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Ilana Barakat, Ph.D.
- PSY | 27469
- | (if applicable)
- 2955 Shattuck Avenue Berkeley, California 94705
- (510) 621-7574
About Ilana Barakat Ph.D.
- ADD/ADHD, Adolescents, Alternative Sexuality and Lifestyle, Anxiety/Panic, Couples/Relationship Counseling, Depression, Fertility/Infertility, Grief and Loss, LGBQIA, Parenting, Race/Ethnicity and Culture, Self Harm/Self Injury, Trans and Gender Nonconforming, Trauma/PTSD, Womens Concerns
- Sliding Scale / Low Fee, Supervision/Consultation
- CBT, DBT, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Feminist, Psychoanalytic
- Cisgender Female
- Jewish, White/European American
I believe, no matter how long a problem or pattern has existed, there is hope for change. Patterns in relationships can be transformed, and so can long-standing perceptions of yourself and your life. When change feels daunting, this is the moment a non-judgmental outside perspective can help.
I believe that therapy is a place where you can bring your entire self: your hopes, dreams, fears, traumas, pain or shame -- all the messy parts of you. I work hard to make that space warm, compassionate, dynamic, and containing, with room for laughter, tears, raw truths, and unknowns. There are few spaces in life where all of these parts of you can exist. I believe therapy is that space, and it can be less scary when we walk that road together.
My therapy style is an interactive dialogue, rather than silent or lecturing. Clients tell me I am an engaged, interactive, highly attuned and warm therapist. I don't assume to know your story, but I do listen deeply and proactively. At my core, I am a writer and lover of stories. Together, we will work to co-create your past story. I'll listen openly and empathically to your current story. And with hope and possibility as we create your dreams for your future story. I find that as we construct your story together, it can both release emotional pain and create enough insight into patterns, that those patterns become more moveable and less stuck. I also envision therapy as a rehearsal stage for practicing the performances we live out in everyday relationships.
Beyond this, I will hold the hope that you may have lost, work to see the complexities of your intersecting identities, and hold the potential for you to have access to your most authentic, joyful self.
I have over 10 years of experience practicing psychotherapy. I am a Licensed Psychologist (License No. PSY27469.) For the last 4 years, I have provided individual and group therapy in Oakland as the Assistant Director of Mills College Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS.) In this capacity, I have worked closely with clients aged 17-65, with an emphasis on work with socially-conscious individuals, LGBTQIA and TGNC communities, people of color, first generation to college, and individuals with strong social justice values. I also have supervised 3-4 doctoral trainees each year and co-taught the course “Psychodynamic Concepts and Sociocultural Considerations” in the CAPS social justice training program.
I received my PhD at Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY, and completed my internship at Bellevue Hospital, with a focus on young adults, asylum seekers, and trauma recovery and adult populations. I began studying psychology during my undergraduate degree at Cornell University, where my work began with survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. I completed my masters degree in Gender Politics at New York University and my PhD at Long Island University, where I specialized in cross-cultural studies, self-injury, emotion regulation, and young adult and adult populations.