I. Therapists in Oakland, CA

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There are no therapists currently located in Oakland, CA. The following therapists are located in CA.

Amy Glick

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Languages: English

Treatment Approaches: Stress, Anxiety, Grief, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, Self esteem

Tracey Manning

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Languages: English

Treatment Approaches: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Parenting issues, Depression, Stress, Anxiety, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD

Connor Moss

Languages: English

Treatment Approaches: Attachment-based, Coaching, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Emotionally Focused, Existential, Gestalt, Humanistic, Integrative, Mindfulness-based (MBCT), Psychodynamic, Relational, Somatic, Transpersonal

State License: California

Aimie French

Languages: English

Treatment Approaches: Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Emotionally Focused, Family / Marital, Gottman Method, Humanistic, Interpersonal, Narrative, Relational, Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)

State License: California

Olivia Clear

Languages: English

Treatment Approaches: Art Therapy, EMDR, Feminist, Humanistic, Somatic, Transpersonal, Person-Centered Therapy

State License: California

Jessica Youseffi

Areas of focus: Addiction, Anxiety, Codependency, Coping Skills, Depression, Divorce, Family Conflict, Grief, Immigration Issues, Infertility, Infidelity, Life Coaching, Marital / Premarital, Relationship Issues, Self Esteem, Transgender, Trauma / PTSD

Languages: English, Farsi

Treatment Approaches: Attachment-based, Culturally Sensitive, Eclectic, Emotionally Focused, Feminist, Integrative, Mindfulness-based (MBCT), Multicultural, Relational, Somatic

State License: California

Ellen Ottman

  • 3+ years of Experience
  • United States
  • Oakland, California
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Languages: English

Treatment Approaches: Family / Marital, Gestalt, Integrative, Interpersonal, Multicultural, Psychodynamic, Relational, Somatic

State License: California

George Vassiliades

Areas of focus: Aging, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Domestic Violence, Eating Disorders, OCD, Phobias, Self Abuse, Sexual Orientation, Sleep or Insomnia

Languages: English, Greek

Treatment Approaches: Body Centered Psychotherapy, Coaching, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Dialectical (DBT), Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT Tapping), Existential Psychotherapy, Focusing, Gestalt, Gottman Method, Holistic, Humanistic, Hypnotherapy, Information and Referral, Jungian, Mediation, Psychodynamic, Sand Play, Sex Therapy, Short-Term (Brief Treatment), Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), Spiritual Counseling, Systemic, Transpersonal Psychology

State License: California

Susan Murray

Areas of focus: Addiction, Adoption, Anger Management, Anxiety, Attachment Disorders, ADHD, Behavior Issues, Bipolar Disorder, Career Counseling, Child Abuse and Neglect, Marital / Premarital, Depression, Domestic Violence, Family Conflict, Forensic, Grief, Infant Mental Health, Interpersonal Relationships, Life Transitions, Men's Issues, Multicultural Issues, Parenting, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Physical Illness/Impairment, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Orientation, Sexuality Issues, Sleep or Insomnia, Stress, Women's Issues

Languages: English

Treatment Approaches: Advocacy, Behavioral, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Contemplative, Crisis Intervention, EMDR, Holistic, Humanistic, Information and Referral, Intervention, Long-Term, Narrative, Parent Guidance, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Play Therapy, Psycho-Educational, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Psychodynamic, Relational, Short-Term (Brief Treatment), Supervised Visitation

State License: California

Jennifer Valera

Areas of focus: Career Counseling, Depression, Education/Personal Development, Infertility

Languages: English, Spanish

Treatment Approaches: Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Existential Psychotherapy, Expressive Therapy, Holistic, Humanistic, Narrative, Parent Guidance, Play Therapy, Psycho-Educational, Psychodynamic, Relational, Short-Term (Brief Treatment), Systemic

State License: California

II. The Best Therapists in Oakland, CA

Online therapy chose 15 therapists evaluated on eight key factors. Credentials, specializations, cost, availability, and other key features were taken into consideration. Together, these factors add up to quality care that’s accessible to a wide range of clients.

Choosing the Best Oakland, CA Therapists

Credentials

It’s important to know that your therapist is qualified to address the challenges you might bring to your sessions. The best way to find out whether a professional is skilled and trustworthy is to check their credentials. In California, therapists are required to hold a master’s degree in counseling from an accredited institution, complete thousands of hours of supervised practice, and pass national and state exams.

Accessibility

After you’ve determined whether a therapist is qualified, making sure they’re a good match for your health care needs is the next step. Therapists were evaluated based on the flexibility of their office hours, ability to work remotely, and the range of therapeutic modules and interests they bring to their practice.

Cost

A therapist’s pricing needs to match your budget to make mental health care affordable. The therapists included on this list may charge per session or through a monthly subscription, accept an array of insurance plans or offer a sliding fee scale to meet your needs.

Mary K. Sander: LCSW | Best for trauma and PTSD

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510-228-0264
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Mary K. Sander invests time and energy into her clients’ healing process, offering services to a wide range of perspectives, including people of color, the LGBTQIA community, activists, and change-makers. When treating PTSD, she uses various modalities, such as CBT, mindfulness, and self-compassion, to identify the needs of the individual’s mind and body.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Trauma and PTSD
Anxiety
Depressio
not provided Cost per Session: $160 – $180 Yes Yes

James K. Baker: M.A., LMFT | Best for men's issues

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510-788-0006
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James K. Baker wants to help the people he works with become more self-aware so they can assume greater responsibility for themselves and those around them. Through individual and couples therapy, he facilitates trust, communication, and growth so desired changes can take place. He works with a range of clients but has the life experience to speak specifically to men’s issues.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Relationship Issues
Trauma and PTSD
Men’s Issues
not provided Cost per Session: $150 – $250 No Yes

Jennifer Diamond: M.A., LMFT | Best for chronic illness

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510-361-0346
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Jennifer Diamond has trained and worked in the mental health field for more than a decade, working with clients of all ages and from all backgrounds. One of her areas of focus is teaching coping skills to those who suffer from chronic illness and helping them explore the possibilities of a meaningful life.

What patients say: “From the moment I met Jennifer I knew I was face-to-face with an exceptional person. She had a quality of presence, genuineness, and warmth that is impossible to simulate.”

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Life Transitions
Child or Adolescent
Chronic Illness
not provided Adolescents, Adults & Families: $180/50-minute session Yes Yes

Noah Oderberg: Ph.D. | Best for relationship issues

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510-428-0111
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Noah Oderberg has more than twenty years of experience using his psychodynamic approach to therapy. With a focus on relationship and marital issues, he creates a safe and empathic environment where his clients feel free to share.

What patients say: “Noah’s skillful and empathetic treatment made a big difference in the quality of my life. Among other things, he helped me to develop inner tools for better supporting and understanding myself.”

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Depression
Anxiety
Relationship Issues
not provided Cost per Session: $160 – $190 Yes Yes

Cecilia Froberg: MFT| Best for emotional disturbances

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510-604-6362
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Cecilia Froberg offers insight-oriented therapy geared toward clients working through emotional disturbances. Her experience has taught her that all people behave the way they do for a reason and that having compassion for ourselves is the first step toward productive therapy. She believes that only by understanding why we think the way we do, can we gain the insight necessary to change.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Anxiety
Emotional Disturbance
Transgender
Trauma and PTSD
Out of Network Cost per Session: $80 – $120 Yes Yes

Orlee R. Carpel: M.A. | Best for women's issues

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310-882-8642
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Orlee R. Carpel has crafted a therapy approach rooted in an empathic and collaborative environment. Working with individuals, couples, and families, she encourages all clients to identify and use their personal strengths to stimulate growth. A specialist in women’s issues, she promotes healthy relationships and positive behavior.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Relationship Issues
Women’s Issues
Parenting
not provided not provided No Yes

Crystal Hawkins: LCSW | Best for family conflict

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510-239-7032
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Crystal Hawkins offers therapeutic services and programs designed to support Black communities. Her strategy involves offering multitiered systems of support to aid her clients in academics and personal behavior. Understanding family conflict is a component of her therapeutic practice, as she works primarily with children, adolescents, and young adults.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Depression
Family Conflict
Anxiety
not provided Cost per Session: $125 – $175 Yes Yes

Alexandra Mitnick: LCSW, M.P.H. | Best for parenting issues

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510-978-4669
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Alexandra Mitnick focuses on assisting each of her clients as an individual, recognizing them as an authentic person with unique challenges. She understands that adults, adolescents, and children alike face personal and interpersonal challenges that they may need assistance with. In her work with parents, she unpacks the identity challenges that come with being a mother and adapting to the stresses of a home/work balance.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Parenting
Relationship Issues
Depression
not provided Cost per Session: $100 – $140 Yes Yes

Brandon Brawner: Ph.D. | Best for oppositional defiance

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510-225-8725
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Brandon Brawner has built his practice on offering practical support to adults, children, and families facing psychological challenges. In his more than 30 years of experience, he has crafted a unique approach to each of these groups, providing counsel and a safe space for discussion. One of the most common topics in his family therapy sessions is oppositional defiance disorder, which he addresses from both the parents’ and child’s perspectives.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Oppositional Defiance
Depression
Anxiety
not provided Cost per Session: $80 – $150 Yes Yes

José L. Alemán: MFT | Best for gender identity issues

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415-517-5144
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José L. Alemán has a therapeutic approach rooted in compassionate acceptance, value-based reassessment, and conscious action. Together, he uses these concepts to listen attentively and set meaningful goals for each of his clients. When working with the LGBTQIA community, he focuses on issues of self-worth and managing relationship needs.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Trauma and PTSD
Gay
Relationship Issues
Out of Network Cost per Session: $200 – $250 Yes Yes

Elizabeth Ehrenberg: LCSW | Best for depression

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415-828-4563
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Elizabeth Ehrenberg loves working with people who are eager to learn about themselves and challenge the old narratives that no longer serve them. She believes this is a core component of treating depression, and the only way to move beyond the restrictive cycles that may hold us back. She offers a free 20-minute phone consultation to new clients to see whether she is a good fit for their needs.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Relationship Issues
Anxiety
Depression
Lyra
SHIP (UC Berkeley)
Out of Network
Cost per Session: $160 Yes Yes

Michael Y. Simon: LMFT | Best for creatives

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510-867-3800
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Michael Y. Simon has experience working with musicians, visual artists, actors, writers, and other creative individuals who have specialized therapeutic needs. His sessions begin by focusing on the problems and context inherent in his clients’ lives and move toward alternative solutions to manage any challenges. He offers teletherapy services to accommodate those for whom in-person meetings are less convenient.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Parenting
Child or Adolescent
Relationship Issues
Out of Network Cost per Session: $200 – $225 Yes Yes

Lisa M. Johnson: Ph.D. | Best for anxiety

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510-239-3893
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Lisa M. Johnson understands that the day-to-day challenges of life can cause anxiety, depression, trauma, and stress. In a judgment-free environment, she listens attentively to any concerns her clients bring to therapy, helping to understand and untangle thoughts. When managing feelings of anxiety, she uses a culturally competent, insight-oriented approach tailored to a client’s individual needs.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Trauma and PTSD
Anxiety
Depression
Beacon Alameda Alliance
California Victim of Crime
Out of Network
Cost per Session: $180+ Yes Yes

Tamara Lipton: LMFT | Best for life transitions

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510-880-8928
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Tamara Lipton supports people who want to understand themselves better, their decisions, and their interpersonal relationships. She has experience helping clients through difficult life transitions, understanding that all of our challenges are informed by the contexts we have lived through. Through careful attention to her client’s inner thoughts, she strives to help facilitate a sense of clarity.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Life Transitions
Relationship Issues
not provided Cost per Session: $90 – $140 Yes Yes

Susan Stewart Rudloff: M.A., LMFT | Best for transgender issues

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510-473-6043
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Susan Steward Rudloff has worked with a diverse range of clients who she helps develop coping skills that are effective for their unique situation. She uses an attachment-based, trauma-informed approach to help identify repetitive patterns that cause pain. In her work with the transgender community, she speaks directly to the visible and invisible struggles that come with embracing this marginalized perspective.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Anxiety
Chronic Pain
Transgender
Out of Network Cost per Session: $150 – $200 Yes Yes

III. What You Should Know About Oakland Therapy

How are Oakland therapists licensed?

Therapists in California must fulfill a number of state-mandated requirements before they are able to offer their services. These begin with earning a master’s degree in counseling at an accredited institution, followed by completing 3,000 hours of supervised practice in a clinical setting. This takes place over the course of two years, after which they must complete the California Law & Ethics Exam and the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Exam.

How much does therapy cost in Oakland?

A 50-minute session with an Oakland therapist can range in cost from $80 to $250, averaging at about $140 per session. The majority of professionals in the area don’t accept all common insurance plans, so it’s best to check beforehand if you’re concerned about your coverage. However, many therapists do offer sliding fee schedules to help provide access to those with financial needs.

 

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