Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #94256
I enjoy sorting through the messiness of family relationships and even the sometimes-knotted and tangled nature of working with parents who are no longer partnered. It’s not just the energy, connection, and challenge of the work I love—there is also something wonderful about working with kids as they grow and develop, tackling problems before they become entrenched. I have a special affinity for the awkward tween and early teen years, which are full of growth and change.
I also feel privileged to work with those on the other side of childhood, to acknowledge the former child within the emerging adult. Being part of another person’s healing journey is an honor.
MY BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE
In addition to a master’s degree in counseling from San Francisco State University (SFSU), I have a graduate degree in library and information science and was a reference librarian in government and non-profit settings for a decade. My undergraduate degree is in philosophy.
After graduating from SFSU, I completed an intensive, psychodynamically informed training program at Ann Martin Center (AMC) in Emeryville. At AMC, I worked with children, teens, parents, caregivers, and young adults. I have also counseled children in a private school, provided psychotherapy to formerly homeless adults, and volunteered and trained volunteers on a crisis hotline.
My approach is relational, humanistic, and collaborative, working on the belief that everyone has inner resources to build upon. Early life experiences and attachments are a focus of my work. I also directly acknowledge the effects of social forces and our environments on our sense of self, comfort in the world, and freedom of choice. Finally, I believe we all need to create meaning in our lives to feel fulfilled and whole.
When working with children, I use play therapy and expressive arts techniques and meet with parents to provide support. My work with teens, young adults, and parents is generally talk-focused, though I sometimes incorporate art and mindfulness into sessions, depending on client need and interest. Tweens may require a little bit of everything.
Ultimately, I tailor my approach to your needs.
My work is guided by compassion, warmth, a sense of humor, and a sense of justice. I see things from many vantages, providing a nonjudgmental, safe space. This works especially well for people who are unsure about therapy. I have a knack for working with children whose parents who are no longer partners, holding space for different points of view.
My approach is open and accepting. I acknowledge the influence of intersecting sociocultural forces such as race, class, age, ethnicity, gender and gender identity, and sexual orientation (among others). I also keep in mind my lived experience as a white, cisgendered, heterosexual woman and how that experience interacts with or differs from the lived experiences of my clients.
Young Adult: 18-25
I PROVIDE THERAPY TO:
OTHER AREAS OF EXPERIENCE/INTEREST
Persons Recovering from Domestic Violence
Persons Recovering from Traumatic Events/Experiences
Persons with Histories of Childhood Sexual Abuse
Persons with Histories of Physical or Emotional Abuse
SUPPLEMENTAL TRAINING/CERTIFICATION COMPLETED
Other: Play Therapy
MORE ABOUT MY PRACTICE
Some of the best things about being a therapist are:
- Helping a kid learn how to process "big" feelings without acting them out
- The moment a teen realizes they don’t have to be perfect to be worthwhile
- Supporting parents as they learn how to communicate better and work together for sake of their kids
- Helping a dad making a connection between his childhood experience and his parenting struggles
These are all smaller parts of what is so gratifying about my practice—being a part of your family’s journey and seeing the difference a supportive therapeutic relationship can make.
My office is located on the Berkeley/Oakland border. Street parking is available and it is a 15-minute walk from the Ashby BART station and on AC Transit's 6 busline.
Monday: Mornings, Afternoons, Evenings
Tuesday: Afternoons, Evenings
Thursday: Mornings, Afternoons
3099 Telegraph Avenue
Berkeley, California 94705
- Individual Therapy
- Family Therapy
- Child & Adolescent Therapy
TYPES OF PAYMENT ACCEPTED
SLIDING SCALE RANGE
SLIDING SCALE OPENINGS
To schedule your free initial consultation, call (510) 344-2665 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meleah Chamberlain Terheyden, LCSW #27791