Vinodha Joly


Vinodha Joly


Professions: Counselor, Mental Health Counselor, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Marriage and Family Therapist - 81248
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 to $180 for 50-minute session. Lower fees offered to clients on a financial need basis.
Free Initial Consultation
Evening Availability


3015 Hopyard Rd, Suite M
Pleasanton, California 94588

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My Approach to Helping

We often get so busy in our daily lives that we forget to pause and reflect on what is most meaningful to us. Are you feeling overwhelmed, depressed or finding yourself stuck, repeating unhealthy patterns in relationships, feeling frustrated, unable to reach your potential? At such times, it is often beneficial to seek professional help.

I specialize in working with adult individuals who are seeking to heal from relationship wounds and unresolved issues from the past. I am present and attuned to your struggles, and I provide a non-judgmental, and authentic therapeutic stance that is necessary for healing. With increased self-awareness, you will be able to identify the negative beliefs and dysfunctional patterns of relating that are keeping you stuck, and to achieve different and broader perspectives. Cultivating increased self-compassion, self-trust and self-confidence will also be some of the inherent goals of therapy.

A life filled with purpose and joy is within reach, and I am privileged to be a witness to your transformational journey.

More Info About My Practice

I employ techniques from EMDR and trauma-informed depth therapies that aid in resolution of long-standing issues by guiding you in self-healing via your processing of unresolved memories and emotions that are keeping you stuck.

Since finding the right therapist match is very important, I offer a 20-minute initial consultation at no charge, for you to explore the possibility of working with me. I am not on any insurance plan, but I can be seen as an out-of-network provider. I offer a sliding scale and discounted fees for those who would otherwise be unable to afford therapy. You may call me or send me an email to schedule your complimentary initial consultation, and I will get back to you, usually with 24 hours. I hope you find the help you are looking for!

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

Trauma and PTSD
Grief and Loss
Family-of-origin issues
Problems in relationships
Life transitions
Problems of acculturation for immigrants and their families

How Psychotherapy Can Help

Unresolved issues from the past are emotionally laden and contribute to negative beliefs about yourself that are causing you problems in the present. Psychotherapy can help you identify and change these negative beliefs, and help you to become more self-aware. With increased self-awareness, comes increased self-confidence, self-trust and self-compassion, empowering you to make healthier choices for a more satisfying and fulfilling life.

My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy

The purpose of psychotherapy is personal growth and healing through processing of past hurt and traumas or memories. Psychotherapy provides an opportunity to explore deep-rooted issues that may not be in our immediate consciousness, but which play a powerful role and influence in our life. Through processing these unresolved issues, in the presence of a skilled professional, one can learn healthier ways to attain a more satisfying life.

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Services I Provide

  • Consultation
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Immigrants, Childhood trauma survivors

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Other - Not Listed Here
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Power
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Somatization
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Suspiciousness / Paranoia
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness

Types of Therapy

  • Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)
  • Depth Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Object Relations
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Transpersonal Psychotherapy
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