Sylvia Wenninger


Sylvia Wenninger


Telehealth Available
Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist - MFC 52009
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Meritain Health
  • Nippon Life Benefits
  • Optum
  • Oxford (UnitedHealthcare)
  • UMR
  • United Health Care
Fees: $180 per 50-minute individual session. $220 per 50-minute couples therapy session or $280 per 75-minute couples therapy session. Reduced-fee slots are also available.
Free Initial Consultation
Weekend Availability
Evening Availability


2071 Antioch Ct.
Suite 200
Oakland, California 94611

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My Approach to Helping

For the past fifteen years, I have been helping clients with challenges ranging from loneliness and shame, to anxiety and grief. Some of my strengths as a therapist include gently holding space, providing guidance, and helping people to explore the underlying beliefs that are holding them back. For those feeling alone or stuck in unfulfilling relationships, I take a collaborative approach, working with clients to come up with concrete tools and techniques to regain connection. Couples therapy is an area I bring particular passion to and would welcome working with more clients on their relationship issues.

I also have extensive experience helping people through times of grief. As a former bereavement counselor at Hospice by the Bay, and a current pet loss group facilitator at Berkeley Humane, I bring knowledge, experience and compassion to those suffering from all types of loss. Being an animal lover myself, I have particular empathy for the pain the loss of a pet can bring, and I have helped numerous clients through this journey.

Whatever challenges you face, I know how important the therapeutic relationship is to a successful treatment. People who work with me find my calm and non-judgmental approach comforting. I start from the ground up, helping you to find acceptance of yourself from where you are now, no matter how broken you feel. We then work together to find reasonable and practical steps toward your goals.

If you would like to start on your journey towards healing, I would welcome the chance to talk with you. I offer a free 20-minute phone consultation, so don't hesitate to reach out to me. I look forward to hearing from you.

More Info About My Practice

I am a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a broad range of clinical experience. In addition to providing individual, couples and group therapy, I have counseled clients at Berkeley Mental Health, Hospice by the Bay, Girls Inc., Fred Finch Youth Center, Bay Area American Indian Council, and CIP-Berkeley. My practice has been informed by my studies in clinical psychology and cultural anthropology, as well as my experience as a massage therapist and yoga teacher. I have an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from New College of California and a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist

Having done a lot of work on myself in therapy, I appreciate the challenges of being a client. Therapy can sometimes be a long process, but it doesn't have to be. A successful treatment may be as short as a few sessions, but may take longer depending on the issues that come up in our work. I appreciate how difficult and painful it can be, but I know it can also be powerful, rewarding and transformative. Therapy changes how we relate to ourselves and others, and for many, it opens up new possibilities in life. Being able to accompany clients in that journey, I feel is an honor.

Services I Provide

  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    I work a lot with both young adults and older people. Couples therapy is an area I'm looking to broaden in my practice and I welcome couples in all types of relationships. Additionally, having spent six years as a clinician providing therapy to young adults on the Autism Spectrum, I also enjoy supporting those who are neurodivergent and working on developing their social competencies.

Industries & Communities Served

  • First Responder/Medical Professionals
  • LGBTQ+

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disorders (Autism, Aspergers, etc.)
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Identity Issues
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Esteem
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia

Types of Therapy

  • Collaborative Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Relational Psychotherapy

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