Oakland is a city known for its sustainability. Sustainability is a practice everyone should try. Whether it’s our energy usage, career, or any other aspect of life, we need something that will support us in the long run. One’s mental health needs to be sustainable as well. For example, you need to make sure your mental health can last you as you age. One way you can be able to do that is by speaking to a therapist. 

A therapist based in Oakland can make your life much more sustainable. 

This is Andrea McLellan's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Oakland, California (Oakland, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MA,LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Parenting issues, Depression
Years of Experience: 10

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." — Ralph Waldo Emerson In my journey, I have learned that the roots of our disharmony must be identified – we must become aware of the underlying causes of our problematic issues before we can recover our authentic self. For many years, before becoming a licensed MFT (Marriage and Family Therapist), I was a criminal investigator, assigned to a Special Victims Unit, where I looked closely into the lives of people harmed, both physically and emotionally, within th...

This is Paula Corano's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Oakland, California (Oakland, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MA,LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 11

Hello, my name is Paula Corano and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT # 83322) in the state of California. I graduated from Pepperdine University with a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology. I am also a certified to provide Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) by the University of California, Davis. For the past 10 years, my focus has been to provide a strength-based approach to promote change and growth in individuals, children, couples and families experiencing functional impairment. I like to approach therapy in a holistic manner, supp...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Oakland, California (Oakland, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Intimacy-related issues, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 9

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with seven years experience providing psychotherapy at a community mental health agency. I worked with diverse populations in Orange County and Long Beach, proving individual, group, and family psychotherapy. As a humanistic therapist, I maintain a positive approach to psychotherapy by focusing on strengths and positive attributes. I assist my clients with developing a stronger, healthier sense of self, and with making rational choices towards achieving their maximum potential. My hope is to provide a safe and su...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Oakland, California (Oakland, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MS, LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 9

Brittany Avnieli, MS, LMFT, is a licensed marriage and family therapist in California with 8 years in the mental health field. Mrs. Avnieli has a masters degree and a bachelors degree in psychology from California Lutheran University and California State University Channel Islands. Mrs. Avnieli has dedicated her life to the field of mental health, gaining knowledge and experience with several different populations. During the process of completing her Bachelors degree, she spent 2 years working with families with children with Autism as a respite care provider. Fo...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Oakland, California (Oakland, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Family conflicts, Anger management, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 12

Welcome! So you decided to check this out? Im glad you did. My name is Carolina Palacios, and I am a licensed marriage and family therapist in California. Deciding to take on therapy can be a nervewracking task but it's really not. Therapy is a place for you to express your thoughts and understand your emotions in a safe and supportive environment. My method is non traditional in the sense that I engage in back and forth dialogue rather than you doing all the talking. My experience with community mental heath and psychiatric hospitals influenced a Cognitive Be...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Oakland, California (Oakland, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LPC,DBH,
Therapy Specialties: Relationship issues, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 8

Like you, doctor of behavioral health and therapist Wendy Boring-Bray has seen the words healthcare and wellness defined numerous ways over the years. Is it charisma and positive thinking? Meditation and chanting? Decisiveness? Is it all about the situation? Is it meant only for the chosen few who smile all the time? Or, is there a different story? With over 7 years coaching, speaking, and most importantly, real-life, in-the-trenches counseling experience, her view is radically different. Wendy appreciates, and shares with patients, that change and wellness is ...

This is Candace Sebastian's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Oakland, California (Oakland, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LCSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Depression
Years of Experience: 3

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with over 20 years of experience working in the field of counseling and mental health. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, career challenges, LGBT, and chronic mental illness. My counseling style is warm and patient. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. My approach combines humanistic, interpersonal, and cognitive-behavioral counseling. I am also formally trained in EMDR. With the ups and downs of li...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Oakland, California (Oakland, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Grief, Depression, Compassion fatigue
Years of Experience: 5

Hello, my name is Dina Velazquez and I am a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist currently living on the east coast. I have over ten years experience as a therapist, in both the Community Mental Health model and doing clinical assessments for a health insurance carrier. I earned my Master's degree in Counseling at Pacifica Graduate Institue in Carpinteria, CA. My experience includes working with individuals with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, self-esteem, and substance use issues. My approach is client centered while also incorporating ...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Oakland, California (Oakland, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMFT #94690
Therapy Specialties: Addictions, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Parenting issues, Depression
Years of Experience: 13

You may be wondering why anyone would go to a therapist. After all, everyone has problems, right? Though it is true that we all have problems in some regard, what most don’t realize is that without help, your problems can impact your work or school life, your relationships with your family and friends, your physical health and your overall quality of life. I have vast experience providing therapy to individuals, couples, groups, and families. Whatever it is that is bringing you to therapy will be addressed in an empathetic and thoughtful manner. My clientele in...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Oakland, California (Oakland, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Relationship issues, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 4

Welcome! My name is Gina, and I am a licensed MFT (Marriage and Family Therapist) in the state of California. I graduated from California State University, Fullerton with my masters in counseling in 2017. I have over four years of providing psychotherapy services, and I specialize in working with adults with a variety of concerns such as anxiety, depression, life transitions, relationship issues, and substance abuse. My therapy style has been described by others as gentle, patient, sensitive, and authentic. I want you to know that you are not alone and that I...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Oakland, California (Oakland, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Parenting issues, Depression
Years of Experience: 10

Are you feeling overwhelmed, lost or stuck? We all find ourselves in this position at some point in life. It's great that you are looking to talk with someone about the challenges life has thrown you. I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with 10 years of experience. I have sucessfully workedwith client struggling with depression, anxiety, anger management, trauma, relationship struggles and desires for personal growth. I approach each client individually respecting their unique personality and challenges. My approach involves engaging the cl...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Oakland, California (Oakland, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MA, LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Parenting issues, Depression
Years of Experience: 15

I am a marriage and family therapist. I work with children, families, couples and adults for more than 25 years. I am friendly, warm and down-to- earth. I am skilled in delivering Christian Faith Base Counseling. I specialized in working with trauma, depression, anxiety, domestic violence, anger management, drug counseling and most mental health difficulties. I used evidence base interventions and employed current scientific findings to generate quick relief from symptoms. I provide support and understanding. I specialized in using CBT to help people change their...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Oakland, California (Oakland, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LCSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Depression, Compassion fatigue
Years of Experience: 6

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California with over 5 years of experience. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including self-esteem, self-worth, depression, anxiety, family issues, relationship issues, career challenges, and grief & loss. My therapy style is curious and warm. I think that all deserve to be heard and acknowledged. I believe in treating all with respect, dignity, and compassion. My approach combines mindfulness practices, cognitive-behavioral, humanistic and person-centered therapy. I know that seeking therap...

This is Nicole Zuniga's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Oakland, California (Oakland, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Parenting issues, Depression
Years of Experience: 7

Hello! I am a marriage and family therapist licensed in California with over 10 years of experience working for community mental health agencies in various roles as well as the last 5 years as a mental health therapist. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, life transitions, and homelessness. I have also helped parents whose children are at risk of entering a higher level of care, parents who have recently reunited with their children after foster care, parents who have a...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Oakland, California (Oakland, CA)
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Anger management, Depression
Years of Experience: 19

Hello! Thanks for stopping by! I am a Licensed therapist in California with 19 years experience in private practice, and 10 more in other psych settings. I see adults and couples. I work well with clients who struggle with anxiety, depression and stress related disorders. I also see those with addictions and anger. Through person centered, and focusing on strengths and solutions, I assist clients in exploring relationships among thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to aid in discovering dysfunctional thought patterns leading to self-destructive behaviors and bel...

This is Gayle Marano-Brown's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Oakland, California (Oakland, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Relationship issues, Grief, Self esteem, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue
Years of Experience: 27

Hello. I’m Gayle and have been a licensed therapist in California for 27 years. I specialize in working with women, couples, clients going through transitional periods in their lives, stress management, loss and grief, and I love to assist anyone who is on a path of greater self-discovery. I believe that at the core of each human being is the desire for happiness, individual self-expression, creativity, and love. When we have a balance of mind, body, heart, and spirit, we are in alignment with our best selves. When we as humans feel stagnant or stuck, that...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Oakland, California (Oakland, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMFT,Art Therapist
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and abuse, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 19

I’ve been a marriage and family therapist and art therapist for 19 years, except when I took time off due to daily chronic pain. I have primarily worked with 8-30 year olds who are dealing with trauma, depression, anxiety, adjustment issues, school performance demands, physical pain and violence. My hope is to provide Telehealth therapy in California for people within that same age range. Even though I am in Hawaii, I lived in Menlo Park, CA for 35 years and am aware of the incredible stress levels that youth and young adults endure.

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Oakland, California (Oakland, CA)
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Depression
Years of Experience: 10

I am licensed in California with more than 10 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & career difficulties. 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 seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Oakland, California (Oakland, CA)
Therapy Specialties: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Self esteem, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 4

I am a warm and caring Therapist who believes in human potential. I am licensed in California and previously worked for County Behavioral Health with children, teens and adults. My current areas of focus are in helping clients with past trauma and abuse; including ways they can improve their self-esteem, confidence, and self-efficacy. I also enjoy helping couples improve their communication skills. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. Taking the first step to seeking a mo...

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One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - Oakland, California (Oakland, CA)
Therapy Specialties: Relationship issues, Intimacy-related issues, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Depression
Years of Experience: 3

I am licensed in California with 5 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues, intimacy related issues, motivation, self esteem, & career difficulties. 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. I am here to support you in that process. My core treatment modalities stem primarily from...

Having a hard time selecting a mental health professional in Oakland? (How we can help)

Finding the right therapist can feel intimidating, but there are simple ways to narrow down your search for the Oakland area; especially when you're having a hard time trying to find therapists accepting new clients.
 
First, research what type of therapy you’d like to pursue BEFORE trying to find a therapist or psychologist. Maybe that’s psychodynamic, cognitive behavior therapy, group therapy, marriage and family therapy, or couple’s therapy; just search 'therapist near me in Oakland' and find the one that is right for your needs. Next consider whether the gender of your therapist matters, the types of therapy they're most experienced with, and then finally choose a therapist located near you in the city of Oakland, or elsewhere in the Alameda county or state of California.
 
Mental health professionals that have a private practice or provide therapy services for professional counseling can help improve healthy relationships and communication skills whether that be working through life's obstacles and life issues in couples counseling, changing negative thinking patterns, or just providing a listening ear. Verified Oakland therapists can provide licensed marriage counseling, compassionate counseling, tailor to individual needs (such as discussing healing, children, or other adults), and will help create a therapeutic relationship as a National Certified Counselor. Verified Oakland counselors help adults with healing (from physical ailments such as chronic pain, as well as mental illness).


What is the cost difference between conventional therapy and working with one of our listed therapists above?

The United States has many therapists who are comfortable charging $200 or more per session, and in some instances you might find that the average price of a therapy session in Oakland, CA ranges from $85-$150.
 
Some therapists in the state of California will work on a sliding scale, meaning they’ll factor in your income and charge what you can afford per session. With our therapists serving both the city of Oakland 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 4 weeks).


Did you know our therapists are not limited to in-person visits?

Online therapists, including all those listed above (all of which are in the United States) able to work with people like you in or around Oakland offer creative forms of communication to help people like you receive the best type of treatment for your needs.
 
Whether that’s via in-app messaging with your therapist, video sessions where you see you one another and talk about your problems, live chat or phone sessions, you and your therapist will find the best way to address your mental health challenges in online therapy. You can work through various symptoms, disorders or condition, and even get a diagnosis from the comfort of your own home. 
 
So if you're dealing with things like relationship problems that could be addressed in couples therapy, you want to work with one of our experienced cognitive behavioral therapists (specializing in behavioral health), assistance with eating disorders, or support with other common mental health issues (like work stress management, anxiety, depression, grief, etc)... take a look at our available therapists above and find a individual or marriage and family therapist that is right for you.
 
Counseling services, wellness services, online therapy, relationship counseling, and individual counseling through a licensed therapist can help treat postpartum depression, feeling lost or feeling stuck, difficult relationships, and helping people live their best lives. If you're looking for a therapist, Oakland has many professionals who provide client centered individual counseling both in person and through online therapy. Gain more insight into in your life than you would through an eclectic approach or motivational interviewing. In Oakland, therapy is easily accessible and just a click away. A clinical psychologist, licensed psychologist, or board approved supervisor can help you develop new coping strategies through modern therapy, therapeutic services, and a holistic approach.


How to know if therapy is right for you?

One of the rewarding aspects of working with a therapist is that they are listening to your feelings. Our friends and loved ones often hear us, but they may have a hard time providing objective guidance in the way a therapist can; which can be extremely valuable due to the fact that many therapists have experience helping others through similar difficult times.

A therapist wants to support you toward a healthier emotional state, no matter what you're dealing with (including behavioral health concerns, grief, anxiety, depression or stress). While helping to develop healthier emotions, another benefit of therapy is you have a safe space to discuss problems that you may be hesitant to talk about with people who you see everyday.

Many people have sensitive topics to discuss; possibly an addiction or an issue with their relationship that they’re ashamed to speak about with their friends and/or partner. A Oakland therapist can help you confront these kinds of issues and find ways to face them and heal.

With more than 420005 people in the city of Oakland, CA finding a therapist can be both costly and hard to do. Our goal with the list of therapists shown above is to get you the support you need. If you’re looking for a nearby therapist close to 94610 or the surrounding zip codes (shown below), take a look at other available therapists through nearby cities listed at the bottom of this page.

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Take some time to learn more about our therapists and counselors to clearly understand our services. If you have questions for us, please reach us on our contact page or send an email to contact@betterhelp.com.

Emergency Situations:

If you are experiencing a crisis or any other person may be exposed to danger due to an issue that is an emergency - don't use this site's online services. Verified Oakland therapists can help women, children, and young adults, as well as anyone experiencing a crisis or emergency.

If you need Domestic Violence support, please contact The National Domestic Hotline at 1-800-799-7233

If you need Substance Abuse support, please contact the Substance Abuse and MH Services Administration at 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

If you need Sexual Abuse support, please contact the Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network at 1-800-656-4673

Call the 24 hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at +1 (800) 273-8255 or 911 which can provide you with immediate help for an emergency call or visit the nearest emergency room.

Other zip codes that the counselors near or around Oakland, California can serve:

94601, 94602, 94603, 94604, 94605, 94606, 94607, 94608, 94609, 94610, 94611, 94612, 94613, 94614, 94615, 94617, 94618, 94619, 94620, 94621, 94623, 94624, 94649, 94659, 94660, 94661, 94666, 94704, 94705

Some other commonly asked questions can be found below:

How do I know I should get a therapist?
 
Modern therapy and psychotherapy have many benefits, regardless of the resources you may or may not have, or a service you have received in the past. The connection between brain, body and behavior is what effects everything in your life and therapy can help you see results in improving your attention and reaction to a specific thing. Whether it be someone wanting to learn more about their own mind and patterns, or specific situations in terms of well-being and friend struggles, searching for a 'therapist near me' or a 'therapist near Oakland' can help you find a counselor near you or the closest locator to any counselors and psychiatrists. 
 
How much does a therapist cost?
 
Therapist prices differ, and one good way to learn more is by looking up "therapists around me" or "Oakland's therapists" to learn about prices in your city or state, and who takes health insurance. You can also specify for a male or female counselor, or anything specific you're looking for in regards to money and therapy options and what might be an eco-friendly option.
 
How do I see a therapist for the first time?
 
One great way to prep for your first therapy session is by reading a lot of information on therapy-- articles by an author or experts on therapy can help you study some tips or a specific example of what to pay attention to in your first appointment. In fact, one great example of a case of someone with a great level of expertise who has written about therapy is the book Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb. Learning about the tools to tackle life challenges and the importance of putting in the effort in therapy sessions will help you make the most of the opportunity and potential self-discovery journey.
 
Should I go to therapy if I feel fine?
 
While you may look fine on the outside or through your instagram, that doesn't always mean we feel fine 100% of the time. A therapist can help you gain power over your life and emotions and be a helping hand and trusted source while you navigate day-to-day experiences and small growth opportunities. Gaining a new perspective on yourself through various therapies can help you improve your self-esteem, work through values and relationships (such as with your parents), and overall gain a better sense of the world and how you see it. The success you may find through therapy is dependent on your process, if you are in-office or out-of-office, as well as who your provider is, what medication you are on, what fear you have, etc.
 
People also go to therapy for very specific things such as bullying, getting diagnosed with autism, wanting to learn mindfulness, having a specific nature or "spirit" they want to nurture and work on, trouble with office workers, phobia of doctors, and any other principles they are interesting in working through.
 
Is crying in therapy a breakthrough?
 
While for some crying in therapy might not be the normal, for others who perhaps experience mood disorders or even schizophrenia, crying could be a natural occurrence in each session. The groups you are in, the adolescents memories and experiences you've had, and the education you've received can all play a role into your emotions and emotional state throughout therapy.
 
Are therapists worth it?
 
We are all on a different path with our life, as each human is unique in the advice they want (or don't want) in areas of their life. Therapists, however, have the ability to help you find your potential through re-training your mind through methods such as CBT, or you can see a SEP (Somatic Experiencing Professional). For example, a number of patients who are battling sleep insomnia, difficulty with medications, troublesome behaviors, or overuse of drugs or alcohol have found help for their disorder through online therapy and telehealth. Many studies outline the risk in addition to the reward of seeing providers and specialists virtually, and overall the reviews show that the availability and areas of expertise from online therapists make it feel like they are on your team, and are a positive addition to your life.
 
Do therapists judge you?
 
The separation and boundaries between you and a therapist make it so that therapists are never there to judge you-- they are there to help you work through coping mechanisms, self-understanding, various stresses, and how your beliefs might impact your decisions and lifestyle. 
 
How much does a therapist cost near Oakland, California?
 
Each therapist might differ per state, but BetterHelp offers therapy throughout the US in many cities- including, but not limited to: New York, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, San Diego, Philadelphia, Miami, Chicago, Boston, Phoenix, Baltimore, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Washington, DC, Tampa, League City, Seattle, Detroit, Orlando, Atlanta, and even University of Houston. You can also search states by their state code (such as MD or AZ) to find more on specific cities in the state. Having access to clinical psychology over zoom can open doors to another modality, such as in-app messaging. The scale of price and plan may differ with each area code, but BetterHelp's main belief is that therapy should be accessible wherever, whenever.
 
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