Stephanie Clowdus,LCSW

Stephanie Clowdus,LCSW

Telehealth Available
Professions: Clinical Social Worker, Counselor, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Clinical Social Worker - 97372
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: My fee for 50-minute sessions is $145. Sliding scale is available: contact me for more information.
Free Initial Consultation
Weekend Availability
Evening Availability


Oakland, California 94611

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My Approach to Helping

Counseling can be the process of exploring and naming the stories we hold about ourselves, then identifying which parts of these stories resonate with one’s true self. Your history and present experience, along with my training and expertise, can tell us invaluable information about you.

- Improve your coping skills.
- Explore & make changes to your relationship with a substance or out of control behavior.
- Manage self critical talk and limiting beliefs.

The process of psychotherapy is collaborative. We start by determining goals you have, short- to long-term, and by building an authentic therapeutic relationship. Psychotherapy can be addressing your past, sorting through the ways it shows up in your life, to get relief. I support people in moving through the effects of trauma, including integrating survivorship into one’s life story and managing difficult emotions and behaviors resulting from trauma. Part of psychotherapy can also be getting practical tools to make sense of the thoughts, behaviors, and emotions you’re experiencing now.

I work through harm reduction, psychodynamic, and trauma informed approaches. I also use mindfulness, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused interventions, among others. Addressing systems of power and oppression is part of my work, and I aim to be sensitive to how your cultural identities and lifestyle inform your experiences and values. I am sex-positive, gender-affirming, and size neutral.

If you are new to therapy, or nervous about connecting in this way, I commend you and your willingness to try counseling.

More Info About My Practice

In-person sessions for individual adults (Oakland) | Telehealth video session for individual adults (California)

Schedule a consultation with me with online booking at | Information for finding a therapist, including low cost & Medi-Cal options at clowdustherapy.comresources

What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist

I truly like to get to know new people, and - with time and patience - learning about their intricacies. I like asking questions that others might be afraid to ask, and I welcome humor as a way to deepen connection. I like working with all folks; I especially like working with helpers, artists, activists, and LGBTQIA+ people.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Industries & Communities Served

  • LGBTQ+

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Body Image
  • Borderline
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Irritability
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Power
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Schizophrenia
  • Self-Compassion
  • Shame
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Suspiciousness / Paranoia

Types of Therapy

  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Psychodynamic

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