We provide psychotherapy services to East Bay children, teens, adults and families.

I began Piedmont Psychotherapy in 2004, when I became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  At first it was a part-time psychotherapy practice while working full-time for a local agency, doing bilingual family therapy and crisis management. Since then, I’ve grown my practice to include clinical assessment and psychotherapy services, and supervision for post-graduate interns. 


filoli 2006 017Life is about authenticity and connection. It’s about being healthy and making good choices for yourself; living a happy and meaningful life.

Simply, my goal is to be helpful to you. Therapy should be practical. It should help you feel more capable of handling the daily stress and challenges of life.

Therapy should inspire you to grow as a person and develop healthier relationships with the people you love. You should look forward to coming to therapy. It should be a safe and comfortable place for you to express yourself, ask difficult questions, and get some help solving your problems. More than that, therapy should help you create a meaningful and fulfilling experience of your life, whatever your challenge. It’s really all about you.

I currently provide services for two non-profits: I supervise for A Home Within and am a clinician for Give An Hour. Both are worthy causes: A Home Within serves foster youth by pairing them with a therapist who provides free weekly psychotherapy services for long term support. Give An Hour serves US Military personnel and their families who are affected by the current conflicts in the Middle East.

Jen Valera, LCSW


In building my practice, I have been happy to offer internship experience to several excellent and accomplished therapists. Each of these therapists are listed under my Clinicians tab, and I trust recommend them wholeheartedly. Currently, Cassidy Smith, MA, MA. is working with me as a Marriage and Family Therapy Intern. Contact her directly to make an appointment. 

Together, we serve the East Bay community, Oakland and Piedmont primarily. We provide services to children, teens, adults and families. We provide sliding-scale and insurance-reimbursable psychotherapy services to the greater San Francisco Bay Area, also serving the Spanish-speaking community.

Thanks for visiting our site.

Jen Valera, LCSW.