Skillful, Compassionate Therapy in Berkeley

Madhu marchesini, Msw

Registered Associate Clinical Social Worker #97323
Supervised by Jennifer Valera, LCSW #22201

I believe therapy is best when it is conversational and collaborative. Every individual deserves a place to process their issues and struggles in a safe space. I practice an intersectional and client-centered approach and rely on humor and insight to co-create a therapeutic relationship with my clients. When we are able to trust, we can be vulnerable and accepting of ourselves and our imperfections. On the flipside, this empowers us to evolve and lead, accepting the challenges of being in relationships and community. How we adapt to life challenges and understand ourselves helps us to move towards our own happiness and balance.

Areas of practice: Ally of POC, LGBTQ and first-generation immigrants, using the lenses of social justice and intersectionality

Relationships: processing relational partnership dynamics, dating and mating, making peace with families of origin

Parenting: parent-child dynamics, difficult pregnancy, post-partum transitions, parenting medically-fragile and special-needs children

Wellness: recovery from health issues, addressing compassion fatigue and burnout in the workplace, reduction and management of stress

I provide Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.


I was raised in the midwest by parents who immigrated from India. In my personal life and career, I have often found myself moving across communities while navigating racial, cultural and economic identities. My professional experience has always centered on helping people overcome personal traumas. I am an active listener and direct communicator, passionate about helping my clients achieve resilience and lasting wellness. My deep loves include my family, friends and community, and I can never get enough of trying spicy new recipes, crafting trends, and taking my dog Bean for a walk. Currently I have masters in social work with a concentration in children, youth and family.

I welcome adults, adolescents, partners and families into my practice.

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