Skillful, Compassionate Therapy in Berkeley

Maliea Croy, MSW

Registered ASW #86342
Supervised by Elena Story, LCSW #71569


The basis of my style as a therapist is conversational and collaborative. It’s important for me to understand who you are – your interests and desires in addition to your struggles – and for you to feel open and comfortable enough to ask questions and feel you have agency in your own mental and emotional health. Every person and situation is incredibly unique so I always want to adapt to a client’s lifestyle and way of processing. I am trained in more disciplined, structured approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, but I also love to incorporate things like art, astrology, history, and philosophy.

I especially love working with artists, musicians, and other creatives; LGBTQ+; and those with disabilities and/or chronic illness. Though all are welcome.

I have experience with such issues as:
• major life transitions
• developing identity
• low self esteem
• difficulty communicating or expressing feelings
• discrimination & stigma
• anxiety
• panic
• depression
• acute, complex, intergenerational, & childhood trauma
• caregiver stress
• codependence
• substance use
• relationship issues
• questioning sexuality and/or gender


I come from an art background as both an artist myself and having worked in the art world for many years. I’ve also held internships as a therapist in a Manhattan public high school in the Lower East Side and in The Rosemary Furman Counseling Center at Barnard College. I currently hold therapy sessions at Blue Oak Therapy Center in Berkeley, California.

I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Master of Social Work from Columbia University specializing in clinical social work for health, mental health, and disabilities.

Our Address
3101 Telegraph Avenue Berkeley, CA 94705
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Clinical director
Roni Gillenson, MA, LMFT# 40438