Sharon Bass


Sharon Bass


Professions: Psychoanalyst, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Psychologist
Billing and Insurance:
Fees: Initial 20 minute in-office consultation at no charge.
Free Initial Consultation
Evening Availability


373 Orange Street
Suite B
Oakland, California 94610

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My Approach to Helping

You're smart, motivated, creative and successful, yet in some areas of your life, you find yourself going in circles.
You may be struggling with depression or anxiety, haunted by trauma, swamped by intense and troubling emotions, or shaken by a recent setback such as a divorce, sudden loss, or some other difficult circumstance. There are unique and personal reasons why each of us gets stuck and no one-size-fits all solutions.

When you've reached the limit of what you can work out on your own or by talking to friends and family, it may be time to talk to someone who has the skill and empathy to help you understand yourself better. Someone who can help you confront and process emotions that are too tough to bear alone so you can move past what's preventing you from having the life you want. Wounding happens in relationship, and it takes a relationship to heal. Working together, we can come to understand what's holding you back, both from within and without, so you can break free of unproductive habits of mind, heart and behavior. Your cage needs to be unlocked from the inside, and I'll work to help you flip the latch and get out of your own way.

More Info About My Practice

I have over 20 years of experience working with individuals and couples. My hope is to create a collaborative relationship in which you can share your inner world, with meaningful change as our shared goal. My areas of expertise include life and developmental transitions, anxiety and depression, relationship issues, divorce, recovery from trauma, and coping with grief and loss. Call today to make an appointment or referral.

How Psychotherapy Can Help

Talking with the right therapist can be liberating. My approach aims to help you mobilize your innate creativity in the service of healing and psychological growth, so you can feel more alive and engaged with yourself, your life, and other people. Sharing even especially painful experiences within the therapy relationship can transform them, yielding unexpected gifts of self-knowledge and appreciation of your strengths. It can help you move beyond mere survival to a sense of abundance, joy and new possibilities.

What I Say to People Concerned about the Therapy Process

Many people who come to see me have only a vague sense of what's wrong and what's not working in their lives. They tell me they aren't sure why they are coming, and feel that they should have a clearer sense of their problems before they arrive. I tell them that in therapy, we start right where you are. When people have a safe holding environment in which they can speak freely, the issues they have come to address start to take shape, and become more accessible to being thought about, understood, and learned from. Meaningful change is a natural consequence of that process. I firmly believe that it takes two people to process our most difficult emotions and most disturbing experiences. Because the quality of the therapy relationship is key to its success, I strive to create the safest, most intimate and helpful relationship possible.

Services I Provide

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

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Adults, couples

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Breakup
  • Communication Problems
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Physical Abuse
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Actualization
  • Shame
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness

Types of Therapy

  • Collaborative Couple Therapy (CCT)
  • Dreamwork
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Object Relations
  • Psychodynamic
  • Transpersonal Psychotherapy
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