Therapist Profile

Name:
Mr. Stephen A. Vernon, M.A.
Professional Title:
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Email:
Email
Location:
902 CarmelAve Albany, CA 94706
Phone:
(510) 528-8814
License Number
LMFT19830
Practicing Since:
1984
Additional Licenses:
MFT

Personal Statement

Personal Statement:
Except for the point The Still Point There would be No Dance And There is Only the Dance —T.S. Eliot Therapy, for me, provides that still point from which we can more deeply experience and learn the dance. I am a Jungian psychotherapist and, as such, believe that our deep interior selves, the psyche, wants us to learn more about ourselves and our relationships. With that foundation I draw from several theoretical approaches, focus on clients feelings and beliefs and have often witnessed the importance of the emergence of the symbolic in our lives. Yes, psychotherapy is a journey. A journey of uncovering the questions of our lives, so that we may live towards our own answers. The more relational and emotionally based this work is then the more rewarding and successful. I see this as usually mid or long term work. The psyche takes its own time to reveal itself. A lifetime is not explored and changed in a few months. Of course, there are problems, people and circumstances that do lend themselves to briefer problem solving approaches. If this is indicated then that is what we’ll do. I work with a wide range of clients. Of late, it seems many of my clients are couples, men, adolescents and mid-life and elderly of both sexes. Each are addressing important problems and/or growth stages in their lives. Our work can be fearful and fearless, exciting and/or slow and always the challenge of facing painful disruptions, interpersonal conflicts, not-knowing and ourselves. I started in this field in Michigan as crisis mental health and substance abuse counselor in the 1970’s. We had an approach called “empathy training” based on Carl Rogers’ client/feeling-centered approach and traversed the state as trainers for other clinics, police, fire and community groups. When I came to California I became licensed as a marriage and family therapist and started a private practice in 1984. I have also had extensive clinical and managerial experience in public health and academics. Among other experiences, I have been a counselor, Clinical Director and Executive Director for Fort Help Substance Abuse Clinic; HIV Mental Health Director for California Pacific Medical Center; Behavioral Health Director and Executive Director for different Family Service Agencies. I teach Graduate Psychology courses and provide clinical supervision for graduate students and employee interns.

About My Practice

Office Hours
BY APPOINTMENT, Please call and/or see website
Services
Individual, Relationships, Children and Adolescent Addiction Personality Disorders Men's Issues Orientation: Jungian Relational Pragmatic
Insurance
Aetna, Blue Cross, Out-of-Network coverage, PacifiCare, Private Pay, Superbill provided, Sliding Scale, United Behavioral Health, United Health Care, Victims of Crime
Credit Cards Accepted
None
Free Initial Consult
No
Offers Teletherapy
None

Education

Degrees
Clinical Psychology

Area of Specialty

Specialites:
Addictions
Adolescents
Attachment Therapy
Bi-Polar
Children
Childhood Trauma
Communication Skills
Couples
Depression/Clinical Depression
Eating Disorders
Elder/Geriatrics/Gerontology
Employment Issues
Families
Group Therapy
Grief/Loss Terminally Ill
HIV Related
Issues of Abuse (Abused)
Issues of Abuse (Trauma)
Individual
Life Transitions/Mid-Life Issues
Men's Issues
Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder
Personality Disorders
Play Therapy
Pre-Marriage Counseling
Psychoanalysis
Post Traumatic Stress Disorders
Relationships
Sexual Dysfunction
Self Esteem/Personal Growth
Single Parents
Step/Blended Families
Stress
Sand Tray Therapy
Supervision
Terminally Ill
Trauma
Victims of Crime
Working With Therapists

Other

Theoretical Orientation
Attachment
Eclectic (Many Therapies)
Emotion Focused Therapy
Jungian
Psychoanalytic
Psychodynamic
Systems
Transpersonal Psychology
Certifications
Languages Spoken
English
Ethnicity

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