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Therapy Services in Oakland, CA


  • Depression
  • Anxiety 
  • Grief and loss
  • Lack of motivation
  • Anger, irritability, low frustration tolerance
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Identity concerns 
  • Bullying 
  • Concerns related to the identification of social roles, being a part of a targeted group, a person of color, or part of the LGBTQI community
  • Sexual development, including sexual desire, sexual identity, and sexual orientation
  • Education and career indecision
  • Difficulties meeting goals 


  • Premarital counseling
  • Improving communication
  • Identifying more effective ways of problem solving
  • Increasing emotional affection & intimacy
  • Repairing ruptures in the relationship
  • Managing anger and domestic violence concerns
  • Navigating open and polyamorous relationships
  • Working through concerns related to infidelity 
  • Increasing trust and safety
  • Developing the tools to manage competing roles (e.g., work, relationships, & children)
  • Contending with difficulties related to infertility 
  • Identifying ways to navigate concerns related to difficult transitions (e.g., death of a loved one, loss of a child, adoption, chronic/terminal illness, unemployment, & financial stress) 


I am an “out of network” provider, which means that I do not work directly with insurance companies. If your health insurance carrier allows you to choose an out-of-network provider, as most PPO plans do, I can provide you with a statement of services/Super Bill to enable you to seek reimbursement from your insurance carrier. I would encourage you to speak with your insurance carrier to verify coverage for out-of-network providers and for rates of reimbursement. 

It can be helpful to ask your carrier the following questions to clarify your coverage for out-of-network providers:

  • What are my mental health benefits?
  • How much does my plan cover for an out-of-network provider for individual sessions?
  • What is my deductible, and has it been met for the current year?  (This is the amount you will have to pay out-of-pocket before your benefits even start.)
  • How many sessions per calendar year does my plan cover? (Some plans have limits.)
  • Is pre-certification required?  And if so, where can I find the required paperwork?

Once you receive this information, I am happy to talk with you about any questions that you may have.


Dr. Leslie Hemedes, Psychotherapist

916-838-0303 | drlesliehemedes@gmail.com