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Updated on Mar 25, 2024

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Wendy Rolon, LMFT

California, LMFT #142624

Seeing clients since 2019
About Wendy | She/her

Wendy is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, and a grief counselor whose background is in birth and death doula work. She is particularly awed by grief's ability to transform and expand our lives. A long-time supporter of those in transition, Wendy works with clients experiencing all types of grief, anxiety & depression, relational trauma, and has a strong affinity with neurodivergent and highly sensitive people. Bringing a calm and loving presence to any situation, she believes fervently in the healing power of meditation, being in nature, yoga, music, storytelling and laughter, and is always looking for ways to incorporate these elements into her healing practice. Wendy is an IFS-informed parts therapist, and also works with ideas from Buddhist philosophy, Nonviolent Communication and Attachment Theory to help clients grow their self-compassion, self-awareness so they can embrace life fully with ease and joy.

Message to clients

Hello and thank you for checking out my profile! My name is Wendy and I'm a licensed therapist who specializes in grief, anxiety, depression, caregiver stress, relational trauma and neurodivergence. My work with clients is largely based in Internal Family Systems (IFS), also called Parts Therapy. IFS is based on the idea that we are all made up of various emotional parts, the scared part, the excited part, the doubting part, the angry part, etc. Behind all those parts is the Self, which is the wisest part of us, the part that can take care of all the other parts, providing safety, acknowledgment and love. You can think of the Self as a compassionate witness to your life, and clients working with me learn how to access the Self when stress arises, so that you can guide yourself away from reactivity, panic and rage and toward responsiveness, safety and calm. I’m also a fan of meditation and I offer a donation-based online meditation group to my clients each month. This is a great way to practice healing in the context of community, something I think our world really needs. In addition, I teach Nonviolent Communication to help clients improve their communication skills, and I’m inspired by Buddhist psychology for grounding my clients in the practice of nonjudgmental self-compassion. If you’d like to learn more, I’d love to meet you!

Education

Masters in Counseling Psychology | California State University, 2021

Race and ethnicity

Hispanic

Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture, Hispanic culture, Jewish culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Wiccan/Paganism, Non-religious (Agnosticism, Atheism, Secular)

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual Only

Specialties

Anxiety, Grief and/or loss, Neurodivergence

Additional areas of focus

ADHD, Aging, Dementia or Alzheimer's disease, Depression, Existential questioning, Family counseling, Highly sensitive people, Life transitions, Midlife stress, Mindfulness and/or meditation, Self esteem/self worth, Stress, Trauma

Therapeutic style

Affirming, Calming, Humorous, Inquisitive, Conversational

Modalities

Attachment based, Internal family systems (IFS), Mindfulness based, Somatic therapy, Strength-based therapy, Trauma-focused

Cost

$225

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Individual Session

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Couples Session

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Family Session

Sliding scale

Offers sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Wendy is experienced in both practice and life. Her motivation to help people is deep rooted and authentic. She is knowledgeable, present, and kind.

—Sybil Lockhart, Ph.D.
Peer review

Very intuitive, great peaceful energy, attentive, thoughtful guidance, empowering of client, creates a safe space, and is very knowledgeable.

—Nancy Deatrick
Peer review

I've worked closely with Wendy as a colleague and highly recommend her as therapist. She is so present with her clients and supports them in gaining self-understanding and self-compassion. She is always clear, warm, and committed to providing the best care for her clients.

—David Millen, LMFT
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Felicia Keller Boyle, LMFT

California, LMFT #109946

Seeing clients since 2014
About Felicia | She/her

Felicia is a somatic therapist specializing in substance addiction recovery with over a decade of experience. She wholeheartedly supports her clients in achieving their goals, whether that means reducing the harm caused by substance use or pursuing complete abstinence. Felicia understands that addiction can have a detrimental impact on relationships, and she prioritizes helping her clients heal these bonds. With compassion and empathy, she guides individuals towards rebuilding trust, fostering effective communication, and cultivating healthier connections with their loved ones. Drawing on evidence-based practices, Felicia addresses the complex factors underlying addiction. She creates a non-judgmental and safe space for clients to explore the roots of their substance use, identify triggers, and develop relapse prevention strategies. Well-versed in somatic therapy, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness-based approaches, Felicia tailors her interventions to meet each client's unique needs. Felicia's unwavering support, extensive knowledge, and genuine compassion have guided numerous individuals toward sobriety and a renewed sense of purpose. Clients can trust that they will be supported every step of the way on their journey to recovery. Her expertise and commitment make her a valuable ally in overcoming substance addiction and creating a life of lasting positive change.

Message to clients

Substance addiction is a deeply personal issue for me—I've experienced its impact firsthand. If you want to know more, just ask. I want to connect with individuals who are ready for change, those who are prepared to tackle the immense challenge of breaking free from a coping pattern deeply ingrained in their lives. Let's face it: nobody clings to an addiction because it's working out for them. You already know it harms relationships, hinders professional growth, damages your well-being, and depletes your finances. You're not naïve; you understand the consequences all too well. But, recognizing the problem doesn't mean it's easy to overcome. Shifting something as entrenched as addiction demands immense effort, and having someone who gets it can make all the difference. I'm here to guide you in discovering new coping mechanisms, rebuilding your relationships, and rediscovering the joy that life has to offer—whether it's for the first time or as a rekindled flame. I genuinely believe that recovery is within reach for everyone, regardless of your past or how insurmountable your addiction may seem. Together, we can navigate this path and find a way forward. Let's figure this out together.

Education

Masters in Counseling Psychology, California Institute of Integral Studies, 2016

Race and ethnicity

White

Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Buddhism, Non-religious (Agnosticism, Atheism, Secular)

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual Only

Specialties

Addiction, Codependency, Substance misuse/dependency

Additional areas of focus

Self harm, Spirituality, Trauma, Couples counseling, Caring professionals (doctors, therapists, etc.), Career counseling/coaching

Therapeutic style

Humorous, Solution-oriented, Direct, Holistic, Affirming

Modalities

Depth psychotherapy, Mindfulness based, Somatic therapy, Strength-based therapy, Trauma-focused

Cost

$300

/

Individual Session

$350

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Couples Session

/

Family Session

Sliding scale

Does not offer sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Felicia is a strong clinician with well rounded experience and training. She offers a safe space and is an affirming therapist who knows how to help clients explore areas of difficulty and struggle with a sense of curiosity, honesty, and adventure. I feel confident when I refer clients to Felicia.

—Emily Adams, LMFT
Peer review

If you're ready to make real changes in your life, understand yourself better, and show up more authentically in relationships, Felicia has the skills to help you reach your goals. Felicia has experience working with a wide range of challenges, and is especially skillful with challenges stemming from co-dependency and difficulty with setting boundaries. Felicia doesn't just tell you what you want to hear; she is kind and compassionate but is also not afraid to give you honest feedback. I can't recommend Felicia highly enough.

—Elizabeth "Davi" Pettit, MFT
Peer review

Felicia's strength lies in her ability to strike a fine balance between an open-minded & generous spirit in hearing her clients' stories in one hand, with a powerful will encouraging the client to advocate for their needs, own their desires, and access the resources required to succeed in their goals in the other. She has a deep level of experience and understanding with supporting individuals through addiction & self-harm. You will feel reinforced in your work with her.

—Mark Gabriel Kenney, AMFT
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Gabe Kenney, AMFT

California, AMFT #116027

Seeing clients since 2018
About Gabe | He/him

Gabe Kenney is an Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, where he was born & raised. He had been surrounded by fields involving narrative from an early age, so it's perhaps natural that he found himself drawn to Narrative-based therapy, and the importance of an individual having the power to tell their own story on their own terms. After finishing his graduate program, he worked with his first clients in the intensive field of Grief & Loss. He worked for a year in both individual & group-leading sessions supporting that population, building professional and client-based relationships (some of which he maintains to this day, 5 years later). Following that, Gabe opened a private practice he still maintains today. After working with a wide range of individuals on everything from further Loss work, to Family therapy, to Agency & Identity building, he was approached by a couple individuals starting their career in law to support them around test anxiety. This was the beginning of what would become a specialty, supporting individuals (sometimes on second or third careers) entering their respective workforces or graduate programs to begin their fields of study, and working with them on the stress, anxiety, and imposter syndrome that sometimes accompanies it. His primary focus is, and always has been, making sure his clients can feel supported by others, and respected by themselves.

Message to clients

Being able to hear yourself isn't easy these days - the world's gotten louder over the last few years. New jobs, a fast-paced work environment, unexpected illness, and a million different ways to communicate. I'm here to do the best I can to cut out the noise, and make sure that you can let in others' input without letting them override *you.* I'll work with you so you can feel seen, heard, and protected. I'll work with you so you can build up your sense of agency, and make sure you have the tools to know that you deserve an advocate - both from without and within. I'll work with you to make sure that you can spend just as much time having your priorities taken care of as *you* spend making others are. And I'll ask questions along the way to make sure you feel you're driving the direction of where you want to go next. This work isn't easy - that's why I appreciate everyone who works with me within it. Whether we're here to forge a personal sense of identity, to move forward through a loss, to carve out a second (or third) career, or to make sure you can stay present in a relationship while still making time for your own peace, I'm here, and happy to help.

Education

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist | University of San Francisco, 2019

Race and ethnicity

White

Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Judaism, Christianity, Mormonism, Non-religious (Agnosticism, Atheism, Secular)

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual Only

Specialties

Grief and/or loss, Sports performance, Performance anxiety

Additional areas of focus

ADHD, Adolescents/teens, Anger management, Anxiety, Bullying, Burnout, Career counseling/coaching, Caring professionals (doctors, therapists, etc.), Children, Chronic illness or pain, Codependency, Dating, Existential questioning, Family counseling, First responders, Gaming and/or social media dependence, Highly sensitive people, LGBTQ+ sexuality, Life transitions, Midlife stress, Military families, Mindfulness and/or meditation, Neurodivergence, Phobias, Polyamory/non-monogamy/open relationships, Premarital counseling, Schizophrenia spectrum, Self esteem/self worth, Social anxiety, Socioeconomic issues, Spirituality, Stalking, Stress, Veterans/military services, Bipolar disorder, Abuse, Autism spectrum, Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic attacks, Psychedelic assisted therapy

Therapeutic style

Humorous, Inquisitive, Affirming, Direct, Empowering

Modalities

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Mindfulness based, Narrative, Play therapy, Strength-based therapy, Trauma-focused

Cost

$225

/

Individual Session

/

Couples Session

$300

/

Family Session

Sliding scale

Offers sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Gabe is a caring and thoughtful therapist, a good listener, and a kind, smart, funny presence.

—Dave Rutschman, LPCC
Peer review

I have known Gabe since the beginning of his journey as a therapist and as his clinical supervisor I have seen the quality of his work with clients up close. It’s a given that therapists be caring but Gabe goes above and beyond in this thoughtfulness and commitment to his clients and their goals. As a test prep anxiety therapist, he has an incredible record of success helping clients manage their anxiety, increase test scores, and receiving testing accommodations when warranted. Gabe has also helped a great number of people with grief and loss through a gentle approach.

—Felicia Keller Boyle, LMFT
Peer review

Gabe is a thoughtful clinician who has a broad range of skills and experience. He has a knack for putting people at ease and developing rapport quickly. His attention to clinical detail allows him to develop a nuanced clinical profile quickly.

—Jessica Winterrowd, LMFT
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Eliza Monteverdi, LMFT

LMFT, California #121965

Seeing clients since 2016
About Eliza | She/her

Eliza received her Masters of Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy in 2017. Eliza has been working as a psychotherapist in a private practice setting for the last 7 years. She has gained invaluable experience working in various settings including a non-profit Christian therapy center, Pepperdine University Counseling Center, Eating Disorder In-Patient, Intensive Teen Crisis Counseling, all while building an independent thriving private practice. She specializes in treating betrayal trauma and relationship issues. Her ideal clients are those who are curious about the impact therapy can make in their life life and are ready for change! Eliza also enjoys working with couples to restore intimacy, deepen trust, and communicate in healthier ways. Eliza is certified to work with individuals impacted by their partner's sex addiction and deceptive sexuality.

Message to clients

Are you looking for help to better cope and heal from trauma, betrayal, and the impact of addiction in your life? I have years of experience helping people begin to feel like themselves again and build healthy satisfying relationships. People who know me well say that I am open, non-judgmental, and charismatic. I love hearing peoples stories and helping them make meaning and purpose from their life experiences. From my perspective, therapy works best when my clients are willing to grow, get a bit uncomfortable, and commit themselves to the process. In my work with clients, I provide a safe, therapeutic space to dive deeper while also offering you feedback so that you really get something from our sessions together. My goal is for clients to start feeling better faster and help equip you with the tools to thrive on your own. If you are curious what therapy with me could look like, reach out for a free consultation.

Education

Masters of Clinical Psychology | Azusa Pacific University, 2017

Race and ethnicity

White

Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Christianity

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual and In Person

Specialties

Burnout, Codependency, Infidelity/affairs

Additional areas of focus

Addiction, Anxiety, Couples counseling, Dating, Depression, Disordered eating, Highly sensitive people, Intercultural/interfaith relationships, Parenting, Premarital counseling, Sexual harassment, abuse, and/or assault, Trauma, Spirituality

Therapeutic style

Direct, Empowering, Calming

Modalities

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Gottman method, Psychodynamic

Cost

$190

/

Individual Session

$225

/

Couples Session

$200

/

Family Session

Sliding scale

Offers sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Eliza is an exceptional therapist. She is professional, inclusive, empathetic, sensitive and compassionate. She has worked with diverse populations where she gained invaluable experience that she takes into her work with clients and the various presenting issues they come in with. I have enjoyed our collaboration and partnership and everything I learn in our professional consults with one another.

—Jonathan Monteverdi, LCSW
Peer review

Eliza provides a safe and healing environment with those she works with. She provides them with the best support, knowledge, and resources for individuals and couples to progress in their healing and recovery journey. I whole-heartedly recommend Eliza and the work that she does.

—Lilly Gibson, LMFT
Peer review

If you are struggling with the traumatic impact of betrayal trauma, I confidently recommend Eliza for your therapy needs.

—Sandy Jocoy, LMFT
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Lara Clayman, LCSW

California, LCSW #26495

Seeing clients since 2007
About Lara | She/her

Lara Clayman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, has her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Michigan. Lara moved to the Bay Area to pursue a career in community organizing with BIPOC youth. Her career took an unexpected turn when the teens began to talk to her about their mental health struggles. It was then that Lara understood the transformative power of deep listening. Lara sought to deepen her clinical skills through post-graduate training at The Psychotherapy Institute in Berkeley, CA. Lara then shifted her focus to early childhood trauma and began working as a child-parent psychotherapist with survivors of domestic violence. Lara has experience working with a variety of mental health concerns including anxiety, trauma, depression, grief, relationship issues, separation and divorce, chronic illness, and life transitions–essentially the stuff of life! Today Lara is a relational, psychodynamic psychotherapist based in Oakland. She comes from a mixed cultural and religious background, is a parent and an environmental justice activist. She specializes in providing online therapy to multiracial and first-generation adults struggling with overwhelm. She helps stressed out, overworked and over worrying adults navigate the emotional roller coaster ride of life and find hope for the future.

Message to clients

As a first-gen adult, you feel so alone. You’ve done everything that was expected of you and still feel your parents’ love is conditional and that you’re failing. You get so triggered by even small things, and can’t figure out how to manage your intense emotions. You worry about your parents aging and this is stirring up feelings from childhood. You don’t feel that your partner, friends nor your parents really understand you. Within your family(of origin) and in the world, you are never quite sure of where you fit. You’re either too much (fill in the blank) or not enough (fill in the blank). At times you feel you have to defend your existence while not fully understanding your own multiracial identity. As a therapist in Oakland, I help first-generation clients who are exhausted from marginalization and feeling torn between multiple heritages get relief from the emotional toll that fighting for self-preservation and self-protection has taken on them. You don’t have to choose sides when it comes to your identities. All of you is welcome into sessions with me. We’ll meet weekly for 50-minutes to find a way forward through your suffering. Together, we’ll grow curious about what your emotions are telling us and what you are needing. We may revisit your childhood and adolescence to inform the challenges you’re having in the here and now. If you are ready to begin healing and find relief from the stress, anxiety and depression you feel in the present, call me.

Education

Masters of Social Work | University of Michigan 2004

Race and ethnicity

Mutliracial

Cultural and experiential knowledge

Jewish culture, Persian/Iranian culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Baháʼí Faith, Judaism

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual Only

Specialties

Anxiety, Burnout, First generation immigrant experience

Additional areas of focus

Bicultural experience, Biracial experience, Existential questioning, Highly sensitive people, Life transitions, Midlife stress, Mindfulness and/or meditation, Panic attacks, Parenting, Pregnancy and/or infant loss, Racial/cultural identity, Second or third generation immigration experience, Self esteem/self worth, Social anxiety, Stress, Trauma

Therapeutic style

Affirming, Calming, Conversational, Empowering, Inquisitive

Modalities

Depth psychotherapy, Attachment based, Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Family systems, Mindfulness based, Psychodynamic, Strength-based therapy, Trauma-focused

Cost

$250

/

Individual Session

/

Couples Session

/

Family Session

Sliding scale

Does not offer sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Lara is an active listener, with impeccable insight, empathy and dedication to her clients. Her work is culturally competent, strengths based and holistic. Lara's calm and centered demeanor make her easy to talk to and trust. She quickly identifies issues impacting quality of life and empowers her clients to take control of what they can in order to improve their lives. I highly recommend Lara Clayman as a therapist.

—Laney Cline King, LCSW
Peer review

Lara is a thoughtful and caring clinician who actively and readily seeks to assist her clients with their difficulties at a deeper level. She notices and enhances the strengths of her clients and is steadfast and determined to assist her clients to have more fulfilling lives and relationships and have an increased understanding of themselves.

—Stacie Degeneffe LCSW
Peer review

Lara is a compassionate, insightful, mindful therapist who cares deeply about clients wellness.

—Megan Lait, LCSW
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Wendy Rolon

$225

2019

Anxiety, Grief and/or loss, Neurodivergence

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Felicia Keller Boyle

$300

2014

Addiction, Codependency, Substance misuse/dependency

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Gabe Kenney

$225

2018

Grief and/or loss, Sports performance, Performance anxiety

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Eliza Monteverdi

$190

2016

Burnout, Codependency, Infidelity/affairs

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Lara Clayman

$250

2007

Anxiety, Burnout, First generation immigrant experience

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