Albert  Pignataro

Albert Pignataro

He/Him/His

Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, MA Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT
California Accepting Online
San Jose Not Accepting In-person
Updated May 20, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • LGBTQIA, gender, and sexuality topics
  • Therapy for Men, Men's Issues
  • Existential crisis & challenges
  • Relationship issues
  • Identity development
  • Spirituality & religion

Professional statement

Albert Pignataro is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist located in San Jose, CA. Albert specializes helping his clients address inner pain and trauma, and find their own empowered freedom. Albert supports the LGBTQ+ community, helping community members heal from traumas related to the lived queer experience, and tap into one's inner strength and wisdom, to enable clients to show up in the world in an authentic and unapologetic way. Albert is passionate about helping men work through what it means to be masculine in our current society and develop strategies for coping with feelings of discomfort or nonconformity.

In sessions with Albert, clients define what their innate strengths are and draw from those strengths to work through the issues at hand. Albert teaches clients how to cope with stressors while diving deeper into their identities and what makes them unique. By asking many thought-provoking questions and developing strong rapport with clients, Albert helps clients learn more about themselves and what works for them - as well as what doesn’t work.

Albert earned his Master’s degree from John F Kennedy University. His approach is direct while also maintaining an easy-going, funny personality. With many years of experience working in a non-therapeutic field, Albert has experience in many different life situations that may arise with his clients - which gives him additional insight into how to best support clients’ work.


Message to clients

We are, in part, the product of our history. The lessons and messages we learned from our history influence our choices and actions today. Sometimes, when we are burdened with so much pain, we may think, feel and do things that hurt us and those around us.

However, every day we have a new opportunity to change our choices and actions so that we can make our lives better, healthier, and more satisfying, which frankly I think is pretty awesome! We often forget this wisdom; we forget that we have this power to change, to choose again. We forget we deserve to be empowered and free!

We only get a finite time to live, love, and enjoy our life. It’s up to each of us to do what we can, and get the help we need when we struggle, to work toward our most authentic self, and strive for the cherished sense of empowered freedom we deserve. This is where my passion for this work resides, and I deeply desire to share this with you.


Specialties

LGBTQIA, gender, and sexuality topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges

Therapy for Men, Men's Issues - Therapy that is specifically designed help men gain greater access to mental health services, and tailored to address the concerns of men, such as anxiety, depression, social isolation and other relational issues, substance abuse; providing a safe and understanding space to address life challenges, stressors, and questions around identity as a man in today's society.

Existential crisis & challenges - Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of existential anxiety, dread, and feelings of meaninglessness

Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Identity development - Understanding, accepting, and strengthening one’s sense of self through the exploration of family, work, and personal values; addressing issues such as, race, class, gender, and sexual orientation, in the context of self experience

Spirituality & religion - Exploring beliefs and practices related to meaning, existence, and spiritual health and healing; enjoying a deeper felt connection with the spiritual dimension of one's life




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples

Insurance

Albert Pignataro is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $230 (50min)
  • Initial session: $230 (50min)
  • Couples sessions: $250 (50min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • As needed

Location(s)

Online Sessions (California)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 1 pm - 6 pm
  • Tue 1 pm - 6 pm
  • Wed 1 pm - 6 pm
  • Thu 1 pm - 6 pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

San Jose practice
1302 Lincoln Avenue, Suite 205, San Jose, California 95125
Not accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 1 pm - 6 pm
  • Tue 1 pm - 6 pm
  • Wed 1 pm - 6 pm
  • Thu 1 pm - 6 pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 13 years

Caminar , Director, 2009 - 2017
East Bay Community Recovery Project , Therapist Intern, 2009 - 2009
San Mateo County BHRS, Therapist Intern, 2007 - 2008

JFK University, M.A. Holistic Counseling Psychology , 2008


Licensure

California: 53486


Languages

English