David T Gatta
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David T Gatta


Clinical Psychologist, PsyD
California Accepting Online
Rockridge Accepting In-person
Updated February 7, 2023

Specialties & Expertise

  • Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Life transitions
  • Loss, grief, and bereavement
  • Relationship issues

Professional statement

Dr. David T. Gatta is a licensed clinical psychologist living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area with a physical office in the Rockridge neighborhood of Oakland. He offers in person session Monday morning, Thursday Mornings and Friday afternoons. Telehealth sessions are offered via video 5 days a week.

David works with young adults, adults, seniors, couples and families who may be struggling with life transitions, problems associated with identity, sexuality, loss, loneliness, grief, trauma, depression, family or origin issues, and relationships. Dr. Gatta is also interested in working with students, working professionals and creatives.

Dr. Gatta’s approach to the practice of psychotherapy is grounded in contemporary psychoanalytic/psychodynamic theory and practice. This evidenced based approach focuses on helping patients understand what is outside of awareness while helping them integrate childhood history with their present lived context. This approach treats the whole self rather than just symptoms and as such is holistic and relationship based. Due to the depth and comprehensive nature of this approach patients can expect more lasting and durable change overtime.

Dr. Gatta has advanced training in this modality and has taught courses in the areas of psychodynamic theory, addiction as well as in the area of trauma and post traumatic growth. Over the years he has enjoyed teaching graduate students these methods. Prior to full time private practice work Dr. Gatta spent time working in a community mental clinic serving the underserved. Dr. Gatta also has extensive experience working with students in college counseling settings.

Message to clients

If you are reading this I would like to know that you are embarking on a process that will be deep, profound, challenging and most of all healing. If you are this far along in reaching out for help you are brave and ready. Change is always hard and it is a lot harder when you are trying to do it alone. You no longer have to. If we work together you will learn that you can talk to me in ways you can’t talk with people in your regular life and that is because the relationship formed in a depth psychotherapy unique and rarified as it’s purpose is about healing through understanding.

There is an old Sicilian proverb that says: ‘Not all pain comes to harm you.’ If you are hurting that pain is trying to tell you something about what is wrong, what is outside awareness and that is what you and I will come to decipher together. Psychological suffering unlike other forms of pain contains the cure within it but finding that cure is too difficult to do alone. Sometimes when we hurt only we can focus on is the experience of the pain itself. That is what I call the surface of suffering. To push below it to find the cause and ultimately a pathway out requires a learned guide. That is what I will be for you.


Addiction - Coping with emotional discomfort and suffering; reducing or abstaining from unwanted behaviors such as unhealthy gambling or shopping

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

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

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

Loss, grief, and bereavement - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance

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


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)


David Gatta is not in-network with any insurances.

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

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $230 (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:

  • 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
  • Multiple times a week
Therapist's note

PPO insurance may be used for out of network providers like me. I work with a company called Advekit to help you maximize your out of network benefits. This will reduce your out of pocket cost with no added work for you. Advekit and I take care of this on your behalf.


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 8am-7pm
  • Tue 8am-12pm
  • Wed 8am-7pm
  • Thu 8am-7pm
  • Fri 8am-7pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Rockridge practice
5655 College Ave, STE316C, Oakland, California 94618
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • 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

Years of Experience: 7 years

Self , Private practitioner , 2013 - Present
Psychiatric Alternatives , Private practitioner , 2019 - 2021
Sonoma State University , Post Doctoral Fellow/Staff Psychologist , 2017 - 2018
Access Institute , Pre-Doctoral Intern, 2015 - 2017

The Wright Institute , Doctor of Psychology , 2016
The Wright Institute , Masters of Psychology , 2013
Reed College , Bachelor of Arts Psychology , 2006


California: 30885