Licensed Psychotherapist Lic. #90751
Se Habla Español
At East Bay Area Therapy, you will experience a confidential, safe, and nonjudgmental environment where you can access a range of therapy services offered by Grace Ohikere, M.A., MFT. As a bilingual Spanish speaking mental health practitioner, Grace is culturally sensitive and has a unique understanding of the pressures, influences and oppression that can reside within different cultures and marginalized communities. Apart from being a California licensed psychotherapist, she is a Certified Treatment Specialist for Diverse Populations (CTSDP). The vast majority of her clients are people of diverse cultures living in various parts of the East Bay, South Bay, Central Valley, North Bay, Peninsula, and San Francisco.
Working collaboratively with Grace, you can find a form of therapy that you are comfortable with, including supportive therapy for individuals and couples. She has strong skills in the area of reducing traumatic memories and other symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Grace utilizes her training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to aid her clients in reducing the intensity of traumatic experiences. She loves to work with individuals struggling with anxiety since she has extensive experience working with those living with generalized anxiety on a daily basis, social anxiety, panic attacks, and phobias.
She is skilled with helping conflicted couples communicate in new ways and break repetitive cycles of arguments. She designs her own couples exercises to help couples deepen emotional intimacy with each other and completely forgive long-standing resentments and hurts from long ago. Grace is a certified premarital counselor and analyzes premarital relationships using the PREPARE/ENRICH program — and guides excited couples through exercises to prepare for commitment of marriage.
She welcomes people from all walks of life and offers specialized niche mental health services for LGBTQ+ couples therapy and LBGTQ+ Christians. She is sensitive to pronoun preferences, is able to connect her clients to local LGBTQ+ safe spaces, and is experienced with conducting family therapy, when needed. She has assisted same-sex couples in reducing conflict, resolving issues of ambivalent commitment, and increasing sexual satisfaction. Grace has been a support for those coming out of the closet for the first time, especially to their religious families.
For those seeking psychological evaluations for immigration cases, Grace also provides comprehensive and diagnostic assessments in the San Francisco Bay area and via video visit. As a culturally conscious therapist, Grace specializes in helping immigrant populations and their family members with psychological evaluations for their immigration case, such as a U visa, asylum, Violence Against Women’s Act (VAWA), T visa, and Extreme Hardship.
If you are looking for valuable resources to go alongside your therapy sessions with Grace or as an introduction to therapy, her audio meditation album and online video course Adios Anxiety provide both practical and psychological methods that are easy to apply. Unravel learnt behaviors with valuable anxiety management skills, relaxation exercises, and positive affirmations for a healthier way of thinking.
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Meet Our Team
Paola is Colombian native. She loves soccer, cinema, music and literature. She is an amateur sports journalist and a Barcelona and América de Cali fan. She is also involved in social causes and human rights collectives.
Paola es originaria de Bogotá, Colombia. Le encantan el fútbol, el cine, la música y la literatura. Es una periodista deportiva amateur y fanática del FC Barcelona y América de Cali. También está involucrada en causas sociales y colectivos de derechos humanos.
Meditation & Affirmations
Saying Goodbye to Stress, Anxiety,
and Panic Attacks
Spanish and English
Adios Anxiety Meditation Album (Mp3, English)
Digital download Mp3. Written and record by licensed psychotherapist, Grace Ohikere, MFT, Adiós Anxiety is a meditation and affirmations album designed for those living with elevated levels of stress, anxiety, and panic attacks.
Track 1 is a guided meditation, intended to relax muscle tension, increase a sense of safety, and calm repetitive preoccupation.
Track 2 is an uplifting affirmation track, created to reassure self-doubt, motivate indecision, and provoke positive thinking.
Versión en Español
Adiós Ansiedad álbum (Mp3, Español)
Version Mp3. Empiece a relajar los nervios y mejorar su estado de ánimo con la meditación guiada y afirmaciones. Los audios son escritos y grabados por una terapeuta licenciada, quién se especializa en reducir la ansiedad y resolver la experiencias traumáticas.
Adios Anxiety: A Video Series Course
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Adios Anxiety: A Video Series Course
Education, Research-Based Theory, Coping Skills, and Practice to Manage Anxiety
Adios Anxiety: A Video Series Course incorporates education, research-based theory, coping skills, and -in-course practice of newly learned stress and anxiety management techniques. , stress reduction, teaches mindfulness meditation , builds coping skills, and offers in-course relaxation exercises. It is designed for those who would like to learn about psychological principles from a real licensed psychotherapist apply easy-to-learn skills right away. The course focuses on material that would be best helpful for anyone struggling with stress, anxiety, and panic attacks.
Session 1- Introduction (4:40)
The instructor discusses her experience working with anxiety and stress issues and reviews the layout of the course offered.
Session 2 - Where Does Anxiety Come From? (09:22)
The origins of anxiety and stress are discussed from the perspectives of biology, trauma, and modeling. The function of anxiety is explained and differentiated from when anxiety becomes overwhelming or excessive.
Session 3 - Untwisting Anxious Thinking (11:14)
A segment about cognitive distortions which can lead to negative or anxious thinking.
Session 4 - Challenging Automatic Negative Thoughts (06:43)
An instructional segment that shows how to break down the sequence of an anxious thought, challenge it, and replace it.
Session 5 - Deep Breathing, Three Techniques for Relief (16:19)
The instructor teaches 3 different basic breathing techniques to counteract the physical sensations of anxiety and stress.
Session 6 - Easing Physical Tension (13:32)
An instructional exercise for eating physical tension through a physical progressive muscle relaxation.
*Any student with physical pain or illness should observe the segment before practicing the progressive muscle relaxation exercise to assess if it is appropriate. One should always consult with their physician if there have any questions regarding this segment or any other segment on this video series.
Session 7 - Coping With Stress Using the 5 Senses (15:01)
The instructor utilizes sight, sound, scent, and taste to show a variety of easy ways to stay mindful in the present moment with affordable household items.
Session 8 - Mindfulness Meditation (14:39)
A mindfulness meditation exercise for easy listening and relaxation. Students are recommended to find a comfortable place and to listen with their eyes closed or gaze gently at the visually relaxing nature images.
*Please note that this is an audio track taken from the album, Adios Anxiety: Saying Goodbye to Stress, Anxiety, and Panic attacks. If you enjoy this track, you may also enjoy the album which includes an additional track of affirmations for anxiety and stress.
***Please note that this course is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease, mental disorder, or illness. Always seek consultation from a physician should you have any questions about stress, anxiety, or curiosity if this course may be right for you. Do not operate a motor vehicle while viewing this course, as it applies strategies for stress and anxiety-reduction that may promote drowsiness.