Paul Taruskin

AMFT 112660
Accepting Clients

Welcome to my page! It would be my privilege to accompany you on your journey towards growth and self-improvement. I am eager to help.

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA
Supervised by Deb Lyman LCSW 22113

  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Contact
  • Individual
  • Couples

About My Clients

Relationships can be the most rewarding part of life. They can be the most difficult and frustrating part, as well. Sometimes it's through our relationships that our own growth areas become the most apparent. Are you struggling to be the person you want to be in relationship with others? Do you sacrifice parts of yourself to keep people close? Or are you struggling to let your guard down, even with the people you love? Let therapy be the relationship that improves all other relationships.

My Background and Approach

I received a bachelor’s degree in sociology at the University of California at Davis in 2008 and a master’s in counseling psychology from John F. Kennedy University in 2018. I have extensive experience working with teenagers and their families in the non-profit sector and educational settings. More recently, I have trained in emotionally ocused couples therapy (EFT), supporting couples and individual adults with navigating their relationships to others and with themselves. I also have experience working with individuals struggling with addiction and am very comfortable working within the 12-step program framework.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

Therapy is my second take on a career. I previously spent eight years working in education, where I came to truly recognize the uniqueness of each student I encountered. We are all different learners, different thinkers, different feelers; all possessing unique talents and sensitivities. As a teacher, I saw firsthand how each person’s unique strengths and struggles affected their ability to succeed in school and how limited our school system is for accommodating individual needs. I made the decision to be a therapist so I could celebrate what is special and unique about each person I contact, rather than reinforce only the behaviors that fit the public school model. The fact is some characteristics are more rewarded in our society than others. In fact, character traits are devalued or even stigmatized if they don’t fit the norms of the dominant culture. I take a strong stance towards social justice, looking beyond these messages to find the strength and beauty in everyone.

I offer online counseling in the following states:

At A Glance

  • Experience: 5 years of practice
  • Languages: English
  • Rate: $100 - 175/session


510-422-1316 Email Paul
2340 Ward St
Suite 204
Berkeley, CA 94704

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