The role of the therapist typically varies based upon a professional’s personality, culture, training, and theoretical orientation, but is typically one of warmth, empathy, and being a good listener. Some therapists may be quiet during sessions and respond minimally in order to encourage contemplation, while others are more ‘active’ and engage in on-going dialogue. Regardless of the approach, the overarching role of the therapist is to help an individual gain insight into who they are, and how they can resolve the stressor they are facing (e.g., relationships, parenting, illness, autonomy). Our approach is active and eclectic, combining elements of behavioral therapy (e.g., Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction), with humanistic/existentialism, psychodynamic, and family systems theory. Overall, we are trauma informed (and EMDR Certified), and are empathetic and authentic.
Our office is located in Berkeley, California, and in-person services are offered. For those of you who reside in California, but outside of the Bay Area, Telehealth (i.e., web-based services) are available via a HIPAA compliant platform. This platform allows clients to schedule appointments wherever they are able to connect to the Internet, and can ease travel time to and from locations, while providing the same high quality of service. Note that in order to use Telehealth (web-based) services, the client must be located in California.
The following commercial insurances and Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) are accepted:
In-Network Accepted Insurance Plans:
- UC Berkeley (SHIP) (Wellfleet)
- Optum / United
- Managed Health Network (MHN) / Healthnet
- Concern Health
- Claremont Behavioral Services
- Modern Health
- All other services are considered “out of network” and require payment in advance to Peninsula Counseling & Consulting, and you would submit for reimbursement to your insurance network.
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If you are experiencing any thoughts or plans of harming yourself or to someone else, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), go to the nearest Emergency Room, or call 9-1-1.
If you are experiencing an emotional crisis, please call (650) 644-4454. We’ll do our best to return your call within 24 hours.