Bita  Shooshani

Bita Shooshani

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC

Accepting new clients for daytime and afternoon appointments with a 2-3 week wait; offers remote video sessions to clients living in RI & CA as well as in-person sessions in Oakland, CA and San Francisco, CA (updated December 4, 2019)

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Mindfulness
  • College & graduate student mental health
  • LGBTQIA topics
  • Race & cultural identity

Professional statement

Bita Shooshani is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Rhode Island and Licensed Marriage Family Therapist in California who offers remote video sessions to clients living in RI and CA as well as in-person sessions to clients living in Oakland or San Francisco. Her specialty areas include working with college and graduate school populations treating anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress disorder, and/or obsessive compulsive disorder to promote healing and thriving despite barriers and societal oppression.

As a queer-identified Iranian American therapist, Bita has extensive experience working with members of the LGBTQ+ community, immigrant, international, and communities of color using a strength-based approach. She uses an intersectional analysis to understand how systems of oppression impact our mental health.

Bita’s approach is client-centered and informed by evidence-based practices, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She takes an active approach to help her clients to not only alleviate symptoms but to obtain skills to develop a wellness practice which can continue to benefit them beyond sessions. She also incorporates multicultural and feminist psychology, neuroscience, mindfulness-based practices, Buddhist Psychology, and family systems theories. When working with clients with a history of trauma, Bita integrates a focus on the body to help inform the healing process.

Bita wants her clients to leave feeling empowered to take control of their lives and live an authentic life. Before starting her private practice, she worked as a psychotherapist at Brown University’s Counseling and Psychological Services and San Francisco State University’s Counseling and Psychological Services’ Prevention Education Programs. She looks forward to meeting you for a consultation to see if what you’re looking for is a good match for her expertise.

Message to clients

It takes a lot of courage to work on healing ourselves. I believe healing is possible even if the only thing we can change is our perspective on what’s happening. New possibilities emerge and we feel more free to take steps towards fulfilling our dreams. I’m happy to connect with you to see if I can be of assistance on your path and wish you the best on your healing journey.


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

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Mindfulness - Using techniques such as breathing and meditation to increase self-awareness and reduce day-to-day stress

College & graduate student mental health - Specialized strategies for common issues of young adulthood, including school and career stressors, support around healthy relationships, existential concerns, drug or alcohol issues, eating disorders, and anxiety and/or depression

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

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

General expertise

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $200 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $100 - $200
  • Initial session: $200 (50min)

Therapist's note

Bita can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Oakland practice

3225 Lakeshore Avenue

Oakland, CA 94610

  • Mon 10:00am-7:00pm
  • Tue 10:00am-7:00pm
  • Wed 10:00am-7:00pm
  • Thu 10:00am-7:00pm
  • Fri 10:00am-7:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online therapy (California) practice
  • Mon 10:00am-7:00pm
  • Tue 10:00am-7:00pm
  • Wed 10:00am-7:00pm
  • Thu 10:00am-7:00pm
  • Fri 10:00am-7:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online therapy (Rhode Island) practice
  • Mon Please inquire about hours
  • Tue Please inquire about hours
  • Wed Please inquire about hours
  • Thu Please inquire about hours
  • Fri Please inquire about hours
  • Sat Please inquire about hours
  • Sun Please inquire about hours

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2018 - Present

Brown University Counseling and Psychological Services, 2015 - 2019

Brown University, Coordinator of Sexual Assault Prevention and Advocacy, 2011 - 2015

San Francisco State University Counseling and Psychological Services, 2001 - 2011

San Francisco State University, Masters of Science in Counseling, 2001

University of California, Los Angeles, Bachelors, 1997


  • English