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Esther Lerman, MFT

6239 College Ave.
Suite #302
Oakland, CA 94618
P: (510) 548-6241
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Esther Lerman, MFT
Esther Lerman


Are you struggling in your relationship?  Do you feel alone or alienated instead of connected to your partner?  Do you wish you could get past the same old stuck places of cold distance,  passive emptiness or heated fighting?  For over 25 years I have been helping individuals and couples with their relationship struggles. Couples therapy will bring renewed energy and better communication to your relationship.  You can reduce the fighting and/or the shut down alienation between you and your partner.  You'll gain greater intimacy through my facilitating your conversations and empathy for each other.
 
I offer a safe space to feel heard and understood in order to explore your issues.  With empathy, gentle guidance and insight, I will help you get to the root of your difficulties.  When you understand the deeper, often unconscious, layers of your problems, doors open and change becomes possible.  As we un-pack the sources of your problems, the solutions become more apparent.  There is no magic, it is hard work, but well worth the effort.  The key is building empathy and compassion for yourself and for others.

With you and your partner,  I'll focus on building communication skills, analyzing the repetitive patterns of interaction (so as to break them), and looking at the "baggage" that each person is bringing from the past to the present relationship.  You'll become aware of the relationship dynamic as the problem, not the person, and that is what we will work on changing.  And the changes will be so rewarding.  The miscommunication, distance, constant conflict or infidelity that may be plaguing you can be transformed. 

I will meet you where you're at, move at your pace, while also offering encouragement to speak about whatever is troubling you. I'll work collaboratively with you using empathy, intuition, understanding of the unconscious and, at times, my sense of humor.
 

DETAILS

Office

Degrees
  • Antioch University West, BA
  • JFK University, MA

Licensed by
BBSE (CA)

Licensed type
MFT (Marriage and Family Therapist)

Accredited by
State of CA

Years Practicing
30

Number of Staff
1

Languages Spoken:
English

Gender
Female

Parking
street

Price range
$150 (sliding scale as needed, by arrangement)

Payment Options

Private Payment
Sliding Scale Payment
Price Range: $150 (sliding scale as needed, by arrangement)

SERVICES

Focus
Couples therapy

Therapy Groups
I occasionally offer Friday evening workshops for Couples Building Communication and Intimacy Skills.

Orientations
Eclectic, Including Family Systems, Communication theory, CBT, psychodynamic, EFT, Gottman

Conditions / Issues

Alternative Lifestyles
Codependency
Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual
Grief/Loss
Life Transitions
Mens Issues
Relationship/Marriage Counseling
Selfesteem/Growth
Transgender
Womens Issues

Sessions

Psychotherapy/Counseling

Treatment Modalities

Cognitive/Behavioral (CBT)
Family
Humanistic
Marital
Psychoanalytic
Psychodynamic

Populations Served

Adult
Co-ed
LGBT
Men
Over 65
Women

Last Update: Mon October 09, 2017 14:42:42