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Elk Grove Psychotherapists

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Private Practice Therapy
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  • 11 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack

I help couples and individuals resolve communication issues and manage conflict in a healthy manner. I help them deal with issues that are impacting their personal and professional relationships. I also aide with adolescent challenges, including co-parenting and blended families. It is all about the ability to help find the answers and chart a new course, while figuring out who you are and what you want out of life. I know that it is difficult to reach out when you are struggling, Please contact me. I am hear to listen and help.


We each possess a great wellspring of aliveness which yearns to come forth and express itself no matter what long-held beliefs act to constrict its expression. I see the process of therapy as both loosening the knots of old beliefs and finding ways to tap into this aliveness, in order to live a more authentic and satisfying life. When working with clients, I use an approach that is relational and collaborative, helping clients make the best use of the strengths they bring to therapy. My work incorporates experiential, somatic, and mindfulness-based approaches. I received a master’s degree in transpersonal counseling psychology from JFK University, have received postgraduate training in existential contemplative psychotherapy, and have completed the two-year comprehensive training in Hakomi, a mindfulness-based method of somatic psychotherapy. I am also trained in EMDR, and often use this with clients dealing with the effects of trauma. Additional influences include psychodynamic, Jungian, sandtray and expressive arts therapies. I have lived for extended periods of time in both Germany and Japan, and am familiar with cross-cultural and expatriate issues.


I provide psychotherapy to solve individual, marital and family problems. I specialize in using Hypnotherapy to remove longstanding emotional, relational, behavioral, emotional and cognitive problems. I use relaxation techniques to access and remove the subconscious hurts and lies that cause stress and dysfunctions. I have sucessfully worked with 600 clients.


I provide counseling and psychotherapy to teens, adults, couples, and families. I am passionate about therapy and overall well-being. I am also committed to helping my clients live a more fulfilling life and improve their relationships with themselves and others. I enjoy working with a variety of issues and have extensive training with relationships, communication skills, eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating), anxiety, depression, and trauma.


I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and I have been in private practice in the East Bay for over 28 years. I provide psychotherapy for adults, couples, families, same sex couples, adolescents and groups. I specialize in working with recovery from sexual, physical, and emotional abuse and other childhood traumas, depression, low self esteem, codependency issues, parenting concerns, compulsive eating patterns, body image dissatisfaction, chronic illness, and perinatal loss. In addition I often work with people who are seeking general growth individually, and in their relationships. In my therapeutic work, I synthesize in-depth psychotherapy with EMDR, Jungian sand tray, somatics, dream work, and expressive arts therapy. I hold the therapist - client relationship as a crucially important part of the therapeutic work, and I work from a holistic perspective. I do phone and Skype sessions when my clients are unable to come to the office. I am a provider for MHN, and also bill insurance companies when clients have out of network coverage. I have a sliding scale for clients with extenuating financial needs.


I believe there are two main things differentiate me from other therapists: the quality of the relationships I build with my clients and the focus I bring to the work. I believe in building a genuine, caring relationship with my clients so that they will continue to seek me out for help throughout their lives. I also believe in keeping my work with clients focused on their goals so they feel their time with me is helpful and productive.

  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack

With integrity, compassion, and a deep devotion to you and to all of life, I provide easily accessible, holistic (mind, body, and spirit integration) approaches to help you experience and integrate your inner healer or divine self within. I blend conventional therapy with alternative approaches that are shown to be successful in helping you free up stuck patterns and rediscover the joy, vitality, creativity, and wholeness that are your birthrights. What serves you most in the work, we do together, is my love of what I do and my ability to be very present, grounded, and non-judgmental. I can promise that I will fully attend to you and whatever your needs and goals are for counseling. Working with me, you will discover and/or deepen your connection to your soul's wisdom and to your inner strengths and resources. You may well create new possibilities for yourself that you could not even imagine. I specialize and have extensive professional training in the following areas: * Trauma Recovery (including sexual abuse) * Couples, Family, and Relationship Skills (including premarital counseling) * Panic Attacks, Anxiety, and Phobias * Life Purpose Exploration * Eating Disorders, Unhealthy Eating Habits, and Body Dysmorphia (body dislike) * Chronic and Life-Threatening Illness and Chronic Pain Grief and Loss * Life Transitions * Spiritual Exploration and Connection In addition to talk therapy, I use the following techniques: 1. Hypnotherapy -- To heal from dysfunctional eating and other addictive behaviors, from traumas, and to manage pain and surgery recovery 2. EMDR -- To heal from trauma, anxiety, panic attacks, and unhealthy habits and also, for peak performance (See more complete explanation on FAQs page of my website.) 3. Energy Psychotherapy -- Acupuncture meridian and chakra work to heal from stuck patterns and anxiety, and to realize peak performance I also have extensive training in mindfulness-based practices, leading spiritual workshops, body-centered psychotherapy, life coaching, and creative arts therapy. I am nationally certified in EMDR, hypnotherapy, and group therapy.


As a licensed marriage and family therapist, I have expertise in reconnecting and strengthening relationships. I provide counseling to individuals, couples and families experiencing a broad range of challenges, such as the following: * Chronic worry, anxiety or feelings of depression * Substance-use concerns * Body image issues and/or disordered eating * Marriage and couple's counseling to help with relationship stressors * Parenting and/or co-parenting challenges * Intimacy issues * Reproductive loss, such as miscarriage or experience with infertility * Difficulty adjusting to or coping with new life circumstances, such as work transition, separation or recent divorce * Family counseling across generations * Counseling for grief and loss I take a strength-based approach to counseling, and together with my clients, I work to improve life satisfaction and reconnect relationships by not only working on what's wrong but also by building on what is strong. In a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, I offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each of my client's individual needs. Please contact me for a no-charge individual, couple's or family therapy consultation today.


As a therapist, I concentrate on helping people discover satisfaction, vitality, contentment and wholeness in life. With a touch of humor, understanding and compassion, I can assist in guiding you through the blocks that hinder you from experiencing the life you desire.

  • 8 years in business

I only see a limited amount of clients each week and keep my caseload smaller in order to be able to give the maximum amount of energy and time to helping the folks I work with achieve their relationship goals. I work hard at creating balance in my own life so I'm present for my clients.

  • 6 years in business

I offer mental health services for children, teens, and their families. I also provide individual psychotherapy for self-injury reduction, suicide bereavement, and vocational rehabilitation.

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What are the types of psychologists?

Psychologists are healthcare professionals who use scientific methods to understand the relationships between the brain, environment and behavior. Psychologists may focus on research — studying how the brain and various environments drive behaviors to better understand the issues that trouble patients and society as a whole — or they may focus on practice — interacting with people using therapeutic methods. The American Psychological Association shares some of the more prevalent types of psychologists:

  • Clinical psychologists assess and treat mental, emotional and behavioral disorders.
  • Cognitive and perceptual psychologists study human perception, thinking and memory.
  • Community psychologists work to strengthen the abilities of communities, settings, organizations and broader social systems to meet people’s needs — such as improving support for victims of natural disasters, or working to improve health policies.
  • Counseling psychologists help people understand and take action on everyday issues, career and work problems, and serious adversity.
  • Developmental psychologists study the psychological development of the human being throughout life.
  • Educational psychologists concentrate on how effective teaching and learning take place.
  • Engineering psychologists conduct research on how people work best with machines.
  • Environmental psychologists study the dynamics of how people interact with their environments.
  • Evolutionary psychologists study how evolutionary principles such as mutation, adaptation and selective fitness influence human thought, feeling and behavior.
  • Experimental psychologists study cognitive processes, comparative psychology (cross-species comparisons), and learning and conditioning.
  • Forensic psychologists apply psychological principles to legal issues.
  • Health psychologists specialize in how biological, psychological and social factors affect health and illness.
  • Industrial/organizational psychologists apply psychological principles and research methods to the workplace to improve productivity, health and the quality of work life.
  • Neuropsychologists and behavioral neuropsychologists explore the relationships between brain systems and behavior.
  • Quantitative and measurement psychologists focus on methods and techniques for designing experiments and analyzing psychological data.
  • Rehabilitation psychologists work with stroke and accident victims, people with mental disabilities, and those with developmental disabilities caused by such conditions as cerebral palsy, epilepsy and autism.
  • School psychologists assess and counsel students, consult with parents and school staff, and conduct behavioral interventions when appropriate.
  • Social psychologists study how a person’s mental life and behavior are shaped by interactions with other people.
  • Sport psychologists help athletes refine their focus on competition goals, become more motivated, and learn to deal with anxiety and fear of failure around competition.

What is a psychologist?

A psychologist is a professionally trained mental health professional who helps patients navigate challenging life situations or mental health issues. To become a psychologist you must earn a doctoral degree; qualifying degrees include a Ph.D., Psy.D. or Ed.D. To actively practice, a psychologist must be licensed in their state and maintain good standing. Psychologists are trained to administer tests that can evaluate a patient’s cognitive strength and weaknesses, intellectual skills, vocational aptitude and preference, personality characteristics, and neuropsychological functioning, explains the American Psychological Association (APA).

A psychologist meets with patients in an office and may work with a variety of methods, depending on patient need, such as cognitive, behavioral or interpersonal.  According to the APA, common reasons a person may visit a psychologist include:

  • Dealing with depression, anger or anxiety over a long period of time.
  • Help with a chronic condition that is interfering with their lives or physical health.
  • Help with grieving and other abrupt transitions.
  • Overcoming addictions.
  • Managing chronic illness.
  • Breaking old and harmful patterns of thinking or behavior.

Can a clinical psychologist write prescriptions?

To be able to write a prescription, a clinical psychologist must practice in a state that permits them to do so, and must either have a master’s degree in psychopharmacology or have completed the required advanced training program. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), five states currently permit psychologists to write prescriptions: Idaho, New Mexico, Illinois, Iowa and Louisiana. Many psychologists who are not able to write prescriptions work in partnership with psychiatrists, pediatricians or primary care doctors to help their patients who need medication.

How much do therapists cost?

If you are experiencing a challenging time, have mental health difficulties, or just want professional guidance as you move through life, a therapist can provide relief, tools and structure. The national average cost for a therapist is $80-$100 per hour, although prices may be higher or lower depending on geographic location and the experience and training of the therapist.

Psychiatrists, psychologists and licensed therapists are all health professionals who offer various modalities of therapy. Ask questions about the type of therapy they specialize in (such as cognitive or behavioral, etc.) and their area of expertise (such as grief, anxiety, body image disorders, etc.) to help you find the right fit for your needs. Therapy sessions are typically 50-60 minutes long.  The patient usually meets with the therapist in their office; sessions may also be held remotely (via Skype, etc.) or in a clinical setting. Psychologists, psychiatrists and other therapists who have earned advanced degrees will typically charge higher rates than other licensed therapists. Depending on your diagnosis, your health insurance may cover your therapy costs.

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