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.


Cara Counter

BA, Physical, Siences/Nutrition, MA, Somatic/Holistic, Psychotherapy, LMFT
19 years experience
Hi, I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California (LMFT) and I have been working in a counseling field since 2000. I have experience working with Domestic Violence Abusers and Victims. In my own private practice ive worked successfully with clients experiencing depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting, teen concerns, life transitions, and a wide range of challenges, including grief/loss, trauma, abuse, Families, self esteem, Domestic abuse, anger and crisis management. I mostly tend... Read More
Hi, I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California (LMFT) and I have been working in a counseling field since 2000. I have experience working with Domestic Violence Abusers and Victims. In my own private practice ive... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 19 years

Heidi Taugher

LMFT
10 years experience
As an experienced therapist I appreciate the energy it takes to confront issues that feel overwhelming without clear solutions. I take my role seriously in facilitating healing. I care about my clients and do my best to minimize any unpleasant symptoms you are experiencing while we work on strategies that move you towards a more satisfying life. I am authentic, non-judgmental, and direct in my approach. If you are feeling emotionally overwhelmed, stuck, anxious, or... Read More
As an experienced therapist I appreciate the energy it takes to confront issues that feel overwhelming without clear solutions. I take my role seriously in facilitating healing. I care about my clients and do my best to minimize any unpleasant... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years

Gina Marquardt

LMFT
8 years experience
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I earned my Masters in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in 2011, and I have been working as a therapist since that time. I work with clients who are dealing with anxiety, depression, career concerns, substance abuse, LGBT issues, family and relationship issues, and coping with chronic illnesses. I utilize various types of therapy in my practice, such as, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT),... Read More
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I earned my Masters in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in 2011, and I have been working as a therapist since that time. I work with clients who are... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years

Tammy Johnson

LCSW, CADC
15 years experience
Family structure, life circumstances, trauma and grief can challenge the way we think and feel. Our emotions are often triggered by these life circumstances causing negative behavioral responses such as anxiety, angry outbursts, obsessive-compulsive disorders, drug addiction, alcoholism, sexual addiction, gambling, depression, and relationship conflict. The consequences of these behaviors cause heartache and pain in our lives and often have adverse effects on the people around us. Therapy can show you how negative behaviors limit... Read More
Family structure, life circumstances, trauma and grief can challenge the way we think and feel. Our emotions are often triggered by these life circumstances causing negative behavioral responses such as anxiety, angry outbursts, obsessive-compulsive disorders, drug addiction, alcoholism, sexual addiction,... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 15 years

Renee Price

LCSW, OSW-C
16 years experience
Hello & Welcome, There are times when we feel stressed beyond repair, alone, misunderstood, helpless, even hopeless. During these difficult times it can be hard to ask for help. You've taken the first step, now I can assist you on the road towards healing, peace, and happiness. I help individuals, families, and teenagers through difficult situations with understanding, acceptance, and with genuine caring. I can help you recognize your strengths and teach you new ways... Read More
Hello & Welcome, There are times when we feel stressed beyond repair, alone, misunderstood, helpless, even hopeless. During these difficult times it can be hard to ask for help. You've taken the first step, now I can assist you on... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 16 years

Jonathan Meza

MS, LPCC
4 years experience
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
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  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Experience: 4 years

Courtney Boatman

LMFT
8 years experience
My goal as a therapist is to help clients navigate through some of the darker, more difficult times we experience as humans. I help provide clarity on murky situations and provide a non-biased sounding board to clients who are struggling. A lot of my techniques and tools as a therapist come from a Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) framework and solution-focused. I utilize a narrative approach, which is the belief that people are the... Read More
My goal as a therapist is to help clients navigate through some of the darker, more difficult times we experience as humans. I help provide clarity on murky situations and provide a non-biased sounding board to clients who are... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years

Dr. Amy Clayton

PsyD, LCSW
21 years experience
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of California with a Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology. I have been working as a therapist for over 21 years. I have worked in outpatient as well as inpatient settings, including hospitals, clinics, group homes, and private practice. Many of my clients are high achieving people who find themselves surprised to be struggling with a problem. By drawing upon their strengths, I assist them... Read More
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of California with a Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology. I have been working as a therapist for over 21 years. I have worked in outpatient as well as inpatient settings,... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 21 years

Gretchen Forrey

MA, LMFT
7 years experience
Hello and welcome! Thank you for viewing my profile more closely. I am a strong advocate and very passionate about helping clients further their understandings of themselves and their relationships, as well as finding a deeper meaning and joy in their lives. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California and have a substantial amount of experience in working with teens and transitional aged youth, trauma, depression and anxiety,... Read More
Hello and welcome! Thank you for viewing my profile more closely. I am a strong advocate and very passionate about helping clients further their understandings of themselves and their relationships, as well as finding a deeper meaning and joy... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 years

Kathy Helgerson

LMFT
9 years experience
I am Kathy Helgerson. I earned my master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University, Dominguez Hills. My story: I have personally experienced trauma and grief. My divorce was final on October 1, 1996. Then in November, my 21-year-old son died, instantly. And in January 1997, I was struck by a van and suffered severe physical and emotional injuries. After the accident, I went back to college and eventually earned my master’s degree... Read More
I am Kathy Helgerson. I earned my master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University, Dominguez Hills. My story: I have personally experienced trauma and grief. My divorce was final on October 1, 1996. Then in November, my... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 9 years

Jonathan Julian

AMFT
3 years experience
I am a queer artist, activist and therapist. I practice through a healing-focused and social justice lens to help empower your most authentic self and heal trauma. I center my work on empowering and supporting people in the LGBTQIA+ community navigating all the emotional work it takes to exist in an oppressive culture. Read More
I am a queer artist, activist and therapist. I practice through a healing-focused and social justice lens to help empower your most authentic self and heal trauma. I center my work on empowering and supporting people in the LGBTQIA+ community navigating all the emotional work it takes to exist in an oppressive culture. Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years

Dorothy Kaufmann

LMFT, Ph.D
10 years experience
I am an older therapist engaged in my second career. In my previous life, I taught and wrote in the humanities, which I see as a prelude to my present career. Read More
I am an older therapist engaged in my second career. In my previous life, I taught and wrote in the humanities, which I see as a prelude to my present career. Read More
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  • Languages: English and French
  • Experience: 10 years

Annia Raysberg

BA Psych, MA Psych, LMFT
10 years experience
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 basis. As a clinician, I am compassionate, non-judgmental, and collaborative. Together, we will identify your goals and how best to achieve them. I tend to be fairly active in sessions, providing feedback and suggestions. Read More
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 basis. As a clinician, I am compassionate, non-judgmental, and collaborative. Together, we will identify your goals and how best to achieve them. I tend to be fairly active in sessions, providing feedback and suggestions. Read More
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  • Languages: English and Russian
  • Experience: 10 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.