Therapist Profile

Thomas W. Kessler
Professional Title:
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
1036 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Kentfield, CA 94904 USA
(415) 454-8931
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Personal Statement

Personal Statement:
I work as a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Marin County, California. In addition to my private practice, I conduct trainings and workshops to psychotherapy interns, drug and alcohol counselors, parents, and students. After receiving my Masters of Science with Honors in clinical psychology from Dominican University, I continued my studies at the University of Berkeley to complete advanced trainings and certification in areas such as Substance Abuse, Systemic Family Intervention, and Drug and Alcohol studies. I am a registered California Addiction Specialist, a member Psi Chi—The National Honor Society in Psychology and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT). I completed my clinical internships at Family Service Agency, Ohloff House in San Rafael as a counselor in their Intensive Outpatient Services and Bay Area Community Services (BACR), working with high school students as a drug and alcohol counselor and provided trainings to school based counselors. I began my career as a high school teacher before moving into the television and film industry as an assistant director, independent producer, and executive producer before eventually opening my own production company. In my 20 years in the industry, I produced national television commercials, music videos, documentaries, movies, and classical concerts, throughout the US and in over 20 countries. As a therapist, I bring my education, life experience and clinical training to help guide our work. I combine these powerful tools with a willingness to suspend judgment,think creatively, and remain truly engaged to develop new perspectives and skills that move you toward creating the life you want. I work with adults, couples, teens and families, many who have been impacted by the negative consequences of drug and alcohol abuse. I tailor my therapeutic approach to each individual or couple based on their particular style, temperament and issues presented. I have found that specific theories tend to be limiting. One size does not fit all and my knowledge and practice is based on components of a variety of theoretical orientations. Working with me you will find a safe place to talk about what is most important to you. With a blend of wisdom, understanding, intuition and humor, we work together—as a team—to help you achieve your goals.

About My Practice

Office Hours
Therapy can be hard work and takes courage. Everyone possesses his or her own unique blueprint. I tailor my work with individuals, couples, and families to successfully attain short-term goals or craft long-range solutions by utilizing a variety of approaches matched to specific needs or expressed desires. My approach draws from my clinical training in psychology, child development and family systems therapies. I have worked with and supported adults, teens, children and families as they learn new ways to address life’s challenges and live a more joyful and satisfying life. Some people come to therapy to move forward in their lives, while others come because they are experiencing issues that are causing significant problems. Below are some of the reasons that people have come to me for help: Individuals who are in transition and are trying to get their lives back on track. People attempting to recover from a stressful or traumatic event such as the impact of substance abuse, divorce, loss of job or the death of a loved one. Teens who are currently experiencing problems from substance abuse, family conflict, divorce and or the challenge of moving from one developmental stage to the next. Parents who feel they no longer are in control of their child. Adults, couples, teens and families impacted by substance abuse or dependence. Couples experiencing conflict or distance in their relationship. Individuals who are experiencing problems with relationships at work with their boss, co-workers or employees. Are you currently experiencing any of the following? Issues related to drinking or use of other substances Relapse after being clean and sober Co-dependence Adolescents stressed by the changes of growing up Conflict or distance in your relationship Depression Stress or anxiety Difficulty balancing the responsibilities of life Separation and divorce Grief and loss Parenting difficulties with children Loss of job, loved ones, or health Difficulty adjusting to changes or transitions in your life Problems related to trauma in the distant or recent past Difficulty in setting boundaries with friends, co-workers or family Difficulty in relationships at work with boss or co-workers Specializing in: Addiction Recovery (Drugs, Alcohol, Sexual, Gambling, Internet) Substance Abuse/Chemical Dependence Residential and Outpatient Treatment Referral Placement Co-Occurring Disorders Co-Dependency Recovery Adult Children of Alcoholics Relapse Prevention & Recovery Relationship Enrichment Depression and Anxiety Life Transitions Teenager/Parent Communication Loss and Grief Trauma Work Canine Assisted Therapy Corporate Consulting Relevant Training Alcohol & Chemical Dependency Harm Reduction Crisis Intervention Brief & Strategic Therapies Psycho dynamic Therapy Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Motivational Interviewing Systemic Family Intervention Group Counseling Techniques
Sliding Scale
Credit Cards Accepted
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Free Initial Consult
Offers Teletherapy
Online, Phone


Education MS, Counseling Psychology, Dominican University of California Alcohol and Drug Abuse Studies, University of California at Berkeley BS, Education, Oswego State University of New York

Area of Specialty

Anger Management
Assertiveness Training
Attachment Therapy
Career Stress and Changes
CoDependant/Adult Children of Alcoholics
Communication Skills
Crisis Intervention
Depression/Clinical Depression
Domestic Violence
Employment Issues
Group Therapy
Life Transitions/Mid-Life Issues
Men's Issues
Personality Disorders
Pre-Marriage Counseling
Self Esteem/Personal Growth
Single Parents
Telephone/Online Therapy
Working With Therapists


Theoretical Orientation
Brief/Solution Focused Therapy
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Family Systems
Object Relations
Awards Psi Chi—The National Honor Society in Psychology, February 2008 & 2009 AICP Museum of Modern Art —Outstanding Creative Commercial for Television
Languages Spoken
Caucasian (Non-Hispanic)

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