Jennifer Simon

JD (law, admitted to the bar in CA, inactive)

LCSW (clinical social work, CA)

I completed my Masters of Social Work at Smith College School for Social Work.  I received my post-masters training at Kaiser Permanente Oakland Adult Psychiatry, where I practiced individual adult and group psychotherapy for six years before transitioning into private practice.  Working at Kaiser afforded me experience with a wide range of client concerns and gave me the opportunity to work with clients from a wide range of socioeconomic, cultural, and relationship backgrounds.

Psychotherapy is my second career.  Before pursuing my MSW, I practiced as a corporate transactional attorney at two Bay Area law firms after completing my JD at Harvard Law School. Prior to my legal career, I received a BA in psychology from Rice University.  I chose to return to those roots and pursue a career in psychotherapy because I felt called to assist others with their emotional, psychological, and life challenges, rather than with their legal challenges!


My approach to therapy is eclectic and practical.  I tailor my work with each of my clients based on their needs, drawing from my unique background as well as my training in psychodynamic theory, mindfulness, CBT, DBT (intensively trained), EFT (pursuing advanced training), exposure and response prevention protocols, motivational interviewing, and brief, solution-focused therapy. 

I am a licensed clinical social worker in the state of California (LCSW 65973).



  • Mental Health Association of San Francisco, Vice President, Board of Directors, 2010-16, www.mentalhealthsf.org

  • California Society for Clinical Social Work, Member

  • National Association of Social Workers, Member

  • Northern California CBT Network, Member

  • The Psychotherapy Institute, Member

  • International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy, Member

  • Northern California Community for Emotionally Focused Therapy, Member

Jennifer Simon, JD, LCSW          2940 Summit Street, Suite 2C, Oakland, CA 94609          510-671-8186          jennifersimonlcsw@gmail.com

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