Hi! I'm Stephanie, an Oakland-based psychotherapist. I received my master's in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and completed my clinical training at Pacific Center for Human Growth, the oldest LGBTQIA+ center in the Bay Area. Sharing skills and knowledge with psychotherapy clients is one of my greatest joys!
I am direct, warm, and engaging. I will challenge and encourage you. I do not seek to ‘fix’ clients. Instead, I work with clients to collaboratively to discover and align with their own inner wisdom. I work psychodynamically (insight-based talk therapy) using a social justice lens, integrating mindfulness and cognitive and behavioral-based modalities when useful and integrate a healthy dose of humor when appropriate. Learn more about how I work here.
It is important to me to bring humility and accountability to my role as a therapist in sharing my intersections of privilege and marginalization. I am of European ancestry, descended from settlers living on colonized land. I'm a queer, able-bodied, city-living, millennial who raised in a working class family. I'm dedicated to equity in my relationships and fighting for it systematically.
After many years working in nonprofits and activism, I came to my role as a psychotherapist after experiencing the transformative impact of talk therapy and mindfulness practices on my own sensitive nervous system. I feel honored to be able to facilitate that process for others and find my work deeply fulfilling and meaningful. I enjoy reading, learning, dancing, imaging different futures, traveling, and spending time with friends.
Additional Training Highlights
Dialectical Behavior Therapy Professional Training: An Advanced Online Skills Training for Adapting Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Everyday Clinical Needs with Dr. Lane Peterson
Emotionally Focused Therapy: Attachment-Based Interventions for Couples in Crisis with Dr. Sue Johnson
Climate Psychology in Therapeutic Practices with Dr. Barbara Easterlin
Helping Couples and Families Heal Trauma Using Internal Family Systems with Dr. Richard Schwartz
Carrying Ourselves Home: Getting to Know Our Parts with Dr. Margaux Feldman
The Human and Archetypal Child and the Psychotherapy of Early Trauma with Dr. Donald Kalsched
Offering in-person sessions in Oakland and virtual sessions for individuals residing anywhere in California.
Individual Therapy - $180 per 50 minute weekly session
Couples and Families - $200 per 50 minute weekly session
***Sliding scale spots currently full
*What is a superbill?
A superbill is a detailed receipt you can submit to your insurance provider to seek reimbursement. You pay your therapist directly and are reimbursed by your insurance later. If you are interested in superbill reimbursement, call your insurance and confirm that they 1) accept out-of-network providers and 2) reimburse superbills. Not all insurance providers provide reimbursements from out-of-network provides. Further, sometimes insurance will only reimburse a portion of the fee so it's important to ask how much of your out-of-pocket expense will be reimbursed.
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