Stephen Adair Vernon

Stephen Adair Vernon

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)

Albany, California

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Personal Statement

I am a Jungian psychotherapist and, as such, believe that our deep interior selves, the psyche, wants us to learn more about ourselves and our relationships. With that foundation I draw from several theoretical approaches, focus on clients feelings and beliefs and have often witnessed the importance of the emergence of the symbolic in our lives.

I started in this field in Michigan as crisis mental health and substance abuse counselor in the 1970’s. We had an approach called “empathy training” based on Carl Rogers’ client/feeling-centered approach and traversed the state as trainers for other clinics, police, fire and community groups.

When I came to California I became licensed as a marriage and family therapist and started a private practice in 1984. I have also had extensive clinical and managerial experience in public health and academics. Among other experiences, I have been a counselor, Clinical Director and Executive Director for Fort Help Substance Abuse Clinic; HIV Mental Health Director for California Pacific Medical Center; Behavioral Health Director and Executive Director for different Family Service Agencies.

I teach Graduate Psychology courses and provide clinical supervision for graduate students and employee interns.

Client Focus (Age)

  • Children (6 to 10)
  • Preteens/Tweens (11 to 13)
  • Adolescents/Teenagers (14 to 19)
  • Adults
  • Elders (65+)

Therapy Specialties

  • Academic Underachievement
  • Addictions
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Binge Eating
  • Bipolar
  • Borderline Personality
  • Bulimia
  • Child or Adolescent
  • Codependency
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Drug Abuse
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Eating Disorders
  • Family Conflict
  • Men's Issues
  • Narcissistic Personality
  • Parenting
  • Peer Relationships
  • Personality Disorders
  • Pregnancy/Childbirth
  • Relationships
  • Self Esteem
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Substance Abuse
  • Trauma and PTSD

Treatment Orientation

  • Attachment-based
  • Collaborative Problem Solving
  • Eclectic
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Existential
  • Family / Marital
  • Gestalt
  • Humanistic
  • Interpersonal
  • Jungian
  • Mindfulness Based Approaches
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
  • Person Centered/Rogerian
  • Play Therapy
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational
  • Sand Play
  • Transpersonal


  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Family
  • Group

Years in Practice

20+ years


License Name License State Year
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) MFC19830 California 1984


Name Duration
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
National Association on Mental Illness (NAMI)


School Degree Major Year
John F Kennedy University MA Psychology 1981