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AMBER N. MERCADER

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist 

 
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A BIT ABOUT THERAPY

Healing is attainable.

I believe that healing is possible. I believe that everyone deserves consensual loving relationships. I believe that therapy is an excellent tool to help you integrate wellness into your life. I believe that being your therapist is an honor and a privilege as I walk with you on your journey.


I believe that through building a trusting therapeutic relationship, we will be able to explore your core beliefs, extract your inner hopes and dreams, begin to address potential barriers such as self-doubt and fear, and bring deeper awareness to your inner experience. Together we will draw on your strengths to guide us through any areas you feel "stuck" and begin to make shifts. It is my goal to always provide culturally-humble, quality, trauma-informed, collaborative, and client-centered psychotherapy.


My approach is psychodynamic and I integrate interventions of Somatic therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness, and Art therapy.

I have advanced training supporting clients that identify with the LGBTQQI2SA community, Addiction & Recovery community, Women of Color, Activist communities, and Spiritual communities. I specialize in supporting those who experience vicarious trauma, oppression in many forms, and sexual trauma; including, childhood sexual abuse, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and sexual exploitation.

 

A BIT ABOUT ME

"I am my best work- a series of road maps, reports, recipes, doodles, and prayers from the front lines" - Audre Lorde

Sun goes down in our city #415

A Queer Woman of Color Psychotherapist providing Individual, Partnership, and Family Psychotherapy. 

Since I was young, I knew I wanted a career path that would make a difference in people’s lives. This grew into my passion for teaching, to which I became a preschool teacher for 7 years. I loved supporting young people and their families through their learning and development and I realized I wanted to support people in a much deeper way! It is from this love of teaching and learning that I began my transition into psychotherapy work.


As someone who is born and raised in the Bay Area, I understand the importance of intersections of my identity on how I view the world and my responsibility to affect positive change. I hold a strong connection to my heritage and my identity as a Mexican and Filipino Queer femme and the healing traditions they offer into my work. Ancestral connections, plant medicine,  and healing through re-centering around indigenous medicine has been a profound tool for me during my own healing journey and has sustained my work in community.  I believe these intersections allow me to bring my passion for wellness and healing, my commitment to social justice & equity, my love for community, and dedication to teaching to my work as a therapist.

I truly care for all of my clients and work hard to help find them find the answers they seek.

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist #107982

 

Audre Lorde

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”

 
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SERVICES I OFFER

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INDIVIDUAL THERAPY

Depression & Anxiety
Grief & Loss
Size Acceptance/HAES
Work Life Stress
Sex Industry
Gender Expansive Issues
Sex & Relationships
Kink
Traumas
Addictions
Oppression Experience
Deepening Spiritual Connection

COUPLES THERAPY

Communication & Connection
Safety & Trust
Intimacy & Sex
Polyamory & Consent
Queer Couple Support
Pre-marital Support
Parenting Issues
Intentional Uncoupling
Relational Skills Building

FAMILY THERAPY

Family Loss
Chronic Illness
Blended Family Issues
Separation & Divorce
Identity Transition Support
Family Stress
Building Intentional Connection
Limits & Boundary Support
Adoption & Foster Support

 

TRAINING

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

  • Somatic Embodiment & Regulation Strategies, Linda Thai 2021

  • EFT and Queer Couples-Queer Couples Center SF, Brendan hall, 2017

  • Supporting Families of Color in Community Mental Health Consultation Group with Sandra Schueling, 2017

  • Supporting Foster Youth of Color in Community Mental Health Consultation Group with Satwinder Mahabir,  Hayward, CA 2016

  • Supporting Queer & Transgender Youth Consultation Group with Tracy Davis, Hayward, CA 2016

  • Harm Reduction and Recovery within Opiate treatment with Isaac Burns, San Francisco, CA 2013

  • Somatics and Social Justice Training: Generative Somatics with Staci Haines, Oakland, CA 2011

  • Sexual Assault Survivors Support Training & Crisis Counseling with San Francisco Women Against Rape 2010 Ongoin

EDUCATION

  • Masters in Counseling Psychology, Community Mental Health at California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA 2013

  • Bachelors of Arts at San Francisco State University Major: Psychology, Minor: Human Sexuality, San Francisco, CA 2011

 

CONTACT ME

Contact me today for a free 15 minute consultation.

New client inquiries please email ambermercader@gmail.com

Address:

Oakland, CA
Due to Covid-19, sessions will be conducted online until further notice.

Email:

Phone:

(415) 890-3815

 

Good Faith Estimate ( GFE)

As of January 1, 2002, under Section 2799B-6 of the Public Health Service Act you have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining how much your medical care will cost with any of your medical providers. If you are planning to pay for services yourself and would like a Good Faith Estimate from me at any time during our work together, please ask.  We will review this GFE anytime there is an adjustment to fees in the future. 

            To be clear, I request payment at the time of therapy services, so you should not receive a bill from me unless you have not paid for a service when rendered. You will also be given and will need to sign a clear confirmation of my fees (session fee, cancellation fees, and any fees associated with your treatment such as lawyer consult, etc.) in your informed consent forms when we begin working together. However, if you were to receive a bill that is at least $400 more than your Good Faith Estimate, the law states you can dispute the bill.  Make sure to save a copy or picture of your Good Faith Estimate. For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, visit www.cms.gov/nosurprises

            Please feel free to contact me with any additional questions you may have.