Our intern therapists are selected for their level of personal maturity and self-awareness as well as their competence as psychotherapists. They are often graduates of the holistic graduate psychology programs at JFK University, CIIS and other accredited graduate master’s psychology programs. Each is supervised by an experienced licensed psychotherapist. You will be in a relationship with a responsible, trustworthy professional backed up by on-going supervision, consultation and training.
Research shows that the most important factor in clients’ experience of successful therapy is the relationship they develop with their therapists.
Bay Area Therapists
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San Francisco • 415-494-9618
I offer skills in communication, conflict resolution, sensory awareness, sexual and nonsexual intimacy, with a loyal respect to the vulnerability that relationships can create. My practice is through the lens of Somatic Psychotherapy, and I work with individuals, groups, and adolescents to form and maintain a sense of ease and trust in their lives.
Govinda Bader, MA
Berkeley & SF • 510-859-8464
Psychotherapy begins with a longing. Your longing might be for better relationships, more trust in yourself, less anxiety, feeling worthy and lovable, or feeling connected to your passion and purpose in life. In order to fulfill your longings, we will look what gets in the way: fears, conditioning, beliefs, shame, or trauma. My approach will help you embrace all parts of yourself and heal internal divisions.
Larisa Blum, MA
Oakland, CA • 510-463-4619
I work with individuals and couples to address relationship ambivalence, anxiety, major life transition, depression, stuckness, conflict, poor communication and other issues. Together, we work to expand your awareness of thoughts, feelings and physical sensations to transform your experience into one of purpose, pleasure, joy, energy, and connection.
Aiyisha Castillo, MA
San Francisco • 415-347-9446
My private practice as a Somatic Psychotherapist is grounded in making space for complexity and challenges. I support this kind of growth by exploring how you are presently participating in your life. I offer a space to actively build a relationship to what you are doing in order to create possibilities for something different.
Daniel Clifford, MA
San Francisco • 415-830-5344
Most people come to see me because they are in the middle of change in their life: Death, Divorce, Job loss, Identity Shift, New Job, New Relationships, etc. Ultimately I feel I can act as a conduit and bridge for most anyone who is looking for a more fulfilling place on the other side of the threshold of change; a place sometimes called home.
Normandy Daniels, MA
San Francisco • 415-735-1926
I work with individuals and couples and my primary specialty is helping to repair attachment wounds and create more secure bonds in relationships. I also enjoy working with PTSD, sex and sexuality, dancers, identity issues, co-dependence, and questions of meaning.
Angie Di Natale, MA
Berkeley, CA • 510-473-2039
A compassionate presence and a belief that "there is nothing wrong with you that is not human” is what I bring to my practice. My work involves attending to interpersonal and relationship issues; depression; anxiety; trauma; addiction; and midlife challenges and transitions. I work from a somatic psychotherapy approach that believes in the wisdom of the body as a pathway toward living life with more freedom, joy, and a sense of aliveness.
Lisa Soto Dunlop
San Francisco • 415-692-1651
My work involves cultivating a sense of wholeness, authenticity, and wellbeing that often begins as a result of some sort of suffering. Both my training and practice are grounded in integral psychology, which is an approach to healing that recognizes the interrelationships among mind, body, and spirit. I also have a strong Gestalt therapy foundation, which fosters meeting clients compassionately and intuitively in the here and now.
Shachar David Erez, MA
Oakland, CA • 510-730-0722
We tend to increase our suffering by rejecting parts and expressions of ourselves. Whatever issue or emotional state you bring to our session, you will experience a deep sense of acceptance and understanding. Together we build a safe, mindful and often humor-filled space in which you can know yourself deeper and express yourself more authentically.
Meheret Fikre-Sellassie, MA
Oakland, CA • 510-219-6961
I hold each individual’s uniqueness in sacred space. My experience includes working with diversity issues focused on the immigrant community. I can help you work through trauma, anxiety and depression resulting from a wide variety of causes.
Paul Gorban, MA, Doctoral Student
Sacramento • 530-601-9937
One of the simplest, yet most overlooked concepts in therapy or personal growth involves change. The path to this moment involves "mindfulness," which I will introduce to you in session to facilitate your process and promote lasting change. With mind, body, and soul working together, your thoughts, actions, and behaviors can reform to meet you and your loved one’s needs.
Eugenia Guidi, MA
Berkeley, CA • 510-463-4027
I work with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. I work intuitively and collaboratively, grounded in a deep awe and respect for human beings in all our complexity. My specialties include stress and anxiety, trauma, issues facing the LGBTQ community, depression, and finding one’s path and purpose in life.
Melissa Jardin, MA
Oakland, CA • 510-999-6343
I bring enthusiasm, compassion, and creativity to the practice of somatic psychotherapy. My life experience has taught me that sometimes we just need some help no matter how capable and confident we are. I want to join with you to help you create more satisfying interpersonal relationships.
Deanna Jimenez, MA
Oakland, CA • 510-463-4582
My style is collaborative, warm, and direct. I demystify the process of therapy by being a real person, not a “blank slate.” Although my work is eclectic, I am heavily influenced by the principles of mindfulness and your present experience. I focus less on reconstructing the past and more on changing what is not working in your life today.
San Francisco • 415-574-0565
We all inherently possess the wisdom to create a thriving life. My purpose is to help you identify what is in the way of your unique flow of wisdom and experiment with allowing those blocks to fall away within the safety of therapy. Have you ever noticed yourself hold back from expressing yourself with passion and creativity? I certainly have. And what I have learned is that awareness is the only possible first step toward change. Together we can create change!
Paul LeBars, MA
Oakland, CA • 510-488-4213
I hope to provide a supportive and compassionate environment for your process of healing to take place. Sometimes we can forget that where we are is okay. To fully experience all of life, the highs and the lows are part of the journey of self discovery. I believe healing involves being authentic, and allowing all parts of ourself to be discovered, expressed and embraced. My therapy practice is client based and mindfulness based. Working with present moment awareness I work with you to integrate all parts of yourself with kindness and self-compassion.
Kirsten Leitner, MA
Oakland, CA • 510-629-1033
In therapy, the sweet spot is a middle ground between active change and self-acceptance. My approach is open-minded, empathic, practical and result-oriented. I work holistically to help clients discover what is important for their healing, integration and personal fulfillment.
Brian Lim, MA, MPA
Oakland, CA • 510-214-2088
I bring strength of dedication, honesty, and love to places of your humanity where it may not have existed before. Together, we will be exploring the richness of your life with real time in-the-moment experiences. This is to say that you can expect a respectful, yet robust playfulness with me. From here, a grounded joyfulness is often the result and a new and more meaningful future naturally arises. Hence, therapy is about your lasting and meaningful transformation.
Zeph Locke, MA
Oakland, CA • 510-423-0482
Real connection heals. Whatever is going on, I invite you to discover what’s true for you. Together, through anger, fears, or sadness, with a perceptive, intelligent, and warm connection, I can help make the invisible – visible. I believe experiencing new ways to feel honestly alive allows you to reclaim the freedom of living as you truly are.
Oakland, CA • 510-219-3931
I practice Somatic, Integral, and Nature based therapies, including Horse Therapy, with children, teens, couples, and adults. I specialize in working with anxiety, child abuse, grief & loss, sexual trauma, PTSD, war trauma, and veterans. I work with people who have often felt broken and let down by the world and are longing for connection to a fulfilling, spiritual life.
Lacy Martinez, MA
Oakland, CA • 510-463-4123
Good therapy should help you remember who you were (and still are), before life's trials began distracting you. With your intentions and goals, stories and dreams, we build a relationship that is strong, safe, and secure enough to see you through your wounds, fears, troubles, and heartaches. Together we’ll remember your strengths, your purpose, your gifts and your calling. Although the world around you may remain unchanged, how you participate in it and how you respond to it's challenges can be forever different.
Justin McGahan, MA
Oakland, CA • 510-404-0068
Together we can explore what blocks your path to living at your full potential. I work in a warm, direct way that will help us demystify what might seem complicated or difficult. My practice is informed by mindfulness, meditation, and the natural world. I have experience in personal training, nutrition, and somatic-based therapy, which can be parts of my holistic, body-mind therapeutic approach.
Laura Northrup, MA, MFTI
Oakland, CA • 415-364-3075
I offer somatic and relational depth psychotherapy for adults, teens, children, and couples. I work with romantic relationships of all configurations, including polyamorous or open relationships. Although I have a diverse practice, my specialties include: depression, anxiety, issues surrounding intimacy and communication, individuals healing from childhood abuse or trauma, PTSD, and transgender, gender variant, queer, & LGB identified people.
Rhussel RJ Ojibway, MA
Brentwood & Oakland • 925-297-5227
I believe it is vital to find the right "fit" with a therapist that understands and supports your personal life journey. The way I work is governed by compassion, empathy and mindfulness as well as my life experience and knowledge. To best serve you as your therapist, it is important to be present with you, and to listen and support your journey without judgment.
Rocio Palomino, MA
Oakland, CA • 925-698-7532
I am comfortable working with individuals who are dealing with a wide variety of issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship issues, goal setting, disability and chronic pain. I work with individuals using a variety of modalities including, cognitive behavioral therapy, guided meditation, expressive arts therapy, authentic movement and ritual creation.
Oakland, CA • 510-463-4890
Compassion, curiosity, and unconditional acceptance have been the very experiences that affected me most deeply in therapy. It is this I constantly strive to provide to you. Within this context, there is room to uncover and explore your capabilities and skills, values and beliefs, identity and purpose - all the pieces of you that have been and still are available, although it may have become a challenge to access or remember them.
Valera Reznik, MA
Oakland, CA • 510-969-6976
The word psychotherapy literally means healing the soul. Some trauma is so difficult to be present with that part of our psyche splits of, this experience is sometimes referred to as soul loss. In addition to classical therapy, I use Hypnogression (a modern take on shamanic soul retrieval) to identify and resolve experiences that resulted in splitting of our soul.
Shannon Rogers, MA
Oakland • 510-463-4054
Therapy is an opportunity to have a new kind of relationship, a relationship in which you can come to know yourself in a new way. In therapy we work together to uncover and make sense of confusing or conflicting desires, thoughts, and feelings. With understanding and awareness comes the freedom and capacity to make conscious choices and change entrenched patterns that are no longer working for you. I work from a relational and somatic perspective that is informed by my mindfulness practice and by psychodynamic theory.
Erika Shershun, MA, MFTI
San Francisco • 415-570-9409
I am dedicated to supporting your movement away from patterns you no longer desire, toward a fuller more satisfying self-actualization. I specialize in working with individuals and couples experiencing issues of low self-esteem, loss of connection, anxiety, depression, trauma, and oppression. Together we can strengthen your ability to create the life you envision.
Antony Their, MA
San Francisco • 415-890-3244
I support individuals, couples, and families experiencing difficulties with: relationships, stress, depression, loss, illness, chronic pain and issues specific to physical performance in athleticism, sexuality and alter-abled body states. Together we will work on the parts of your life that call for understanding, love, attention and transformation. We invite self awareness, a tool necessary in accessing a deeper relationship to the way your live is lived, and discover where you may feel stuck. With awareness, there is possibility of change.
Abigail Thompson, MA
San Francisco • 415-890-6746
We need support and space to be curious in order to grow and change. As a therapist, I create a warm and safe environment and relationship in which to explore who you are now and who you want to become.
Traci Uchida, MA
Oakland • 925-289-8633
I am committed to helping my clients take their personal growth into their own hands in order to reclaim their life and reconnect with their inner wisdom. Together we can work to find ways of living and relating that better serve you. My specialties include stress and anxiety, Asian American issues, self-esteem, life transitions, and family relationships.
Arielle Vale, MA
Walnut Creek • 925-726-3151
I work with adults, adolescents, and children to create a safe space and help you find and stay on the path you choose to walk, with healthy relationships on your journey. You are unique, and we will work as appropriate for you, to help you connect to your mind and body to promote new emotional understandings.
Gesine Wenzel, MA
Oakland, CA • 510-306-2574
Healing from the trauma we have lived through and maybe are still living in can feel like one of those mountains you look at and they just seem impossible to climb. This is especially true in combination with the impact of everyday living in a society that oppresses many and privileges a few. And yet – if there is one thing that I have learned in my own healing process and in working with my clients it is that healing is possible.
Miranda York, MA
Oakland, CA • 415-364-3072
I believe there is a part of you that is ready for transformation right now. Together, we will work to honor this potential in order to release the natural capacity for healing innate to your body, mind, and spirit. My practice is somatic and relational, and I specialize in working with adolescents, queer and transgender people, sex workers, and people who've experienced emotional, sexual, and physical trauma.