Bedford Palmer II, Therapist in Oakland, California — Zencare
Bedford  Palmer II
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Bedford Palmer II


Psychologist, PhD
California Accepting Online
Civic Center Not Accepting In-person
Updated December 3, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • Race & cultural identity
  • Work stress
  • Relationship issues
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Adjustment difficulties & disorders

Professional statement

Dr. Bedford Palmer II is a licensed psychologist, a tenured Associate Professor, and the chair of the Counseling Department at Saint Mary’s College of California. He earned his bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of California Irvine, and his Master’s degree in psychology from California State University Long Beach, and his Doctorate in counseling psychology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Dr. Palmer completed his predoctoral psychology internship at the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Palmer spent 3 years as a staff psychologist, coordinating Services to Students of African Descent and the Multicultural Immersion Program at the University of California Davis. He has been a faculty member at Saint Mary’s College of California since 2015. There he teaches courses in professional ethics, intercultural communication, human sexuality, psychological perspectives of gender, and advanced clinical practice to master’s level clinicians in-training.

​In 2016, Dr. Palmer founded Deeper Than Color (formerly BFP Consulting Inc) in Oakland California. He provides psychotherapy and diversity, equity, and inclusion consulting to a diverse clientele of individuals and organizations. Dr. Palmer has served on the board of directors for the Association of Black Psychologists, as the State Diversity Delegate for the California Psychological Association and is a past President of the Alameda Psychological Association. He is the producer/cohost of the Naming It podcast and is the author of "Daddy Why Am I Brown?": A healthy conversation about skin color and family.

Message to clients

I work with a diverse clientele, and specialize in providing social justice oriented psychotherapeutic support to Black people and other People of Color. I provide culturally responsive therapy, which focuses on the strengths that you already have. I tend to use a cognitive-behavioral theoretical approach (CBT), while also paying attention to your environment and access to social support. I work with you to build a safe space where you can share your experiences without the fear of being judged, and where you can focus on becoming clear about what you want, and how you want to go about making that happen.

I believe that it is important to build a strong therapeutic relationship, as well as paying close attention to what is happening for you in-the-moment. I find it helpful to work to understand the different beliefs that we bring into the room, and how these worldviews might affect our interactions.

Understanding how your thoughts are related to your behaviors can empower and help you to actively account for your reality. You can use this insight to make the changes that will be necessary to live life more healthily.


Race & cultural identity - Exploring topics of racial, cultural, and ethnic background as it relates to one’s family origins and personal identity

Work stress - Managing overwhelming stress and expectations; increasing effective ways of restoring and maintaining emotional stability and health; addressing challenging relationships with coworkers and bosses

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

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Adjustment difficulties & disorders - Support around adapting to new and/or challenging life circumstances; skill-building for improved stress management and reduction of anxiety.


  • Adults (24+)
  • Young adults (18-24)


  • Lyra Health

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $250 (50min)
  • Initial session: $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
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week


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 10am-12pm
  • Tue 9am-11am
  • Wed 9am-11am
  • Thu 9am-11am
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Civic Center practice
329A 14th Street, Oakland, California 94610
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 Closed
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 10 years

Saint Mary's College of California, Associate Professor - Counseling Department, 2015 - Present
Deeper Than Color: Social Justice & Strength-Based Psychotherapy and Consulting, CEO & Founder, 2016 - Present
San Francisco State University , Counselor Faculty - Counseling and Psychological Services, 2014 - 2015
University of California, Davis, Staff Psychologist / Coordinator of Services to Students of African Descent & Multicultural Immersion Program - Counseling and Psychological Services , 2011 - 2014
University of California, Berkeley , Predoctoral Intern - Counseling & Psychological Services, 2010 - 2011

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, 2012
California State University Long Beach, M.A. Psychology w/ Specialization in Research, 2006
University of California, Irvine, B.A. Anthropology, Minor in African American Studies, 2001


California: PSY28058