Anne "Ana" Sachs

Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT 48351
Phone: 925-372-6630, ext. 25

I believe the relationship of trust between therapist and client is as important as the theoretical approach used. You probably have specific issues that you are struggling with that have brought you to therapy. To share your concerns with a caring, empathic individual with no stake in the outcome can be curative in itself. This approach allows you to develop self-understanding and create a roadmap that will bring about a new way of being that transcends the initial problem. In an utterly safe way I help you untangle each challenge and difficulty thereby providing increasingly greater feelings of mastery and freedom for you.

I work primarily with adults and couples, providing support, feedback, and treatment for a variety of concerns including life transitions, depression, anxiety, trauma and relationship problems.

My Background & Training

I first began my training in the early 1990’s, then I moved to California, from the East Coast, where I had lived in Maryland, to attend graduate school. I received a B.A. in Psychology, summa cum laude, from the University of Maryland, and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. I am licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist to work with individuals and couples.

My background is in psychodynamic and transpersonal approaches later informed by Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and EMDR eye movement reprocessing and desensitization, for trauma). Because each person is unique, I use a client centered approach of integrating techniques and perspectives.

In the course of my training and professional career, in addition to private practice, I have worked for Alameda County Department of Social Services and Contra Costa County Behavioral Health providing outpatient mental health treatment. My last position in Contra Costa County was co-managing a large Mental Health Clinic.

My personal philosophy is grounded in a 20+ year meditation practice. I respect many different forms of belief and recognize how central these beliefs are to each person’s belief system and to creating a safe therapeutic alliance.

Please give me a call at Alhambra Valley Counseling Center if you’d like to talk about working together.