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Queer knowledgeable couples psychologist
I am looking for a psychologist (Ph.D not MFT) who is knowledgeable about and
comfortable with queer families (in particular open to alternative relationship
structures). We are a long-time queer couple looking for ongoing therapy about
relationship communication, parenting, etc. We've received lots of
recommendations for MFT and MSW counselors but would prefer to work with a Ph.D.
Jamie Rizzo is a great therapist with so many skills and personal experiences as
well. You can check out her website and contact her: http://www.jamierizzo.org/ Phone:
She meets her clients in North Oakland and Walnut Creek.
Carmen de Monteflores is an experienced psychologist who has worked for many years with
with LGBTQ individuals and couples who are dealing with relationships, parenting and
She sees clients in the east bay (Albany/Berkeley border) and in San Francisco. You can
leave a message on her voicemail at 1(415)931-2061, and she will call you back,
typically within 24 hours. If meeting with Carmen doesn't work out for you, she knows
other psychologists she can recommend.
Good luck finding a psychologist who can help your family.
Therapist for African American Lesbian couple
I am looking for a therapist to help myself and my girlfriend, of two
years, navigate the stages from girlfriends to partners/wives.
Carmen de Monteflores is a lesbian woman of color who has been a
psychologist in the Bay Area for more than 30 years. Her specialties
include lesbian and gay individuals and couples, bicultural couples,
Latinas, artists and writers, lesbian and gay parents, and anyone
looking for an experienced psychotherapist who is wise, gentle,
compassionate and spiritual.
Dr. de Monteflores sees clients in Albany and in San Francisco, and I
think she has some openings in her schedule. You can contact Carmen by
calling her office phone at 1 (415) 931-2061. I know Carmen de
Monteflores very well and recommend her without reservation. She is a
warm, wonderful person and an extraordinary therapist.
Try dr Leslie bell 1 (510) 548-7960 http://www.bellpsychotherapy.com/
she's truly wonderful!
Diane Swirsky, Ph.D., has alot of experience working with lesbian couples.
She's smart and personable. Her office is located in Oakland.
Excellent therapist well-versed with lesbian couples?
Can anyone recommend a really excellent couple therapist who
is well-versed with lesbian couples? In Berkeley or Oakland
Thanks for any ideas.
I highly recommend Audrey Martin (Oakland, 510-428-1505) or Patricia
Contaxis (Berkeley 510-524-5028).
Good luck, Rachel
Reba Connell, LCSW is an excellent couples therapist who specializes in treating
LGBT couples. She is one a a very few therapist who is certified the the highly
regarded Gottman Method. Her phone is (510) 594-8224 Her website is
www.centerforstressreduction.com. Best wishes!
I would highly recommend Laura Goldberger, MFT, for
therapy for lesbian couples as well as for heterosexual
couples. She's located in Berkeley (and has an office in
SF I believe). I know her work personally and she works
really well with couples. 510-665-7755.
Looking for leads on a couple's counselor who has experience working with
lesbian couples with children. Do you know someone who is stellar? The
archives have recommendations, but they are several years old. Thanks.
A lesbian couple, close friends of ours, have seen Dr. Patricia Hart for
their relationship and family problems. She was extremely helpful. She has a
lot of experience in dealing with parenting and sexual issues. Her phone
number is 510- 527 9039. Good luck.
I have a VERY VERY good couples and family counselor/therapist to recommend.
She has offices in Walnut Creek as well as Berkeley. I can't say enough good
words about her. She is extremely perceptive and effective. She saved my
marriage and gave us enough to work on for a long time after stopping
therapy. She is into being constructive and effective fixes for problems,
not drag on and on with therapy and unsolved issues. She has also helped us
with some family issues, not related to the relationship between my husband
and me. Anyway, enough said. Her name is Catherine Freemire. Her number is
925-939-4554. She is expensive but worth every penny.
We see Donna Diamond (& we're a lesbian couple with a daughter)--she's queer
& she is absolutely fabulous. That said, I don't know whether or not she has
any openings, but if not, I am sure she has referrals.
Her contact info is: 415-564-2073.
Re: Looking for couple's counselor. I have heard positive things about a
psychologist in Walnut Creek, Dr. Barton Lynch who sees couples, individuals
and children. His name has been posted on this website previously. His
office number is (925)947-2922. Hope this helps!
Can anyone recommend a good couples counselor in the Palo Alto/
Menlo Park area who has experience working with lesbians with kids?
I can recommend Amy Klapper, MFT as a couples therapist in Palo
Alto. Her number is 650-286-4370. She is a colleague of mine
in Oakland who also works in the South Bay, and is very
experienced working with lesbian couples with children
Audrey Martin, MFT
I asked a colleague, who I respect and who works in the area, and she recommended the
following, who do a lot of work with couples, though she doesn't know specifically
about their work with lesbian parents.
Nisha Zenoff, Ph.D., MFT in Menlo Park (650)566-1650
Jane Radford-Barker, Ph.D. in Palo Alto (650)494-8836. Hope this helps as a start.
a local therapist.
I know the first two, and the last also came recommended for work with
lesbian/same-sex and parenting couples.
Leah Reider, LCSW
Nancy Fernbach, LCSW
Elizabeth Fong has a special interest and experience in working with couples/kids
issues. She's also very comfortable working with same sex partners. Her # is
650-299-8981 and her work address is 550 Hamilton Ave. Palo Alto. She's a LCSW who
works only Mon. and Fri., but does have early evening hours.
Best of luck
We are a lesbian couple and hoping to find a female therapist
(she doesn't need to be a lesbian but has experience with
lesbian couples) who uses Emotionally Focused Therapy for
couples. A therapist with experience working with childhood
trauma and it's impact on adult relationships would be really
helpful to us.
We would really appreciate hearing any of your
recommendations/experiences. Positive or negative.
I highly recommend Cheryl Jones, 510-653-7374. I was a weekly
client for a year. I perceived her as very grounded and patient.
Breadth of experience seems crucial to me and she has a long
history as a therapist. She listens well, but was also capable
of gently pushing me along when I showed signs that I was ready.
She has a sense of humor -- which certainly comes in handy. She
would be a good fit for the issues mentioned in your post. She
was originally recommended to me by a friend who has seen her off
and on for about 3 years.
My partner and I have 2 kids and are looking for a couples counselor who has
experience working with lesbian couples. I looked at the recommendations in
the index, but those were from 2001. If anyone has more recent experience
with someone they can recommend I'd love to know.
For the person looking for a couples counselor for a herself and her
female partner, I can highly recommend Marcia Rafinski 415-221-4302.
She is an absolute genius as a couples counselor. She's in SF but well
worth the trip. You can also read about her on http://www.innerrelationship.com
I highly recommend therapist, Kirsten Beuthin at 652-0990. She
has worked a great deal with lesbian couples, and offers
practical support as well as in depth therapy.
My partner and I saw Audrey Martin (Oceanview Ave. N. Oakland)
about 7-8 years ago now and thought she was really good.
I'd also recommend Susan Morton in Berkeley.
My partner and I have been seeing Laura Pilnick since late
October or so with great success. Her phone number is
510.465.0553, her office is near the Grand Lake theatre, 495
Elwood Avenue, Suite 4
Oakland. She has over 20 year of experience and is a lesbian
herself. If you would like to ask me for more information or
have additional questions, feel free to contact me.
Hi- My partner and I have seen Fran Staton in Berkeley. She
was recommended to us by another lesbian couple who had such
wonderful things to say about her. We have found her to be
wonderful - very warm but challenging, and incredibly
thoughtful and insightful. There's rarely a session where I
don't come away feeling like I learned something big. She is
in Berkeley at the intersection of Ashby and Shattuck. Her
number is 548-5677.
I have few. You should always try few and see who fits you and
your partner the most. Although they are all good, this is all
about human contact, and both of you have to feel good about
them. good luck in your search.
Amy Weston 510-841-7261
Judith Flory 510-849-1719
Marla McFaddin 510-869-4347
Can anyone recommend a good couples counselor who has experience in working
with lesbian couples with children.
Couple of people come to mind initially:
Audry Martin 428-1505
Leslie Sternin 524-7705
Adria Blum 486-8146
All are experienced and lovely woman.
I always recommend people talk with a few people to get a feel for
differences and who
feels most comfortable, especially when there are two people trying to feel
My partner & I saw a couples therapist we both couldn't recommend more
both actually gone back to see her individually after seeing her together
on & off for about
3 years. She is in SF, which is a bummer for us since we're now in East
Bay, but it has still
been worth it to remain with her. Zoe Becker 415/586-5627. She's in Glen Park
Adria Blum is a good couples counselor for lesbians with children. Her
office is on Shattuck Ave. Fay
One more recommendation: Connie Capen in Berkeley: 704-4497. She
has counseled several lesbian couples. Lael
I highly recommend both Marsha Hiller 644-2724 and Patricia Contaxis
524-5028. They are both MFT's and have extensive experience working with
couples and doing child therapy. They are excellent clinically and have
impeccable ethics. Sara
I recommend the following therapist for Lesbian couples:
Ann Coyle, Ph.D. 415 561-9779 She will be moving to the East Bay and
establishing a practice. Meghan
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