Isaac Sussman Psychotherapist, Registered Associate CSW, Clinical Social Work in Oakland, California, 94618

Isaac Sussman

Psychotherapist, Registered Associate CSW

Isaac Sussman

Psychotherapist, Registered Associate CSW

Professions: Clinical Social Worker, Counselor, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a therapist practicing under supervision. Supervisor: Cathy Diamond, MFT
Primary Credential: Associate Clinical Social Worker - ASW 78092
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: $80-$130 per 50-minute session
Weekend Availability
Evening Availability


6239 College Avenue
Suite 303
Oakland, California 94618

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My Approach to Helping

My primary intention is to help people increase awareness of themselves in the present moment in order to facilitate the unleashing of innate potential. This often involves the exploration of disavowed parts of the self with the aim of integration and a sense of wholeness as a person. My underlying belief is that people can become more accepting of themselves and thus more able to direct their own lives in the context of an empathic relationship that provides the space for them to develop naturally and at their own pace. I see my role as a combination of fellow traveler and facilitator. While the former depicts the process of therapy as a shared journey, the latter acknowledges that the destination is ultimately determined by the individual seeking help. It seems to me that the most significant and profound therapeutic experience is the felt sense that it is fine to be exactly who you are.

My Guiding Ethical Principles

I strongly believe in personal autonomy and self-determination and aim to assist people with enhancing their capacity for reflecting upon and enacting these values for themselves. My style of therapy is responsive to individual needs and preferences and I take an interactive approach that leaves room for both direct guidance and responsiveness to people's innate wisdom.

Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist

When deciding on a therapist, I believe it is extremely important to follow your intuition and "gut feeling." While reading about or speaking on the phone to a therapist can give you some sense of what therapy may be like, there is no substitute for experiencing what it feels like to relate to the therapist in person. When meeting a therapist, I would recommend reflecting upon your level of excitement at the prospect of ongoing work. Another piece of advice would be to avoid any therapists that appear to need you to be or present yourself in a particular way.

Services I Provide

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

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Adults, couples, people struggling with anxietydepressionself-esteemrelationship issuesbereavementexistential issues, elderly people, terminallychronically ill people

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Cancer
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Disability
  • Dissociation
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Narcissism
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Other - Not Listed Here
  • Panic
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Power
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Terminal Illness
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Contemplative Psychotherapy
  • Depth Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Holistic Psychotherapy
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Logotherapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Object Relations
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Psychodynamic
  • Reality Therapy
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Relationship Enhancement Therapy

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