Wellspring Psychotherapy

Support & Solutions
Helping Good Families with Challenging Situations






              Deborah Rogers LMFT

  8 Crow Canyon Ct., Suite 110  San Ramon  CA 94583

                                                   925 831-2442   |   Call Today

Main Menu

4 Schedule Online Now  3

No More Phone Tag!

Receive Appointment
Reminders & Confirmations

Make Appointments 24/7
Check Your Schedule
Cancel & Reschedule
Confidential Secure Site



  Tips to Try 
  Effective Solutions 
Common Stressors
  Schedule Sessions
  Contact Us

What's New                                
  TV 30 Interviews
  Finish Projects & Goals 
6-Session Assessments

  Adult Individuals 
  Child Play Therapy
Couples Therapy

  OCD Treatment Program

Play Therapy                             
  What is Play Therapy 
Issues Helped by Play 
  Signs of When to Call
Common Stressors

  Tips for Parents
  Update Sessions  
Participating with Child 
Helping Your Family

Clinical Trainings 
Individual Therapy 
  Sublet Office Space
  Private Practice Training

  "Angry Energy Spikes"  
"What Happened Next?"
  Sharing Resources

Suggested Reading                  
  Stress & Anxiety
  ADD Child & Adult
  Grief & Loss
  Men & Boys
  Bullies & Behaviors
  Self Injury
  Health & Wellness

  Narcissistic Personality Disorder
  Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Helpful Links                              

Contact Us  -  About Us           
  925 831-2442

4 Schedule Online Now 3




An individual should not strive to eliminate his complexes...

but get into accord with them...

For they are legitimately what directs his conduct in the world.

           Sigmund Freud
















Man can live about forty days without food...

About three days without water...
About eight minutes without air...

But only for one second without hope.

Hal Lindsey





- Adults                        - Adult 6-Session Assessment                  - Adolescents        
- Children                      - Child 6-Session Assessment                  - Couples 
- Families                      - Talking Back to OCD 

You might be surprised to find out that a lot can be done toward making positive shifts in individuals and in families by working with only one or two members of the family as opposed to everyone in the family.  The benefits tend to trickle down to others in the system.

We might start off by working with you as an individual and at some point, we might consider adding a few sessions with your spouse, your child or your teenager.  Everyone in the family is a valuable resource for finding new and effective solutions!  And if only one family member wants to attend, lots of positive work can be done with this approach as well.  We work together as a team to determine the best approach for your particular issues.

Adult Individuals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
"I don't like feeling this way!  I want to move through these issues and come out on the other side!"

Sometimes you might seem stuck and not as happy as you would like.  Maybe you find yourself feeling sad or angry too much or maybe you have frustrations with things that happen at home or at work.

Signals of discomfort or pain are usually indicators that we need to "do something".  Remember that well known saying..."Continuing to do the same thing but expecting a different outcome is the definition of insanity".

Finding a combination of positive ways to modify the situation, acknowledge and attend to our needs, and to regulate our uncomfortable feelings, is frequently a very effective approach.

We tend to rely on distraction as a way to manage our challenging situations.  But we need additional coping skills in order to actually "do something" about our most challenging issues.

Our teamwork approach helps us discover what the core issues might be.  We build on your existing strengths and then find additional solutions that you can begin using immediately. 

Adults - 6-Session Assessment & Solutions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

If you have unsettling feelings or aren't sure why you seem to be grouchy or withdrawn so often, call and schedule this brief 6-Session Assessment & Solutions series to gain some insights and to pick up a few new coping strategies.

Then at other times you might already know what the main stressor is but you are not quite sure about what to do next.  Together, we can work toward developing the most effective plan for bringing you solutions and relief.

It is really surprising sometimes to find out just what might be causing the irritation or pain in your life.   

Session 1
We begin by discussing the issues you are concerned about and an overall history.  You will receive suggestions of things that might help at this initial stage.  These recommendations become more detailed as we move through the six sessions

Session 2 to 5
These meetings are a combination of looking more closely into your current issues, building on your existing strengths, finding helpful insights to soothe your thoughts and feelings and then generating solutions that you can incorporate .

Session 6

At the end of our six sessions, we do an overview of what we have discovered, discuss the improvements and changes that each of us have noticed and we fine tune the solutions we have developed for you.

Recommendations are also given regarding the steps you might want to take next in order to keep this positive momentum going


Children 2 to 12 Years . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
"What's happening with my children?  Sometimes it feels like they are just trying to make me mad!"

What type of struggles are you having with your children?  Do they fight with siblings, get in trouble at school or daycare?  Do they intensely resist potty training or are picky eaters?  Or maybe they have very few friends, only want to watch television, or act much younger than their chronological age.

Learn how to read your child's coded communication and practice a simple formula for setting boundaries that get positive responses.  Gradually, see their negative behavior diminish as they feel more understood, supported and empowered.  Relief comes as your child starts responding to the family rules which validate their contributions. 

Bring your child in for some
play therapy, which most children thoroughly enjoy.  It can do wonders for making positive shifts for your child and your family.  

Kids - 6-Session Assessment & Solutions  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . .
"Why do my kids act that way?  They are great kids and really smart, so why do they..."
- Not listen to you when you talk         - Hit you or others 
- School struggles & conflicts                -
Fight with siblings
- Have tantrums in public places           -
Tell lies

Start the year off on a positive note by finding out what your child is trying to tell you through their coded language of behaviors.  Once parents learn to read their child's behavior more accurately a new level of cooperation and happiness can open up for the whole family.

Session 1
Includes one or both parents to discuss the issues you are concerned about and an overall history of your child's emotional and physical development.  You will receive suggestions of things that might help at this initial stage.  These recommendations become more detailed as we move through the six sessions.  

Session 2
Includes your child and one or both parents.  And kids usually love coming in to play.  The issues discussed in Session 1 determine the exact configuration of who attends this session.  Through our play, we begin looking for important clues from your child about what they might be struggling with.

Session 3
Your child comes in for individual
play therapy where we continue to create a safe place together so they can begin exploring what might be going on in their world.  If the child is very young, two or three years old, then it is often most productive to have one parent included in the session too.

Session 4 & 5
Your child works on expressing their feelings through our therapeutic play and putting feelings into words.  As their sense of safety and trust develops, your child begins the process of resolving some of their issues. 

Session 6
Parents come in alone to discuss the improvements and changes they have noticed.  Solutions that are tailored to you and your child will be provided as well as recommendations for the steps you might want to take next in order to keep this positive momentum going.
Add valuable tools to your problem-solving repertoire in a supportive atmosphere.   We build on your existing strengths as you go through this process of change.  Then the most positive outcomes are made available to you and those you love.

Contact  our office to learn more about these two important Assessment and Solutions series and to schedule an appointment.  Your child's difficult behaviors are very stressful for them so they will thank you one day for helping them learn how to feel better.  And the same goes for you and your stress too!  

Family Therapy  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

When difficulties come up in your immediate family, or in your extended family, it can be a big relief to come in to get some new ideas and support.

Everyone in the family is a valuable resource for finding new and effective solutions!  And if only one family member wants to attend, lots of positive work can be done with this approach as well. We work together as a team to determine the best approach for your particular issues. 


 Adolescents  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
The teen years are a special time packed with lots of important transitions and growth.  And even though they might push hard to create some space for themselves, they still need to know that you will continue to provide a solid base that they can depend upon.
As a parent, it is helpful to come in to see how you might need to adjust your parenting style.  It just doesn't work to use the same methods you used for so many years when they were younger.  And it can be very painful to have your child push you away too.  So parents need some extra support during this transition as well as the teen.  

Intense feelings and worries of parents and teens tend to set the stage for power struggles and parents wonder what they can do to help the situation improve.  It can be very difficult to provide compassion in a relationship where the teen is actively pushing you away.  This doesn't mean that you should actually go away, even though that's what your child might be saying on the surface. 

And from the adolescent's perspective, it is challenging to feel connected with parents who seem to be constantly telling them what to do and they end up not feeling understood.

With education and career decisions to make, they are trying to figure out who they are as unique individuals, their bodies and brains are going through huge developmental shifts and they have pressures from both peers and family to conform to certain standards.  Then there are the dangers of drugs and alcohol potentially being used as a coping tool and for recreation.  

So this can be a very tough stage for teens and their families.  Many adolescents find relief in having a neutral place to discuss the variety of challenges they face and finding healthy ways to manage their stress as they gradually move into adulthood.  Scheduling a few sessions can go a long way toward making this transition as positive as possible

Couples  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
"We keep having the same struggles over and over, along with a few new ones!"

Having different philosophies concerning finances, how the children should be raised, clashing ideas about how to spend your time off and just where is the "right" place to squeeze the toothpaste tube anyway?

There are usually some very understandable reasons why each of you are doing things that end up irritating each other.  Because so many deeper issues are activated through your primary relationship, and because problems can develop gradually over time, people often get stuck before they realize how challenging things have become.  

So don't wait too long before you come in to get some new strategies for understanding what is going on in your relationship.  Schedule a few sessions to discover some of the valid deeper points that are connected to these issues so you can grow beyond feeling stuck.  We build on your existing strengths and practice successful communication
methods, while learning more about how to meet the needs of both you and your partner. 

Talking Back to OCD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
The path to overcoming this illness is spelled out clearly with this wonderful 8-Step program developed by John S. March MD with Christine M. Benton and their book "Talking Back to OCD. 

The support and guidance from our office helps you successfully work through the various steps of healing.  And through the use of Exposure and Response Prevention,  as well as other tools, we gradually eliminate the obsessions and compulsions that have been trying to take over your life. 

Imagine how much easier and happier life would be if you, or your child, didn't need to give in to the demands of OCD! 

Children (ages 4 and up), teens and adults are all able to use the strategies found in this program.  Even those who only have milder forms of anxiety would find relief in using some of these tools.

Schedule a few sessions to find out more about this powerful way of increasing your happiness and gaining more control in your life.


Note: The use of this web site or email link does not 
in any way imply a patient-therapist relationship.


Payment Methods


4 Schedule Online Now 3 
No More Phone Tag!

Visa -  Mastercard
Personal Check

Private Pay Patients                
Simply bring a check or credit card and have that ready at the beginning of each session. 

In-Network Patients               
Our office verifies your benefits, provides you with your remaining deductible amount, number of sessions allowed, and submits any required clinical information to your insurance.

Out-of-Network Patients          
Receive benefits directly from your insurance. 
Check or credit card payments required at each appointment.

We have helpful submission tips, office receipts and approved claim forms for patients who use their insurance out-of-network. 

Monthly Payments                     
Individuals and families with very busy schedules  sometimes use a monthly payment schedule to streamline the process even further

Military Families                    
Confidential support for individuals and families using your Ceridian, TriWest, TriCare insurance.  Free sessions through Military OneSource.   www.militaryonesource.com at 800-342-9647. 

24-Hour Cancellation              
Your appointments are very important and they require a full 24-Hour notice in order to release your financial obligation. 

If you use insurance, please note that they will not cover missed sessions or late cancellations.  These  remain your  financial obligation.

Call our office to determine which billing method will work best for you. 

Contact Us  -  About Us           
  925 831-2442

4 Schedule Online Now 3




Worry is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind.

If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.

Arthur Somers Roche




Copyright 1995 - 2018  Wellspring Psychotherapy  All Rights Reserved