Colin Amato MS, Marriage & Family Therapy in El Cerrito, California, 94530

Colin Amato


Colin Amato


Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a therapist practicing under supervision. Supervisor: Jennifer Khaw, LMFT
Primary Credential: IMF - 94738


2118 Willowpass Road Ste 500 Concord CA
El Cerrito, California 94530

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My Approach to Helping

My approach is to create a safe and nonjudgmental space for you to explore your thoughts, feelings, and difficulties that bring you to counseling. I will view my work with you holistically: paying attention to complexity of personality, relationships, sexuality, spirituality/religious identity, and other areas that are important to you as an individual.

More Info About My Practice

*Fees for psychotherapy based on a sliding scale.

*Evening sessions available.

*Free first consultation session.

My primary goal is focusing on the healing power of the counseling relationship. I find value in exploring client's dreams, fantasies, creative expression, relationship with nature, and spirituality as ways of deepening the therapeutic experience. I have experience working with Gay, Bisexual, and Lesbian clients ages 11-22. I have worked with Individuals, couples, and families struggling with depression, anxiety, and relationship difficulties.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

Gay, Bisexual, Lesbian youth dealing with the coming-out process and difficulty with family of origin. Individuals struggling with anxiety and depression. Individuals who have converted to and left organize religion. Families and Couples struggling with communication issues and dysfunctional patterns.

How Psychotherapy Can Help

Therapy can help with difficulties in relationships, patterns of behavior that are getting in the way of feeling good about oneself, and wanting to explore the complexity of one's personality.

Services I Provide

  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults


  • English

Groups I Work With

    LGBTQ Youth, Spiritual/Religious seekers, converts to religions & ex-religious individuals, High School Students, Middle School Students, College Students

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Identity Issues
  • Individuation
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Panic
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Esteem
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Art Therapy
  • Bibliotherapy
  • Depth Therapy
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Dreamwork
  • Ecotherapy / Nature Therapy
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Gottman Method
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Journal Therapy
  • Jungian Psychotherapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Object Relations
  • Play Therapy
  • Poetry Therapy
  • Psychodynamic
  • Psychosynthesis
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Transpersonal Psychotherapy

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