland received its name from a Spanish word encinal, which means ‘oak grove’ because of all the oak trees in the area.  After Luis’s death, his son opened up Oakland to American settlers, loggers, whalers and fur-traders.  Oakland was incorporated as a city in 1852.  Since then, Oakland has become a major port on the west coast.  There are also several major corporations that are headquartered or operated in Oakland, such as Kaiser Permanente, Clorox, Dryer’s and Cost Plus World Markets.  In addition to these organizations, if you are looking for a counselor Oakland, you will find an individual who can help you with understanding what changes you can make towards healing.   The early 20th century saw a surge in the population due to those left homeless after the 1906 earthquake took up residence in Oakland and never went back.

The demographics of Oakland are made up of mostly African American, Caucasian, Latino, and Asian American, with small handful of other ethnicities.  Regardless, Oakland is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the country.  Additionally, the city is working very hard to reduce crime due to Oakland having been listed as one of the most dangerous cities in America.  The crime has been reduced quite a bit since the early 1990s.  One thing that has helped is the Mayor is involved with a coalition regarding illegal guns, which are headed up by the mayor of New York City.  Another thing that is helping is the revitalization of the city.  Oakland has experienced an increase in its population and real-estate prices due to the economic recovery plan set in place by the former mayor.  Utilizing the skills of a Christian counselor Oakland CA provides a guide as you work through the challenges and obstacles that can be placed in our lives.  Oakland is still a good alternative to the higher prices of San Francisco with better weather, location, hillside neighborhoods, and the views.

Oakland is located in Alameda County, California. It has a land area of 55.89 square miles and a water area of 21.96 square miles.  The population of Oakland is 419,267 people with 158,424 households and a median annual income of $54,618. .

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Therapy in Oakland is generally within financial reach for the average family, but some budget planning may be needed for a real commitment to weekly counseling. Remember that your mental health and happiness are important. Check with your Oakland therapist about insurance coverage or ask about sliding scale fees if there are any difficulties with accessibility