Family Therapists for Teens & Parents
Archived Q&A and Reviews
I checked the BPN website and the recommendations for family therapists were pretty old. We need help with issues of stress/anger around long period of dad's unemployment, kids using weed, time to rev up about college admissions, to name a few things. Berkeley/Oakland area. Do I prefer someone older and experienced? Someone young and hip? Male? Female? Someone who has or is raising teenagers? I don't know. For sure, someone who can keep us all open and honest and can cut to the chase and not drag things out. Thanks!
signed: family member most willing to do therapy
Hello, I would like to suggest that you call Claramarie Collins, at the Berkeley Therapy Institute. She is very good at working together with all members of the family, equally. She is especially good at getting the teens to participate- which is huge! The best of luck to you! Claramarie Collins 510-841-8484.
We have (had) now my kids in college, the BEST THERAPIST in the world. My son would often say, ''I need a Karen, Mom'' I really dont know how he is surviving without her she is so cool. I think shes about 27 and works at clearwater, which is all about teens and families. Karen Sprinkel 510 596-8137. RR
We are looking for a family therapist for us, the parents, and our 14 year old son. Someone who is knowledgable about disability issues, both physical and learning, would be helpful but not necessary as long as they are insightful. Berkeley or Oakland area is preferred and someone who can get right to the point is best. We already have a couples therapist and our son has a therapist so we don't need long term. We need someone who can help us troubleshoot through some unpleasant entrenched family dynamics but where all people are open and willing to change.
Lynda Kravitz, Ph.D. has a private practice in Oakland. She meets with families that have children with special needs. I saw her speak for a class on family therapy. She seems very calm and insightful. (510) 420-0888 Another person to try would be Erica Czerwinsky, (510) 595-5591 Kristin
Jill Lebeau, MFT, is a great option for a family therapist. I personally think she is one of the best in this area and I have referred many patients to her from my acupuncture practice. She has two sons of her own if that makes a difference to you. She is very good at getting to the point and moving everyone forward in a very quick and easy way. Her number is 510.849.1010.