Therapy for thinkers and feelers.

 

"it is being honest about my pain

that makes me invincible."

-nayyirah waheed

 

 

All feelings welcome. 

Thanks for dropping by, and congratulations on taking this step. Therapy can be a life-changing dive into your past, your present challenges, and your hopes and fears about the future. This is a vulnerable and brave undertaking, and I would be honored to accompany you along the way.

photo credit: Sarah Deragon

photo credit: Sarah Deragon

When you're a deep feeler in an emotion-phobic culture, developing compassion for yourself is like swimming upstream. Maybe you’ve been told that you’re too much to handle, that you’re over-emotional or illogical, or that you’re just doing feelings wrong. We internalize these messages, and over time, we come to mistake them for truth. And for those of us who live with marginalized intersecting identities, the impact is amplified. Our emotional adaptations allow us to survive trauma and oppression, but that survival comes at a cost.

In working together, we'll start to disentangle internalized messages and judgments from your authentic feelings. You'll recognize how your past has shaped your life, and find new ways forward. With my support, you’ll work to build the self-acceptance that makes real change possible.  

I work from a relational, psychodynamic, trauma-informed, liberatory perspective that recognizes how our lived experiences and identities shape us. Relational therapy includes paying special attention to our relationship in the therapy room, how it mirrors other relationships in your life, and what meaning you make of those patterns. In the space that we share, your feelings and thoughts will never be too much or not enough.

Whoever you are, whoever you've been, and whatever has shaped your perspective, I welcome you. 

Areas of focus include:

  • Medical trauma

  • Chronic or acute Illness, pain, and disability

  • Body image and relationship with food

  • Sexuality and asexuality, desire, and shame

  • Depression and anxiety

  • People of queer and LGBQIA2S experience

  • People of trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming gender experience

  • Kink, BDSM, and other outsider sexualities

  • Polyamory and non-traditional relationships

  • Trauma and grief

  • Coming to terms with privilege

  • Living at the intersections of marginalized identities

 

 



Call me:
(510) 585-4735

Email me:
thinkersandfeelers@gmail.com

Find me:
The Farol Building
Suite 201B
445 Bellevue Avenue
Oakland, CA

The Farol is wheelchair-accessible, with elevator and ADA-compliant bathroom on the ground level.



Weekly appointments available Tues-Thurs

Individuals:
$150 (50 minutes)

Relationships:
$160 (50 minutes)
$220 (75 minutes)

Some sliding scale spots may be available; let's discuss your circumstances over the phone.

I welcome all individual adults, adolescents, and couples/other relationship configurations. My approach is trauma-informed, empathetic, relational, and attuned to the needs of the client. I’m able to incorporate elements of other approaches (e.g. somatic work, Gestalt, Internal Family Systems, or cognitive behavioral work) as needed. 

Below are a few areas of special interest and experience. 

Fees

I offer 50- or 75-minute therapy for individuals and couples, with some sliding scale fee availability. (Many of my sliding scale spots are currently full, but I'm happy to discuss your circumstances over the phone.)

I don't accept insurance at this time, but I can produce records of your sessions (superbills) that you can submit to your insurance company as needed. 

Individuals:                                                                                                                                                                                                           $150 (50 minutes)

Couples/Relationships:                                                                                                                                                                                    $160 (50 minutes)                                                                                                                                                                                                $220 (75 minutes)

 

 

Workshops and Trainings

I've offered trainings and guest lectures for beginning therapists and volunteers at the California Institute of Integral Studies, the Pierce Street Integral Counseling Center, the Kol Haneshama Hospice Volunteer project at the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center, and The Psychotherapy Institute (TPI). My trainings are experiential, relational, and usually very popular! Fees and workshop length are negotiable. Please contact me at thinkersandfeelers@gmail.com for more information.  

Some training topics I offer:

  • So Many Ways to Have a Body: Working with Fat and Body-Diverse Clients

  • Working with Sexuality and Shame

  • Radical Bodies: the Gender and Sexuality Spectrum in Psychotherapy

  • Food, Family, and Trauma

  • Working with Disenfranchised Grief

 
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About me

photo credit: Sarah Deragon

photo credit: Sarah Deragon

I’m an East Coast transplant who loves the Bay Area (weather, nature, produce) and misses New York (humor, culture, bagels). I graduated from the California Institute of Integral Studies with a Masters in Integral Counseling Psychology. When I’m not helping clients with the radical work of self-exploration, I’m usually cooking, knitting, reading, writing, singing, and/or playing with my family.

I’ve worked in the field of sex education, in varying capacities, for nearly twenty years, and am available for consultation and/or facilitation around this. In the therapy room, I bring openness, radical acceptance of your sexual self, and a great depth of knowledge around sexual difference, desire, and expression.

I believe in showing up authentically in the therapy room with you, and am guided in my work by principles of social justice (and how the lack of it affects us as communities and individuals), self-determination/bodily autonomy, and a deep empathy for all the ways in which we experience pain and trauma.

I believe everyone’s pain is real.

I believe you.

How to Get in Touch with Me

Feel free to contact me at 510-585-4735, or at thinkersandfeelers@gmail.com. I'm happy to do a free 15-minute phone consult before meeting. 

My office is in the Farol Building at 445 Bellevue, Suite 201B, off of Grand Avenue in Oakland.

I applaud your bravery in taking this first step, and I hope to have the chance to work with you. 

“Even now, all possible feelings do not yet exist; there are still those that lie beyond our capacity and our imagination. From time to time, when a piece of music no one has ever written or a painting no one has ever painted, or something else impossible to predict, fathom or yet describe takes place, a new feeling enters the world. And then, for the millionth time in the history of feeling, the heart surges and absorbs the impact.”

-The History of Love, Nicole Krauss