Skillful, Compassionate Therapy in Berkeley

leah bastacky, Msw

Registered Associate Clinical Social Worker #98768
Supervised by Nancy Levine-Jordano, LCSW #13644

Welcome,

I believe in the power of therapy to heal not through quick fixes but instead through developing and expanding your relationship with yourself and your unique parts. My approach centers around exploring this relationship and all the parts of the self that need tending. I am here to support you through that process as you deepen your sense of your own needs and the boundaries and practices that can help you care for yourself. I weave in trauma-informed practices using research about the neurobiology of the brain and trauma responses along with mind-body approaches.

I specialize in working with clients who have experienced trauma, especially survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, though clients of all backgrounds are welcome. In my work I know that all forms of oppression are linked, and that oppressive systems can take away our power and agency in life, which can be traumatizing. And so I approach therapy by noting systemic oppression at the intersections of race, gender, ability, and sexuality, and holding what these intersections mean in your life and in our therapy relationship. I am committed to working with you to create a confidential and non-judgmental space, respecting the ways of coping that have brought you this far. I believe in the power of providing a safe, secure space where you can explore yourself in an anchored relationship, with consistent companionship on your healing journey.

My therapeutic style is conversational and client-centered, recognizing you are the expert in your own life. In my work I empower you to connect with yourself and your own unique needs, and believe that through this process you can build skills in recognizing, articulating, and eventually enacting your unique boundaries in relationships and all aspects of life. I have training in modalities such as Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (T-F CBT), Sand Tray and Play therapies, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), mind-body approaches, relational and psychodynamic therapy.

I have experience with issues such as:

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Acute, complex, childhood, and intergenerational trauma

  • Developing identity

  • Low self-esteem

  • Domestic violence

  • Sexual abuse

  • Substance use 

  • Sex and sexuality 

  • Relationship challenges

Our Address
3101 Telegraph Avenue Berkeley, CA 94705
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Clinical director
Adrian Reyes, MA, LMFT# 90979