Skillful, Compassionate Therapy in Berkeley
clinical director & BOARD MEMBERS
Roni Gillenson, MA, LMFT
Kerri Green, MA, MFT
Adrian Reyes, MA, MFT
Michael Murphy, MA, LMFT
Linda Haraguchi, MA, MFT
The founding interns also wanted to work at a place where they could maintain their relationships with clients as they became licensed therapists and shifted to private practice, rather than having to interrupt the therapy and transfer clients to other therapists, as so often happens. To stay in line with their vision, the founding members chose board members who would be supportive without a need to overly control the philosophy of the center.
Interns at Blue Oak Therapy Center take more responsibility for the running of the center than at other agencies. Rather than a top-down hierarchy where board members make policies and pass them down to interns, Blue Oak Therapy Center’s decision making process is one where interns make suggestions and requests, while the board reviews them and provides input and approval. This allows for change, fluidity, and responsiveness to the group of interns and clients who are at the center at any particular time, as long as the basic principles that Blue Oak Therapy Center was founded on are upheld.
In 1991, Blue Oak Therapy Center had become so successful that it outgrew its original space and moved to its present location on Prince Street. The large open space on the second floor was transformed into the current configuration of two waiting areas, five therapy offices, and a staff office.
Blue Oak Therapy Center Today
Blue Oak Therapy Center is deeply committed to supporting and participating in charitable activities in the Bay Area. One of the ways in which we support our community is through charitable donations to local organizations. Blue Oak Therapy Center gives a monthly donation to local community organizations. The following organizations are amongst those we have given to:
Dedicated to preventing the spread of HIV and supporting individuals infected with the virus.
Focused on a charter high school for challenged students, after school programs, and childcare by youth for working families.
Bay Area Women Against Rape
Provides support services and a crisis hotline to women who have been sexually assaulted or abused.
Providing emergency food and shelter, transitional housing, and support services to homeless individuals and families.
Berkeley Women’s Refuge
Provides emergency shelter for women and children.
A South Bay non-profit, helping families from South Asia facing domestic violence, emotional abuse, cultural alienation, teen violence and family trafficking through counseling services, hotlines and support groups.
This Berkeley non-profit provides comprehensive services for dual diagnosis clients; their mission is to rehabilitate and restore the dignity of people who have “hit bottom”. Employees are former clients in recovery.
A San Francisco non-profit, which provides programs and services for the LGBT community; their mission is to unite and give visibility to this community, and to organize and plan for its political and cultural future.
A Berkeley non-profit which provides critically needed services to families with disabilities; their mission is to encourage non-pathological and empowering resources and early intervention services.
An Oakland non-profit which provides comprehensive, palliative services for women and their families recovering from cancer and/or grieving the loss of a loved one.
Blue Oak Therapy Center is a non-profit counseling center.
Established in 1987, we provide low- and moderate-fee psychotherapy services to the East Bay community. Because we provide our services at reduced rates based on our clients’ incomes, your donations are greatly appreciated. All donations go directly to the operations of Blue Oak Therapy Center, supporting its work in serving deserving clients, as it has for more than 30 years.
Donations to Blue Oak Therapy Center are tax deductible.
Donations in any amount may be sent in the form of check or money order to: Blue Oak Therapy Center, 3101 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, California 94705.