Michelle Bloomberg, M.A.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #109802
In my office, you will find a safe and comfortable space where curiosity and compassion will guide us towards your self-discovery and healing. Depending on your specific needs, we will shape our time together using creativity and whatever you already know about yourself. I respect my clients’ wisdom about themselves and prioritize your pace and agency to guide our therapeutic dynamic as well as your movement towards positive change.
I come from a holistic framework with a strong foundation in Somatic Psychology. This means that to make our talking more engaging, healing, and useful to you, I integrate work with the nervous system, body memories, mindfulness/self-awareness, movement, and the body’s 6 senses (the 6th being proprioception). If you have trauma in your past, a somatic approach helps us get to what is traumatizing, but from the part of the brain that feels safe. The brain changes through experience of one’s own body and through relationship. I can be your guide in this journey.
I believe therapy is both about looking inward to identify problem areas and strengths as well as to rightly contextualize your challenges and struggles within the reality of a greater world of -isms, trauma-perpetuating institutions, and the external pressure to fit into one mold or another. I hold that all this information is often inseparable from how we form our identity and build resilience.
Through our work together, you’ll heal and move towards true inner strength and wholeness by reclaiming disowned parts of yourself, parts you have othered or exiled, knowingly or not. Our work together will make room for your multi-dimensionality and the intricate complexities within you. I believe in the work we can do to make peace possible for you.
Some of the themes/concerns I am skilled to work with include:
- difficult family interactions/ conflict/ power dynamics
- relationship challenges/ communication/ intimacy issues
- anxiety and stress/ overwhelming emotions
- anger and impulse control
- identity/ belonging
- ADHD/ PTSD/ trauma healing
- finding or strengthening a voice/standing up for yourself
- white privilege/white guilt/ authenticity
- LGBTQ issues
- depression/ identifying life’s meaning/grief
- accessing creativity and dreamworld
- life transitions/ role changes (i.e. career changes, growing up, switch to being caregiver of parent)
- personal, emotional, or spiritual growth
On a more personal note, I view sharing about who I am to be an important part of your safety and of being your ally. My experiences of discrimination include growing up female and Jewish, which did not fit the dominant culture’s religious norm. This gave me a personalized understanding of discomfort and fear of people's thoughts and behaviors. The felt sense I experienced when being othered has given me an appreciation for the human struggle and has increased my capacity to feel empathy toward my fellow humans. Hence, I work from a culturally humble stance. I strive to maintain compassionate awareness of the privilege that my white skin and cis-gendered body give me in this racist and queer-phobic world. An important part of my work has come from participating 5 years in the UNTraining, a local non-profit that works to consciously support people in examining their white privilege so that it is less likely to seep out in actions that perpetuate pain and injustice.
My education/work experience:
6 years as a psychotherapist with kids (ages 5-14), families, and adults at school and home settings.
M.A. in Clinical Psychotherapy with an emphasis in Somatic Psychotherapy, John F. Kennedy University, 2012.
9 years working as a teacher in public and private schools.
445 Bellevue Ave.
Oakland, California 94610
3225 Lakeshore Avenue
Okaland, California 94610
- Individual Therapy
- Couples Therapy
- Family Therapy
- Child & Adolescent Therapy
My Fee is $90-$130. Sliding Scale slots are available.
Couples/Families: Full Fee is $150, sliding scale slots are available