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Professional Therapist Serving
Berkeley & Surrounding Areas

Professional Therapist &
Psychologist Serving

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Lynn Winsten, Ph.D.

CA License # PSY11304

Berkeley Therapist & Psychologist


As a Berkeley therapist, I can tell you it takes courage to face what may be wrong … may it be unwanted feelings such as anxiety, depression, or loneliness; prior trauma; early childhood neglect or abuse; unfulfilling work; or issues with relationships. 

After many years of intensive training and many more years practicing psychotherapy, I have seen that people can address their suffering and come to a place of greater peace within as well as improve their relationships, work concerns, and lives overall.

My approach is to use a deep understanding of one’s life to resolve these problems.  My intent is to elucidate our relationship as well as one’s current relationships, feelings, and experiences, to come to terms with what is truly wrong and resolve these difficulties.  I will help you to identify true impasse and move forward to find how your own true and authentic self knows what is truly best for your own life, and how to achieve your goals and intentions.

1209 Ordway Street Berkeley,
CA 94706
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Making an active choice to pursue therapy can be challenging. Feelings of anxiety, and depression often multiply when deciding whether or not to seek treatment. As a Berkeley Therapist in California, I help clients rise above these conditions while recharging their mental well-being.

Every client arrives with their own needs. Since I began working in New York City as a psychologist, I have learned to deal with all levels and types of psychological problems. I specialize in providing counseling services to individuals dealing with trauma as well as other problems such as: childhood neglect and/ or abuse; depression; anxiety; PTSD; loneliness; career concerns; and, life transitions.

Individuals need to feel comfortable with the psychologist they are working with. Creating a space where vulnerability can be observed without judgment is key to making progress.

Evidence of these problems may arise in varying degrees throughout one’s life. But if these feelings are constantly present you should talk with someone.

I have over 30 years of experience as a professional psychologist and currently work closely with clients in Berkeley, California, and the surrounding areas. Together we can help you identify what’s standing in your way and get you closer to your goals.

Dr. Lynn Winsten, Ph.D., Berkeley Therapist and Psychologist

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Do you suspect or know that you had a difficult early childhood? Perhaps parents or caretakers were unavailable to you .. neglecting your needs, wants, and feelings? Or perhaps they were prone to acting out on you in ways such as: raging, hitting, or violating you sexually.


Do you find yourself unable to calm or just find yourself scared of things? Maybe you are jittery, going blank, or can’t think things through effectively? Or maybe you just seem to obsess and worry.


Have you experienced events in your life that were so stressful they would cause anyone to shut down their feelings and only have horrid thoughts that plague you (flashbacks) or have powerful feelings that disrupt your life but you have no memories to recall to account for them.


Having trouble getting motivated or interested in things? Prone to only seeing the negative .. the glass feeling half-empty? Do you find yourself tearing up or sad a good deal of the time? Are you so low that you have contemplated taking your own life? Can you not seem to get over the loss of a loved one?


Life transitions occur throughout the lifespan: going to school, getting married or divorced, having one’s own family, starting a new career. These events may not be turning out or feeling the way you had hoped.


Do you find yourself struggling to make good, solid, satisfying relationships? Perhaps you are unhappy with your partner, or you do not seem to get along well with others at work, or you can’t seem to find gratifying friendships.


Have you been confused about the direction you would like your life’s work to take? Are you working in a career where you are not feeling gratified?


Are you finding that you feel too alone in this life? Are you longing for a partner or friends? Or do you find your life is really filled with connection but a profound sense of aloneness haunts you?

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Depression is so common that it likely affects at least one person you know.  Some people are fortunate enough to be diagnosed with depression, but many others suffer without a diagnosis, wondering why they feel the way they do.  Depressive episodes can be short-term and feel easily overcome at their best, or like life isn’t […]

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Anxiety is an emotion that lets us know something has happened to frighten us.  If you experience anxiety often or intensely, you are likely looking for relief.  You may know that there are both healthy and unhealthy coping strategies and some that only help in the short run, and others that are long term solutions. […]

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