Christopher (Christoph) Zepeda
- Registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor
Master of Science, Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling
Finding the right mental health therapist is not always easy or convenient, but I hope your experience here is different. If you are new to therapy, it might feel uncomfortable talking to a stranger at first. If you have been in therapy for years, you might dread having to "start over" with someone new. Wherever you are in your journey, I will do my best to work with you in a way that is collaborative, integrative, and synergistic.
I specialize in PTSD, complex trauma, and recent traumatic events. After working with me, my clients report feeling calmer, more patient and self-aware, and able to express their own strengths, needs, and limits. They are able to notice how and when they might use internal and external resources.
I received a master’s degree in clinical rehabilitation and mental health counseling with an emphasis in gerontology at San Francisco State University. I have certificates in LGBT mental health and human services and post-combat behavioral health (veteran mental health) from Alliant International University. I have also completed basic and advanced training in attachment-focused eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR) and regularly pursue continuing education and consultation related to trauma recovery and healing. Prior to pursuing a career in mental health, I earned degrees in English and comparative literature at San Francisco State University and University of California, Santa Barbara.
I completed a clinical internship at a harm reduction-based substance use program providing culturally sensitive treatment for gay, bi, and transmen and men who have sex with men. I have also provided trauma-informed grief counseling for children and families coping with death and/or life-threatening illnesses. I was a volunteer for the Shanti Project, providing emotional and practical support for someone living with a chronic, life-threatening illness.
I have additional experience as an overnight therapist at a short-term, residential crisis stabilization program in San Mateo and as a case manager in San Francisco, offering support services for individuals who were formerly homeless.
I recognize the complexity of physical and psychological trauma and its potential impact upon a person’s thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, core beliefs, and communication styles and believe in the profound healing capacity of a strong therapeutic relationship.
At the same time, I know that healing from a history of trauma and oppression is not always an isolated process and interlocks within the complexity of one’s biology, personality, environment, society, and larger multi-systemic issues. We are always evolving as individuals and as parts of an evolving collective.
Considering these factors, I realize that not everyone learns and grows the same way, so I try to remain dynamic and flexible according to your needs.
I am a fierce advocate for universal design and believe that mental health services should be accessible to everyone regardless of their situation. This is why I offer a variety of services from traditional counseling, attachment-focused EMDR, NeurOptimal Neurofeedback®, therapy services at home, and variations in session length to best accommodate your abilities, sensitivities, preferences, and comfort level.
- Youth: 12-18
- Young Adult: 18-25
- Adults: 25-65
- Seniors: 65+
- Persons in Polyamorous Relationships
- Gender Fluid or Gender Non-Conforming Individuals
- LGBTQIAA+ persons
- Persons Experiencing Grief and Loss
- Persons in Polyamorous Relationships
- Persons Recovering from Domestic Violence
- Persons Recovering from Traumatic Events/Experiences
- Persons Struggling with/Recovering from Addiction
- Persons with Histories of Childhood Sexual Abuse
- Persons with Histories of Physical or Emotional Abuse
- Persons with Disabilities
Persons Struggling with Hoarding, Acquiring, Cluttering, and Collecting; Persons with Chronic Health Conditions, Chronic Pain, and/or at the End of Life
- Gestalt Therapy
- Humanistic Therapy
- Relational Psychotherapy
- Trauma-Informed Psychotherapy
Feminist Psychotherapy; Harm Reduction
I am a firm believer that the key to empowerment and growth in counseling begins with a strong relationship between you and your therapist. Therefore, I offer all new potential clients a free 30-minute in-person consultation. Some clients may prefer to use this time to ask questions while others prefer to dive right in. I offer this because finding the right therapist can be a daunting and anxious endeavor and I believe that eliminating concerns about cost can help you take the time to find the therapist with whom you are most comfortable.
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3637 Grand Avenue, Suite A, Oakland, CA 94610
999 Sutter Street, Suite 304, San Francisco, CA 94109
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I try to remain accessible through whatever means of communication works best for you. I can be reached by text or phone at (415) 649-8732 or you may email me at email@example.com. I try to respond to all inquiries within 48 hours.
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