Robin Stuart Marriage and Family Therapist, Marriage & Family Therapy in Sebastopol, California, 95472

Robin Stuart

Marriage and Family Therapist

Robin Stuart

Marriage and Family Therapist

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Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: MFT - 29894
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: $165 per 50 minute session; $245 for 80 minute sessions.
Accepting New Clients

Offices

105 Morris Street
214
Sebastopol, California 95472

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My Approach to Helping

It is essential that you find a therapist who works for you. My approach is very unique: I have blended the skills I've gained over years of being a therapist, with the elements of transpersonal psychology, family systems, coaching, and education. This allows me to offer those seeking immediate change and relief, strong, directive support and feedback. "Counseling" is focused on singular or minimal problem areas and can occur in a matter of just a few sessions. "Therapy" is the decision to go deeper...to look at the origins of your patterns and core self and can help to dramatically alter the course of your life. I will meet you where you are--to do the immediate or the deeper work that you desire. I will guide you to towards the center of yourself, and help you alleviate what isn't working in your life--so that you can create a life and a community that serves you and others.

More Info About My Practice

I am eager to assist you however I may. Currently, I am accepting clients between the hours of 9:00 and 6:00 pm. My fee is $165 per hour and when I see more than one person in the room, I prefer to see you all for 80 minutes, instead of the customary 50. The fee for this is $245. I only see clients in the evening and on weekends as needed for urgent situations.

I am also the Executive Director of CHI Recovery, an evidence-based treatment healthcare program for substance abuse, compulsions, addictions and also for mental health without substance abuse. I have an enormous amount of experience with dual diagnosis and prefer to treat clients collaboratively with others giving care when that is taking place.

Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist

There are a number of different types of therapies out there, and every therapist can only bring themselves to the session. This means that there are many differences you might experience from one therapist to another. Some will be passive and let you lead the session. Others will be very formal and intellectual in how they work with your concerns. Therapists, like doctors, have specialties and those specialties may give you information about what kind of person they are. Sex therapist, for example, gives instruction. They are more likely to n=be talkative. Somatic therapists may be less so. While one may be calm, quietly empathic another can just as easily be laser-sharp, witty and playful! The therapist you approach may have their specialty area, they are most comfortable with and interested in--say somatic release, breathwork, hypnotism or EMDR.

I advise that all people seeking a therapist call at least three choices. Look up Yelp or Healthgrade reviews and ask friends for recommendations. If people you admire, admire a therapist, that's a good start! How long does the therapist take to get back to you? When you speak on the phone, tell them what you are looking for--do you want to be pushed or are you feeling pretty fragile and mostly, first, you need to feel safe and take this slow? Is there an urgency to your meeting? Share with them what is happening and ask them right off how they feel they can help. Do you feel good about the tone of their voice? Are they easy to talk to? Do you energetically feel relatively safe? Trust your instincts! People send off vibes, and you are pretty great about picking those up, so trust your gut.

And finally, be sure that you are choosing a person who can handle the areas of your concern. A new therapist may not have yet developed the skills to be effective in a high conflict divorce situation, but they might be great with issues of depression or grief. Addiction disorder, bipolar and other more complicated conditions should be treated by an experienced, seasoned provider. The more complex the disorders and combinations of stressors, the more skilled your provider should be--so ask them! Do you have much experience with... What kinds of solutions do you offer? And don't be afraid to ask the simplest questions of all--do you feel you can help me, and why?

Getting the therapists to do a lot of the talking on the phone is a great way to learn about them and to get a sense of if they might be a good match for you and your needs. One more thing: try different ones out! Just let the therapists know you are shopping and you would like to meet with them one time before committing to ongoing work together! You can really have what you need to feel safe...it just might take a couple tries to find that right person. Best wishes!

When choosing a therapist, you may wish to keep a few things in mind and ask every therapist you talk with during your selection process some of your prepared questions in advance. Consider not only

Services I Provide

  • Chemical Dependency Evaluation
  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Counseling for Offenders
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Home-Based Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Intervention
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Other
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Psychological Evaluation

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders

Languages

  • English

Groups I Work With

    Survivors of childhood/adolescent abandonment, abuse, neglect, addiction. All populations focused on healing from trauma (sexual, physical, disaster, wartime, first responders, PTSD, etc.) Identity issues--ethical, cultural, social, gender, sexual identity. Exceptionally trained in family and couples counseling and work with high conflict couples and families dealing with loss, divorce, blending or other challenges. Expert in both addiction disorders including alcoholism, Substance Use Disorder, compulsions, and destructive behavioral patterns, ie gaming/internet, gambling and sexual addictions. Skills with LGBTQI and specialty groups. Comfort working with Hearing Impairment translator (ASL).

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Batterer Intervention
  • Behaviorism
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Cancer
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Disability
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Elder Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Exercise Addiction
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Fertility Issues
  • First Responders
  • Forgiveness
  • Gambling Addiction
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Hoarding
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Incest
  • 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
  • Money and Financial Issues
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Power
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Psychosis
  • Racism
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • School issues
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • 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
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Somatization
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Suspiciousness / Paranoia
  • Teen violence/dating violence
  • Terminal Illness
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness

Types of Therapy

  • Anger Management
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Collaborative Couple Therapy (CCT)
  • Conflict Resolution Therapy
  • Critical Incident Stress Management
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Nonviolent Communication (NVC)
  • Transpersonal Psychotherapy

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