Therapist Profile

Mr. E. Michael Schimek
Professional Title:
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
445 Bellevue Avenue, Ste 203 Oakland, CA 94610
(510) 423-1593
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Personal Statement

Personal Statement:
It is challenging for us to take good care of ourselves and most relationships require more work than we realize. Effective communication and stress management are skills that we need to continually develop. My goal is to create a comfortable environment for people to learn about themselves and utilize new tools for growth and wellness. Taking care of yourself and your relationships is not easy, and it is also hard to find the right person for support. When working with people, I first put them at ease and listen to what they want. We then develop your goals and find a path to success. I specialize in supporting families affected by autism, parents of children with special needs, people with anxiety/panic attacks, and couples with relationship issues. I offer services both in my office and through video conferencing with Skype or Gmail chat, if appropriate for your needs. I welcome all people and all couples to my practice. I take a holistic approach to wellness and relationships because you cannot have a healthy mind without a healthy body and environment. Everything is connected. My focus is on your personal and relational goals, but factors such as diet, exercise, intellect, and community are also important to consider. My greatest asset is my flexible style. I let you choose the pace and progression of your counseling. I am able to guide and support people at their comfort level while having a plan for the big picture ready for you when appropriate. I am able to be both gently accepting when you are feeling vulnerable and assertively motivating when it is time to act.

About My Practice

Office Hours
Flexible hours.
Affordable Therapy OFFICE SESSIONS: I have a large and comfortable office located in Oakland between downtown and the Grand Lake theater. A typical session is 50 minutes for both couples and individuals. VIDEO CONFERENCING: I am available for sessions via Skype or Gmail chat. Sessions in this format are typically 50 minutes. Online sessions allow people to receive services from more convenient locations and with no travel time. This format allows me to work with clients located anywhere within the state of California SLIDING SCALE RATES: I work with my clients to set fair and affordable session rates based on household income and session time slot (less preferred times have lower rates). My session fees typically range from $60-$120. DISCOUNT RATES: I also am able to reduce session costs by 10-25% when you purchase multiple sessions up front. FORMS OF PAYMENT: I accept cash, checks, and credit/debit cards. I do not bill insurance companies directly, but am able to work with you in providing receipts and procedural codes in order for you to seek reimbursement through your insurance.
Credit Cards Accepted
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Free Initial Consult
Offers Teletherapy



Area of Specialty

Anger Management
Aspergers Syndrome
Communication Skills
Depression/Clinical Depression
Ethnicity/Multi-Cultural Relationships
Grief/Loss Terminally Ill
Interracial Couples
Men's Issues
Self Esteem/Personal Growth


Theoretical Orientation
Eclectic (Many Therapies)
Family Systems
Languages Spoken
Caucasian (Non-Hispanic)

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