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Lily Cardasis

PsyD Clinical Psychology Candidate

Predoctoral Intern, Berkeley Therapy Institute

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I believe that every person has inherent strength, wisdom, and resilience within them, and therapy is a place to build greater access to valuable internal as well as external and cultural resources. My approach to therapy is integrative, adapting and responding to each client's unique needs and requests. I am particularly informed and inspired by Psychodynamic frameworks, Liberation Psychology ideologies, Jungian theory, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy techniques.


I received my master's degree in Community Mental Health in 2012 and am currently a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies. I bring a strong value of social justice issues to my work, and I strive to approach those I serve from a position of deep respect and culturally responsive support. Originally from the East Coast of the U.S., I have found my home in the Bay Area for the past 20 years. In my free time I enjoy cooking Greek recipes passed down through my family, drawing and painting, hiking and exploring the Bay Area, and engaging with the activist movements surrounding me in the East Bay. 


During my career in the Bay Area I have enjoyed working in schools and nonprofit organizations as an arts educator and a mental health counselor, and have provided therapy services for adults, children, families, couples, and groups at community-based clinics. I am particularly passionate about supporting LGBTQ+, TGD, and polyamorous people and communities. Additionally, I'm familiar with issues relating to navigating depression, anxiety, relationship trauma, family dynamics, impacts of systemic oppression, and more. 


I am an authentic and genuine person. I believe there is a place for irreverence and humor in therapy, and at times direct or even challenging communication is called for. As your therapist you can expect me to listen deeply, provide a warm and supportive presence, and be a willing advocate who will go the extra mile for you when needed. I look forward to working with you. 


Insurance Accepted: Alameda Alliance

510.841.8484 x1179

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