Carson Oberst
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #132923
(650) 735-1239


Carson has a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology, with a concentration in marriage and family therapy, from the University of San Francisco. He also earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Keene State College in New Hampshire.


He is particularly skilled and passionate about working with clients around themes of identity development, especially queer identity development, and relational/interpersonal effectiveness training.


Clinically, Carson has served clients from a wide array of cultural, demographic, and contextual backgrounds grappling with a multitude of presenting concerns. He has worked predominantly in community mental health, in sectors ranging from crisis hotlines to school-based services, to increase accessibility to mental health services for underserved and underrepresented populations.


At its core, Carson’s therapeutic work centers on unconditional respect, acceptance, compassion, and empathy. His integrative approach to counseling pulls from therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Attachment Theory, Psychodynamics, Existentialism, Internal Family Systems (IFS), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and others.


His work with all clients places an emphasis on the individual’s strengths, internal and external resources, and the unique, intersecting cultural identities of the person that informs their conceptualization of and approach to solving the presenting problem. Through the cultivation of a trusting and collaborative therapeutic alliance, Carson aims to work with you in exploring the multiple dimensions of your concern(s), acquiring insight, where possible, into the origins, meanings, and mechanisms maintaining the concern(s), and crafting a concrete, attainable action plan to elicit positive change and growth in your life.

Supervised by Tara Cronin, LMFT #41682