How to Start Therapy

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. In response to COVID-19, all of our therapy sessions are being conducted virtually.  

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'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, 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, 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.