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I'm looking for a good couples therapist in the Oakland/Berkeley area that speaks both
English and Portuguese. I am having the hardest time finding one just using the
internet. Does anybody out there know of one?
Carolina Bacchi, Psy. D is a wonderful therapist who is a
native Portuguese speaker. I do not have her phone number
handy. Her office is in Oakland/Berkeley area. She also teaches
at CIIS in SF so you could reach her there if you can't find
I recommend Gabriela Bandeira. She is a great therapist and
speaks both English and Portugese fluently. She is in San
Francisco. Her office number is 415-265-1373 and her email is
You should call Marcia Van Dyke. She is a trilingual (English-
Portuguese-Spanish) therapist that practices in Oakland.
Marcia Van Dyke, Ph.D.
4000 Broadway, Suite 1
Oakland, CA 94611
Best of luck.
I would like to recommend my colleague, Dr. Marcia Van Dyke,
who conducts therapy in English, Portuguese, and Spanish. She
works with couples, as well as with children and adults in
individual therapy. Here is her contact information:
Marcia Van Dyke, Ph.D.
4000 Broadway, Oakland
She is a very experienced therapist and I hope you find her to
be a good match for you and your partner.
Our lovely au pair has been very depressed over the last weeks. It breaks
our heart to see her so unhappy and we offered to take her to a therapist.
We would like to find someone calm, easy to be with, good with young
adults, and preferably a German speaking woman therapist since her English
is not that good and she is usually very anxious with new people. Berkeley
or Albany/El Cerrito would be perfect!
Help for your German au pair. There is a German-American psychologist in
Berkeley. He has a very good reputation.
Hans Stahlschmidt 510 - 848 5347.Good luck.
Catherine Hopman, Ph.D. is a former supervisor of mine from when I was in
grad school for clinical psychology. She is fluent in German. She is in
San Francisco, Pacific Heights/Japantown area. (415)440-0453. She is
I can suggest you contact Hans Stahlsmidt, a native German-speaking
therapist who's office is in North Berkeley, near the top of Solano Ave.
HIs number is 510) 848-5347. I talked to him about helping my teen son. I
decided to go with a different therapist who I felt my son could connect
with more easily.But Hans would be able to talk to your au pair auf
My piano teacher is German and besides teaching piano she is also a
therapist. I don't know how she is as a therapist but I like her as a
teacher. She is very nice,calm and patient. If I would need a therapist I
would probably give her a try. I am also German so it's nice to talk to
somebody who understands not only your language but also your culture and
mentality. You can look her up on the internet. Her name is Susanne
Stolcke and she lives in the Berkeley Hills but I am not sure where her
office is located.
Susan Stolcke MFT 375-4575 speaks German and specializes in young adults.
Frau Helen Schoenhals Hart in Marin county would be great, although she is
not real close. She is a fully licensed therapist in California and
Germany. She practiced in Frankfurt, Germany for 30 years and recently
retired here. She went to a German university before that. She is
American but her German is of course far beyond excellent. I know,
because I speak German myself. Give her a call: 415-492-1733.
Also, my daughter was an au pair in Essen, Germany for 2 months last year.
She is now 18. Maybe my daughter could invite your au pair for a night
out with her friends. Just an idea. When she was there some German girls
around her age took her out to things like professional soccer games and
dance clubs and she had a great time. So call Helen for therapy, and
email me if you want me to ask my daughter to invite her out.
Sue Kramer, LCSW, is a bilingual German-speaking therapist on Ashby Ave.
near the Claremont Hotel. She's been in practice a long time and works
with all ages. Her phone is 510-548-1150. Good luck!
Susanne Stolcke, MFT is a native of Germany now living and practicing
therapy in Berkeley. I think she might be a good fit your your au pair.
She can be reached at (510)375-4575. More information about Suzanne can
be found at www.europeancounseling.com or thepoweroftherapy.com
Hi there, I had to reply to your post since it so reminded me of myself
and how I felt when I was an Au pair. I am not a licensed psychologist
though I studied Psychology in Germany. I am German myself, came to
California as an Au Pair after High school in Germany and kept returning
to California to finally moving here altogether. I went through depressing
stages as an Au pair and found myself incredibly lost at times due to the
incredible difference the Bay Area offers compared to Germany. Being on my
own for the first time with no one there to guide me I realized that the
world was a much bigger place than I had ever anticipated and I started
questioning everything that I had believed in before. Things that seemed
black and white before where now grey and diffused and I entered a state
of depression that I didn't understand at that time and felt quite scared.
It wasn't until I entered therapy years later after having moved to
Berkeley altogether that I really started unde!
rstanding the impact these new influences had on me and my development.
That said I think it is really wonderful that you are reaching out to help
her and find a therapist, since this is a very important and life changing
experience for her.
Hello, I will be happy to get any recommendations of how to
find a Hebrew speaking intern that does kids therapy.
(Berkeley area) Thanks!!!
I'm not sure why you want an intern, but I do know a
Hebrew-speaking (Israeli) therapist who is great with kids. Dr.
Meshulam Plaves. His office is off Telegraph in Berkeley. His
number is 549-3944.
I am an Israeli psychologist who also works with kids.
How old are the kids?
I may have an Israeli Intern, but I need more information.
You are welcome to email:
Didn't see the original post, so I am not sure what are your
needs, but I can recommend Manar Azreik to work with children who
need support going through challenges. She is a Waldorf teacher
that worked with children with special needs. She also has a
certificate in sound and music healing and in her work she
focuses on music and movement. It is not traditional talk therapy
but it gives the child a lot of space to process and express. She
has local references for healing work with children and speaks
Her e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
I did not see your original post, but would like to suggest
Meshulem Plaves, Ph.D., (Shulie), an Israeli therapist, but not
an intern; he also teaches. 510-549-3944, on Ward Street, near
Telegraph, in Berkeley. Shulie may know if there are other
Hebrew speaking therapists and psychology students in the
Israeli-therapist community, if you really need an intern. He's a
very kind man, does see children and is an Anthem Blue Cross
provider (I don't know his affiliations with other insurance groups).
Does anyone know of a well-regarded Israeli therapist in
Berkeley or Oakland? The concrete issues are twofold: 1.
Whether to switch tracks and live permanently in the US, and 2.
Whether to leave a marriage (to a fellow Israeli) in which
sexual fidelity has proven impossible (from the point of view of
the person seeking the therapy). Other more ephemeral issues are
integrity, possible love and sex addiction, and major life
Thank you for any leads you may have.
I've found Meshulam Plaves very helpful -- though not for the
specific issues you mention. He's calm, compassionate, clear-
headed, and helps you think things through. If he's not the
right person for you, he could probably refer you to another
Call Ido Siemion, MFTI at 415.364.1864. Currently, his office
is in SF, but I know he is interested in working in the East
Bay and/or he may have another suggestion for you for an
Isreali therapist. He is smart and skillful.
I have a wonderful psychotherapist to recommend. Her name is
Dr. Heftsi Assaf. She is Israeli and has wonderful insight and
compassion. I recommend her without reservation. Her office
number is 510 869-5009.
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