At Grateful Heart we believe our psychological well-being as humans is intimately tied to the health and sustainability of our families, communities, and world. We are dedicated to offering the Greater Bay Area accessible counseling services that integrate a variety of psychotherapy approaches. Guided by these values, we provide:
- Psychotherapy for children, teens, adults, couples, families and groups
- Internships for pre-licensed Associate Marriage Family Therapists, Associate Social Workers and Associate Professional Clinical Counselors
- Educational opportunities for mental health practitioners and the community-at-large
Our services are provided in multiple cities and counties, including in Marin, San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, Albany, Alameda, Emeryville, Concord and Walnut Creek.
Psychotherapy provides such a rich opportunity for growth and learning, helping persons to recover from the aftermaths of trauma, abuse and loss, meet the hardships of their lives and thrive.
Unfortunately, even within the Bay Area, access to affordable psychotherapy is still in significant shortage, with long waits for services in many counties. Persons with special circumstances or from marginalized communities face additional barriers, including a lack of services sensitive and respectful of their needs.
With its commitment to affordability, and multi-cultural corps of eclectically trained clinicians, Grateful Heart Holistic Therapy Center is uniquely poised to meet the needs of these persons.
This year, Grateful Heart will provide affordable low-fee counseling services to approximately 1000 persons in our community. This represents nearly 75% of the total estimated number of persons who will receive support through our auspices. Others will receive services far below the customary costs. Regardless of what they pay, they will receive care, compassionate and support, tailored specifically to their needs.
Drawing from a wide variety of contemporary modalities, each of our clinicians is selected for their training, as well as their commitment to providing accessible, inclusive, holistic care.
As noted before, our services include:
- Psychotherapy for individuals, couples and families
- Groups and workshops for varying communities on a myriad of topics
- Internships for pre-licensed clinicians on the track to obtain licenses
- Educational opportunities for mental health practitioners and the community-at-large.
Grateful Heart Holistic Therapy Center was founded as a non-profit organization in 2006 by Mary Owen, a licensed Marriage Family Therapist and adjunct professor and clinical supervisor at JFK University and clinical supervisor at California Institute of Integral Studies. Mary created Grateful Heart to provide opportunities for therapists in training to prepare for licensure and begin their own private practices. Since its inception, the organization has grown to now serve approximately 1000 individuals, couples and families each year. More than 100 clinicians have participated in Grateful Heart’s program, successfully launching their practices as Marriage Family Therapists (MFTs), Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs) or Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCCs).