Jennifer Twardowski, MA, AMFT

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Do you have anxiety in social situations?

Do you have anxiety that makes it difficult to carry out daily functions?

Are you struggling to deal with conflicts in your relationships?

Do you want to find a romantic partner, but you're struggling to do so?

Are you not getting what you want out of your relationship?

Are you wanting to make a change in your career, lifestyle or identity, but having difficulty in the process?

Have you recently moved to the area and you're struggling to get settled?

Are you wanting to find a sense of meaning and purpose in your life?

If any of this resonates with you, I may be able to help.

Life can be hard.  Throughout our lives we can be forced to deal with difficult and challenging circumstances.  These circumstances can lead to strains in our relationships and daily functioning.  Whether you are dealing with past trauma, low confidence or overwhelming feelings, the opportunity to heal is always there.  Your situation is never hopeless.  My services are impactful for those who are wanting to understand who they are (their emotions, thought patterns, relationship patterns, behavior) and discover their true selves.

I work with adults, couples and adolescents. Many of my clients come to me to work on:
  • Anxiety: social anxiety, generalized anxiety, panic attacks.
  • Relationship issues: communication, finding a relationship, infidelity, dealing with conflict, managing an alternative relationship (polyamorous), pre-marital therapy, martial therapy.
  • Life transitions: wanting or needing a change but unsure how; confusion and identity shifts; acclimating to a new area.
  • Depression
  • Grief and Loss
  • Trauma: PTSD; developmental trauma; past physical, sexual or emotional abuse.
  • Women's Issues: issues related to pregnancy, sexism in the workplace, finding work-life balance.
  • Addiction, or processing experiences of past addiction: binge eating, overeating, overspending, alcoholism, drug addiction.
  • School issues: Teens struggling with transition to new school; peer pressure; bullying.
  • Existential or Spiritual issues: finding one's life purpose; discovering one's own spiritual beliefs; finding meaning; discovering one's self.
  • Codependency: finding a balance between individuality and being in relationship with others.
In my work, I take a holistic approach to psychotherapy, which means that I'm look at you as a whole person, in mind, body and spirit.  My approach is based on the idea that you are whole, rather than flawed.  My job is to help you access your own internal resources so that you can find love, joy, confidence, comfort, satisfaction, a sense of purpose or whatever it is that you're seeking.

Since I take a holistic approach to psychotherapy, I draw upon many different approaches in my work.  The approaches I take tend to vary upon the client, the issue and my own intuitive sense as to what may work best.

Some of the methodologies I draw from include, but are not limited to:
  • Depth psychology
  • Jungian psychology
  • Psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • Existential psychotherapy
  • Narrative therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Gottman Method
  • Emotionally-Focused Therapy
  • Guided Imagery
  • Dream work
  • Transpersonal Psychology
  • Somatic Psychotherapy
  • Hakomi
  • Coherence Therapy

For more information and get a free 15-30 minute consultation, please call me at 925-326-7924 or email me at For more information, visit my website
Location: 445 Bellevue Ave, Oakland, CA.  My office is about a 20 minute walk from the 19th Street BART station.
Education: Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology with Transpersonal Specialization from John F Kennedy University  
Cost: I have a full fee and also a sliding scale for students and those in need.  Please contact me for more information. 

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Oakland CA