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Welcome to my Private Practice!

I specialize in helping people find relief from depression, anxiety, and complex grief, as well as the effects of early traumatic loss, childhood neglect, abuse, and parental mental illness and addiction. I'll work collaboratively with you to help you experience your own innate tendency to heal and grow more resilient. 
If you're feeling distressed about your life or your relationship, you've already taken an important step in searching for a therapist. Some wise part of you knows that feeling safe, understood and supported can make all the difference.  
I welcome you to take the next step of reaching out to me.
Contact me to schedule a free, 20-minute consultation
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A safe space to connect, heal and grow 

Experiential Psychotherapy

How I Work

I guide and support clients as they recover what might feel lost or latent, whether it's aliveness, authenticity, purpose, self-connection, and/or a more meaningful connection with others.


My approach is gentle, interactive, collaborative, and emphasizes empathy and self-acceptance as a foundation for genuine growth and change.

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My first priority is to create a warm and welcoming place in which you can safely share the issues that have brought you to therapy. 


I listen with care to what you're saying, but also to the "music" of tone, body language, and what is not spoken. I'll be curious about  patterns in how you relate to yourself and to others.  I'll encourage you to practice this generous attention--this presence-- toward yourself and in your relationships.  


I work with the here-and-now, noticing and tracking what is happening as we engage in conversation; I'll also explore how your early life experiences continue to shape how you perceive and react to what's happening in your life now.  


Attending to both present and past, mind and body, can bring grounding and relief. There's more space to untangle from the old strategies you've been relying on to protect yourself from life. You discover that you have a measure of freedom, regardless of what's happening out there, or in someone else.

With this freedom, you can relate to yourself, to others, and to circumstances, from a place in you that feels warm, gentle, secure. More patient about the unknown, a bit clearer about the path you're on. Able to respond more flexibly to the complexity and opportunities of your life. 

My Services & Areas of Expertise


  • Adult (17+) Individual and Couples Therapy
  • Weekly, 60-minute Sessions

Depending on your goals and individual style of learning, I may offer mindfulness and somatic practices to support you in managing intense emotions, feeling more comfortable in your body, and expanding your perspective in useful ways. 

These practices may include:

  • Compassionate/Non-Violent Communication for couples & family members (often referred to as NVC)

  • Grounding, Body Scan and Guided meditation

  • "Focusing," a method of tracking body sensations that can help reinforce the insights gained in therapy and increase its effectiveness.  

  • Self-compassion practices like RAIN (Recognize, Allow, Investigate, Nurture)

Areas of Expertise

  • Couples & family conflict

  • Grief, loss and chronic illness

  • Menopause, aging, and other life transitions

  • Developmental trauma

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Communicating boundaries & self-assertion

  • Adult Children of Alcoholics

  • Perfectionism, procrastination and indecision


Please contact me with questions or to schedule a free, 20-minute consultation at 510-496-6001 or fill out the form below. I look forward to speaking with you.

park bench surrounded by blooming trees | Home - S. Eve Aceves, LMFT

Thank you. I will be in touch with you soon.

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