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Lynn Winsten, Ph.D.

Office: 1509 Terrace Street
Albany, CA 94706
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Profession: Psychologist
Services: Psychotherapy/Counseling
Consultation Services to Employers
Employee Assistance Counseling
Psychological Evaluations
consultation to clinicians
Practice Description: I have spent many years studying and practicing psychotherapy and continue to do so. I focus a good deal on problematic feelings and experiences both in the here and now, how they will show up in our relationship, as well as how they originated in your earlier life. When I work with someone, the goal is for genuine change.

The problems you might be facing may have to do with love and loss, difficulty with friendships and/or work relations, career decisions, trauma or abuse, physical illness or disabilities. Or you might be feeling disturbed by depression, loneliness, anxiety or fear, shame, emptiness, shyness, or any other feelings.

I will be concerned with how the most important parts of your life are working for you. I am interested in helping individuals find a more gratifying career path, or help to negotiate difficulties at work, and/or find relationships that are satisfying. Having meaningful work and loving friends and partners are, in my mind, the bedrock of a contented life. How you handle your feelings and experiences will in large measure influence how well your life is seeming to you.

But more importantly, if you have lived through hardships such as being abused and or have been neglected as children, or were exposed to domestic violence or substance abuse in the home, you will likely find it easy to open up to me. These problems are typical for many of the people I work with.

My interest in feelings has also led me to focus on the relationship between emotion and physical problems, such as chronic illness, pain, or disability. Often I find psychotherapy will help.

This is a brief explanation of what I do as a psychotherapist, but I feel it would be better if we could talk for a while one-on-one to feel how we get along, or to see if I am the best person to address your problems.

I have helped many people live more satisfying lives, gain serenity or passion ( as the case may be), as well asa encourage health and a sense of well-being. My many years of practice as well as the wide range of settings in which I have been trained have allowed me to help people truly cope with their life's difficulties.

I would welcome hearing from you.

I also supervise or consult with clinicians either requiring hours for their license, or those wishing to consult with me to widen their repertoire of skills. I have received advanced training in the Supervision Study Program of The Psychotherapy Institute.

I spent many years in training for this work in a wide variety of settings including: community mental health both inpatient and outpatient, New York University Medical Center where I worked in rehab as well as an inpatient chronic pain program with
Dr. John Sarno, the clinic of the California School of Professional Psychology for the general population, and then one year training in Domestic Violence, five years with the staff of the Masterson Institute for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from which I graduated,
and one year with The International Institute of Object Relations Therapy. I have also taught, ran case conference, and supervised
MFT and Psychology trainees.
Practice Specialties or Interests:

(Strengths are
in bold text)
Anxiety Disorders/Phobias
Adult Children of Alcoholics
Child Abuse
Dissociative Disorders
Dually Diagnosed Individuals
Gender Identity
Impaired Professionals
Life Transitions
Personal Growth
Personality Disorders
Physical Disabilities
Relationship Issues
Sexual Abuse
Women's Issues
Age Specialties: Adults
Session Formats: Individual
Treatment Approaches: Interpersonal
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
Additional Demographic Expertise: People with Disabilities
Education: Ph.D., City University of New York, 1986

Clinical Respecialization
California School of Professional Psychology, 1988
License #: PSY11304
License State: California
Additional Licenses/ Certifications: Graduate of The Masterson Institute for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Graduate of The Supervision Study Program at The Psychotherapy Institute
Professional Affiliations:
Alameda County Psych Association
American Psychological Association
The Psychotherapy Institute
The Wright Institute -- Adjunct Clinical Faculty
Women's Therapy Center -- Supervisor Faculty
Fee Schedule: Sliding from about $100 to $175 per session.... depends on income and number of sessions per week
Accepted Insurance: Any PPO (with Out-of-Network Benefits)
Managed Health Network (MHN)
Insurance and Billing Instructions: You may use any insurance you like but you will be responsible for payment
Office Hours: 7:30 - 7:30
Driving Directions: From I80: take Buchannan St. exit, go west on Marin, go left on Ventura, right onto Solano
From Ashby: take Martin Luther King Jr Way (the Alameda) to Marin, left onto Marin and right onto Ventura. Ventura goes into Solano Ave if you make a right it's #1664 Solano Ave. This is the Albany/Berkeley border.

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Years in Practice:  Over 20
Gender:  Female
Accepting New Clients:  Yes
Sliding Fee Scale:  Yes
Prescribe Medication:  No
Wheelchair Accessible:  No
Public Transportation:  Yes

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