Steven Keightley


About Me

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in California with 15 years' experience providing psychotherapy and counseling to a variety of adult individuals, teens, couples, and groups. I have practiced in both the East Bay and in Los Angeles County, working with a wide range of issues that include depression, anxiety, relationship issues, substance use and abuse, severe mental illness, aging, grief and loss. My professional experience includes group leadership and co-facilitation. Most recently, I was a Clinical Supervisor of pre-licensed trainees in Oakland, California. From 2014 to 2016 I served as president of the San Gabriel Valley Chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT).

Clients have described me as thoughtful, empathic, intuitive, grounded, and patient. I’ve found that working with my clients' past stories helps them to understand their thinking and behavior in the present. I also help clients work toward identifying and managing their feeling states.

I view the therapeutic relationship as a safe container in which feelings, memories, and new ways of thinking and being can be explored. I generally work well with clients who feel stuck or are cut off from their emotional lives and are seeking their identity and purpose in the world.

My approach combines elements of cognitive-behavioral (CBT), psychodynamic, and Jungian psychology. These labels are less important “in the room,” but some people like to know them.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is the “evidence-based” mode of choice for health insurance panels, and involves becoming more aware of the connections between your thoughts and feelings, and your beliefs about yourself.

“Psychodynamic” is a fancy term for focusing on your history and how that history affects your present-day life and relationships. This approach also considers our here-and-now feelings “in the room,” naming them, and thereby deepening the therapeutic relationship.

A Jungian approach — as put forth by Swiss psychiatrist Carl G. Jung — incorporates dream work, symbols, and archetypes to expand upon and explore the themes active in your life. Jung said, “making the unconscious conscious is what leads to healing,” so we will try to do that in our work together.

I welcome the opportunity to help you better understand your problems and your relationships and to lead a more fulfilling and authentic life.


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

Clinical approaches:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Jungian Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy

Years of Experience: 15

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LMFT #48617 (Expires: 2021-12-31)


Written by D.A. on Oct 16, 2020 after counseling with Steven for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Thank you for everything. I am really looking forward to things and feel like progress is possible