Alisa Castleton Nowik

Alisa Castleton Nowik


Psychologist, PsyD Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
California Accepting Online

I offer appointments Monday through Thursday from 10am - 5pm.

Updated February 14, 2024

Specialties & Expertise

  • LGBTQIA, gender, & sexuality topics
  • Parenting
  • Postpartum depression
  • Pregnancy, perinatal, postpartum mental health
  • Transition to new parenthood
  • Women's issues

Professional statement

Alisa Castleton Nowik is a psychologist in Berkeley. She works with adults, new parents, couples, and families. Many of Dr. Alisa’s clients come in to address issues such as maternal mental health, transition to parenthood, anxiety, depression, and relationship problems. Dr. Alisa is particularly passionate about serving pregnant and postpartum mothers and their families as well as working with LGBTQ+ folks. She also has advanced training in the area of postpartum mood disturbances, adjustment disorders, anxiety disorders.

Dr. Alisa utilizes mindfulness, psychodynamic therapy, feminist therapy, humanistic therapy, family systems, and attachment theory in her work. She works collaboratively with her clients to create a big space for all the feelings and to figure out concrete coping strategies and problem solving. In session, Dr. Alisa focuses on an overall wellness plan for her clients. She uses mindfulness practices, grounding techniques, and an exploration of how the past can influence one's present. This approach supports clients to discharge the big feelings so they can think more clearly about what they want to do and what their options are. Clients are able to acknowledge what is getting in their way of making progress. Clients are able to feel more relaxed and supported and not so alone with their struggles.

Dr. Alisa's style is warm, engaging, and active. When clients first start therapy, she establishes a strong connection and appreciation for the client and their full self and what they're up against.

Dr. Alisa received her Psy.D. from California School of Professional Psychology. She worked primarily as a child psychologist before focusing her practice on maternal mental health. Outside of private practice, she enjoys hiking in the East Bay hills with her wife, daughter and dog. Dr. Alisa is currently offering remote therapy sessions.


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

Parenting - Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support

Postpartum depression - Coping with persistent feelings of sadness, exhaustion, and/or being overwhelmed after the birth of a child; developing strategies for more positive thought patterns and behaviors.

Pregnancy, perinatal, postpartum mental health - Addressing issues specific to women and families during the pregnancy and postpartum period, including postpartum depression and anxiety

Transition to new parenthood - Working with parents as they adjust to new parenthood

Women's issues - Therapy tailored to common concerns among women; providing a safe and understanding space to address life challenges, stressors, and questions around identity as a woman


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)


Alisa Nowik is accepting clients paying listed fees or using health insurance out-of-network benefits other than:

  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • MHN/Health Net

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

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $225 (55min)

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
  • Courtesy billing
Payment options
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • Venmo
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Multiple times a week
Therapist's note

Dr. Alisa uses a program called Reimbursify to submit claims for her clients.


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 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tue 12:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Wed 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Thu 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 20 years

Self, Private Practice, 2010 - Present
Children's Health Council, Psychologist, 2006 - 2011

California School of Professional Psychology, Psy.D., 2004
Georgia State University, M.A., 1998
Columbia University, Teachers College, M.A., 1991
University of California, Santa Cruz, B.A., 1988


California: 21587