My passion is in helping clients overcome their pain , whether because of relationship difficulties, infidelity, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, or grief, as well as life stressors that we all face in health, work/money, friends and family. I believe in really getting to know and understand my clients so that I can best match my approach to their specific needs and goals. I strive to create a safe, comfortable environment that feels caring and accepting so my clients can feel able to honestly talk about things that affect them.
I am the co-owner of Stoneridge Counseling Services, a business that I started with my wife in 2012. I strive to give the highest level of care to each of my clients, recognizing that the time, energy, and financial investment of therapy requires the best I have to offer.
You can learn more about me at the Stoneridge Counseling Services website, as well as my personal website www.rickgomeslmft.com.
The most enjoyable aspect of my work is when I witness my clients reach the goals that they have come to therapy to achieve. It is rewarding to witness the perseverance, strength and commitment of my clients towards their own healing. It also gives me great satisfaction to see how their progress not only positively impacts them, but also their extended family, their children, and those they share their lives with.
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Listening. First is to listen to and understand what the client is needing and to assess how to best help that client. I work transparently with clients so that they know what I am doing and so that we may stay on track with their needs. Not all clients are the same so I try and also assess how best they may respond to various approaches and interventions. I want to make sure they feel safe and comfortable and may ask questions at anytime.
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist and I have gone through and completed all of the necessary training and educational requirements that such a license requires, as well as maintaining my license as required by the Board of Behavioral Sciences by completing continuing education credits.
For individuals the price per session is as follows: 50 minutes $140; 75 minutes $175; 90 minutes $190.
For couples the price per session is as follows: 50 minutes $155; 75 minutes $190; 90 minutes $210
I started working at a community based counseling center. I have also provided services to high schools, continuation schools, and the Alameda juvenile system. I later formed Stoneridge Counseling Services with my wife that I am co-owner in.
My past experience working in a community based counseling center gave me the opprotunity to work with a wide range of clients. From children to teens, young adults, adults and older adults, individuals and couples. Homeless and incarcerated persons and a range of socio-economic backgrounds. Later I focused more on individuals and couples.
Without specifics anytime I am working with someone and there is a sudden change where the client now feels empowered and hopeful for their future.
Don't be afraid to check out a few people. Feeling comfortable with the therapist you choose is very important for your success. See if you can arrange some time to talk with them so that you may ask questions and get a feel for how they interact with you.
The questions that are most closely related to the clients needs. Sometimes clients have a broad idea such as they need to reduce their anxiety and the question becomes more of can you help with that? A good question would be how and what do we need to do to achieve that?