About me

Hello and Welcome
My name is Dorene Blake. I am a mature woman with 25+ years experience working with a wide variety of individuals , couples and families. I have contracted with The Department of Defense ( Families of Servicemen and women living overseas), The Red Cross (Disaster Mental Health) , and Family Service Agency ( mental health for all age clientele). My training has included inpatient counseling for adults and adolescents in hospital settings.

I received my Masters degree in Education and counseling from The University of California and The University of San Francisco. I am also a parent of a large family which has informed my work with child and family development. My training in CBT, PTSD, Experiential, Gestalt, and Family Systems has been woven and renewed throughout. I believe in a conversational style of session. with plenty of attention paid to listening, questions and feedback.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Family conflicts
  • Grief
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , LGBT , Trauma and abuse , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , Abandonment , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 27

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

CA LMFT 27688


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Dorene Blake. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Written on Nov 13, 2022 after therapy with Dorene for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Dorene is a great great listener. Her expertise is weighted with life experience and her input always leaves me considering new perspectives and feels encouraging, which is what I need.

Written on Oct 11, 2022 after therapy with Dorene for 2 weeks on issues concerning coping with life changes

Dorene provides you questions to explore knowing yourself more deeply and is also open to provide sage advise or counsel.

Written on Sep 07, 2022 after therapy with Dorene for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and compassion fatigue

Doreen is a great therapist. I've been finding our sessions really helpful. She's calm and caring whilst also asking good questions and being appropriately assertive.

Written on Jul 26, 2022 after therapy with Dorene for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

I benefit from Dorene's warmth and approachability. She is very easy to talk to and listens well.

Written on Jun 21, 2022 after therapy with Dorene for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and relationship issues

My time with Dorene has been so invaluable. She is a great listener, asks good questions, and is easy to talk to. I feel like I can share anything and not be judged. She has been tremendously helpful during a stressful time and has equipped me with some useful tools to help me deal with difficult situations as well as better be present and grateful for the journey vs the destination.

Written on May 31, 2022 after therapy with Dorene for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, bipolar disorder, and compassion fatigue

Dorene is a great example of a balance between compassion and strictness. She will guide you gently through issues but make sure you are accountable for your own actions and mistakes. After going through a couple terrible therapists, Dorene has restored my trust in the therapy process.

Written on Mar 21, 2022 after therapy with Dorene for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Dorene is very kind and insightful. A good therapist.

Written on Mar 09, 2022 after therapy with Dorene for 3 weeks on issues concerning addictions, and relationship issues

Dorene is straight forward and tells you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear. And thats the best part of all this. I was extremely skeptical about therapy. But Dorene has made this experience so easy and comfortable. I appreciate the homework she gives and the exercises she has you do. Overall this had been nothing short of a great experience.

Written on Jan 12, 2022 after therapy with Dorene for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and family conflicts

Dorene is a great therapist!!

Written on Dec 23, 2021 after therapy with Dorene for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, and parenting issues

I really like Dorene's gentle counselling style .
She really seems to care for people and listens.

Written on Dec 01, 2021 after therapy with Dorene for 2 days on issues concerning depression

Dorene is an extremely kind woman, has good advice, and uses applicable goals/homework to help you. I enjoyed my session.

Written on Oct 15, 2021 after therapy with Dorene for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, anger management, and coaching

Dorene is a thoughtful, active listener who draws from her professional as well as life experience to offer helpful insight and support. I feel heard and seen in our sessions. She offers wise suggestions, challenges my thinking when needed and gives me 'homework' to keep me moving in the right direction. I highly recommend Dorene!

Written on Sep 16, 2021 after therapy with Dorene for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, and coping with life changes

Doreen really listens and remembers for me that demonstrates that she cares about me.

Written on Jul 27, 2021 after therapy with Dorene for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and grief

This is my first attempt at therapy but Dorene has put me completely at ease. She has a warm and comforting presence, listens without judgement, and offers sage advice. I would highly recommend her.

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