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I checked the BPN website and the recommendations for family
therapists were pretty old. We need help with issues of stress/anger
around long period of dad's unemployment, kids using weed, time to
rev up about college admissions, to name a few things.
Do I prefer someone older and experienced? Someone young and hip?
Male? Female? Someone who has or is raising teenagers?
I don't know.
For sure, someone who can keep us all open and honest and can
cut to the chase and not drag things out.
signed: family member most willing to do therapy
Hello, I would like to suggest that you call Claramarie Collins, at
the Berkeley Therapy Institute. She is very good at working together
with all members of the family, equally. She is especially good at
getting the teens to participate- which is huge!
The best of luck to you!
We have (had) now my kids in college, the BEST THERAPIST in the world.
My son would often say, ''I need a Karen, Mom'' I really dont know how
he is surviving without her she is so cool. I think shes about 27 and
works at clearwater, which is all about teens and families. Karen
Sprinkel 510 596-8137.
I am looking for a therapist who specializes in blended families and co
parenting issues. Any referrals would be appreciated.
A Desperate Step Mother
Hello, I have two names to suggest, but have to add the caveat that I haven't met
with either one in my own search because my schedule does not match with their
openings. The first is Anthony Carpentieri - we spoke for a while on the
telephone and he stated that he specializes in step/blended families and has for
some time. Before speaking with him, I also googled him and saw his name
associated with Bananas (East Bay parenting resource) as a step-family resource.
I was very disappointed that I couldn't make a meeting with him. His office is
close to North Oakland/South Berkeley border. The other is Patricia Hart. Like
Mr. Carpentieri, she stated that she specializes in step/blended family issues. I
think her office may be in N. Berkeley, but I am less sure of that. Both seemed
very down-to-earth on the telephone. You can google their numbers - I'm always
conflicted about publishing on the list w/o permission. Good luck!
My husband and my mom are not speaking, and it's time to air
differences and repair! My husband and I just spent the last
year contemplating separation - and we've made it through,
strong and happy (yay!). But, now I/we have to deal with my
mom. My thought is to find a family crisis counselor who would
be willing to:
1) Interview each party (me, mom, hubby) separately,
2) Meet with us for a few hours to do a crisis intervention
3) Give us some tools to repair this some on our own.
We and the kids have moved to LA for the year because of work,
but my mom is still in the Bay Area, so we'll fly up for this
Anyone have any ideas of who might be good at something like
this??? I don't care how much it might cost, but I'd really
like someone into the idea that it would be some prep time and
1 long session.
I highly recommend Dr. Susan Fair. She is patient, smart, kind
and very easy to talk to, even when you are very angry. She
projects such a powerful sense of strength, gentleness and
fairness that even the most difficult conversations move
forward productively. Her Oakland office number is 510-452-
5636. She has been an important part of my family's healing.
Have you thought about using a mediator? There are a lot of
recommendations on the BPN site on this page.
We are looking for a family therapist for us, the parents, and our 14 year old son.
Someone who is knowledgable about disability issues, both physical and learning,
would be helpful but not necessary as long as they are insightful. Berkeley or
Oakland area is preferred and someone who can get right to the point is best. We
already have a couples therapist and our son has a therapist so we don't need long
term. We need someone who can help us troubleshoot through some
unpleasant entrenched family dynamics but where all people are open and willing to
Lynda Kravitz, Ph.D. has a private practice in Oakland. She meets with families that
have children with special needs. I saw her speak for a class on family therapy. She
seems very calm and insightful. (510) 420-0888
Another person to try would be Erica Czerwinsky, (510) 595-5591
Jill Lebeau, MFT, is a great option for a family therapist. I
personally think she is one of the best in this area and I have
referred many patients to her from my acupuncture practice.
She has two sons of her own if that makes a difference to you.
She is very good at getting to the point and moving everyone
forward in a very quick and easy way.
Her number is 510.849.1010.
Can anyone recommend a family therapist in the Orinda, Lafayette area?
I would like to recommend a wonderful therapist for children and adults. Her
Annie Bailey, MFT and she is located at 2920 Domingo Suite 205- the phone
Grace Manning Orenstein is a fabulous therapist who works in Orinda part of
the week, the
rest of the week in Albany. She sure saved our family life. She is wonderful
daughter, now a teen, and also able to get the whole family involved in
We are looking for a family therapist in the Albany/Berkeley area
who will accept MHN. It would be a plus if the therapist had any
specialty in dealing with education/school performance issues.
My husband and I have been seeing a good family therapist called
Sandra Bryson through MHN. She's just over the border of
Berkeley in Oakland, on College near Claremont. She's been very
helpful to us in marriage counselling and also issues that have
come up with our son.
Her phone number is (510)653-6353
-- Satisfied Client
Jim Sparks is an excellent therapist (who does take MHN) with an
office right next to El Cerrito Plaza. His phone is 510-433-7477.
Does anyone have recommendations for an East Bay therapist who
has expertise helping families with sibling rivalry issues with
very young (preschool and toddler age) children? Thanks in
I would suggest Melissa Rapp, MFT. She has offices in Oakland
and Lafayette and the number is (510) 595-4618. She has alot
of insight, and understands the developmental stages each child
is going through, and can help with an appropriate, age
appropriate response. Her areas of specialization include
childhood and adolescence; families experiencing loss as a
result of death, illness or divorce; individuals, couples and
families coping with chronic illness; parenting and step-
parenting concerns; and women's issues.
I'm looking for a therapist/counselor to help me deal with a recurring
pattern of conflict with my father. Without going into too much detail, we
are at a crisis point where for my own sanity I have told him to stay away
from my family, but this breaks my heart as my 2yo adores him. I'd like
to see someone both individually and with my father, if possible.
We found a most wonderful therapist, Eike Diebold, at the Redwood Center at
2428 Dwight Way, Berkeley. Her number is 843-1396 x47. She has seen me
individually and with my husband and child.
A great marriage/family counselor is Pamela Fox Hargrove. She has
offices on Piedmont Ave and in San Ramon and is really good. I don't
have her number handy, but she's listed.
A therapist I'd recommend is Heidi Harrison, MFT. She specializes in children
and families and is very down to earth and direct. She also has a sense of
humor, which I find very helpful in therapy work. Her number is
(510)869-2342. Her office is in Montclair. I think she also has an office in
I highly recommend Michael Simon, MFTI whose office is in Rockridge. His
phone is 510/433-2959.
In reply to the person looking for a therapist/counselor to help deal with
conflict with their father, I would recommend, as I have in the past,
Michael Simon, who is in the
Rockridge area of Oakland. He's an outstanding therapist, very
compassionate and knowledgeable
and really easy to work with; he helps you feel comfortable and safe right
away. The telephone
number is 510 433-2959, but from what I understand his practice is
sometimes full. He's really
worth a try, though. I think there are lots of therapists but not always a
lot of good ones.
Has anyone had experience pos or neg with therapist Mari Loria?
Epecially interested in how she is working with kids and
We did some family counseling with Mari about 2 years ago b/c my
4 year old son was having trouble in preschool. I thought Mari
was warm, down to earth and had uncommon abilities to form a
meaningful connection with my son in a short amount of time. She
seemed very quick to pick up on the issues we needed to focus on.
Her office is also wonderfully appealing for a child -- with
lots of fun things to explore. I would recommend her highly.
Mari is absolutely fabulous! You will not be disappointed. Mari
is very intuitive, consistent and maintains her objectivity at
ALL times. She has been a Godsend to me and my daughter
throughout an ongoing visitation struggle. She is a wonderful
Although I have no experience with Mari Loria in a therapy
setting, she is a neighbor and someone around whom I have spent
quite a bit of time. She is an incredibly sensitive and
thoughtful individual with incredibly bright, much-loved
children of her own. I can't imagine she would be anything but
wonderful as a therapeutic resource for your family.
I am looking for a family therapist in the East Bay with
experience on parenting issues, especially dealing with family
stress and helping our children grow in self-esteem. Someone
recommended Allison Ehara Brown, on Solano. I don't find any
recommendations in the website. Does anyone have experience
with her? Thanks a lot!
I can definitely recommend Alison Ehara Brown although my
experience with her has to do with child therapy, not family
therapy. She has been seeing my child for the past three years,
for a number of issues including very painful, lasting low
self-esteem. Alison is a very caring, warm and attentive
therapist and her help and guidance have been invaluable. While
she fully respects my child's privacy, she also communicates with
us parents very openly. I am very grateful for the work she has
been able to accomplish with my child.
We're considering using Bruce Ecker to help mediate a family feud
regarding aggression, in children as well as their parents.
There is only one recommendation from 2001. New recommendations
would be appreciated, as well as comments regarding his Depth
Oriented Brief Therapy. Thanks in advance.
My husband and I saw Bruce Ecker to work out stress in our
relationship after we had a baby. We thought he was simply
wonderful. Aside from helping us to understand the issues and
eachother better, he offered very practical approaches to use in
every day life. We both recommend him highly.
Bruce Ecker Fan
Re: Female family therapist in Albany?
I would very much like to recommend Margaret Dodson
(526-0474) in Albany (Carmel Ave.). She is good with
both children and adults.
Therapy for a child or teenager is no substitute for FAMILY THERAPY. If
you think only your child needs it, think again. Disfunction is a family
affair: often the person that's "acting out" is trying (consciously or
unconsciously) to call attention to a significant problem in the
family. Everyone needs to participate in understanding and resolving
it, or it doesn't get resolved.
Often there is a person in the family who won't fully participate
in family recovery - look closely - that person is invested in
continuing the family problem, and is probably benefiting from its
existence in some strange (or awful) way. Don't let this person stop you
from learning the truth about what is going on with your child and with
your family, and then take the steps necessary to deal with the problem.
There are two really great therapists on Solano Blvd. in Albany who are
good with family issues.
The other therapist is Andrew Condey,
Ph.D.. He is also very good, but I don't believe that he is on the
Pacificare list yet.
We were very pleased with the family therapy we received from Dean Lobovits.
He is an MFCC, and his office is in Berkeley, not far from the 4th Street
Shopping area. His phone number is 527-4569. We saw him in many
configurations: As a couple's counselor; as a family counselor with my
stepdaughter; with various important people in our lives for a single
session (such as my mother, for instance). He has experience with kids and
teens, and he's not attached to any particular structure for a family:
whatever works for you is OK. I cannot recommend him highly enough.
I would strongly recommend Dee Tivenan, in Orinda. Her phone number is
(925) 631-7975. We found her very helpful in resolving a conflict we
had. Good luck.
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