Evelyn Hoch, LCSW, MFT

I believe psychotherapy/ counseling is essentially a journey in self-love, self-knowing and acceptance.

Compassion and respect for each person’s unique path are central to my work. Therapy is an opportunity to review both current and past patterns, traumas and injuries in a safe environment. My therapeutic style is interactive, helping you explore while supporting the discovery of your more authentic self. The techniques I utilize are drawn from various disciplines, such as communication theory, self-psychology, and cognitive-behavioral therapy.

I see therapy as a radical rather than traditional process, focused on change rather than adjustment to expected gender roles and expectations. I work with all sexual orientations and individuals with non-conforming gender identity. Through the therapeutic relationship, I help clients develop trust and more open, non-defensive ways of interacting in the world.

Some of my areas of expertise include:

  • Relationship issues
  • Couples therapy
  • Sexuality
  • Grief & loss
  • Life transitions
  • Stress & anxiety
  • Non-traditional lifestyles (e.g., kink, poly)
  • LGBTQQ lifestyles
  • Non-conforming gender identity
  • Life coaching

I hold a Masters in Clinical Social Work from the University of Chicago, and have been in private practice since 1980, as both a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (ML13981) and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LY7091). I am a former Clinical Director at the Pacific Center in Berkeley and a founding member of the Bi Center in San Francisco. I have facilitated numerous workshops for professional and community groups on assertive communication, diversity, sexuality, couples therapy, LGBT issues in therapy, and alternative lifestyle choices.

My offices are located in North Oakland and San Francisco.

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