Richard Austin  Heafey
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Richard Austin Heafey

Psychologist, PsyD
California Accepting Online
Oakland Accepting In-person
Updated June 24, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • Academic challenges
  • Child mental health
  • Learning disabilities
  • Psychological evaluations & testing
  • Neuropsychological testing
  • Adolescent mental health

Professional statement

Dr. R. Austin Heafey is a licensed clinical psychologist who works with children, adolescents, parents and families to provide both support and treatment for a wide range of social, domestic, personal and psychological concerns. Regardless of who he is working with, his primary focus is improving self-esteem, building self-confidence and working to enrich his patients' self-worth. The more faith a person has in their own abilities and innate uniqueness, the more they are able to engage with the world they live in, the family they belong to and the life they deserve to experience. Dr. Heafey aims to improve his patients' quality of life.

Dr. Heafey has experience using a number of treatment modalities including, but not limited to, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Interpersonal Therapy, Developmental Theory and Logo Therapy. Only after he has met with and had a chance to listen to his clients' specific needs, and, most importantly, gain a sense of who he is working with, does he discuss which therapeutic technique he believes would be of greatest value towards achieving their goal. Dr. Heafey is both comfortable and familiar with both short and long term treatment modalities, and welcomes input from collateral sources, or when it is indicated, to work with other clinicians as part of treatment team.

Over the years, Dr. Heafey has cultivated many contacts in a range of other fields he can call upon for additional help. Should it be desired, all of his patients have access to neuropsychological testing. Be it for an extended time, ADHD, dyslexia or just to better understand learning styles, both his patients and Dr. Heafey are fortunate to have access to renowned neuropsychologist who shares his approach of treatment: Dr. Gerard Chambers.

Message to clients

Unfold Psychology is a Conceirge Mental Health Provider: psychiatric services, neuropsychological testing, testing accommodations and psychological treatment.

Treatment choice and length is based on: 1) age, 2) presenting problem, 3) current mental status and 4) motivation. The most effective, evidence based, treatment is cognitive behavioral therapy, but the best treatment is often a mixture of several techniques with dynamic interventions.

You will get a call back within the hour, and you will experience what it is like to feel confident in your child's mental health team!

Unlike 99% of every other doctor’s office, we understand life changes rather rapidly. Kids forget, they get sick, sometimes they just don’t feel like it… At Unfold Psychology we do penalize your family. There are NO CANCELLATION FEES OR PENALTIES if your child or you miss a session.

We do recommend you try to make the session up within a week, so that the tempo of the therapeutic treatment remains intact, but sometimes this is not possible. We also ask you to do everything you can to avoid missing sessions, and if you have to, please let us know with as much advance warning as possible: call, text or email.

If you call us, and do not think it is a good fit, we will work with you to find someone else - YOUR care matters most!


Academic challenges - Addressing underperformance in coursework, school avoidance, and procrastination

Child mental health - Specialized strategies for common childhood disorders including attention issues, attachment problems, behavioral disorders, learning disorders, autism spectrum diagnoses, and feeding or elimination issues.

Learning disabilities - Developing strategies for successful learning specific to one’s unique strengths and challenges

Psychological evaluations & testing - A broad range of tests and assessments that may be used to identify present strengths, provide diagnosis clarity, and inform treatment goals

Neuropsychological testing - Evaluations of general brain functioning, as well as assessment for changes or impairments. Typically involves an interview, as well as series of tests.

Adolescent mental health - Working with adolescents, teenagers, and parents on social, academic, and/or emotional challenges throughout teenage years; addressing anxiety, family conflicts, peer relationships, school stress, transition to college, social media pressures, self-esteem, hopelessness about the future, emotional disregulation


  • Adults (24+)
  • Children (<12)
  • Families
  • Parents
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)


Richard Heafey 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: $300 (60min)
  • Initial session: $300 (90min)
  • Couples sessions: $300 (60min)
  • Group sessions: $300 (60min)
  • Family sessions: $300 (60min)

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
  • Courtesy billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • PayPal
  • Venmo
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Every other month
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed
Therapist's note

We are a Conceirge Provider: we will help family's arrange collateral services, speak with our patients and their families in between sessions, and can facilitate a psychiatric evaluation with 3 days of the initial request, and a neuropsychological evaluation (extended time on tests, accommodations on the (SAT, SSAT, MCAT, GRE, GMAT etc.) within 1-2 weeks. We are a "all in one" mental health service provider!


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
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Oakland practice
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
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Work and Education

Piedmont High School, Clinical Psychologist , 2016 - 2018
St. Anthony's , Psych Assistant , 2016 - 2017
Father Alfred's Center, Clinical Psychologist , 2016 - 2017
Highland Hospital (Alameda Health Systems), Pre-Doctoral Intern, 2015 - 2016
Stanford Hospital - Cardiac Devision , Psychological Consultant , 2015 - 2016
Girls Inc, Practicum Student , 2014 - 2015
Age Song, Practicum Student, 2013 - 2014

California Institute of Integral Studies , PsyD in Doctor of Clinical Psychology, 2014
California Institute of Integral Studies, M.A. Clinical Psychology , 2013
Holy Names University, M.A. in Forensic Psychology, 2010
Holy Names Univeristy, M.A. in Counseling Psychology, 2010
Georgtown University, EMT-B, 2005
Georgetown University , B.A. Biology , 2004


California: PSY30807