How to Start Therapy

If you are interested in starting therapy at The Psychotherapy Institute’s (TPI) you must reside in one of the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin or San Francisco, please fill out this quick form or call our 24-hour line at 510-548-2250, press 1, and leave a message expressing your interest. Usually, within two business days, a therapist will respond to hear about your needs, answer any questions you may have about starting therapy, and do an initial screening. In response to COVID-19, all of our therapy sessions are being conducted virtually.

TPI’s fee for therapy is $120 and we offer services on a sliding scale based on income in an effort to make therapy accessible. If you are in need of additional referrals, please call 211.

Our clinic offers the following services provided by post-graduate therapists training under the supervision of licensed, senior clinicians:

Individual psychotherapy sessions typically last 50 minutes and are held 1-3 times per week, depending on the individual client's needs. The duration of therapy may be shorter or longer-term.

Couples psychotherapy is offered to couples of all kinds: heterosexual, gay/lesbian/bi/transgender, interracial, multicultural, married or unmarried, living together or apart, divorced, or separated. Weekly sessions last 50 minutes and address a wide range of issues.

During the first appointment, you and your therapist will discuss the frequency of appointments, fees, and arrangements for payment. Therapy sessions at the clinic are assessed on a sliding fee scale that is based on family size and income. You and your therapist will work together to set the appropriate fee for you.