Lara Taylor Kester, LMFT

Lara Taylor Kester, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
LIC NO. 112358

Oakland, CA


I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Masters in Counseling Psychology and a Certificate in Traumatology from Holy Names University. I have also presented on mental health and geek culture at several comic conventions. I have over 10 years experience in crisis management and in home therapeutic services, working with at risk adolescents and young adults. I specialize in working with LGBTQ+ individuals, adolescents and young adults, and trauma survivors. I believe that the best way to learn about ourselves and communicate with others is through the media and fandoms we enjoy. I will work to integrate your passions into evidence based treatment approaches to make therapy fit your experiences. From comics and video games to sports, music, or whatever you geek out about, I encourage my clients to share what they are most passionate about as part of their therapeutic journey. Therapy can be intimidating and it can seem more so when we are at our most vulnerable. Whether you're dealing with depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, or life changes, my experience and compassion will be there for you on your path to overcoming the obstacles in your life and becoming your best self.


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Child Abuse
Parenting Issues
Behavioral Modification
Anxiety Disorders