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San Jose

San Jose

111 N Market Street
Suite 950


About
Serving and supporting all identities through supportive, unbiased, and non-judgmental spaces.
Hours
8:00 am - 7:00 pm, Monday - Friday
Services
Individual Therapy

San Jose Therapy

At all of our Bay Area clinics in California, including our downtown San Jose clinic in Santa Clara county, we offer individual mental health care—primarily evidence-based, in-person psychotherapy counseling services. We are always accepting new clients, and serve all identities through supportive, unbiased, and non-judgmental spaces.

Our clinical director

Zlatena Theodore, PsyD is the Clinical Director for our San Jose location. She was a postdoctoral Fellow at San Francisco VA Medical Center, and completed the Clinical Psychology program at PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium. She approaches her practice with a spirit of collaborative, and helps individuals meet their personal goals to improve their lives.

Starting care

Starting therapy at Two Chairs is simple. You can book a consult online or over the phone with a Care Coordinator at (408) 872-9402. We'll send you a survey to complete before you attend your in-person consult with a clinician. After your consult we'll match you with the right therapist for ongoing mental health care, and create a custom treatment plan.

Insurance

Although we are an out-of-network provider, and not able to adjust session prices on a sliding scale basis, members of our Care Coordination team can work with you so that you can get reimbursed for as much as possible according to your specific health insurance plan. There is helpful information about how to navigate insurance and choose the right plan for your needs on our blog, put together by our knowledgeable Care Coordinators.

Out-of-Network Benefits

If you have a PPO plan, you may be able to get 60–80% of each session reimbursed after you meet your deductible.

Wellness Stipend

Some companies have monthly stipends as part of employee wellbeing initiatives. You can dedicate those dollars to mental health (i.e. therapy with us.)

FSA / HSA

Flexible spending accounts (FSA) and health savings accounts (HSA) allow you to set aside money before taxes, which can be applies to each appointment with us.

Our clinical team

Our San Jose clinic is comprised of doctorate-level and masters-level psychotherapists (PhD, PsyD, LCSW and LMFTs), who practice a wide range of modalities and can address diverse mental health concerns. Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Psychodynamic Therapy, our mental health professionals are able to meet the needs of clients presenting with a variety of mental health issues.

The licensed San Jose therapists have years of experience in serving individuals across Silicon Valley, including Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, Campbell, Cupertino, etc. They come from diverse educational backgrounds and areas of expertise, and can provide care for a wide variety of behavioral health symptoms and diagnoses.

Treatment areas:

PTSD

  • A disorder in which a person has difficulty recovering after experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event.

Depressive Disorders

  • Characterized by persistently depressed mood or loss of interest in activities, causing significant impairment in daily life.

Anxiety Disorders

  • Characterized by feelings of worry, anxiety, or fear that are strong enough to interfere with one's daily activities.

OCD

  • Excessive thoughts (obsessions) that lead to repetitive behaviors (compulsions).

Relationship Issues

  • Issues including but not limited to a lack of sexual chemistry, having nothing in common, a controlling and demanding personality, different spending habits, trauma from the past, boundary issues, an inability to communicate effectively.

Career Issues

  • Work issues including but not limited to getting laid off, feeling overwhelmed, an inability to get or hold a job, dissatisfaction with current career, feeling unfulfilled, facing unrealistic expectations from supervisors.

ADHD

  • A chronic condition including attention difficulty, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness.

Substance Abuse

  • The use of illegal drugs and the inappropriate use of legal substances.

Bipolar Disorder

  • A disorder associated with episodes of mood swings ranging from depressive lows to manic highs.

Sleep Disorders (Insomnia)

  • Changes in sleeping patterns or habits that can negatively affect health.

Eating Disorders

  • Serious and often fatal illnesses that are associated with severe disturbances in people’s eating behaviors and related thoughts and emotions.

Arousal/Sexual Issues

  • Disorders involving a lack of response to sexual stimulation—mental or emotional (subjective), physical (such as swelling, tingling, or throbbing in the genital area or vaginal wetness), or both.

Chronic Pain

  • Persistent, and noticeable pain that lasts weeks to years caused by inflammation or dysfunctional nerves.

Personality Disorders

  • A group of mental illnesses that involve long-term patterns of thoughts and behaviors that are unhealthy and inflexible.

While we don't offer couples therapy, family therapy, or marriage counseling for the time being, we have Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT) on staff who can provide care on an individual basis. We recommend this resource, and encourage you to check back as our services expand.

If you or your loved ones have diagnoses that require more comprehensive care, we recommend these services, compiled by Santa Clara County.

Our Therapists

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Shami Benjamin, LMFT

Shami Benjamin, LMFT

Clinician San Jose


Bio

Shami is a Clinician at the Two Chairs Clinic in San Jose, CA.

She is passionate about integrating evidence-based approaches to meet each client where they are in their process of meeting their goals, helping them understand themselves and life with a healthy, mature perspective and empowering them to thrive.

In her spare time, Shami loves to work out, adventure the great outdoors through hiking, reading with a latte in hand and exploring the world through travel.

Experience &
Education
  • Licensed Therapist at Performance Psychology Center as a tele-mental health therapist throughout California
  • Piloted/Implemented: Life Skills and Mental Health Coach/Sports Performance Consultant (Mental Health Associate) at CSU Stanislaus, Athletic Department, Turlock CA
  • Therapist Trainee/Associate at Advent Group Ministries, San Jose CA
  • Therapist Trainee at Sunol Community School, San Jose CA
  • M.A., Marital and Family Therapy at Western Seminary, San Jose CA
  • B.S. Business Administration and Management at San Jose State University, San Jose CA
My Clinic
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111 N Market Street

San Jose
111 N Market Street Suite 950 95113
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Claire Foster, PsyD

Claire Foster, PsyD

Clinician San Jose


Bio

Claire is a Clinician at Two Chairs in San Jose.

She is committed to providing evidence-based, ethical and culturally-informed care to diverse populations to facilitate self-compassion and insight, healthy interpersonal relationships and healing through emotional expression.

In her spare time, she loves to explore new areas, go on hikes and curl up with a good book.

Experience &
Education
  • Staff Psychologist, San Jose State University’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), San Jose CA
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California Santa Cruz CAPS, Santa Cruz CA
  • Predoctoral Intern, University of Virginia CAPS, Charlottesville VA
  • PsyD in Clinical Psychology, George Washington University, Washington DC
  • BA in English Literature, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill NC
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Alex Basche, LMFT

Alex Basche, LMFT

Clinician San Jose


Bio

Alex is a Clinician at the Two Chairs Clinic in San Jose.

His strength-based approach fosters genuine self-acceptance and finding meaning. His philosophy centers around strengthening and harnessing connections between the body, emotions, thoughts and behaviors to create healing and growth. Alex believes in treating the whole person, from improving self-care to school/career counseling to resourcing.

Alex enjoys hiking, fishing, gardening, cooking and building/fixing computers.

Experience &
Education
  • Co-Creator and Program Lead for California’s first Intensive Outpatient Treatment program for technology addictions
  • Led a variety of workshops, trainings' and consultations related to Teens, Parenting, Technology Addiction, Anxiety, Group curriculum development and more
  • M.A. Counseling Psychology, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara CA
  • B.S. Applied Psychology, Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Falls OR
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111 N Market Street

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111 N Market Street Suite 950 95113
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Zlatena Theodore, PsyD

Zlatena Theodore, PsyD

Clinical Director San Jose


Bio

Zlatena is the Clinical Director at the Two Chairs Clinic in San Jose.

She approaches therapy in an active and collaborative way to help individuals meet their personal goals and improve their lives. In her free time, Zlatena enjoys salsa dancing and exploring new hiking trails.

Experience &
Education
  • Postdoctoral Fellow at San Francisco VA Medical Center
  • Predoctoral Fellow at Loma Linda VA Medical Center
  • PsyD in Clinical Psychology at PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium
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111 N Market Street

San Jose
111 N Market Street Suite 950 95113
San Jose
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Linda Poggetti, LCSW

Linda Poggetti, LCSW

Clinician San Jose


Bio

Linda is a Clinician at Two Chairs in San Jose.

Linda utilizes an integrative therapeutic approach to connect with each client, guiding them with experience and compassion. She enjoys collaborating with clients to identify challenges and develop creative solutions. She is passionate about empowering clients as they practice new skills for achieving their life goals.

Her hobbies include reading, listening to music, and being in nature.

Experience &
Education
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker/Therapist, Lifelong Medical Care, Oakland CA
  • Clinical Social Worker, DaVita, El Cerrito CA
  • Psychotherapist Intern, StarVista (formerly Youth and Family Enrichment Services), San Carlos CA
  • Clinical Social Work Intern, New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York NY
  • M.S.W. Clinical Social Work, Columbia University, New York NY
My Clinic
San Jose
111 N Market Street

San Jose
111 N Market Street Suite 950 95113
San Jose

Getting There

VTA

  • 901, 902, 911, 914 at St. James Station or Santa Clara

Caltrain

  • We're a ~15 minute walk from the Diridon Station

Highway

  • 87 - St. James, Julian exits

Parking

  • While we don't have designated parking, there is ample street parking around our building and a public parking lot one block down on Market Street.
San Jose
111 N Market Street Suite 950 95113