Sylvia Wenninger


Sylvia Wenninger


Telehealth Available
Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist, Mental Health Counselor, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist - MFC 52009
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: $180 per 50-minute individual session. $220 per 50-minute couples therapy session or $280 per 75-minute couples therapy session. A limited number of reduced-fee slots are also available.
Free Initial Consultation
Evening Availability


4000 Broadway
Suite 4
Oakland, California 94611

My Approach to Helping

If you're suffering from depression, struggling in your relationships, or feeling alone in grieving a recent loss, I would like to talk with you.

For the past twelve years, I have been helping clients with challenges ranging from loneliness, co-dependency and anger to depression, anxiety and grief. Some of my strengths as a therapist include gently holding space, providing guidance and helping people to explore the underlying beliefs holding them back. For those feeling alone or stuck in unfulfilling relationships, I take a collaborative approach, working with the client to come up with concrete tools and techniques to regain connection. In addition, part of my work involves counseling young adults on the autism spectrum, which has given me a deep appreciation for the importance of understanding and self-acceptance.

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, the therapeutic relationship is an important part of 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 the journey to healing, acceptance and wholeness, I would welcome the chance to talk with you. The best way to see if we are a good fit is to meet in person, but I also offer free 20-minute phone consultations.

More Info About My Practice

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over twelve years of clinical experience. During that time, I have helped clients who felt stuck in some of life's darkest places to find healing, acceptance and wholeness. In addition to providing individual and group therapy, I have counseled clients at Berkeley Mental Health, Hospice by the Bay, Girls Inc., Fred Finch Youth Center and Bay Area American Indian Council. 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 is an honor.

Services I Provide

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

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disorders (Autism, Aspergers, etc.)
  • Fear
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Identity Issues
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Perfectionism
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Esteem
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Trust Issues
  • Worthlessness

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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