Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

How I Can Help

There is no “one size fits all” in psychotherapy. I draw from a variety of perspectives to provide the type of therapy best suited to your situation and personality. We may focus on current symptoms and behaviors, using cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness practices (meditation, visualization, etc.) to relieve stress and help you cope better with specific issues. We may engage in a more psychodynamic course, exploring the ways that past relationships and experiences have influenced your current relationships and beliefs. Addressing trust and communication may be top priorities for family sessions.

Whatever the method, my goal as a therapist is to help you work through the problems you are experiencing, so that you can move on to enjoy a life that is productive and fulfilling. I accept you for who you are and where you are in life right now. We'll work together to discover and develop your own unique gifts, your inner resources that will help you get past the challenges that life presents.

When working with children, I follow the same philosophy. Using a combination of play therapy and “talk therapy,” I help children address emotional concerns and situational problems. I respect each child’s individual temperament and help them focus on the positive aspects of their personality traits. Parents participate in counseling to better understand their family’s dynamics and to improve relationships among all family members.

Teens need confidantes and role models, and they often seek to meet these needs outside their immediate families. In our sessions, I strive to help teens find their own voices in an increasingly stressful and confusing world.


Areas of Focus

Individual & Relationship Issues


  • Self esteem, personal growth
  • Coping with life transitions
  • Depression & anxiety
  • Stress reduction
  • Sexuality & gender identity
  • Living in a culture of racism, sexism, homophobia, etc.
  • Spiritual exploration
  • Interpersonal conflicts
  • Survivors of abuse & incest

Parenting Issues


  • Becoming parents, redefining your relationship as a couple
  • Conflicts over parenting styles
  • Single parenting
  • Co-parenting after divorce
  • Building children’s self esteem
  • Meeting your own needs
  • Positive discipline
  • Sibling rivalry
  • Overcoming abusive behavior

Children & Teens


  • Building self esteem
  • Understanding temperament 
  • Behavioral challenges
  • Problems at school
  • Family relationships
  • Coping with divorce
  • Peer pressure
  • Depression & anxiety
  • Teen sexuality & gender identity


Jeanne Strauss, LMFT

433 Estudillo Avenue, Suite 305

San Leandro, CA 94577


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