Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Serving the San Francisco East Bay area of Orinda, Lafayette, Moraga, Richmond, Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, Concord, Alamo, Blackhawk, Danville, Montclair, Berkeley, and Oakland.

It's a sign of health to seek improvement. When a person walks in my door, he or she wants change. It is a positive action. As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I consider myself a facilitator for change. I conduct brief therapy as well as longer term psychotherapy in person as well as by phone and online. My theoretical orientation is an integration of cognitive-behavioral, family of origin, and family systems. My style is interactive. I utilize cognitive-behavioral methods which focus on the conscious and the present moment in order to understand and change our thinking and behavior. I work with adult men and women and adolescents. I also lead workshops and group therapy on anger management and money issues.

Areas of Emphasis:

  • Adults abused as children
  • Adult children of alcoholics and gamblers
  • Anger management and stress reduction
  • Sexual satisfaction and enhancement of intimacy
  • Work related issues
  • Addictions (internet, alcohol, drugs, sex)
  • Designing your life and marriage
  • Diversity issues
  • Families and Divorce
  • Families in Transition
  • Families of addicts (internet, alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex)
  • Launching children into adulthood
  • Life threatening illness
  • Living with loss
  • Men's issues
  • Military families
  • Post-traumatic disorder (PTSD)
  • Money issues (new found wealth, power struggles)
  • Navigating life transitions
  • Parenting issues
  • Postmenopausal sexuality
  • Public speaking
  • Removing fear
  • Sex addiction & affairs
  • Sex offenders including voyeurism & frotteurism
  • Sexual problem solving
  • Viagra issues
  • Victims of sexual abuse
  • Trauma disorder

Addtional Skills and Training:

  • Hypnotherapy, self hypnosis, relaxation and mindfulness training
  • EMDR (Eye Movement De-sensitization & Reprocessing) Levels I & II
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Pathological gambling intervention and therapy for families of gamblers
  • Sex Therapy

I offer counseling services in Orinda, CA, in the East Bay area of San Francisco.

Featured articles:

"Precious" — One Therapist's Perspective About Sexual Abuse and Resilience
By Marcia Robbins, Psy.D., MFT
The important film,” Precious,” based on the novel, Push, by Sapphire has many levels to interpret. Set in 1987, the film portrays the welfare and educational system at that time that intervened on Precious’s behalf. The attention this film has received from the media illuminates the depth of harm sexual abuse inflicts upon the victim as well as the resilience that allows the victim to become a survivor. [read more]

"I Know I'll Win . . . It's Only a Matter of Time"
By Marcia Robbins, PsyD, MFT

The woman talked about her former husband. “He was the sweetest, most lovable guy. He just spent all our money. We were in so much debt. I realized I couldn’t change him and had to leave for the sake of our future, mine and our children’s future.” [read more]

Marcia Robbins, Psy.D., MFT has been in private practice for over 25 years. Dr Robbins began her career providing therapy for military members and their families at the Family Service Center at NAS Alameda, CA. where she completed the 3,000 clinical hours for licensing in California as a marriage and family therapist (MFT). Later she completed the doctorate with her dissertation on postmenopausal sexual satisfaction and completed 1,500 clinical hours at a women's federal prison where she worked with inmates who suffered from sexual and physical abuse and were in a drug and alcohol prison program.

Over the years she has worked with survivors as well as sex offenders, addicts and alcoholics in recovery. She has conducted "evals" of inmates at San Francisico County Jails and state hospitals and has conducted men's anger management groups composed of men who had been incarcerated for domestic violence.

Her office is located in Orinda, CA, in the East Bay area of San Francisco.

Marcia Robbins,

License LMFT23158
Licensed over 25 years

20 Camino Sobrante
Orinda, CA 94563

Highway 24 Orinda Village exit, or short walk from BART. Cross streets: Camino Pablo, Orinda Way

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Text or Call
(925) 708-7748

Voice Mail
(925) 254-7649


Office hours by appointment Monday through Saturday, early AM and evening availability. In person, by phone and online.

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