Therapist Profile

Name:
Joe Cristofalo, M.A.
Professional Title:
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Email:
Location:
3468 Mt. Diablo Blvd., B-203 Lafayette, CA 94549
Phone:
(510) 654-2288
Location:
5313 College Avenue Oakland, CA 94618
Phone:
Website:
License Number
LMFT17267
Practicing Since:
1982
Additional Licenses:
MFT

Personal Statement

Personal Statement:
Whether starting therapy to resolve immediate issues during a crisis or generally looking for more depth of self-understanding, therapy can be useful in expanding horizons, sometimes in unexpected ways.

In my psychotherapy work, I find most important to create an atmosphere of safety in which current life distress can be understood and where important feelings and perspectives have room to emerge. As barriers to effectiveness become clear, it is easier to disengage from outdated approaches to life challenges. I use contemporary analytic thinking toward these ends.

With couples, I offer a safe setting where conflict is contained and where we identify together the interactional patterns that cause the conflict. I focus with you on specific behaviors contributing to problems and work actively with you on finding more satisfying alternatives.

About My Practice

Office Hours
Mon. 9:00am - 7:00pm
Tue. 10:30am - 6:30pm
Wed. 9:00am - 7:00pm
Thur. 12:00pm - 7:00pm
Fri. 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Services
Individual, Couple, Family, Adolescent Therapy
Insurance
Aetna, Health Net Insurance, PPO
Credit Cards Accepted
None
Free Initial Consult
No
Offers Teletherapy
None

Education

Degrees
M.A., Psychology, Sonoma State University, 1980

Area of Specialty

Specialites:
Addictions
Adolescents
Anxiety
Attachment Therapy
Career Stress and Changes
CoDependant/Adult Children of Alcoholics
Communication Skills
Couples
Creativity
Depression/Clinical Depression
Employment Issues
Families
Group Therapy
Individual
Life Transitions/Mid-Life Issues
Men's Issues
Parenting
Pre-Marriage Counseling
Relationships
Religious/Spiritual Orientation
Self Esteem/Personal Growth
Stress
Supervision
Working With Therapists

Other

Theoretical Orientation
Attachment
Control Mastery
Family Systems
Intersubjective
Psychodynamic
Systems
Certifications
Languages Spoken
English, Italian
Ethnicity
Caucasian (Non-Hispanic)

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