Stephen Kusch


Stephen Kusch


Professions: Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Psychologist - 15441
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5605 Oceanview Drive
Oakland, California 94618

My Approach to Helping

Do you frequently find yourself asking questions like, "Why do I always..." Or "What is wrong with me that I always..."? Life can sometimes feel like a straw finger puzzle, the more you pull, the tighter the grip. And when obstacles keep you from reaching your goals, it's easy to find yourself in an endless cycle of self-analysis, judgment and blame. For over twenty years I have specialized in helping people get unstuck and start finding realistic, compassionate solutions. Through a respectful, interactive process of listening and questioning, I can help you clarify your frustrations as well as your dreams and hopes. I can help you discover new skills for exiting from painful spirals of shame, guilt and worry. And together we can identify the strategies - the words and actions - to get yourself, or your relationship, back on track, and out of the trap of blame and anger.

More Info About My Practice

I believe that choosing the right therapist is very important, and I encourage clients to try out a few initial sessions to make sure it is the right fit. I see many clients who travel extensively or have demanding schedules, and I therefore I try to maintain flexibility about the frequency and timing of sessions. My full fee is $160 for a fifty minute session. I also have a sliding scale. I make every reasonable effort to make sure that the financial costs of therapy do not outweigh the benefits. I am not a member of any insurance network, but will help provide you with necessary paperwork for reimbursement by private insurance. I have appointments available from 8:00am to 7:00pm. My office is located a block from the Rockridge BART station.

What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist

I have a lot of optimism, and a firm belief that everyone has an innate capacity for growth and change. This belief stems from a conviction that life is inherentlyfull of challenges. I see emotional and psychological conflict as a normal response to life's frustrations. I therefore don't see people as their "problem" or "diagnosis", but rather as human beings engaged as best they can in their lives. What thrills me the most in my every day experience of being a psychotherapist is helping my clients express and learn self-acceptance for the painful feelings that may have brought them to therapy, while also helping them change the things they wish to be different. I love helping my clients discover that they are much "bigger" than their problems, and that they possess enormous skills, strengths and resources, even in the midst of the most daunting challenges.

Services I Provide

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

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Fertility Issues
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Parenting
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Pregnancy and Birthing
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suspiciousness / Paranoia
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness

Types of Therapy

  • Client-Directed Outcome-Informed Therapy (CDOI)
  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Nonviolent Communication (NVC)
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
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