“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”

― Sharon Salzberg

Therapy for Depression
in Oakland

Helping Depressed People Get Unstuck

Do you feel like crying all the time?  Does your life feel aimless and hopeless? Depression often feels like a weight you can’t shake, but help is available.

Here Are Some Specific Challenges I Can Help You With

As you struggle with depression, you may be experiencing:

  • An inability to control your impulses to indulge in unhealthy habits (poor food choices, binging on Netflix, drinking and eating to excess, etc.)
  • Lack of motivation to get up and face the day
  • A wish that life didn’t have to be so difficult
  • Anger that you have been given this pain to suffer through
  • A feeling of hopelessness and despair

If you are overwhelmed with feelings like these, therapy can help.

As Your Therapist, I Can Help You Find Your Way through Depression

I'm Sylvia, and as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I can help you find a way forward despite your feelings of hopelessness.

I have helped dozens of depressed people from all walks of life to reconnect with a sense of agency, meaning and vitality.  At my college counseling center in San Francisco and at Berkeley Mental Health, I met with depressed clients who had suffered from severe trauma and homelessness.  As a therapist working in the Oakland Public Schools, I worked with depressed teens who had been broken down by violent and chaotic home lives and were living in unsafe neighborhoods afflicted by community violence.

As both a support group facilitator and an individual therapist specializing in depression, I know how heavy the weight of hopelessness can be.  I am not afraid to walk with you on the path to healing.

Even if you’re feeling lost now, I can help guide you in making lasting, positive changes in your life.  In particular, I can help you:

  • Regain hope and a sense of agency
  • Find satisfaction from connection with others
  • Rediscover joy in the people and things you once loved
  • Find meaning and strength in your experiences, even the experience of depression
  • Have confidence in yourself

Depression can be devastating, but it's possible to feel better.  And I have the experience to help you.

Take the Next Step and Schedule Your First Session

If you’re depressed and need help, please contact me at (415) 341-4905 or [email protected] to schedule your first therapy session.  If you need immediate help in the meantime, please contact Crisis Support Services of Alameda County at 1-800-309-2131 or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.