• INES VANIMAN, Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist#88890

    under the Supervision of Colette Bischer-Choate LMFT #39065

    © 2015 - 2018 by Ines Vaniman

  • Who Needs Therapy?

    Therapy is usually seen as something a lot more complicated or scary than what it really is.

    The truth is, most people need therapy at some point in their lives and no, you don't need to be "crazy" to go see a therapist.

    If you are starting a new phase in your life, you feel lost, sad or anxious. If you just had a baby or you just lost someone. If you are getting married or are getting divorced. If you need help managing your children's behavior or you want to work on something with your partner, all of these are good reasons to seek help from a therapist.

    As you can see, there are a million and one reasons why you may want to see a therapist, and it's my job to be of help during that time.

    My goal is to help you get to where you want to go in life as quickly and as painless as possible.


  • About Me


    I grew up and started my training in Buenos Aires, Argentina and later moved to San Francisco so I could be at the hub of all the latest research and findings in Psychology.

    Growing up in South America allowed me to be influenced by the culture, be flexible and keep up with the times. During my training at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) I was exposed to the Psychodynamic models and the works of Sigmund Freud and Jacques Lacan ("traditional psychoanalysts"). However, upon moving to San Francisco, CA and furthering my training at The Wright Institute, I realized that I needed to get more in-depth knowledge of the latest evidenced-based treatments out there. As a result of this, I developed as a down to earth and efficient therapist, who uses scientifically proven approaches, based on the needs and preferences of my clients. I focus on building strong relationships, providing a space where, together, we can assess, develop and implement a plan to get you where you want to be.

    I have over 9 years of experience working with teenagers and adults. I enjoy working with young families adjusting to parenthood and children with different problems like divorce, behavioral/emotional issues and trauma. I have also worked extensively with teens (including LGBTQ) and young adults suffering from a wide range of issues such as school and relationship issues, low self-esteem, anxiety, substance abuse, depression, psychosis, chronic trauma and PTSD.

    I am bilingual in Spanish and English.

    In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my loved ones outdoors and, preferably, under the sun.


    I obtained my Masters of Arts in Counseling from The Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. I am a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern under supervision of Colette Bischer-Choate LMFT.

    I completed training in Brainspotting Phase 1 and 3 and am pursuing certification.

    In Argentina, I studied at the University of Buenos Aires, School of Psychology, where I graduated with honors and became a Psychologist.


  • Services: What I do.

    I provide high quality and effective psychotherapy to children, teens, adults and families. My goal is to make you feel comfortable and ready to explore the situations that have brought you to my office. My style of work is warm and approachable. I draw from practical and scientifically proven practices to help you achieve your goals as fast as possible. I usually mix evidenced based practices with psychodynamic theories to help me better understand your unique situation and guide treatment. As a result of this, it is my goal that you will gain better insight into your ways of coping and interacting with the world and will be able to achieve long-lasting, meaningful results.


    Individual Therapy

    $130 for 45-minute sessions once a week with children, teens and adults.

    Couple's Therapy

    $130 for 45-minute sessions, once a week with you and your partner.

    Sliding Scale Fee Available

    High quality and effective therapy should not be a luxury only accessible to a few. I offer sliding scale services to match your unique financial situation. Please call me to discuss your needs and the flexibility of my fees.

    Forms of Payment

    Payment is due at the beginning of the session in the form of cash, check or credit card.

  • Location

    Located at 3470 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Ste. A200 in Lafayette.

    Just 2 blocks away from the Lafayette BART Station and easily accessible from Highway 24. Free parking accessible.

  • Contact Me

    Have any Questions? Contact me!

    ines@inesvaniman.com (925) 385-6867

  • Initial forms

    If possible, please print, review, and fill out the forms below and bring them to your initial appointment to get the most out of your first session.

    Initial Psychotherapy forms if you are over 18 years old

    Initial Psychotherapy forms if you are under 18 years old