Heather Burns


Heather Burns


Professions: Clinical Social Worker, Mental Health Counselor, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LCSW
Billing and Insurance:

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Fees: $160 per session
Sliding fee negotiated in session
Out-of-network provider for Optum, United Behavioral Health, Anthem, Cigna
In network with Medicare, MagellanBlue Shield
Free Initial Consultation
Evening Availability


4026 Piedmont Avenue
Oakland, California 94611

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My Approach to Helping

It's hard to go it alone with painful feelings of confusion, guilt, sadness, anxiety or despair. I help you access and unravel internal knots related to work or school performance, conflictual relationships, gender and sexuality, addictive behaviors, struggles with self-care and body image, or a family history troubled by dysfunction, divorce, addiction, mental illness, abuse, unresolved conflict or estrangement from loved ones.

My style is direct, engaged and deeply attuned. Within a warm collaborative relationship, you can explore stuck patterns, face painful truths, and learn to be kinder to yourself. This results in healthier more balanced relationships as the experience of caring support and new patterns of relating are integrated into your everyday life.

More Info About My Practice

My work draws on relational, psychodynamic, somatic and mindfulness practices to support shorter-term work (6 months to 2 years) involving problem exploration, healthy paradigm shift and skills integration, or longer term work for deeper understanding, greater stability and lasting change.

What I Usually Need to Know to Help

There are logistical questions related to scheduling and payment that we'll need to address. Being prepared to talk about the time commitment you're willing to make and how you intend to pay for therapy can help us make important decisions about your resources. If you want to use insurance, it helps if you call them first to find out about your out-of-network benefits for outpatient mental health.

And it's just as important to know what you're looking for in a therapist: calm and nurturing, intelligent and observant, challenging or validating, quietly supportive or engaging and direct. Getting clarity about your preferences for a therapist's personality and style will be an important part of our initial consultation, as well.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Depression
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emptiness
  • Fear
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Identity Issues
  • Isolation
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Panic
  • Perfectionism
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Compassion
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Suspiciousness / Paranoia
  • Women's Issues
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Depth Therapy
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Object Relations
  • Psychodynamic
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
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