Sometimes, your mental state can feel like a university. There is so much opportunity for your to explore, but no matter what, you feel like you're in a rut. You can’t find yourself no matter how hard you try. Your depression and stress hold you back. What can you do when you’re having a problem such as this? 

One thing you can do is to speak to a therapist based in Berkeley. A licensed therapist can help you by giving you guidance and navigating you through life. The learning never ends, and so does finding yourself. You just need to speak to a therapist for help. 

This is Bonnie Fagan's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Berkeley, California (Berkeley, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MS, LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 12

If you are feeling stuck in your relationship, career, family role, or struggling with a life transition and are unsure of how to move forward, I can help. My goal is to provide a safe, non-judgmental environment where we can work together to explore your emotions, experiences, and challenges and help you on your journey toward finding personal fulfillment. I use a person centered approach where I integrate Strengths Based, Mindfulness, and CBT techniques that are tailored to your specific needs. I have experience working with individuals and families from a range...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Berkeley, California (Berkeley, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): PsyD,LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Depression
Years of Experience: 13

Welcome! My name is Dr. Trina Hamas and I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California. I have over ten years of experience providing therapeutic services for individuals, couples, and families. My expertise lies in alleviating symptoms related to depression, anxiety, abuse, trauma, grief and loss, family dysfunction, relationship issues, chronic pain, as well as issues related to motivation, self-esteem, and confidence. My style of therapy is collaborative, integrative, and considerate of cultural influences. I believe the most effec...

This is Kim Fuller's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Berkeley, California (Berkeley, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Coping with life changes, Coaching
Years of Experience: 20

It's very difficult to be in stressful situations that can cause lots of anxiety and self-doubt. Perhaps you're looking for something more than advice from family and friends. If you're looking for a warm and inviting counseling atmosphere, I am eager to work with you to develop effective coping skills and a greater self-awareness to reach your full potential. Together, you and I can work to set goals that are appropriate and attainable for you, at your pace. For therapy to be effective for you, I work hard to build genuine and long lasting trust. I am a gradua...

This is Sherry Lewis's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Berkeley, California (Berkeley, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MSW,LCSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Self esteem, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 18

Welcome! My name is Sherry Lewis and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 18 years of combined unlicensed and licensed experience in the medical and mental health field providing services for young children, adolescents, & adults. I have worked in the fields of medical social work and community mental health. Some of my experience includes treating issues relating to grief and loss, end of life issues, depression, anxiety disorders, adjustment disorders, and stage of life transitions. My counseling style is warm and empathetic with roots based ...

This is Marsha (Marcie) Eriksen Hanna's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Berkeley, California (Berkeley, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MSW,LCSW
Therapy Specialties: Grief, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue
Years of Experience: 18

Welcome and congratulations on reaching out for support! It takes great strength to make the decision to take that first step. We will be showcasing and enhancing your many strengths by utilizing a Strengths-Based, Solution Focused, and Cognitive Behavioral model in our time together to achieve your fullest potential and happiness in life. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with almost 20 years of experience in working with individual adults and families in the following practice areas: Depression, Stress and Anxiety, Relationship issues, Family Conflicts...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Berkeley, California (Berkeley, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMHC,BC PTSD Clinician,LPCC
Therapy Specialties: Addictions, Trauma and abuse, Anger management, Bipolar disorder, Depression
Years of Experience: 15

Welcome to taking those first steps towards healing the body, mind and spirit. We all have the capacity to lead happy, healthy and productive lives. I specialize in anger management, addiction, anxiety, depression, trauma, abuse and stress issues with individuals, families and couples. I provide my clients with effective tools and techniques to help them with their problems utilizing Cognitive-behavioral therapy and Dialectical behavioral therapy, for starters. I am also trained in an excellent and effective trauma therapy called Traumatic Incident Reduction thera...

This is Dr. Richard LeGassick's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Berkeley, California (Berkeley, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): PhD
Therapy Specialties: Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 40

Hello. I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a broad range of experience of over 35 years. My training and focus has been as a Marriage, Family and Child Therapist. My career interests have been in resolving difficulties of Life Transitions: Family Separations (Divorce, Child Custody and Reunification); Depression and Anxiety; Anger Management; Grieving the Loss of loved ones. I am a consultant in areas of Child and Teen well-being; Parenting Guidance; with First Responders; USA Military Service Members and their families. My approach is Humanistic/Cogn...

This is Jeannie Meyers's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Berkeley, California (Berkeley, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LCSW 74817
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 11

My name is Jeannie Meyers and I am a licensed clinical social worker. I have experience in counseling, case management, and worked with a variety of populations. I have over 10 years experience working in the mental health field. I treated clients with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, relationship issues, stress management, and life transitions. I use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR) techniques with clients. I want to help clients develop insight,...

This is Juline  Hobson's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Berkeley, California (Berkeley, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): M.A. LMFT,M.A. LPCC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 4

I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with National University and my Master’s degree in Psychology with California Southern University. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California with four years of experience providing direct mental health therapy. I have worked with individuals ages three to adults with a variety of presenting issues, including mood disorders, anger management, parental and family conflicts, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, as well as adjustment issues and phases of life issues. I am very conscious of cultural factors ...

This is Ezrimayr (Ezri) Chioma's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Berkeley, California (Berkeley, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MA,LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Trauma and abuse, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 17

Welcome!  In the 6-8 weeks that we will work together, It is my goal to create a safe, warm and inviting space where the whole of you, mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual, can make full use of the therapeutic intent of our time together.  We keep an eye toward your better self, to help you find what makes you well and at ease, and from there, support management of your psychological challenges.  A healthy core self has a powerful impact on the capacity of the mind and body to organically heal.  We will establish a platform from which you can organize your e...

This is Jorge Briceno's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Berkeley, California (Berkeley, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Addictions, Trauma and abuse, Self esteem
Years of Experience: 8

Welcome! I am Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in California. I graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from National University in 2012, and have been in the social service field since 2010. Since that time, I have worked with a wide array of individuals spanning from a young 4 year old girl with behavioral issues to a 106 year old individual in a Memory Care unit and everything in between. While my specialty is working with adolescents and individuals struggling with substance abuse, I enjoy working with everyone, and if we'r...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Berkeley, California (Berkeley, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MSW,LCSW,APHSW-C
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Family conflicts, Grief, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue
Years of Experience: 20

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California with 22 years of experience working in the areas of long-term care, sexual assault, and currently in the medical field. My education includes a Master’s degree from California State University, Long Beach, Advanced Practice Palliative Care Certificate for Social Workers, certified sexual assault counselor, and certified to provide clinical supervision to ASW and LCSWs. I have had the opportunity to work and learn from diverse individuals, families, and groups. These include aging and geriatric issues, caregiv...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Berkeley, California (Berkeley, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MSW,LCSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Depression, ADHD
Years of Experience: 28

Hello and thank you for having enough courage and honesty to take the first big step. My name is Erlynn and I have a Master’s in Social Work, concentration in Individuals, Families and Groups from San Francisco. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of California since 2015. I received a BA in Psychology, emphasis in Clinical and Developmental Psychology from Santa Cruz. I have 20 plus years of experience in the mental health field. I have worked across a continuum of care from residential, sub-acute day treatment programs, and hospitals focusing o...

This is Angela Sippio's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Berkeley, California (Berkeley, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LCSW,MSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Grief, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 5

Hello my name is Angela, I am a licensed counselor in California with over five years of experience working as a bereavement counselor, leading support groups and helping those who have recently suffered a loss. I specialize in working with those dealing with a terminal loved one, grief and loss. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, and anxiety following the death of a loved one. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity and compassion. I will tailor our dialo...

This is Dr. Brenda Davis's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Berkeley, California (Berkeley, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LCSW,DSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Depression
Years of Experience: 30

I am a licensed clinical social worker in California, Kentucky, Idaho, and Oregon with over 30 years of experience working as a therapist and life coach. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, work conflicts, and day to day problem solving. My therapy style is strength based. I believe in treating people with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral considering the person in their environment. Often what is needed is a safe place to be heard. I will t...

This is Maria Otsuka's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Berkeley, California (Berkeley, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MA,LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Grief, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 5

Has this pandemic taken a toll on your mental health and relationships? Have problems that weren't bad 2 years ago become much worse since the pandemic started? Many people are feeling exhausted after having to trade their "old normal" life, job, and social life for this "new normal" stressful pandemic life that was not their choice. Constant stress, losses, forced changes, and limited outlets for relief can bring out the worst in us, and a lot of people and relationships are struggling right now. In my 5 years experience as a therapist so far, I have found t...

This is Brittney Walker's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Berkeley, California (Berkeley, CA)
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues
Years of Experience: 9

I am licensed in California with 9 years of therapy experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage and I am here to support you in that process. I bring a unique approach as I embrace the Afrocentric perspective and am able to provide culturally ...

This is Megan Jamison's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Berkeley, California (Berkeley, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LCSW,PPSC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Parenting issues, Depression
Years of Experience: 8

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a range of experience over the past ten years. I enjoy working with teens and young adults who are experiencing anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, etc. I also have a passion for working with new moms experiencing postpartum or women who have experienced a pregnancy loss. My style is very casual, informal, client focused and strengths based. I look forward to working with you on your journey to improve your mental health! I am available mostly on Friday's but I can be flexible other days of the week.

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Berkeley, California (Berkeley, CA)
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and abuse, Self esteem, Depression, Compassion fatigue
Years of Experience: 8

I am licensed in California with 5 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, alcohol/drug abuse, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & depression. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Berkeley, California (Berkeley, CA)
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 5

Welcome! Thank you for taking the time to read a little bit about me – sometimes just getting this far can be a lot of work, and I understand that. My name is Caron Trataris, and I am a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist/LMFT. I work primarily with adults. Many of my clients engage therapy because they are experiencing emotional pain or may be feeling overwhelmed, either by symptoms of anxiety or depression, resulting in a limited ability to connect with others, or realize opportunities for personal growth. In session I utilize Cognitive Behaviora...

Having A Hard Time Selecting A Mental Health Professional In Berkeley?

Finding the right therapist can feel intimidating. However, there are a few methods you can try to narrow your search for a counselor in the Berkeley area if you find it challenging to find therapists accepting new clients.

First, research what type of therapy you'd like to pursue before finding a therapist or psychologist. You might be interested in psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), group therapy, marriage and family therapy, or couples therapy. Each therapy can offer various benefits. If you're still unsure, consider asking your prospective therapists which methods they practice.

When you're ready to search, search for 'therapist near me in Berkeley and scroll through the options. Next, consider your goals for the gender of your therapist, the type of therapy they're most experienced with, and their specialty. Finally, choose a therapist located near you in the city of Berkeley or elsewhere in Alameda or the state of California.

Mental health professionals working through private practice or online may assist clients in improving healthy relationships and communication skills, working through life's obstacles, or changing negative thinking patterns. They may also provide a listening ear and validation. Verified Berkeley therapists can provide licensed marriage and compassionate counseling, tailor to individual needs, and create a therapeutic relationship as a National Certified Counselor.

What Is The Cost Difference Between Conventional Therapy And BetterHelp? 

Forbes reports that the average price of an in-person therapy session in the US is $100 to $200 per hour. These prices may be higher in Berkeley due to a higher cost of living.

Some therapists in the state of California may work on a sliding scale, meaning they'll factor in your income and charge what you can afford per session. With BetterHelp therapists serving the city of Berkeley and elsewhere throughout the state of California you can expect significantly more affordable options, with sessions ranging from $60 to $90 per week (billed every four weeks).


Did You Know BetterHelp Therapists Are Not Limited To In-Person Visits?

Online therapists, including the US-based therapists above, can work with people like you in or around Berkeley to offer creative forms of communication and treatment. You do not have to commute to a therapist's office to meet with one of these counselors.

Through BetterHelp, you can partake in video, phone, or live chat sessions with your licensed therapist. You can work through various symptoms, receive worksheets, and sign up for mental health webinars. Additionally, the BetterHelp app offers a journaling feature.

Suppose you're struggling with relationship problems that could be addressed in couples therapy. In that case, you may choose to work with one of BetterHelp's experienced cognitive-behavioral therapists specializing in behavioral health and relationships. You can also try a provider through BetterHelp's sister platform, ReGain, which is dedicated to couples and spouses worldwide. Look through the available therapists above and consider which might work for you.

San Jose has many professionals who provide client-centered individual counseling in person and through online therapy. If you opt into online therapy, you might also be able to meet with therapists all over the US. Many individuals gain further insight into their lives through internet-based counseling. In Berkeley, therapy can be easily accessible and a click away.


How To Know If Therapy Is Right For You?

One of the potentially rewarding aspects of working with a therapist is the validation and active listening they can provide. Your friends and loved ones may also be available to listen, but they may struggle to provide objective guidance as a therapist can. Therapists are also professionals trained to respond to various concerns, symptoms, and mental health conditions.

A therapist may support you toward a healthier emotional state, regardless of your mental health or life concerns. While supporting individuals in developing healthier habits, another benefit of therapy is having a safe space with a non-judgmental party who can support you through challenging experiences.

Many people have sensitive topics that they may feel ashamed to discuss with their friends or partner. A San Jose therapist can help you confront these concerns and open up through unique methods of support. There are also many types of therapy, such as art therapy, where you can express yourself through creativity instead of words.

With almost one million people in Berkeley, CA, finding a therapist can be costly, and therapists may be booked out with clients. Through the list of therapists above and others through BetterHelp, you may be able to find a therapist within 24 to 48 hours. If you're searching for a nearby therapist close to 94702 or the surrounding zip codes, consider other available therapists through the BetterHelp therapist page.

Stay Up To Date With The Leading Online Therapy Platform

To stay up to date with BetterHelp's initiatives through their social channels, you can follow them on PinterestLinkedInInstagramTwitter, and FacebookFor mental health tips, check out the BetterHelp YouTube channel.

Take some time to learn more about BetterHelp therapists and counselors to understand the services available to you clearly. If you have any questions, please reach out through the contact page or send an email to contact@betterhelp.com.

If you’re ready to sign up for online counseling, consider signing up with a platform like BetterHelp and get matched with a counselor within 24 to 48 hours.

Emergency Situations

If you are experiencing a crisis or emergency, don't use this site's online services. If you are in life-threatening danger, call 911. If you require support for a crisis, reach out to the hotlines below:

·      National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

·      National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

·      Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741

·      Veterans Crisis Line: Call 1-800-273-8255 (and press 1) or text 838255. For support for the deaf and hard of hearing community, please use your preferred relay service or dial 711 then 1-800-273-8255.

·      Trevor Lifeline (LGBTQ Lifeline): (866)488-7386 

·      SAMHSA National Helpline (Substance Use): (800)662-4357

·      National Eating Disorder Association Helpline:1-800-931-2237 (M-Th: 9 AM-9 PM EST, Fri 9 AM - 5 PM EST)

·      Child Help Hotline: Call 1-800-422-4453 or use the online chat feature

·      National Anti-Hazing Hotline: 1-888-NOT-HAZE (1-888-668-4293) 

·      Physician Crisis Support Line: Call 1-888-409-0141 if you are a first responder or medical provider experiencing crises related to Covid-19

·      Sexual Assault Hotline: Call RAINN at 1-800-656-4673

Zip Codes Served By BetterHelp Therapists

Below are some of the zip codes served by BetterHelp therapists in Berkeley:

94701, 94702, 94703, 94704, 94705, 94707, 94708, 94709, 94710, 94712, 94720

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Some other commonly asked questions on therapy and BetterHelp can be found below:

How Do I See A Therapist For The First Time? 

Before seeing your therapist, prep for your session by reading about the counseling process. You might write a list of questions you want to ask your therapist. When you attend your session, let them know if you have any concerns about therapy or feel unsure about what to talk about. They may help guide you with open-ended therapeutic questions. The first session will often serve as an intake to get to know you as a person and why you're attending therapy.

Should I Attend Therapy If I Feel Fine? 

If you don't feel the need to see a therapist, you don't have to. However, some people may avoid attending counseling due to preconceived notions of what therapy entails. Although therapists often support people with mental health conditions, you do not need a diagnosis or condition to attend therapy. You can discuss grief, relationship concerns, stress, or life changes and ask for general advice. A therapist may help you gain power over your life and emotions while you navigate day-to-day experiences.

Gaining a new perspective on yourself through various therapies might allow you to improve your self-esteem, work through relationships, and gain a better sense of your mental health goals. The success you may find through therapy can be dependent on your process.

People may also attend therapy for specific motives, such as bullying, an autism diagnosis, a desire to learn mindfulness meditation, personality concerns, trouble with office workers, specific phobias, and many other principles.

Is Crying In Therapy A Breakthrough?

Crying can be a breakthrough for some individuals who struggle to express emotions. Others might find that they often cry during sessions. Crying can be normal and healthy, so whether you cry or not may be a personal aspect of sessions.

Are Therapists Worth It?

We may all be on different paths in life, as each human can be unique in their personality, expression, and goals. A therapist can target various symptoms, experiences, and personalities. Unlike advice from a friend, family member, or non-professional, therapists are trained to meet you where you're at. Therapy can be worth it. Over 41 million adults in the US attend therapy each year, showing it's a popular option and may be often effective.

Do Therapists Judge You? 

The boundaries between you and a therapist are in place to protect you and them from ethical concerns. Therapists are held by ethical standards through the American Psychological Association (APA) and are not allowed to judge or harm their clients. Their job is to support you and make you feel safe and respected. You might consider changing therapists if you don't feel safe or respected.