Therapists for Young Adults

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  • Seeking a therapist to help my son, as I have not found one at Kaiser that he’s comfortable with.  Recently he has been showing angry outbursts that alarm me, He is on medication through Kaiser and is good to his grandparents, has a part time job and is in school, but at times his thinking is way off and that gets him into trouble. He recently lost three friends because of his behavior. He needs guidance and I’m hoping I can find someone soon, as I’m very worried. 

    I’m sorry. Maybe you can ask his kaiser psychiatrist if he has one, for a referral outside of kaiser.  I know the wright institute in Berkeley has various mental health clinics staffed mostly by graduate students but with supervision. So I think it may be more affordable than private. 

  • My young adult daughter (19) is looking for a therapist who lives a cruelty-free lifestyle.  I know that other therapists might be empathic and understanding about animals/sensitivity, but we really need someone who is vegan/living a cruelty-free lifestyle.

    If they happen to be on the Magellan provider list, that's a huge bonus!!!

    thank you!

    I can highly recommend Karen Finch LMFT 510 334 7482 who has helped me greatly.  She is vegan but she does use leather products.  Good luck to you.

Archived Q&A and Reviews


Therapist for someone in late 20's

Dec 2011

I am need of a good therapist. I am in my late 20's and kinda fit into the disaffected ''youth'' category. I need to see someone that ''gets'' me. Does anyone have good experiences with a therapist in the area (El Cerrito/Albany/Richmond/Berkeley) Any recs would be highly appreciated! Thank you!! Grateful

I recommend Marenka Cerny, MFT. Marenka is located in south Berkeley, easy to reach by public transportation or car. See her website at www.somatic- I can't say enough good things about this woman as she has studied and worked in clinics 7 years, and has an inherent understanding of teenage youths and young adults. She is kind, appreciative, and hard working and will thoroughly consider your needs throughout your sessions. I know first hand of her work with two people in our family and I have to say that she is great on setting boundaries and communicating to others on how to focus on their needs and goals, and work within their personal limitations. a10

I would recommend Yvonne Mansell, (510) 528-9551. She also has a website so you can get a sense of her that way as well. She is warm and insightful and quite in touch with the needs of young women. Good luck, Marie H

Katie Jennette, MFT has a lot of experience working with young adults and is wonderful. She's in south Berkeley: (510) 859-7340. S. B.

You should call Emily Johnson, she's a great therapist. She's located in Rockridge, which hopefully isn't too far for you. Emily is really bright, engaged, and has a good sense of humor, which is a nice asset in a therapist. She's a really open-minded listener and can really help you sort out what you want and feel. Her number is 510-601-0734. anonymous