I am a Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist and Diagnostician located in Berkeley, CA.

 Each person I welcome into my  practice is unique, irreplaceable, and deserving of:  

Care, Respect, Freedom and Happiness.


The Berkeley Institute For Behavioral Health and Psychological Services  

My primary professional practice is PSYCHOTHERAPY 

The Therapeutic and other Psychological Services I offer grow out of and remain informed by the values inherent in psychotherapy

berkeley-therapistIn my Berkeley practice I offer these therapeutic services:

Providing theapeutic services in Berkeley, CA

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. For boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” Goethe

At the Berkeley Institute we offer a wide variety of therapeutic services from individual psychotherapy to marriage counseling. Therapy at The Berkeley Institute is compassionate and caring and we strive to follow our core values with each person we welcome into our practice located at 860 The Alameda in Berkeley, CA 94707.  We provide  psychotherapy, marriage counselingforensic services as well as other therapeutic services. If you are located in Berkeley or surrounding areas, we are here to help.





Berkeley Psychotherapy Services

Berkeley Therapy Services flower imagesIn Berkeley I offer psychotherapy services at the Berkeley Institute for Behavioral Health and Psychological Services. I practice what is broadly called, psychodynamic psychotherapy. This form of psychotherapy has been shown by a very substantial body of research to be the most effective form of therapy for the broad range of human problems. For some time there has been an increasing focus on what have been called “evidence based” psychotherapies such as “cognitive behavioral therapy.” Simply put this means that the approach has been studied using the scientific methods widely accepted as sound for determining the effectiveness of psychotherapy. Much of the research showing effectiveness has been based on relatively narrow therapeutic approaches. Psychodynamic psychotherapy embraces an integration of various approaches shown to be of value in solving the human problems within ourselves and between ourselves and others. In doing this work I seek to understand and increase our consciousness of the causes and effects of the problems that bring a person to psychotherapy. I look for and recognize those problematic beliefs and feelings that are more or less unconscious and bring them into the realm of choice. Read more about Berkeley Psychotherapy Services I offer

Berkeley Forensic Services

In Berkeley I offer Forensic Services at the Berkeley Institute. Forensic psychology is practiced in the context of litigation and mediation within the legal system and it addresses a broad range of areas and situations to which the knowledge and skills of psychologists may be applied. In our practice at the Berkeley Institute Dr. Leonard Schwartzburd provides expert forensic services to Berkeley, Oakland, Albany and surrounding areas.

Dr. Schwartzburd has been qualified as an expert witness, examining and testifying both in civil and criminal cases in the Alameda County and Contra Costa County Superior Courts. He is also a Qualified Medical Examiner and has served both as an Independent Medical Examiner and an Agreed Medical Examiner in the California Division of Worker’s Compensation. Read More about Berkeley Forensic Services

Berkeley Marriage and Couples Counseling

In Berkeley I offer marriage and couples counseling at the Berkeley Institute.  Marriage counseling, as I see it, is largely about helping each individual to really see and hear the other, to be honest in a caring way, and to communicate in a non-blaming way about who they are and what they need.  Marriage counseling takes great courage because it makes many people feel vulnerable and raises fears about loss and rejection. It has been our experience, however, that this kind of respectful engagement is far more likely to strengthen a relationship than to destroy it, and represents a fundamental value I bring to my work with couples at the Berkeley Institute. Read More about marriage counseling in Berkeley

Areas Our Therapists Provide Services To:

In Berkeley I provide therapeutic services to Berkeley, Oakland, Albany, El Cerrito, Piedmont, Emeryville, Orinda, Alameda, San Leandro, Hayward, Walnut Creek, Richmond, El Sobrante, San Pablo, LaFayette, San Rafael, San Francisco, Tiburon, Sausalito and surrounding areas. There are people from additional communities we serve in Northern California within our office in person.  We also provide services to people via electronic media.   Skype seems to be best but phone and IM’ing can also be effective.  It is  best to have had contact in person at the beginning of services and where possible a mixture of in person and face to face treatment via modern communication technology.  We can work effectively with many individuals anywhere that people are served by the internet.  Such services are supported by a growing number of studies and increasingly favorable laws across the USA.

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