The Women's Therapy Center was founded over thirty years ago out of a recognition that rigid notions and expectations of gender are psychologically unhealthy.

We welcome people with unconventional expressions of gender that don't fit neatly into traditional ideas of male and female. This includes people who identify as transgender, transsexual, gender-queer, or butch/femme, or intersex.

We understand that some people may come to therapy to talk specifically about issues directly related to being trans/gender-queer such as: the experience of not feeling comfortable


in the biologically gendered body you were born into and grown up with, coming out to yourself or others, whether to transition or not, psychological aspects of transitioning, or living in a trans-phobic world; while other people will come in to talk about issues having nothing to do with being trans but want to feel sure you won't be pathologized.

Our Agency Therapists are trained to view gender as existing on a continuum and many enter our program with comfort and familiarity with the trans and gender-queer communities.

If you are interested in therapy, please call 510.524.4822 ext. 1.

What is Psychotherapy? 

Psychotherapy is an interpersonal relationship in which you and your therapist talk and think together about whatever is causing you emotional or psychological distress in your day to day life. This may include not liking or feeling good about yourself; difficulties in relationships with others; feelings of loneliness, alienation or marginalization; childhood or recent traumas or losses; self-defeating behaviors; or chronic anxiety or depression.

Generally psychotherapy will focus on understanding your current life difficulties in the context of your past and present experiences in your family as well as the larger world including social-cultural forces such as sexism, racism and other forms of oppression. Psychotherapy works through the co-creation of an open and trusting relationship between you and your therapist in which you can come to understand yourself more deeply in order to feel more alive and empowered to live your life the way you want to. This takes time and a commitment of weekly sessions as human beings are unique and complex.
Fees are on a sliding scale, based on income and resources, allowing for flexibility and affordability.

The scale ranges from $25-$110 for individuals and $40-$125 for couples. 
To request a counseling appointment, or for more information, please call our Counseling Request Line at:


A therapist will respond within 1-2 days Monday - Friday excluding holidays.

 Appointments are available every weekday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Our therapists are advanced or post-graduate students working toward licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist, Clinical Social Worker, or Psychologist.

They are supervised by an outstanding faculty of senior clinicians.