Registered Associate Marriage & Family Therapist
Gieve Patel, LMFT (MFC#47196)
Telephone: (415) 252-4856 or (628) 888-6233
Office Hours: Wednesdays (in Berkeley) 10am to 8pm; Thursdays (in Berkeley) 10am to 7pm; Fridays (in SF) 8am to 6pm; Saturdays (in SF) 9am to 5pm
Victoria Julita Spiers, AMF
!Mabuhay! (Tagalog for "May you live!")
Welcome to wherever you are, as you are!
I believe that we are all resilient creative cacti doing our best to survive our difficult circumstances and painful struggles. As a non-pathologizing humanistic-existential Gestalt therapist, I will meet you exactly where you are. I recognize that you are the expert of your own experience and that you already possess the ability and skills that will aid you in healing your pain and suffering. As your empathic witness, advocate, and guide, I will help you increase your self-awareness, self-acceptance, and sense of agency through mindful observation, personal exploration, and collaborative experimentation. Essentially, I will help you re-examine your life and re-experience yourself and others, in different as well as new meaningful and healing ways. In session with you, I greatly value, practice, and provide presence, authenticity, spaciousness, aliveness, creativity, and diversity.
My approach is mindful, intuitive, and tenderhearted.
Having an anxious tormented father and a self-sacrificing preoccupied mother molded me into a compassionate wounded healer at a very young age. Since I have lived in five different countries around the world, worked in four, and visited twenty others, my nomadic lifestyle has helped me cultivate a multicultural, introspective, adaptive, open curious mind. I am influenced and impassioned by feminist, queer, multicultural, and social justice theory and principles. As an integral holistic therapist, I allow my varied life experiences, as well as my keen interest in other modalities, to inform my work. As a result, I offer each of my clients a personalized approach that is specifically tailored to fit their unique wants and needs.
I am especially drawn to working with people who identify as queer, alternative, different, weird, and/or rebellious.
If you think that we would be a good fit for one another, get in contact with me so that we can begin this transformative journey together.
Humanistic, existential, feminist, holistic, relational, and multicultural with Gestalt at my core as my foundation.
I am body-positive, sex-positive, and queer, kink, & poly affirming.
areas of clinical work
Anxiety, panic, social anxiety, shyness, & sensitivity
Female-identified sexuality & experiences
Negotiating liminal spaces
Grief, loss, & endings
Inner child work/childhood wounding & trauma
Social justice & restorative justice activists
I see individuals, couples & familial dyads, groups, and children.
Free 15-minute phone consultation
(Set) Intake Session(s) = $50/session
Sliding Scale (based on income) = $50-$95/session (limited number of slots)
Individuals = $100/session
Couples & Familial Dyads = $150/session
I am an out-of-network therapist which means that I can provide you with monthly receipts/statements that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. Please contact your insurance provider to see if they accept/cover out-of-network therapists.
Berkeley: Wednesdays & Thursdays in Berkeley, Kensho Counseling Center (near Ashby BART station), Berkeley, CA 94705
(Exact location disclosed before intake session)
2. San Francisco: Fridays & Saturdays in San Francisco, 14 Precita Avenue, Suite E, San Francisco, CA 94110
Stairs at both locations (no ramps or elevators)