Dr. Beth Gadomski

Beth is a positive psychologist with over ten years of counseling experience, including clinical positions at Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley.
She offers private therapy in Oakland, California.



My therapeutic style can be described as active, interactive, supportive, accessible, appropriately humorous, and sometimes challenging. I encourage my clients to participate in their therapy by setting clearly defined goals for our treatment; together, we will journey together to navigate through your distress and towards relief, recovery, growth, and insight.

I received my doctorate in clinical psychology from Alliant International University’s California School of Professional Psychology in San Francisco, CA. My dissertation research focused on ethnic-racial and subcultural identity, which continues to be an area of expertise and interest. I completed my postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley, Counseling and Psychological Services, which then led to a staff position. Afterwards, I served as a psychologist at Stanford University’s Counseling and Psychological Services for several years before leaving to pursue a private therapy practice.


I will likely participate in our sessions by suggesting interventions that may assist in reducing your distress or by identifying patterns in your life that may no longer be serving you. If you are looking for a therapist who is largely silent and passive, we may not be the best fit. I will be active in your treatment and my hope is that you will be active in your recovery, as well.


Professional Affiliations
American Psychological Association Division 42, Member
Alameda County Psychological Association, Member
Open Minds: Psychotherapists Affirming Sexual & Gender Diversity, Member
GAYLESTA: The Psychotherapist Association for Gender and Sexual Diversity, Member
NCCEFT: Northern California Community for Emotionally Focused Therapy, Member
ICCEFT, International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy, Lifetime Member



Past Employment
Stanford University, Staff Psychologist
Counseling and Psychological Services
Stanford, CA

University of California, Berkeley, Contract Psychologist
Counseling and Psychological Services
Berkeley, CA

Post-doctoral fellowship:
University of California, Berkeley
Counseling and Psychological Services
Berkeley, CA

Pre-doctoral internship:
Santa Clara University
Counseling and Psychological Services
Santa Clara, CA

Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.)
Clinical Psychology
California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University
San Francisco, CA

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Psychology and Art History
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY


I have had the pleasure of working with Dr. Gadomski for several years at Stanford, and I find her clinical work to be of the highest quality. She shows incredible compassion, insight, and diligence in her work with clients. I would have no hesitation referring any of my own clients to her practice.

Inge Hansen , Psychologist and Program Manager for Weiland Health Initiative at Stanford University, vaden.stanford.edu

I have seen firsthand Dr. Gadomski’s ability to effectively treat a wide range of clients. She is warm, genuine, engaging, funny, smart, insightful, and appropriately challenging. Dr.Gadomski is an incredibly skilled psychologist and I can honestly say she is worthy of what I believe to be the the two highest compliments one can pay to a psychotherapist: her clients feel incredibly attached to her and other therapists refer to her frequently (myself included).

Dr. Meridee Wilson , Psychologist in Private Practice and Former Colleague at Stanford University, affinitypsych.com


Concerns Treated Include

  • Personal/intrapersonal growth and transformational processes
  • Identity exploration, including gender identity and sexual orientation questioning
  • Relationship transitions (including infidelity, separation, and divorce)
  • Life / Career changes and transitions
  • Relationship/interpersonal concerns (family, romantic/dating, friendships)
  • Eating Disorders*, body image concerns, compulsory exercise
  • Grief and Loss
  • Depression
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Poor self-esteem / poor self-confidence and Assertiveness
  • Motivation / procrastination

* Please note that Eating Disorder symptoms may require concurrent treatment with a registered dietician and/or a physician, as a requisite to counseling.


Special Populations Served

  • Couples and Partners*
  • Multicultural / Bicultural, Multiracial / Biracial
  • Ethnic-racial minorities
  • Subcultural participants (e.g. Burners, musicians, artists, tech)
  • Sexual minorities
  • Poly-aware, Kink-aware, Trans-friendly
  • Alternative sexualities
  • Undergraduate and Graduate students
  • Multiple Partners

* Dr. Gadomski has received advanced post-graduate training in Emotionally-Focused Therapy and The Gottman Method, which are two empirically-supported approaches to working with couples and partners.


Approach to Therapy
In working with clients, my aim to improve their ability to manage emotional distress and related psychological symptoms to provide lasting and meaningful change. This includes creating change that avoids an open-ended reliance on therapy.

As human beings, we rely on emotions to navigate our external environment and our internal experience. Emotions inform us of our wants, needs, and interests. Learning how to listen to our emotions, however, is a difficult process. In fact, many of us minimize, avoid, or ignore our internal feelings. Others have never learned how to attend to and reflect on emotions. Challenges and struggles result from failing to respond to our internal emotional states; this can lead to internal conflicts, relationship concerns, difficult moods, psychological symptoms, distress, and discomfort. In addition to learning to better reflect on our emotions and any resulting distressful symptoms, therapy provides an opportunity to reflect on 1) what is most important to us, 2) how we better obtain larger, meaningful life goals, and 3) how we live our best life.

While symptom reduction and recovery are the hopeful outcomes of therapeutic treatment, I additionally emphasize the importance of connecting with one’s authenticity. Authenticity guides our preferences, our personality, and our interests. Authenticity allows us to be our best self and respond productively to our internal feeling states without allowing unrealistic expectations (set by ourselves or others) to interfere with our decision-making and our well-being. Without enhancing and celebrating our authenticity, we become trapped in misguided patterns catering to external influences that are incongruent with our sense of self. Increasing one’s authenticity will increase resilience to life stressors and periods of emotional turmoil well after symptom reduction is obtained.

To connect with our authentic self, we must integrate our emotions, our biological influences, our social world, our various identities (personality, work, family, relational), our interests, and our lifestyle. I can assist you with this process through therapy.


Theoretical Style/Orientation
Every therapist has a theoretical orientation; a theoretical orientation is a specific perspective and approach towards conducting therapy often obtained during graduate studies and later enhanced in professional work. There are countless theoretical orientations, which serve different purposes, symptoms, and types of individuals. My theoretical orientation is called integrative, which is an approach that draws from several theoretical orientations and tailors treatment to each client, each couple, and each partner based on their presenting concerns and their therapeutic goals. An integrative approach is not a one-size-fits-all approach; instead, this approach adjusts to your specific needs. My integrative theoretical orientation utilizes several therapy models, including cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic (or insight-oriented), relational, mindfulness-based approaches, and humanistic. For couple and multiple partner therapy, my work is informed through Gottman Method and Emotionally Focused Therapy. If you would like to learn more about my theoretical orientation or about the aforementioned theoretical models, please contact me directly.


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If you would like to schedule a complimentary 15-minute phone consultation and/or an initial appointment, you are welcome to contact Dr. Beth Gadomski directly via phone or email, or BOOK ONLINE.

 4001 Howe Street
Oakland, CA 94611

 Phone: (415) 890-3995
Fax: (415) 901-6581