Nicholas Hack, Therapist in Oakland , California — Zencare
Nicholas  Hack
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Nicholas Hack

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Psychologist, PsyD
California Accepting Online
Glenview Accepting In-person
Updated November 10, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Childhood trauma
  • Relationship issues
  • Loss, grief, and bereavement
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Identity development

Professional statement

Dr. Nicholas Hack is a Clinical Psychologist located in Oakland, CA. Dr. Hack supports clients who want to grow their mental health and wellbeing through the exploration of their pasts, beliefs, thoughts, and emotions. Many of his clients face trauma, grief, or overwhelming stress, which leaves them feeling like there’s something more to life that they need to find. He works with clients who are curious deep thinkers who feel driven to explore their inner worlds and find transformational meaning.

Dr. Hack is a psychodynamic therapist. This means that he begins the therapeutic relationship by building a strong working rapport with clients, which can then be used to deepen insight into the clients’ relationships. He encourages introspection and analysis, especially of instincts and motivations. Clients will look back on the messages they received growing up about how to live their lives, how to interact with others, and how to manage their emotions. They develop an understanding of how their minds work and continue to process through their current situations with this knowledge. Dr. Hack helps his clients strengthen their relationships, which can be romantic, platonic, or professional relationships.

Dr. Hack earned a PsyD and has over ten years of experience supporting clients. He previously worked with the farmers of the Salinas Valley, and was also a Peace Corps member who served in Zambia. He dedicates himself to staying current with the latest psychotherapy discourse and research to better serve his clients.


Message to clients

While I see people for a wide range of issues, I’m dedicated to helping those who want to work on themselves in order to improve their well-being and relationships. I come to this work with a contemporary psychodynamic approach, meaning we’ll explore things deeply rather than focus on superficial mental tricks or advice.

By going deep and looking within for understanding and answers, we can work together to create more a sense of choice about how you think, feel, and react. I don't see therapy as being about helping people not have feelings. For me therapy is about helping people feel capable and able to choose, no matter what they’re feeling.

The professional values and way of working that I bring to psychotherapy are not for everybody, and so I find it's helpful to have a short call before we decide if we'd like to schedule a session. I may want to hear about what your expectations are, what your needs are, or what past experiences with therapy have been like. I may talk a bit about how I think and what I offer in therapy. Ultimately, the most important goal for me is that you get the help you need, regardless of whether that's from me or another clinician.


Specialties

Childhood trauma - Learning how traumatic events in childhood can translate into adulthood; processing through difficult memories with the goal of moving past the experience and lingering symptoms

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

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

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

Identity development - Understanding, accepting, and strengthening one’s sense of self through the exploration of family, work, and personal values; addressing issues such as, race, class, gender, and sexual orientation, in the context of self experience




Clientele

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

Insurance

Nicholas Hack 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: $225 (50min)

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 9 am - 6 pm
  • Tue 9 am - 6 pm
  • Wed 9 am - 6 pm
  • Thu 9 am - 6 pm
  • Fri 10 am - 4 pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Glenview practice
3800 Park Blvd, Suite 200, Oakland , California 94602
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9 am - 6 pm
  • Tue 9 am - 6 pm
  • Wed 9 am - 6 pm
  • Thu 9 am - 6 pm
  • Fri 10 am - 4 pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 10 years

Private Practice, Clinical Psychologist, 2017 - Present
The Wright Institute , Clinical Supervisor, 2018 - 2022
Pacific Coast Psychiatric Associates, Clinical Psychologist, 2016 - 2021
Ann Martin Center, Registered Psychologist, 2013 - 2015
Crisis Support Services of Alameda County, Therapist, 2011 - 2012
The Wright Institute Clinic, Therapist, 2010 - 2011
EnCompass Academy, Therapist, 2009 - 2010
Walden House, Inc, Substance Abuse Re-Entry Counselor, 2007 - 2009

The Wright Institute, PsyD, 2014
The Wright Intitute, MA, 2012


Licensure

California: PSY27937


Languages

English