Berkeley, California Therapists

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I realized early on that the world isn’t “made” for any one of us. We each have to create our own way of thinking and getting things done. And it is with pride and joy that I have helped countless clients do just that for well over two...
Jacob Donnelly
LCSW, MSW
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Berkeley, California

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California

Whether you want to get support around new changes in your life that are causing you pain and worry, or work through problems that have been with you for years, my goal is to help you feel relief, feel empowered, and adjust to the things that are...
Annia Raysberg
BA Psych, MA Psych, LMFT
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Oakland, California

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California

I am a licensed Psychotherapist (MFC 52922) in the state of California.  I work with individuals who are 18 and over in a private practice setting.  I provide therapy over video for those who are unable to meet me at my office, on a case-by-case...
Dorothy Kaufmann
LMFT, Ph.D
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Oakland, California

I am an older therapist engaged in my second career. In my previous life in higher education (PhD, Columbia University), I taught and wrote in the humanities, which I see as informing my present vocation. I grew up in Queens, New York in a family of...
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Oakland, California

Hello! I am a queer artist, activist and therapist. I believe deeply in healing, and my practice as a therapist is one way I use my own healing journey to inform and create space for others to explore theirs. Therapy with me will focus on continuing...
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Oakland, California

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California

Are you ready to embody your life fully and fulfill your Soul potential? Independently of where are you in your life and how you got here, my purpose is to support you in your unique development and personal growth. For access to a more complete...
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Oakland, California

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California

I have been in practice as a licensed clinical social worker since 1983. I have a private practice in both Oakland and Walnut Creek California. I am a very seasoned therapist and work with the broad range of issues that bring people into...
Michael Simon
LMFT, MS, MA
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Oakland, California

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California, Louisiana

Michael has been in private practice for the last 24 years, primarily in Oakland, California. He works from a cognitive-interpersonal perspective, utilizing the insights and empirical research based in Control-Mastery theory, along with the...
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San Francisco, California

You probably just want to feel better but the path of getting there can be complicated, otherwise you'd feel better already. If only the course was clearer.  Beginning a therapy can be a bit like choosing the "red pill." If you're afraid of the...
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San Francisco, California

With adults and adolescents, I find my approach to focus on empathetic, nonjudgmental listening. Therapy, at its best, is a conversation where we can work together to better understand what you need, who you are, and what has happened in your life...
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San Francisco, California

You know something’s not right and may be ready to make some changes or at least begin exploring what those might be. Whether is through substances, food, relationships with others, self sabotaging your dreams, you are trying to deal with your...
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San Francisco, California

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California

Stacie Daniels is a licensed doctor (MD) providing Emotional Support Animal Letters for qualified patients. Her practice is open 7 days a week from 11 am to 7 pm. Same day ESA letters can be obtained from EzCare Medical Clinic. Visit us in-person or...
Tina Stromsted
LMFT, LPC, MA, PhD, BC-DMT, RSME/T
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San Francisco, California

Tina Stromsted, Ph.D., MFT, LPCC, BC-DMT, RSME/T is a Jungian Analyst, licensed psychotherapist, Registered Dance/Movement Therapist (BC-DMT), and a Registered Somatic/Movement Educator & Therapist (RSME/T) with a private practice and...
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San Francisco, California

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California

My greatest passion is bringing healing to people who have been through traumatic/stressful experiences. I have helped clients that includes children, adults and families to help them find that health perception of themselves and strength in their...
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California

My name is Sebastian Earl and I am a licensed psychotherapist (license # MFT 40124). I work with individuals, couples and families. I aim to provide an opportunity for people to grow and heal, in a safe, supportive, non-judgmental and nurturing...
David Kest
LMFT, MA
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San Francisco, California

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California

Hello there. I welcome you to my practice learning relationship skills and emotional intelligence. Through dialogue skills , mindfulness and somatic awareness we can all improve our Emotional Connections with others and feel more comfortable within...
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San Francisco, California

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California

Are you trying to make a change or dealing with an inevitable turning point in life? My specialty is helping people work through stress, depression, relationship problems, work issues, and life transitions. Most clients who come to me find...
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California

Stress and burnout are problems we all face in one form or another. Individuals and couples come to Therapy For Real Life to overcome burnout in their career, relationships or life more generally -- to create a life of connection and balance. Please...
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California

From acceptance of the present moment, psychotherapy is a step into the unknown. For a moment, you forget what you thought you knew about yourself, life and the world, and see what emerges. The role of the therapist is that of a companion,...
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San Francisco, California

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California

You try to have everything in your life go a certain way. You feel out of control and get upset when things do not work out. Every time you try to complete a project or organize your life, something goes awry. People tell you to relax and everything...
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California

Helping You Become Your Best Self: none of us wants to struggle but even with our best intentions & efforts we can find ourselves stuck, confused & in a position of self-doubt. We are vulnerable to blaming ourselves when things go wrong...
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San Francisco, California

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California

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a practice in downtown San Francisco. I have a warm, relational approach. I help individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, career questions, and family of origin issues. I...
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Asya is a mindfulness-based therapist specializing in guiding individuals and families through the ups and downs of parenting, the challenges of relationships, and life transitions. Asya's approach to psychotherapy is based on kindness, compassion,...
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San Francisco, California

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California

Are you struggling with stress, anxiety or depression? As a clinical health psychologist, I specialize in helping individuals with a range of stress-related conditions achieve long-lasting change. I utilize a solution-focused approach to help you...

Overview of Mental Health Resources in Berkeley, California

Berkeley, California is part of the San Francisco Bay area which is located in Alameda County CA. The city of Oakland borders Berkeley to the South, and it’s home to the University of California, Berkeley. The university is the oldest campus in the University of California system. Berkeley is known not only for the university but also for being one of the most socially progressive cities in the U.S.

The top employer in the city is the University. Other top employers include the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Alta Bates Summit Medical Health, Bayer and Kaiser Permanente. Points of interest in Berkeley include the Berkeley Marina, the Berkeley Rose Garden, and People’s Park, which was a big part of the 1960s counterculture movement. Annual events include the Jewish Music Festival, the Berkeley Arts Festival, and the Berkeley Kite Festival.

The city of Berkeley has long struggled to deal with a significant homeless population. Since the 1930s, Berkeley has been seen as a very politically active, but at the same time, there have been ordinances passed throughout history attempting to remove homeless people from the city. Despite these attempts, homelessness remains a pervasive issue. People’s Park is often considered one of the main safe spaces for homeless people living in the entire Bay Area.

One reason homelessness continues to be such a problem in the Bay Area is because of the soaring cost of living. Inflation has continued to rise over the past decade. The Bay Area is the most expensive part of the country to live, and this leaves people facing anxiety and insecurity over being able to afford a home and other necessary items. In Alameda County where Berkley is located, the median value of owner-occupied housing was almost $600,000, and the median gross rent from 2012 to 2016 was $1,432. For Berkley specifically, these numbers are much higher. The median sales price in Berkley for a home is $1.2 million and the median rent per month is more than $4,050.

Research in recent years has shown that mental illness, suicide, and depression rates are soaring among college students, and that’s no exception for the students at UC Berkeley. There was one study that showed widespread depression among graduate students. Four out of 10 college students in a survey reported they were so depressed in the past year it left them unable to function.

From 1999 to 2011 the rate of severe mental illness hospitalizations remained steady according to the Alameda County Community Health Assessment. There were 11,347 hospitalizations related to mental health during this time. In Alameda County, Berkeley had the highest rate of hospitalizations related to mental health issues.

Suicide rates in California are increasing, although this is a national trend as well. Experts from the Bay Area released research a couple of years ago showing the suicide rate was at its highest level in almost three decades. Some of the factors cited as contributing to rising suicide rates in the Bay Area include wealth disparities, drug use and the stigma that people feel is attached to asking for help.

Berkeley Mental Health Resources

While mental health is undoubtedly an area of concern in Berkeley and Alameda County, there are resources available. Some examples include the Berkeley Mental Health Division which operates an Adult Services Program and a Family, Youth and Children’s Services Program. There are also organizations like the Coalition for Alternatives in Mental Health and the East Bay Community Recovery Project.

The East Bay Community Recovery Project offers counseling, support groups, education, and referrals.

The Low-Fee Referral Network connects people in the community with low-fee counseling and psychotherapy referral services.

There are crisis intervention organizations like the Alameda County Medical Center and the Crisis Support Services of Alameda County.

There are specific support services and groups that focus on unique needs. For example, there is the Asian Community Mental Health Services organization, the Berkeley Bi-Polar Support Group and La Clinica de La Raza Casa del Sol which works with Spanish-speaking, uninsured residents.

Berkeley Therapist Directory

Connecting with a highly qualified and expert therapist or mental health care provider can be overwhelming. This is especially true since there are so many providers in the Bay Area and Berkeley. With that in mind, we put together the above Berkeley therapist directory to help make your search easier and eliminate any barriers that may exist to receiving counseling or mental health services.