James Baker MFT, Marriage & Family Therapy in Oakland, California, 94611

James Baker


James Baker


Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Marriage & Family Therapist - 49463
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Alameda Alliance for Health
  • Beacon
  • Ceredian
Fees: Free 20 minute phone consultation. Call me at to discuss my rates for therapy sessions. I do have a sliding scale and reserve a limited number of lower-fee openings for clients who cannot afford my standard rate. I accept personal checks, cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express credit or debit cards.

Regarding insurance, I accept Beacon through Alameda Alliance. Please call Beacon Health Options and ask them for a referral to my practice. Please note that I cannot accept Beacon insurance through Kaiser.

For those with other insurance plans, employment reimbursement plans or flexible spending accounts I can provide you with regular statements that might be used if your insurance plan provides "out of network benefits". Please call your employer or insurance provider for more details and to determine their procedure for reimbursement.
Free Initial Consultation
Evening Availability


4283 Piedmont Avenue
Suite A-6
Oakland, California 94611

My Approach to Helping

Visit my website using the link at the bottom right of this page.
Call me at (510) 788-0006 instead of the GoodTherapy number at the top of this page.

Just as the body wants to naturally heal itself, it's my belief that we all have within us a drive towards mental health and wholeness. My approach to working with you is tailored to your individual needs and goals but is always in support of this natural healing process. My priority as a therapist is to help you discover and use the strengths you already possess to support you in making a change so that you can live a deeply satisfying, authentic life.

In my collaboration with you, I will likely incorporate some mix of talk therapy, mindfulness, somatic awareness, narrative techniques, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

More Info About My Practice

I continually strive for cultural competence and I am LGBTQI affirmative. I have experience working with alternative relationships including polyamorous and open-relationships.

Please visit my full website by following the link on this page for more information about me and my practice. If you'd like more information or to set up an appointment call me.

How Psychotherapy Can Help

Psychotherapy provides you the opportunity to make some sense of your life, to better understand how you got where you are. Refining this perspective on your "life story so far" helps you figure out how to best move forward.

Psychotherapy supports you in identifying unhelpful patterns of behavior. Knowing your patterns allows you to figure out how to change them.

Psychotherapy can help you to realize that, as uncomfortable as your problems feel, you are not the first to struggle with similar issues, they are not actually as hopeless as you think, and they can be improved with support and effort.

Services I Provide

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Consultation
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
  • Premarital Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Adults


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Breakup
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Internet Addiction
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Military and Veterans Issues
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Narcissism
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Panic
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sex Addiction
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Suspiciousness / Paranoia
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Depth Therapy
  • Exposure Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Object Relations
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Positive Psychology
  • Positive Psychotherapy
  • Psychodynamic
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
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