We offer an in-depth and highly personalized matching process for individual therapy. Here’s what you need to know before we begin.
All of our therapists in Oakland practice evidence based individual mental health care. We are currently providing all psychotherapy sessions virtually but will resume seeing clients in-person when it is safe to do so. We are always accepting new clients and serve all identities through supportive, unbiased, non-judgmental spaces.
Our Oakland clinical team 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. Learn more about individual therapists below.
Starting therapy at Two Chairs is simple. You can book a matching appointment 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 virtual matching appointment with one of our therapists. After your matching appointment we'll match you with the right therapist for ongoing mental health care, and create a custom treatment plan.
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.
If you have a PPO plan, you may be able to get 60–80% of each session reimbursed after you meet your deductible.
Some companies have monthly stipends as part of employee wellbeing initiatives. You can dedicate those dollars to mental health (i.e. therapy with us)
Flexible spending accounts (FSA) and health savings accounts (HSA) allow you to set aside month before taxes, which can be used to pay for appointments with us.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) uses a mix of acceptance, mindfulness, and behavior change strategies to improve mental wellbeing and increase psychological flexibility. ACT is a very experiential type of therapy that uses in-session exercises, metaphor, language, and physical movement to focus on living a valued life instead of getting stuck in needing to "get rid" of suffering.
One of the biggest skills gained through ACT is listening to your own self-talk—the way you verbalize and understand things like past trauma, physical limitations, past relationships, or anything else on your plate. And, then with that understanding, choosing how to move through it—either by change or by acceptance.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a here-and-now approach to examining how thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are connected and impact our overall well-being. CBT focuses on identifying maladaptive thinking and behavioral patterns and implementing specific strategies to reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, trauma, etc.
CBT is an active, problem-focused approach that helps to directly challenge various cognitive distortions and change unhelpful patterns of thinking and behavior.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) focuses on learning to manage difficult or intense emotions and to decrease conflict in relationships. The underlying philosophy of DBT hinges on the important dialectic that we are all doing the best we can, and we have the ability to be better. DBT specifically focuses on providing CBT-like therapeutic skills in four key areas—mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, interpersonal effectiveness.
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is a present-focused form of therapy that focuses on identifying the way you form relationships, maintain, and act in relationship with yourself and others. Originally developed for couples therapy, EFT helps individuals and couples identify emotional patterns, learn to regulate emotions and more accurately identify needs, and re-wire painful patterns of relating.
With your therapist, you'll look at past patterns and work through any anger, fear, or loss of trust—coming out the other end able to connect with others in a way that feels true, unburdened, and genuine.
Psychodynamic Therapy is an in-depth form of talk therapy focused on building insight into your relationship with yourself, others, and the external world. Psychodynamic therapies focus on exploring unconscious motivations, early life experiences, and patterns in relationships through the therapeutic relationship.
Speaking freely about whatever is on your mind to address your most pressing issues, fears, or desires. You'll learn to analyze and resolve any current issues through exploration of self and past.