How to Start Therapy

In response to the Covid-19 outbreak we are on a reduced schedule, and our intake process is currently on hold until the end of March. At that time we invite you to call our 24-hour line: 510-548-2250, press 1 and leave a message. A therapist will return your call to gather some information and answer questions you may have about starting therapy.

While the coronavirus itself can create feelings of anxiety, the "shelter in place" order and its forced isolation is also a source of stress and anxiety, and impacting people's mental health. We encourage everyone to give special attention during these stressful days to your self-care: reaching out when possible to friends and family to break the isolation; eating and sleeping well; spending time outdoors to the extent that it is safe; developing a mindfulness practice.

Hopefully, this medical crisis is short-term and will be over soon. In the meantime, it's up to each of us to take care of ourselves and others, when we can.

If you are interested in starting therapy at The Psychotherapy Institute’s clinic, please 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 return your call to hear about your needs, gather some information and answer any questions you may have about starting therapy.

Our clinic offers the following services:

  • Individual Psychotherapy
  • Couples Psychotherapy

Individual psychotherapy sessions are provided by post-graduate therapists training under the supervision of licensed, senior clinicians. Sessions typically last 50 minutes and are held 1-3 times per week, depending on the individual client needs. The duration of therapy maybe 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, which may include communication, strengthening intimacy and trust, stressors, family and parenting issues, and sexuality issues, among others.

Fees: During the first appointment you and your therapist will discuss the frequency of appointments, fee, and arrangement 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.