Mental Health Counselor / Therapist in Oakland, CA
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Gene Grossman, Ph.D., CA-LMFT
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for Doubters, Pouters and Everyone in Between
2881 Chelsea Drive   
OaklandCA 94611
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100 S. Ellsworth   
Suite 511   
San MateoCA 94611
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Practice Information
Many of us are reluctant to try psychotherapy until we have exhausted every conceivable means of coping with our problems. The reasons that we don't seek professional help is complex. But whether it is fear of change, pessimism or defensiveness the root may be not wanting to face ourselves. Effective therapy is about facing things about ourselves that we either can't or don't want to see. There are obvious reasons for our lack of success in love, work and relationships, yet we remain blind to them. We know that angry communication never works but we continue to act as if it does. We withhold our true feelings not only from others but ourselves. We wander through our lives sometimes dazed, sometimes confused and often disconnected. We are hurting but act as if we are invulnerable. We can be pleasant, polite to a fault, generous and kind, but, alas, feel empty at the same time. Media about movies about aliens, robots and the undead reflect the alienation from self that is so prevalent in contemporary life. We look away from ourselves. We think that problems are outside of ourselves not within us. Learning to solve the problems within us is a major goal in psychotherapy.

“You have every right to expect psychotherapy to be a force for personal growth. An effective therapist will help you see your problems clearly, so that solutions become emotionally apparent and therefore, accessible. Successful therapy will address your anger and anxiety. will diminish your shame, self-blame and self-doubt. It will help you to face yourself in ways that you have avoided or been unaware of. Effective therapy makes change inevitable. If therapy does not succeed in addressing of deep frustration with self and others, it's not working. Interventions are designed to raise self-esteem, self-respect, personal authority and improve interpersonal communication underlying feelings of loneliness and isolation.

I have been a licensed therapist for over four decades. My expertise is based on a wealth of personal as well as professional experience. I am familiar with every phase of the life cycle and the particular issues that arise in each phase of your journey. I encourage you to take the first step toward self-exploration. I hope to aid you in your self-affirmation.
 Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
License Info
CA MFT 6276
In addition to graduate degrees have studied many schools of psychology including but not limited to: Humanistic, Gestalt, Psychodrama, Cognitive-Behavioral, Psychodynamic and most recently, Characterological Psychotherapy.
Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, the oldest of three sons, to an Italian (nominally Catholic) mother and Jewish (Agnostic) father. Graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Illinois. Moved to California to attend Graduate School in Counseling Psychology. Earned M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University. Went on to obtain a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Union University. Licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in 1974. Married in 1978 with two sons born in 1983 and 1990, respectively.
Accomplishments: solid marriage, good relationship with our sons, good friends, close extended family relations.
Payments Accepted
Zelle, Venmo, Checks, Cash
8-6 M-F; 8am-1pm Sat & Sunday
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Practice Areas/Issues Treated
 Anger Management
 Anxiety and Panic
 Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
 Body Image Issues
 Caregiver Issues
 Chronic Illness
 Eating Disorders
 Educational Therapy
 Gifted / Talented Issues
 Grief and Loss
 Life and Wellness Coaching
 Life Transitions
 Marriage & Family Therapy
 Marriage Counseling
 Men's Issues
 Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
 Online / Teletherapy
 Pre and Postpartum Mental Health
 Relationship Issues
 Self-Esteem Issues
 Seniors and Elder Care Issues
 Sexual Dysfunction
 Stress Management
 Trauma and PTSD
 Work and Career Issues
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