Sylvia Wenninger, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapy in Oakland, California, 94611

Sylvia Wenninger, LMFT

Sylvia Wenninger, LMFT

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: $120 per 50-minute 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

Are you feeling discouraged, disconnected or stuck? If you are suffering from depression, struggling in your relationships, or feeling alone in grieving a recent loss, therapy can help you to find purpose, connection, and peace.

The therapeutic relationship is an important part of a successful treatment and people who work with me find my calm, grounded, non-judgmental attitude 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.

I help clients with a variety of issues, but three particular areas of focus are depression, relationship challenges, and pet loss:

* Depression: Depression can be debilitating. I have a lot of experience helping people who struggle with it and have been successful in gently holding space for people to explore underlying beliefs that may be holding them back.
* Relationship Challenges: Whether it is difficulty with communication or deeper issues around negotiating space and attachment styles, I will collaborate with you to come up with concrete tools and approaches to regain connection.
* Pet Loss: Being an animal lover myself, I have deep empathy for the pain the loss of a pet can cause. Through my previous work as a bereavement counselor at Hospice by the Bay, and my current role as a pet loss group facilitator at Berkeley Humane, I bring knowledge, experience, and compassion to this area of my work.

If you would like to start on the journey to healing, 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.

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 be a long process, and sometimes a painful one. 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. That is why I love this work.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy

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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