©2018 by Ivy Hall, Ph.D.

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    About Me

    I’ve seen the negative effects of alcohol / drug use on both the person who has misuses alcohol / drugs and their family members.

     

    I have seen the pain of people who struggled with drugs and alcohol- and the loss of the relationships and jobs that were important to them. The shame and guilt about not being able to be the spouse, parent, or worker they wanted to be. The trauma they have survived but can't seem to escape.

    I know intimately the pain of family members whose loved ones were drinking or using drugs, which altered the loved one's personalities and behaviors. Feeling abandoned, disappointed, and resentful of the people they love.

     

    And I have also witnessed these same people reconnected with their loved ones, thriving in jobs, and living a life worth living- through hard work.

     

    My husband calls me a "bleeding heart" because when I witness pain and suffering, I care and empathize deeply. Seeing how much trauma, drugs, and alcohol affects family- from the person using/drinking to the loved ones who support them, got me fired up to work with people who struggle with drugs / alcohol and trauma. I remember sitting on the bus with my then-boyfriend/now-husband saying, "I don't want anyone else to have to experience this pain (that comes as a consequence of drug/alcohol misuse). 

    Along the way, I have learned how drug/alcohol use is often connected to trauma, which is why my focus is addiction and trauma.

    You're lost and overwhelmed

    You feel broken, useless, or worthless, overwhelmed by emotional pain and stress. You may be struggling to maintain sobriety or have difficulties coping with past trauma or current stressors. 

    Whether you feel depressed or anxious, are experiencing relationship stress, struggle with addictions, or because you’re just going through some tough times- I will provide a safe space and work with you to figure out how you can live your best life. I will approach our therapeutic relationship with authenticity, empathy, and non-judgment, my top values as a therapist. 

    I can help you.

    I provide one-on-one sessions focused on helping you stop the struggle with painful thoughts, feelings, and memories, and build coping skills and grit. 

    I use an integrative approach, with an emphasis on evidence-based therapies. You will learn coping skills to manage overwhelming situations or feelings, and how to increase your ability to experience uncomfortable or unwanted emotions. You will learn to let go of the struggle with things that do not enhance your life, and put energy into the things that are important to you. 

     

    The number of sessions depends on your goals and progress. The average length of CBT or ACT is 12-20 sessions. Session length, frequency and duration of treatment are based on evaluation, then collaboratively discussed and determined by need. My current rate for a 50-minute session is $175. I am not currently accepting insurance, but can provide you with a Superbill to submit to your insurance. Saturday appointments available only at this time.

    TESTIMONIALS

    There is a deep need for us to be heard and understood by others- Dr. Hall offers this space. Dr. Hall's kind, calm and welcoming demeanor, along with her attentiveness, compassion, and keen understanding of the human struggle, makes her a gift to psychology. Knowing Dr. Hall for over a decade, I feel extremely confident in her ability to help empower others in healing their own lives. --K.N. Clinical Psychologist & Professor 

      To begin, Ivy has a natural ability for building trust and rapport with clients, whether in group facilitation or individual therapy...What I noticed in particular was the obvious ease and rapport between her and the clients.  The clients were impressed to see one of their therapists donned in a hair net, dishing out turkey on her day off.  The other thought that came to me as I observed her interacting with clients was her ability to connect with them.  Ivy has a quiet and calm demeanor about her, but it does not prevent or hinder her warmth from coming through. 

        While working with Ivy I have observed two noteworthy interests she feels strongly about.  One is her deep commitment to cultural awareness and the second is her definite interest in trauma, recognizing its universality and the potentially devastating effects on emotional functioning.  She is knowledgeable about diversity issues and takes every opportunity to bring cultural factors into her clinical work. --M.D.W, Clinical Psychologist & Former Supervisor

    Practice Location

    In Person

    2127 Ashby Ave

    Berkeley, CA 94705

    In my virtual office

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