HALL MCCANN, LCSW
Personal challenges are a normal part of the human experience. You are in good company if you’ve ever felt at a crossroads in life, ambivalent or stuck, and like old ways of navigating personal problems don’t seem to be working. While these experiences can be incredibly uncomfortable, they can also provide opportunities for personal growth and positive change. I support people in creating and maintaining healthy relationships, both with others and with themselves. Through this work, people are able to experience relief from feelings of anxiety and stress, overwhelming emotions, and uncertainty. Over time, this allows them to better connect with their inner knowledge about who they are and what they really want.
I received my Master of Social Work degree from Hunter College in New York City, where I specialized in clinical treatment with adolescents, adults, children, and parent-child dyads. I have provided psychotherapy and mental health care in a variety of settings, including both private practice and community based programs. I am relationally and psychodynamically oriented, and my work is heavily informed by attachment theory. I also use skills based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and mindfulness techniques where indicated, especially in response to overwhelming emotions and feelings of anxiety. I carefully consider environmental factors including marginality and systemic oppression, as well as the impact of culture and community on a person’s wellbeing. I believe in transformation through identifying and addressing patterns and their origins, as well as the healing power of a therapeutic relationship.
My training, as well as personal and professional experience, has led me to develop a therapeutic approach that is genuine, non-judgmental, flexible, and personalized. My style is supportive and direct, and infused with humor and personality. I don’t give advice, I support you in uncovering and clarifying your own strengths, intuition, and inner knowledge about who you are and what you really want.
I work primarily with adolescents and adults around life transitions and identity issues, which manifest in various ways. I work with adults around changes in relationships, careers, lifestyles, and other aspects of the human experience. I also work with parents and children, together or separately, around shifting family dynamics that often occur when teens start middle school, high school, or college, and experience the challenges of individuation. I support teens in managing academic anxiety, and navigating identity development as well as healthy, positive peer and early romantic relationships.
I specialize in working with children, teens, and adults navigating divorce and high degrees of family conflict. I am experienced in working with people who are part of non-traditionally structured family systems, including addressing shifting family roles related to the introduction of parents’ new partners and step-siblings. I enjoy working with children, teens and adults navigating foster care and adoption situations (both formal and informal), and adults who have been through foster care themselves.
I also support people navigating issues related to gender and sexuality, and specialize in working with LGBTQ families, including with trans and nonbinary children, teens, adults, and/or their family members.
Parent-Child Dyadic Psychotherapy
I don't currently accept insurance, but will gladly provide you with documentation to submit to your insurance company for out of network reimbursement.
I reserve a certain number of sliding scale slots, so don't let financial hardship prevent you from reaching out.
Finding a therapist can be a daunting process, and it's important to find someone who feels like the right fit. Get in touch to schedule a free phone consultation and see if we'd be a good match.
431 30th St. Suite 220B
Oakland, CA, 94609