Leah  Oliver
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Leah Oliver

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Psychologist, PsyD Practice: Deeper Than Color: Social Justice & Strength-Based Psychotherapy and Consulting Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
California Accepting Online
Civic Center Not Accepting In-person
Updated January 12, 2024

Specialties & Expertise

  • Artists' mental health
  • College & graduate student mental health
  • Trauma

Professional statement

Dr. Leah Oliver is a licensed psychologist. She earned her doctorate from California Institute of Integral Studies in 2017. Dr. Oliver completed her pre-doctoral training working with children, adolescents, adults, and families at Ann Martin Center in Oakland California. She completed her postdoctoral training from California College of the Arts (CCA), where she currently serves as a psychotherapist and administrator of the Counseling department. At CCA, Dr. Oliver works with students in individual therapy sessions, as well as staff and faculty to provide consultation, workshops, and psychoeducational training to support them in their roles supporting students.

Dr. Oliver has worked with different local community groups to develop and provide workshops to assist organizations in thinking critically about self-care practices, as well as offering trainings in social-justice, liberatory methods for providers caring for those most vulnerable in our society. Organizations include: Night Ministry; Bridge Live Arts; and East bay meditation Center (EBMC), among others. Dr. Oliver co-founded The Multi-racial Deep Refuge Group at EBMC in 2013.

Dr. Oliver works with a diverse clientele and specializes in providing culturally responsive and identity-affirming psychotherapy. Dr.Oliver works with adults in individual and group settings, as well as teens 16+, and has experience working with first generation and international undergraduate and graduate students, as well as artists, educators, and professionals. She holds particular insights into working with those that have been through chronic relational trauma, as well as those that have grown up in families where parental drug and alcohol addiction was ever present.


Message to clients

I use a relational-psychodynamic and liberatory approach to therapy, as well as incorporate mindfulness techniques that support you in identifying what is happening in the moment to help build awareness of what is happening between your body and mind.

My approach is guided by my belief that the deep meaningful changes that can occur in therapy must begin with building trust in the collaborative process that we will build over time.

We will work together, guided by your lived experience and "inner-knowing", as you build upon your self-awareness and ground yourself in feeling empowered to live the way that you want to live.

​I believe that you do not have to always have specific goals in therapy. Figuring things out can be a winding road filled with surprises and insights.

We all come from different micro-cultures, starting with our very earliest experiences that give us our language. I work to honor the ways you choose to speak to your experiences.

I believe that the body has its own language too! So I will support you in deepening your understanding of your many communication styles.

I believe we all ways of relating and surviving that no longer work for us, but need to be honored and grieved before we are able to make changes. It is important to build this sense of self-compassion as we work through this journey to discover the essential parts of you.

I provide online Individual Therapy for Adults 18+, as well as teens 16+


Specialties

Artists' mental health - Understanding of highly creative minds; goal setting related to the artistic and creative process; support finding meaningful balance in one’s life

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.

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




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Young adults (18-24)
  • Loveland Therapy Fund Clients

Insurance

Leah Oliver 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: $250 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $187 - $250

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
  • Direct billing
Payment options
  • Credit Card
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

We currently only accept credit cards and some HSA for payment. We do not accept insurance.

We can provide an invoice or superbill for services so you can seek reimbursement through your insurance.

We also offer a service that allows you to only pay your co-insurance if your insurance reinburses for out-of-network providers. We charge a fee of $15 convenience fee for this service, but we can waive that fee if you meet certain financial criteria.


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 Evening
  • Tue Evening
  • Wed Afternoon
  • Thu X
  • Fri Afternoon
  • Sat X
  • Sun X

Civic Center practice
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 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

Deeper than Color, Psychotherpist, 2023 - Present

California Institute of Integral Studies, Psy. D. , 2017


Licensure

California: 33098


Languages

English