Clearwater is an outpatient mental health clinic that specializes in DBT therapy, integrative trauma interventions, and assessment for all age groups.

Clearwater is located blocks from Kaiser Permanente in Oakland. It has parking available, is on a major bus line, and is within walking distance of the MacArthur BART station. It is only about a 25 minute drive from Walnut Creek, Danville, and other Tri-Valley communities.

Individual therapy appointments range in cost from $145 to $220 per 50 minute session depending on degree, licensure and the experience level of the clinician. Clinicians maintain sliding scale spots on their caseloads. We assess sliding scale options for therapy and class participation on a case-by-case basis. Clearwater does NOT accept any direct third party payments, including private insurance and Medi-Cal. We provide clients with an invoice/super bill to submit to insurance for an out-of-network reimbursement.


*Effective November 4th, 2021*

 We are excited to be hold our in-person skills classes at Hive Oakland, a multi-use community space in downtown Oakland. For more information:

 We will continue to offer adult skills class, parenting skills classes, one teen/parent skills class on Zoom

Our DBT Skills classes fill up very quickly. If you interested in enrollment in an upcoming module, please submit an online inquiry right away. Our enrollment process (i.e., initial inquiry, paperwork completion, intake appointment, enrollment confirmation) can take up to 3 weeks. Please plan accordingly to provide enough time for all steps. 

In-person skills classes are currently available for COVID19 vaccinated participants, with proof of vaccination record

Licensed clinicians on our DBT team are not currently accepting new individual therapy clients. Please contact us every 3-4 weeks to check on availability

We have two interns on our DBT team who are currently accepting new clients:

  • If you are interested in meeting with Mark Abelson, AMFT please contact Karen Erickson, LMFT at
  • If you are interested in meeting with Esther Howe, MA, please contact Dr. Erika Swanson at


Clearwater is open for in-person session. We adhere to federal and state COVID-19 recommendations. Current clients will need to sign a COVID-19 consent form to resume therapy in person. 


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Updated 11/4/21