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Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.  Martin Luther King, Jr.

Addiction or compulsive behaviors can be a very human response to overwhelming stressors.  We provide care in a compassionate, non-judgmental and safe environment so you can explore the origins and meanings of your behaviors and make necessary changes to stop these behaviors and prevent future relapse.

Our methods are research-driven and based on years of experience and knowledge about the issues.  We help to identify unmet needs and to learn how to meet them in a healthy way, ultimately leading to deeper and more intimate relationships with yourself and others.  This may include treatment for mood disorders, substance abuse, eating disorders, trauma and codependency.

Pathways Institute is also able to offer general psychotherapy at a lower fee for people wanting to work on relationship and intimacy, trauma, life-transitions, parenting, sexuality, mood disorders, and other related issues.  We also specialize in learning and attention differences.

Therapy is also available in Spanish. We also offer treatment via phone or internet for California residents who live too far away to come in for sessions. We also offer intensive treatment for those who need a more immersive program or who live too far to come to us for ongoing treatment.

To make an appointment at Pathways Institute or speak with someone about our services, click here.

 

TREATMENT PROGRAMS :

For help to stop stealing or shoplifting or relief from kleptomania, click here.

For help controlling sexual behavior, or relief from a sex addiction and/or love addiction, click here.

For help with issues related to alcohol or drugs, click here.

For help for a spouse, partner, couple or family member of someone whose behavior is causing pain or distress, click here.

For help for a young person who struggles with these behaviors, click here.

 

The Pathways Institute weekend psychoeducation and intensive therapy programs for compulsive stealing and compulsive sexual behavior.  These intensive outpatient programs are designed for those who feel they need a more intense, immersive therapeutic intervention than our outpatient program can offer, but do not wish to enroll in a residential treatment program, or for people who live outside of the Bay Area.  For more information on this program, click here.

 

General Psychotherapy

The Pathways Institute also offers general psychotherapy. We specialize in helping people who are struggling with intimacy, relationships, trauma, life transitions, depression, anxiety, parenting, sexuality, and other related issues. Sliding scale fee is available.  To learn more about this program, click here.

Additionally, we work with adults or parents of children with learning and/or attention differences. For more information about this program, click here.


AVAILABLE GROUPS:

Group Psychotherapy for Stealing behaviors

This confidential, small group is designed to help those struggling to control their stealing behaviors.  The group covers topics related to intimacy, secrets and shame, healthy lifestyle, skills related to anger and communication, and making behavioral change.  The group is 16 weeks of focused topics and then switches to a supportive, more general therapy group.  All groups are facilitated by a therapist.

Group Psychotherapy for Sex Addiction and/or Love Addiction

This confidential, small group is designed to help people struggling to control their sexual behaviors and/or love addiction.  The group covers topics related to intimacy, secrets and shame, healthy lifestyle, skills related to anger and communication, and making behavioral change.  The group is 16 weeks of focused topics and then switches to a supportive, more general therapy group.  All groups are facilitated by a therapist.

Group Psychotherapy for Spouses & Partners

Partners often feel isolated, alone, hurt, angry, betrayed, sometimes traumatized and often ashamed. This supportive confidential group is designed to help partners of sex and love addicts recover a deep connection to themselves and heal from the impact the addicts behavior has had in their lives.  Goals are to be able to work through anger, grieve, heal, trust, re-establish intimacy in their lives, and love again. They are supported to learn and understand addiction in order to set boundaries for self-care and develop healthy communication. The group has a series of focused topics as well as providing a supportive, more general therapy environment.  All groups are facilitated by a therapist.

Group Psychotherapy for Teens

This therapist-led group is for teens ages 14 to 18 focusing on stealing, shoplifting, and lying. Out of control behavior of a youth in the home or school can cause turmoil and crisis for everyone who lives in that home and/or jeopardize their education. Pathways offers a non-judgmental and safe environment so that the origins of these behaviors can be discovered. The youth will learn tools to help them stop the behaviors, process their emotions in healthy ways, improve communication, and learn how to think differently about their choices. They will also learn how to rebuild relationships with their families and school so they can move towards safer, more trusting relationships and a more secure future. Other topics to be covered include substance use and abuse, self-worth, money, and healthy relationship skills. The group will meet from 1 hour to 1.5 hours depending on group size.

Intensive Couples Workshop

The focus of this workshop is on healing and rebuilding a relationship after there has been a breach due to sexual behavior and to build more healthy relationship dynamics.  It meets for three day-long Saturdays and is limited to 6 couples.  It is facilitated by two therapists and consists of group process and exercises for the couples to facilitate new levels of intimacy, empathy, and communication.

Therapy Group for Parents of Children with Learning and/or Attention Differences

Parents of children with learning and/or attention differences have a unique and different experience of parenting than their peers and other family members.  Kids with LD/ADHD are often dependent on their parents longer, and sometimes have a slower physiological and psychological developmental trajectory than other kids their same age, which often is judged by those outside of the family who don’t understand.  Parents frequently find themselves under stress and may feel isolated.  This is often overlooked and misunderstood.

Parents spend significant time thinking, learning and advocating for their children which they need to do.  But parents are rarely asked, “How are you doing with the demands of having a kid with learning and/or attention differences?  How have you changed?  How do you handle the stress and its impact on you? Are you feeling your resiliency cup is full or empty?

Pathways Institute is offering a weekly therapy group for parents of children with learning and/or attention differences. This group is therapist-led, and will offer a place of therapeutic support, information, and healing for parents grappling with the complex issues and challenges of raising children who don’t fit neatly inside of our current educational system.