Isabel Diamond, MA
Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #85984
Life can be hard, and if you’re struggling it’s not your fault. You’re just human. Often we are taught that we need to figure everything out alone, but it’s ok to need some help.
Maybe you’re struggling with frustrating patterns, emotional pain, unhappy relationships, feeling dissatisfied with life, or something else. Suffering often stems from two sources: not having the support and tools we need to respond effectively to life’s challenges, and trying to reject our experience (which ends up keeping us stuck).
Healing occurs through the complimentary processes of acceptance and change. I can guide you to discover the heart of compassion in the darkness of your pain, while also helping you make positive changes right now. I see each person as essentially whole, and I hold the perspective that struggles make sense given the context of one’s life.
My areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, self-criticism, self-hatred, shame, childhood trauma, attachment trauma, fears of abandonment, adult children of alcoholics/addicts, life transitions, sexual identity, spiritual growth, and couples counseling. I also work well with bright, introspective people who have been unable to make changes using their best efforts or previous therapy.
I tailor my approach to the needs and preferences of each person. I use a variety of modalities from the scientific to the soulful: interpersonal neurobiology, attachment theory, relational therapy, Gestalt therapy, somatic experiencing, body focusing, values-based coaching, and transpersonal psychology. For clients who want more structure, I use tools from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). You can read more about my approach to therapy on my website.
Relationships become distressed when partners get stuck in patterns where they start to view each other negatively, and then act in ways that damage their love. Your relationship can be healed if you can identify your negative patterns, and then take positive steps together to deepen connection, acceptance, and safety.
I have specialized training in couples therapy, using a modality known as Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), which has been proven effective. Research studies have shown that about 90% of couples experience significant improvement with EFT couples therapy. So even if you feel discouraged, or have found previous therapy unhelpful, there is a good chance that I can help you. I am a member of the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy. Visit my website to read more about how I practice couples therapy.
I have a master’s degree in Integral Counseling Psychology, and over a decade of study in mindfulness and self-compassion. Before training as a therapist, I had a successful high-tech career, and I bring a sense of professionalism and practicality to my therapy work. I have a diverse therapy practice and I welcome people of all genders and sexual orientations, and I am poly-friendly.
College Ave and Claremont Ave
Oakland, California 94618
- Individual Therapy
- Couples Therapy
- Family Therapy
My fee is $150 for a 50 minute session. For couples, extended sessions are prorated at $180 for 60 minutes, and $225 for 75 minutes. To make therapy affordable for people in financial need, I offer a few lower fee spots. Currently there is a wait list for those spots.
I welcome you to call me for a free 20 minute phone consultation to discuss your needs and see how I can help you. I can be reached at (510) 761-8978.
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