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Oakland Psychotherapists

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Dana Marie Nielsen
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  • 7 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Sena S.
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Dana is a truly talented yoga teacher. As a somatic psychotherapist in training she has a deep interest and understanding in the human body and how our body, mind and spirit are all connected. She brings this to her profession as a yoga teacher and continuously pushes me to new levels every time I'm in her class, whether that be a more advanced asana or becoming more in touch with my inner needs via movement. She's also a joy to be around, and a lot of fun :)

  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Sally E.
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David is an excellent psychotherapist, I send him many referrals and get great feedback from clients.

Sarah J.
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Jackie is a compassionate and skilled psychotherapist. I would recommend her highly for anyone experiencing anxiety due to a undergoing a transition or relationship difficulty.

Amanda G.
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Ivette and I were colleagues for 10 years in the Behavioral Health Program. Ivette offers a wealth of experience in child development, childhood behavioral problems, sensory integration, child therapy, parent-child therapy & marriage counseling to name a few. Ivette is compassionate about helping children and their families overcome difficult challenges and is dedicated to helping them work towards a healthy relationship. What I admire about Ivette is that she is nonjudgmental and down to earth. She will advocate for you and your child's needs in any setting. I highly recommend taking the time to speak with Ivette as she has an extraordinary gift for guiding and supporting children & families on to the path of bonding, healing, life satisfaction & balance.

  • 22 years in business
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I am a psychotherapist for individuals and couples, with 25 years of experience. I am a life purpose and happiness coach and a hypnotherapist, and I also do sound healing. I am the go-to person for many clients who want to overcome their blocks and challenges, increase their happiness, improve their relationship to themselves and others, and learn how to love themselves and live their dreams!

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I am a licensed psychotherapist practicing in San Francisco. I primarily work with individuals and couples looking to gain insight into relationship problems that can often feel painful, confusing, frightening or overwhelming. Please visit my website or call me to gain more of a sense of my approach. I am happy to answer any questions. If I don't offer what you need, I will do my best to make an appropriate referral.

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If you’re struggling with issues related to relationships, sexual intimacy, parenting, work, family, adult ADHD or depression, I’d like to offer my help. My office is in Walnut Creek, California, and I provide counseling to my clients in and around the Bay Area. In private practice for nearly a decade, I’m a graduate of both UC Berkeley and Cal State East Bay. I’m a calm, compassionate and warm professional who is easy to talk with and appreciates humor. Direct and insightful, intuitive and intelligent, I’m committed to helping my clients. If you'd like to know more, please check out my website.

  • 7 years in business
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Life's unfolding path can sometimes be scary and confusing, but you don't have to walk that path alone. I can help ground you in your experiences while we explore the twists and turns which can make life so exciting. Many of my clients say they have difficulty in their relationships as a result of anger, anxiety or depression. These feelings manifest in a variety of ways, some of which may be seen as addictive behaviors or ways of thinking. I've come to understand that these feelings and experiences can be symptoms of old wounds or trauma. I have a deep capacity to hold these feelings in a safe and non-judgmental way. Together we will work to help you learn new ways to diminish and expel anger, anxiety and depression. I also provide support for those struggling with relationship, spiritual, cultural, sexuality and LGBTQ issues. I work in ways which complement a client's goals and personality. This may range from client-centered empathic listening to a more directive or cognitive approach as well as mindfulness and hypnotherapy. In my work with clients, I hold a holistic framework which looks at the primary parts of a person and how they relate to one another. These primary parts are the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual aspects, which make up the whole person. This framework also supports the models of integrative medicine and complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM), by working in conjunction with other practitioners and modalities.

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I assist and guide people who are struggling with painful emotions or are having challenges in their lives and relationships to deepen their relationship with themselves and to find and practice more satisfying ways of relating and responding to whatever troubles them. As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC#50551) I offer weekly individual and couples psychotherapy. I also offer shorter term relationship and life coaching and consulting services.

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I work with adults with a wide variety of issues, from depression and trauma to anxiety and co-dependency. I also work with people who use substances to self-medicate and some of the more serious psychopathology. I provide a non-judgmental space where it is safe to explore any issues that are preventing themselves.

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If you are feeling down, depressed, sad, anxious, or angry, if you don't really know how you feel or why, and if you have serious life concerns or questions, I can help you. If you need family, marriage, relationship, or individual counseling, psychotherapy, or life coaching, I can help you. I have a PH.D in clinical psychology and a master's in counseling psychology, and I am licensed in the state of California to practice marriage and family therapy. Depending on what your needs are, we can explore them with a depth psychological approach or from a cognitive therapy approach.

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I offer individual and couples therapy for adults for a variety of conditions, including mood and anxiety disorders, relationship problems, and life transitions, such as relationship endings and grief. I specialize in providing treatment for trauma-based problems using Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) since 1994. Other approaches include mindfulness, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral therapies. I welcome clients from all cultural, religious, and sexual orientation backgrounds. I am conversant in Mandarin Chinese and sensitive to the issues of immigrants and children of immigrants.

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I am a psychotherapist with 25 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. While I was trained initially in psychodynamic psychotherapy, I also use other modalities such as expressive arts therapies, CBT, and even animal-assisted therapy.

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I am a psychotherapist (licensed clinical social worker) who offers a compassionate, thoughtful, and empathic approach to therapy. My style is authentic, non-judgmental and supportive. I work with individuals in distress to help relieve suffering and address the issues causing pain. I work collaboratively with patients to improve self-awareness, develop insight, and learn new ways of coping with life stressors to facilitate healing and growth. I see adults and adolescents for individual psychotherapy in the Financial District of San Francisco, CA.

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Do you wonder "Will I ever be happy in a relationship?". Are you lonely, wondering why you are single? Do the same issues keep coming up in your relationships? Feeling anxious or depressed? I am a licensed San Francisco psychotherapist specializing in relationship and self-esteem issues for gay men. I have been working with individuals and couples for approximately ten years.

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Alina Steinberg Baugh is a California State-licensed psychotherapist. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a dual Master's of Science degree in Marriage, Family and Child Therapy and School Counseling, and a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Psychology. Alina has over ten years of experience in treating adolescents and women -- individually, as couples, and in families. Alina has been working with clients, leading groups and teaching workshops on a range of topics related to infertility, addiction, developing a healthy body image, self-esteem, parenting, family conflict, and childhood behavior issues. Alina’s eclectic therapeutic approach explores the underlying beliefs and emotions that impact clients' attitude, behavior, and relationships. She provides therapy personalized to unique situation and needs, treating each person's problems within the context of each circumstance. It is important to find a counselor who you are comfortable with and who you can trust. Alina offers a free half hour phone consultation in order to see if there is a fit between the client and the therapist.

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Perhaps you are struggling with your partner right now, having the same fight over and over again, or longing for an intimate relationship and feeling frustrated in your search. Maybe you are struggling to find meaningful work and a greater sense of direction in life, feeling like you are stuck and floundering. Or perhaps that despite everything you know about healthy nutrition, negative feelings about your body continue to be a source of pain. I work with relationship issues, "quarter life crisis" transition, and body image concerns. I see individuals and couples, as well as adolescents. My approach to therapy is to help people gain access to their truth and authenticity. Through a collaborative and active therapeutic relationship, I endeavor to help clients more clearly identify what they want in life and the barriers that may be standing in their way. We all have developed ways of being in the world that have served us in some ways, but limited us in others. In working with these beliefs and patterns, we allow for something new to emerge, and develop our ability to relax into our authentic self.

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For over twenty years, Kathleen has worked with adults and children. She has an established psychotherapy and consulting practice in Petaluma, CA, where she specializes in transition and trauma, divorce, adoption, school issues, grief, and victims of crime. Kathleen has taught seminars and workshops nationwide on a wide range of clinical and social work topics for agencies, colleges, and parent groups. Currently, she is a trainer for the Bay Area Academy, a division of the School of Social Work at Fresno State University. Kathleen Adams received her Masters in Social Work in 1985, with honors from Adelphi University in Garden City, New York. In 1992, Kathleen became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the State of California. Kathleen is the co-author of the awarding-winning therapeutic children's book On the Day His Daddy Left (Albert Whitman& Company). She produced the educational film to save a child: Preventing Suicide by Identifying Depression in Elementary School Children, narrated by Mariel Hemingway. And, she is the executive director of the non-profit teen suicide prevention organization, Five Alive. She's helping you through life's challenges.

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I offer psychotherapy tailored to the needs of my clients. I work with individual adults and couples to reach their goals in an intelligent and caring environment. I work effectively with clients to understand and overcome a variety of issues and to unblock their pathway to a more contented life. S Some of these issues are: • Social Anxiety • Generalized Anxiety • Panic Attacks • Low Self Esteem • Depression and Isolation • Relationship Issues • Career Satisfaction • Sexual Addiction

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I believe therapy can help you feel more connected to yourself and those around you. In my experience, the best predictor of success in therapy is the relationship built between the client and the therapist. I create an environment where you'll feel supported, understood and safe in our work together. My expertise is helping people who are dealing with anxiety, depression, trauma, loss and issues of identity. I have particular interest in working with young women who are dealing with issues around anxiety and depression. I work with adolescents (14+) and adults of all ages.

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How does hypnosis work?

Hypnosis is a wellness technique that works by promoting positive behavioral or cognitive changes. During successful hypnosis, the client should be eased into a state of deep relaxation in which the conscious mind takes a back seat and the subconscious mind becomes more active. The client is often able to let go of critical thoughts and become receptive to the therapist’s suggestions. In this state of hypnosis, motivating suggestions can bypass your usual mental resistance and internal defense mechanisms. For example, even if you want to quit overeating cupcakes, you may have some level of resistance that your rational mind can’t overcome. During hypnosis, the positive suggestions made by the hypnotherapist can bypass your usual blocks, helping you to achieve the formerly unachievable: stopping overeating, quitting smoking, mastering public speaking, or losing your fear of heights. The goal of hypnosis is to strengthen and empower the client’s motivation, commitment and focus. Consider working with someone who is not just trained in hypnosis but also is a licensed therapist or psychotherapist who can bring their academic background into your session.

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.

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 can hypnosis help you with?

According to many sources including the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) which is part of the United States National Library of Medicine and a branch of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), hypnosis is scientifically proven to help relieve both mental challenges and physical pains. Hypnosis can alleviate stress and reduce pain after surgeries, has been shown to relieve anxiety in children in the emergency room, and can be useful for managing pain associated with everything from arthritis to migraines. Hypnosis is non-invasive and gives you a way to control pain or discomfort that might otherwise seem out of your hands. Hypnosis shouldn’t be used as a substitute for medical care, but may be an excellent complementary tool that is best provided by a trained therapist or licensed medical provider. The University of Maryland Medical Center shares many conditions for which hypnosis can be useful:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Tension headaches
  • Alopecia areata
  • Asthma
  • Phobias
  • Insomnia
  • Addictions
  • Bedwetting
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Labor and delivery
  • Skin disorders, such as acne, psoriasis and eczema (atopic dermatitis)
  • Stress
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Cancer-related pain
  • Weight loss
  • Eating disorders
  • Warts
  • Indigestion (dyspepsia)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Smoking cessation

How is hypnosis used in therapy?

Hypnosis is a powerful tool to help clients overcome challenging issues such as anxiety, phobias, pain management, hot flashes and more. Hypnosis is also a way to help let go of addictions like smoking, overeating and gambling. In and of itself, hypnosis is not a therapy, but it can be used in conjunction with therapy to empower and encourage the person receiving it to make positive change. Some people are more susceptible to hypnosis and will benefit more from hypnotherapy than others.

According to Dr. Clifford N. Lazarus, speaking for Psychology Today, hypnosis is a “genuine psychological phenomenon that has valid uses in clinical practice … hypnosis is a state of highly focused attention or concentration, often associated with relaxation, and heightened suggestibility. While under hypnosis (i.e., in a hypnotic trance), it seems many people are much more open to helpful suggestions than they usually are.” The suggestions made in a therapeutic setting get deep into a person’s brain, beyond their conscious thinking, leading to behavior change and the ability to overcome challenges that might otherwise seem insurmountable.

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