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.

You should also know that I may NOT be the right therapist for you, but that maybe I can help you find someone who might be a better fit for you. I encourage you to shop around for the right therapist. This is someone with whom you will be sharing your challenges and vulnerabilities — this is a big deal.  If you need someone to help you clarify what kind of therapist you are looking for, based on what issues you are facing, where you live or what hasn’t worked in the past… Call and maybe I can help.  You might also look at the section Ask Jen, “Shopping for a Therapist.”

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, who are now licensed and managing their own private practices. Each of these therapists are listed under my Clinicians tab, and I recommend them wholeheartedly:  Olisha Hodges LCSW., Cassidy Smith, MFT, Lena Nathanson MFT., May Chao Heller LCSW, and Sarah Campbell MFT.

Together, we serve the East Bay community, Oakland and Piedmont primarily, but our clients come to us from the Greater Bay Area: San Francisco, Berkeley, Albany, Alameda, Walnut Creek, Castro Valley, San Leandro and Lamorinda, to name a few. We provide psychotherapy services to children, teens, adults and families that are sliding-scale and insurance-reimbursable.  Please contact each clinician individually to book an appointment and inquire about services.

Thanks for visiting our site.

Jen Valera, LCSW.