Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Oakland, California

Find a therapist in Oakland, California  that meets your needs. Browse our comprehensive list of affordable and licensed therapists in Oakland, to find a professional specializing in counseling people with stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief and more.

Dabney Worth

Dabney Worth, LCSW

I have been a clinical social worker for over 30 years working with individuals, couples and families dealing with a variety of life issues including depression, anxiety, grief, loss, life and health crisis, and life transitions. My approach is warm and gentle, yet insightful and to the point. I create an inviting atmosphere where my clients feel comfortable to delve deep to bring about peace of mind and profound change. My approach incorporates Read More...
I have been a clinical social worker for over 30 years working with individuals, couples and families dealing with a variety of life issues including depression, anxiety, grief, loss, life and health crisis, and life transitions. My approach Read More...
  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 32 years
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 32 years


Mallory Garrett

Mallory Garrett, MS, LMFT

I believe in meeting you where you are and working in a collaborative way to help address issues that may be causing you distress. While I take a problem-solving, relational approach to helping clients, I also believe in the benefits of supportive therapy as people navigate daily challenges. I implement an in-depth approach to counseling. I come from a modality that is sex-positive and LGBTQ Affirming. I have experience working with a variety of issues Read More...
I believe in meeting you where you are and working in a collaborative way to help address issues that may be causing you distress. While I take a problem-solving, relational approach to helping clients, I also believe in the benefits Read More...
  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years


Arianna Helfant

Arianna Helfant, LMFT

Thank you for visiting my BetterHelp profile! I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Los Angeles, California. I provide in-person counseling at my office in Tarzana, as a counselor for the West Valley Counseling Center. I earned my undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California where I majored in Psychology and Law. I continued my education at USC and earned my Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. I have Read More...
Thank you for visiting my BetterHelp profile! I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Los Angeles, California. I provide in-person counseling at my office in Tarzana, as a counselor for the West Valley Counseling Center. I earned Read More...
  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 years
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 years


Courtney Comstock

Courtney Comstock, MA, LMFT

I am a marriage and family therapist licensed in California with over 8 years of experience. I have met with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, anger, behavioral issues and ADHD. I have worked with clients who have experienced emotional and/or physical abuse. I have worked with children, teens, adults, and families with various backgrounds and beliefs, as well. My counseling style is gentle, integrative, Read More...
I am a marriage and family therapist licensed in California with over 8 years of experience. I have met with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, anger, behavioral issues and ADHD. Read More...
  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years


Dr. Negar Nazari

Dr. Negar Nazari, Ph.D.

Contemplating therapy is a courageous first step and I admire your decision to seek help. Perhaps you have been overworked, feeling stressed, worried, and struggling to keep it all together. I will meet you as you are and create a safe space to explore your unique inner world. Together we can identify your strengths, change old patterns, increase self-compassion, strengthen coping skills, enhance relationships, and make life much more meaningful. I provide an environment that Read More...
Contemplating therapy is a courageous first step and I admire your decision to seek help. Perhaps you have been overworked, feeling stressed, worried, and struggling to keep it all together. I will meet you as you are and create a Read More...
  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years


Emmily Weldon

Emmily Weldon, MS, LPCC, LMHC

Welcome, and thank you for your time in learning more about me! My name is Emmily and I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in the state of California and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Iowa. I have had 6 years experience working in the mental health field and have worked in a variety of settings including home private practice settings, home visits, and community mental health treatment. I Read More...
Welcome, and thank you for your time in learning more about me! My name is Emmily and I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in the state of California and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state Read More...
  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years


Katina Boulai

Katina Boulai, MA, LMFT

My name is Katina Boulai and I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California. I know that seeking help can be a difficult choice but you are not alone. I have many years experience working with families, couples, and individuals using a relational, cognitive behavioral therapy and family systems approach. I have experience with diverse populations with issues relating to depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma, parenting, divorce, grief, life transitions, and Read More...
My name is Katina Boulai and I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California. I know that seeking help can be a difficult choice but you are not alone. I have many years experience working with families, Read More...
  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years


Morgan Smith

Morgan Smith, LMFT, MA, BCYC

I am a License Marriage and Family Therapist in state of California.. I work with men and women, 18 - early 40’s experiencing life transitions, anxiety, depression, relationship challenges (including family, friends partner and Self), lack of motivation and desire for personal growth. My therapy style is warm, compassionate, solutions oriented, holistic and collaborative. I integrate a variety of models of therapy throughout my work including: developmental, person-centred, strengths-based, a “here and now” approach Read More...
I am a License Marriage and Family Therapist in state of California.. I work with men and women, 18 - early 40’s experiencing life transitions, anxiety, depression, relationship challenges (including family, friends partner and Self), lack of motivation and Read More...
  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 years
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 years


Eric Kammersgard

Eric Kammersgard, MA, LMFT

Hello, and thanks for considering me to assist in your life journey. I am a marriage and family therapist licensed in California with over 30 years of experience working the continuum of behavioral health. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, goal setting, and career challenges.. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. My counseling style is to work Read More...
Hello, and thanks for considering me to assist in your life journey. I am a marriage and family therapist licensed in California with over 30 years of experience working the continuum of behavioral health. I have worked with clients with Read More...
  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 31 years
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 31 years


Jonathan Meza

Jonathan Meza, MS, LPCC

Hello! I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in California with over 10 years of combined unlicensed and licensed experience in the mental health field providing services for young children, adolescents, & adults. Are you dealing with depression, anxiety, trauma, grief & loss, school or work trouble? Maybe a unique challenge with a transition or goal in your life? You are not alone, and I am here for you. I’ll share with you that Read More...
Hello! I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in California with over 10 years of combined unlicensed and licensed experience in the mental health field providing services for young children, adolescents, & adults. Are you dealing with depression, anxiety, trauma, Read More...
  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Experience: 4 years
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  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Experience: 4 years


Overview of Mental Health Resources in Oakland, California

Situated on the inner part of the San Francisco Bay Area, Oakland, CA is named for the grand oak trees that lined its streets and located across the San Francisco. Considered part of “The East Bay”, nearly 425,000 citizens call this industrial port city home. Currently, the area is the 45th largest city in the United States and growing at a rapid rate. Residents enjoy less than a thirty-minute commute to San Francisco and the area boasts being not only on the bay but also has access to Lake Merritt, the 155-acre lagoon in the city. Locals and tourists alike enjoy the ever-changing food scene, Jack London Square and the city’s vibrant arts community, considered the arts mecca of the West, making this city a unique addition to the Bay Area.

Ranked recently in the top 10 cities in the US for the healthiest city, best climate and best places to retire among a long string of accolades, Oakland has a diverse and socially conscious population. Because of the city’s recent popularity, the area is experiencing an affordable housing crunch as rent is increasing and those living outside the area are experience longer commutes into the area for work. While still less than its expense neighbor, San Francisco, many families are being priced out of the housing market. A recent study indicates that there is a correlation between the percentage that one spends on rent and how often they are hospitalized for a mental illness disorder. Due to the overcrowding issues, the local physicians are seeing an increase in patients caused by the stress of not having a true place to live. Many families are now reduced to squatting to have a place to call home.

Research has shown that one-third of adult health issues are due to mental health.  Whether it is you or someone you know, this means that you are not alone.  If you feel anxious, suffer from schizophrenia, or feel overwhelmed, the first step is recognizing that you need help. Treatment is important and we are here as our community of Oakland medical professionals that will aid you in your needs. The first step is to determine the symptoms that affect your well-being even if you just don’t feel like yourself anymore. In doing so, our site will help you narrow down the therapist that can help you create solutions to your problems. Take a moment to review their profiles, blogs, and bios to ensure that their specialties meet your needs. When researching your potential therapist, consider the following questions:

•    Why am I seeking help?
•    What are my goals in therapy?
•    Am I more comfortable with a man or a woman?
•    Are there any personal aspects I’m not willing to discuss?
•    Do I want to be able to lead the discussion, or have it led?
•    How long do I plan to attend therapy?
•    Does my problem need extra specialization?

Engaging in effective treatments from one of our licensed therapists will help you on the path to living a successful and productive life. Many mental health issues can affect you, how you think and feel on a daily basis. Decide how often you need to visit your therapist and make sure that their office is located near where you work or live. This will increase your chances of keeping your appointment times, which is important in making your treatment journey successful. Most offices are open only during the work day so if you need appointments outside the typical 9-5 work hours, add that to your list of interview questions. These sessions will help you build a relationship with your chosen professional so take time to set-up a phone interview with them. It is important that you feel that you can connect with your potential therapist, learn their style and if they seem engaged in the conversation.

There is no “one size fits all” type of mental health treatment and it will take time for you find the right therapist to help with the issues you have been struggling with for a while like an eating disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder.  Many individuals suffer from mental health concerns at various times in their life. It is a concern to take seriously when you notice symptoms and ongoing signs that prohibit your ability to function in society, causes frequent stress and does not allow you to enjoy life. Take your time to ask plenty of questions and to get to know your practitioner. Each will have a different skill set and that will help you achieve your personal goals while improving your life. The time spent researching our directory of Oakland professionals is an investment in you – and your future.