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TAMARA BRANSBURG, LCSW

Individual Psychotherapy for Adolescents and Adults

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Clinical Supervision/Consultation

 
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INDIVIDUAL PSYCHOTHERAPY FOR ADOLESCENTS AND ADULTS

I have provided individual, family, and group therapy to communities of color and queer and transgender people in the Bay Area for over 10 years, which builds on prior experience doing community organizing and popular education work. I have extensive experience working with adolescents and adults dealing with complex trauma, severe anxiety and depression, attachment-related difficulties, and the impacts of community violence, incarceration, and immigration-related trauma. I love supporting people in making meaning of their experiences, feeling more connected and seen, and deepening their understanding of their own identities. I enjoy working with people who are open to self-reflection, curiosity, and emotional engagement and see healing as a life-long process.


I work from a Relational Psychodynamic approach wherein I believe the clinical relationship is the primary mode of healing. I also integrate Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, which is a somatic approach that supports healing attachment and complex trauma via the body. I also utilize an Internal Family Systems (IFS) approach, which can deepen our capacity to build trust with ourselves, via offering curiosity and care to our multitude of parts. My clinical approach is also deeply informed by Post-Colonial theories, Queer theory, and Liberation Psychology.

My specialities include working with people who: 

-Have chronically found themselves  in relationships that don't feel supportive, useful, and/or reciprocal and are seeking ways to shift their ways of relating and connecting

-Have felt alone, disconnected, and/or like they don't belong

-Want to explore the ways their multiple, intersecting identities impact their mental health and well-being, and develop strategies for coping with stressors related to experiences of oppression

-Immigrants or children of immigrants who want to explore their relationship to language, culture, immigration histories, status, and race

-Are seeking to improve their ability to communicate their needs and feelings, and advocate for themselves. 

 
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SUPERVISION/CONSULTATION

I provide bilingual (Spanish/English) individual and group consultation for unlicensed and licensed clinicians. My hope is to support healers in providing transformational mental health services to their clients. My interests include working with clinicians who want to:

-strengthen and refine their capacity to think about issues of power/privilege and individual and systemic oppression in their clinical work and better address these with clients.

-utilize a psychodynamic framework while also integrating Evidenced-Based Practices including DBT, CBT, TF-CBT, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. 

-build their knowledge of working with clients with complex trauma and/or attachment-related difficulties and apply somatic approaches

-utilize specific theories and readings in consultation to enhance their clinical knowledge and application

-develop a clearer sense of Self as a therapist and establish a professional and clinical lens

-understand and make use of enactments, transferences, and projective identifications in the clinical work

-improve skills in navigating, collaborating with, and advocating within complex systems and workplaces in order to better serve marginalized clients. 

 
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ABOUT ME

I am a queer non-binary Bilingual (Spanish/English) Latiné licensed clinical social worker based in Oakland, California. I provide individual psychotherapy for  adolescents and adults, as well as supervision/consultation for unlicensed and licensed clinicians. I am also the Assistant Training Director at Mills College Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) in Oakland. I received my Masters in Social Work from the Smith School for Social Work and provided intensive outpatient and field-based services in community mental health settings prior to starting my private practice. Considering the impacts of individual and structural oppression on the Self and our communities is a fundamental part of my values and reflected in the way I work. I strongly believe in the healing work that can be done in therapy both at an individual level and as a strategy for building power. Individual healing is collective healing and can support our work of transforming the world into a more equitable and just place. 

 
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FEES

PSYCHOTHERAPY:

My fee is $180 for a 50 minute individual session. Payment is due at the time of session, and I use an online payment service that is HIPAA compliant called IVY Pay.

I do not contract with any insurance companies, but can provide you with receipts for our sessions which you can submit to your insurance for reimbursement.  You will need to contact your insurance company to find out what your coverage is for an “out-of-network” provider. 

SUPERVISION/CONSULTATION:

My current supervision/consultation fee is $180/hour. Fees depend on frequency and duration of meetings. Please contact me for more information.

 
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GOOD FAITH ESTIMATE

Good Faith Estimate for Health Care Items & Services (Under the No Surprises Act)

Under the No Surprises Act (H.R. 133 - effective January 1, 2022), health care providers need to give clients or patients who do not have insurance or who are not using insurance an estimate of the bill for medical items and services.

  • This Good Faith Estimate shows the costs of items and services that are reasonably expected for your health care needs for an item or service. The estimate is based on information known at the time the estimate was created. 

  • You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate for the total expected cost of any non-emergency items or services. This includes (under the law/when applicable) related costs like medical tests, prescription drugs, equipment, and hospital fees.

  • The Good Faith Estimate does not include any unknown or unexpected costs that may arise during treatment. You could be charged more if complications or special circumstances occur. If this happens, federal law allows you to dispute (appeal) the bill. 

  • If you receive a bill that is at least $400 more than your Good Faith Estimate, you can dispute the bill.

    • You may contact the health care provider or facility listed to let them know the billed charges are higher than the Good Faith Estimate. You can ask them to update the bill to match the Good Faith Estimate, ask to negotiate the bill, or ask if there is financial assistance available. 

    • You may also start a dispute resolution process with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). If you choose to use the dispute resolution process, you must start the dispute process within 120 calendar days (about 4 months) of the date on the original bill. 

    • There is a $25 fee to use the dispute process. If the agency reviewing your dispute agrees with you, you will have to pay the price on this Good Faith Estimate. If the agency disagrees with you and agrees with the health care provider or facility, you will have to pay the higher amount. 

  • Make sure your health care provider gives you a Good Faith Estimate within the following timeframes:

    • If the service is scheduled at least three business days before the appointment date, no later than one business day after the date of scheduling;

    • If the service is scheduled at least 10 business days before the appointment date, no later than three business days after the date of scheduling; or

    • If the uninsured or self-pay patient requests a good faith estimate (without scheduling the service), no later than three business days after the date of the request. A new good faith estimate must be provided, within the specified timeframes if the patient reschedules the requested item or service.

Note: A Good Faith Estimate is for your awareness only. It does NOT involve you needing to make any type of commitment.

To learn more and get a form to start the process, go to www.cms.gov/nosurprises or call 800-985-3059. For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate or the dispute process, visit www.cms.gov/nosurprises or call 800-985-3059. Keep a copy of this Good Faith Estimate in a safe place or take pictures of it. You may need it if you are billed a higher amount.

If you have questions or concerns, please reach out.

 
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CONTACT ME

I practice in Oakland, California. All services are currently being provided via telehealth. Please call or email me, or message me via this website, if you are interested in psychotherapy or consultation services. We can set up a free brief consult call so that you can ask any questions you may have, and we can identify whether we are a good fit for one another at this time.

tel. 510.214.3518

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