I am a San Francisco Bay Area native with a passion for serving this beautifully diverse community. In addition to my work as a psychotherapist, I have a background in sales and accounting, and have a unique understanding of workplace stress in corporate America. Additionally, I actively help organize community level efforts to support homeless men, women, and children throughout the Bay Area, I have mentored at-risk/at-promise youth in the East Oakland community, and have a long-standing volunteer position with the San Francisco Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
I earned my Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. The Wright Institute teaches from a strengths-based model that blends the core tenets of recovery, resiliency, multicultural awareness & sensitivity, and social justice. I currently serve as the Wright Institute’s Master’s Mentoring Program Coordinator.
Additionally, I have over ten years of experience working with individuals and families experiencing grief and loss issues, and a sub-specialty in suicide bereavement. I have experience facilitating support groups and leading workshops and conferences related to grief and loss. I have an intimate understanding of all stages of grief, and the impact on the individual, family system, and community.
I am a member of the following professional organizations:
International Center for Excellence in EFT – Clinical Member
Northern CA Community for EFT – Clinical Member
National Alliance on Mental Illness – NAMI Alameda County Chapter Member
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists – Affiliate Member
Human Rights Campaign – Partner Member
As a therapist, there are certain elements that are critical to and that inform my work. Those elements are: Connection, compassion, cohesion, continuity, clarity, co-construction, consciousness, creativity, and community. My goal for the therapeutic relationships that I develop with clients is that these elements will be woven into our work together and that they will promote meaningful change while offering safety, tenderness, and hope. Above all else, I respect the therapeutic relationship as the paramount agent of change. I view myself as a partner to my clients, valuing the expertise they have on their own lives while using my skills to help them combat any and all problematic issues and thrive.
Research has shown time and again that goodness of fit between a therapist and a client is the strongest predictor of a positive therapy outcome. You have the right to feel like you’ve found the best match when you begin your therapy journey, which means the key ingredients of respect, compassion, and empathy must be present. You deserve this type of therapy experience, and I hope we can work collaboratively to make it happen!
If anything you’ve read resonates with you, I encourage you to contact me.
Jeri Mares, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist # 109373