Renee Zavislak

M.S., M.A., LMFT

Renee Zavislak

M.S., M.A., LMFT

Telehealth Available
Professions: Counselor, Marriage & Family Therapist, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist - 93275
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: $175per 50-minute session; $200 per 90-minute EMDR session; sliding scale available.

***One month of therapy free for anyone affected by the Napa/Sonoma fires***
Free Initial Consultation


7 Fourth Street
Petaluma, California 94952

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My Approach to Helping

As an integrative therapist, I draw from different psychotherapy orientations. This allows me to tailor therapy to your needs and to create a truly collaborative process as we decide where we''ll go and how we''ll get there. Since successful therapy depends on a strong relationship between client and therapist, my first priority is nurturing that bond by creating a safe and supportive environment. I believe therapy is most effective when it is flexible, demystified, and client-centered, so you can expect me to be transparent about my ideas and approaches. My style is at times infused with humor and is always warm and direct.

You are already the expert on you. As your guide and advocate, I''ll help you develop the insight, curiosity, and courage to create the life you want, whether you are looking to reduce anxiety, feel more joy, or release the past.

If you are facing sadness, anxiety, trauma, or dependence, finding and contacting a therapist is likely a daunting process and a huge leap of faith. Congratulations on taking the first steps -- you''re already closer to your fullest life and your truest self.

More Info About My Practice

I am also a Parnell Institute-trained EMDR practitioner. Whether or not we integrate EMDR into your treatment depends on many factors, including the issue(s) on which you want to work, your history, your specific therapeutic goals, and whether the approach is a good match for you. Ultimately, like all good therapy, EMDR is most likely to be successful when the relationship between the therapist and client is strong and characterized by trust and respect; as such, once we have reached a place where you feel these traits are strong between us and want to go deeper into resolving issues in the past, we decide collaboratively if and when to incorporate EMDR or AF-EMDR. I use the latter protocol more frequently but employ and am experienced with both. If you are unfamiliar with EMDR, you can read more about it at the Parnell Institute website (I have provided the site address after my practice website address).

Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance

My work is highly relational. Together, we form a therapeutic relationship that is characterized by the trust, fortitude, enthusiasm and support that are at the foundation of all healthy relationships. By creating an environment in which you feel fully heard and seen, I aim to engage deeply with your internal and interpersonal experiences. Ultimately, the strength of our relationship serves as a model for healthier and happier relationships with yourself and others outside of therapy, while also providing the support you may seek as you endeavor to make positive changes in your life.

Services I Provide

  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Home-Based Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Mediation
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Batterer Intervention
  • Behaviorism
  • Bipolar
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disorders (Autism, Aspergers, etc.)
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Narcissism
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Somatization
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Worry
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Breathwork
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Depth Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Family Attachment Narrative Therapy
  • Family Constellations
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Gottman Method
  • Holistic Psychotherapy
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB)
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Neuropsychology
  • Object Relations
  • Parent Work
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Psychoanalysis / Modern Psychoanalysis
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Self Psychology
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Systems Theory /Therapy
  • Transactional Analysis
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

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