Tanisha Stewart, PsyD


Psychological Assistant
Supervised by Dr. Karisa L. Barrow PSY 24080

At times life can feel overwhelming, isolating, or riddled with anxiety and depression. Perhaps things just feel stuck and you are seeking a change and hoping to get more out of life. Psychotherapy is a tool people can use to gain support, express themselves and obtain insight into life’s troubles. I try to create a space that is non-judgmental, encouraging, and supportive to promote growth and understanding. At times therapy may feel challenging as we process painful memories and events. I approach therapy relationally, viewing the client as the expert of their life as we explore it together. My role is to facilitate the journey with the knowledge and experience I have acquired over the years helping others. I assist the client in gaining the skills to make their own self-discoveries and develop new ways of coping.

I integrate behavioral techniques into my foundation of psychodynamic theory and practice. I believe in a client-centered treatment and tailor interventions to fit the individual client’s needs. Psychodynamic treatment can help people find words to things that have gone unsaid and discuss ideas that have been too threatening to think about. While cognitive behavioral techniques allow a client and I to explore how one’s actions and assumptions about the world shape how we view themselves and others. I help people to see the world through a new lens and encourage trying new behaviors, opening the possibility of new positive outcomes happening.

Areas of Specialty

  • Adolescents and Transitional Aged Adults

  • Current and Former Foster Youth

  • Gender Affirmative Assessment and Psychotherapy

  • Physical and Sexual Trauma

  • Couples Therapy

  • Grief and Loss


Tanisha Stewart earned her Doctorate of Psychology from The Wright Institute and has worked in community mental health for over a decade. Her interests are exploring identity and lived experiences within the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and class. Dr. Stewart’s research explores how the racial diversity of one’s neighborhood while growing up influences cross-racial interactions later in life, specifically the ability to perceive microaggressions, or subtle racism.

Prior to graduate school, Dr. Stewart worked in school-based and residential programs at Seneca Family of Agencies. She trained at the Wright Institute’s School-Based Collaborative at Oakland Technical High School, Alameda Family Services, Conard House, Inc, and The Wright Institute’s Psychodynamic Clinic where she was a liaison to the Youth Radio Program. She completed her internship at Ann Martin Center.

Dr. Stewart is a member of the inMind group practice in Oakland which specializes in providing services and assessments for transgender and gender-expansive youth and their families. She is currently earning hours towards licensure as a Psych. Assistant to Dr. Karisa Barrow. Dr. Stewart also supervises clinicians at The Wright Institute’s Psychodynamic Clinic.

Dr. Stewart is the former chair of the Pre-Licensed Committee and current Treasurer of the Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology (NCSPP) . She is also a member of the California Psychological Society and Mind the Gap. Her broad scope of clinical experiences allows her to integrate several theories and interventions into her therapeutic practice including psychodynamic theory, narrative therapy, behavioral interventions, harm reduction, and motivational interviewing for substance abuse.

If you are looking for consultation or psychological services, please call Dr. Tanisha Stewart at 510.995.6233 or email her at