Stephanie McWoods, Therapist in Oakland, California — Zencare
Stephanie  McWoods
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Stephanie McWoods


Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
California Accepting Online
Lakeside Accepting In-person
Updated September 4, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • Race & cultural identity
  • Trauma
  • Self-esteem
  • LGBTQIA, gender, and sexuality topics
  • Women's issues
  • Transition to new parenthood

Professional statement

Stephanie McWoods is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oakland, California. She specializes in trauma, depression, race and identity issues, and childhood trauma. She works with adults across the lifespan as well as couples. Stephanie is passionate about working with BIPOC and LGBTQIA professionals. She provides a safe and healing space for folks who are constantly challenging the status quo, -isms, patriarchy, and White Supremacy.

Stephanie’s therapeutic approach is warm, affirming, conversational, and cultrally sensitive. She is intentional in cultivating a therapeutic relationship inviting clients to feel safe to heal and rediscover themselves. Stephanie utilizes a strength based decolonized, social justice oriented therapeutic lens and integrates the following therapeutic approaches EMDR, Mindfulness, Internal Family Systems, Somatic therapy, Brainspotting, Attachment-Based therapy and Energy Psychology. In her couples’ work, Stephanie utilizes Gottman strategies and Prepare/Enrich to support couples in evaluating and assessing their relationship. She helps couples who are facing issues like communication, intimacy, and complex trauma.

Stephanie is a certified trauma specialist, having received several trainings and certifications in treatments such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Integrative Somatic Parts Work (IFS). She received her master’s degree from Saint Louis University in Clinical Social Work and has worked with BIPOC and LGBTQIA individuals and families since 2015.

Stephanie cares deeply for each of her clients, approaching their experience in therapy from a holistic standpoint. In addition to setting goals in treatment, she also ensures clients are doing well energetically, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Stephanie integrates metaphysical or energetic healing into her work, challenging clients to recognize their own power.

Currently Stephanie is offering in person and virtual sessions.

Message to clients

I discovered on my own journey, that life can be easy and liberating, when we tap into our unapologetic selves and stop trying to fit into what has been socially constructed or expected of us. We actually have no limits to our abilities, dreams, and desires. In my work with clients, I invite them to take the leap of faith in letting go of socially constructed views of how they should be or exist, and rather settle into what they desire and what works for them. You can never lose when you’re betting on yourself. I believe life can be easy and liberating when we step outside of these oppressive and limiting systems (sometimes the systems are literally our own limitations).


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

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

Self-esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect

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

Women's issues - Therapy tailored to common concerns among women; providing a safe and understanding space to address life challenges, stressors, and questions around identity as a woman

Transition to new parenthood - Working with parents as they adjust to new parenthood


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)


Stephanie McWoods 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: $200 (50min)
  • Initial session: $200 (50min)
  • Couples sessions: $250 (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
Payment options
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • Zelle
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • Every other week


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 9am - 5pm
  • Tue 9am - 5pm
  • Wed 9am - 5pm
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri 9am - 5pm
  • Sat 9am - 12pm
  • Sun Closed

Lakeside practice
1941 Jackson Street, Suite 17, Oakland, California 94621
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9am - 5pm
  • Tue 9am - 5pm
  • Wed 9am - 5pm
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri 9am - 5pm
  • Sat 9am - 12pm
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 6 years

Onyx Perspective Therapy, Owner, Psychotherapist, 2021 - Present
Doorway Therapeutics , Associate Pscyhotherapist, 2019 - 2021

Saint Louis University , Masters of Social Work, 2016


California: 100307