• INES VANIMAN, licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #106664


    © 2015 - 2021 by Ines Vaniman LMFT

  • Why Therapy?

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

    The truth is, most people would benefit from 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. Maybe you just feel "stuck" and want to figure out a new way of doing things. Perhaps you can't seem to get out of your head and you feel disconnected from everyone around you. If you just had a baby or you just lost someone. If you have a high-stress, high-performing job or you want to take your life on a different path. All of these are just a few examples as to why you may want to consult with 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 as possible.




    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 trained in 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 evidence-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 to where you want to be.

    As a former athlete, I enjoy working with sports performance, athletes, high-performing individuals, and perfectionism.

    I have over 15 years of experience working with teenagers and adults. I enjoy working with new families adjusting to parenthood and people experiencing different difficulties like stress and anxiety, marriage and divorce, behavioral/emotional issues, and trauma. I have also worked extensively with teens and young adults navigating a wide range of issues such as school and relationship issues, low self-esteem, anxiety, gender and sexual identity, medical trauma, substance abuse, depression, psychosis, chronic trauma, and PTSD.

    I am bilingual in English and Spanish.

    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 Psychology from The Wright Institute in Berkeley, California.

    Board of Behavioral Sciences Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #106664

    I completed training in Brainspotting Phase 1, 2 and 3 and am pursuing certification.

    I am Board member and Supervisor at the Bay Area Psychotherapy Training Institue.

    I am a Board member for The Meg Foundation for Pain.

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


  • Location

    Located at 3468 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Suite. B301 in Lafayette CA.

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

  • Services: What I do.

    I provide high-quality and effective psychotherapy to children, teens, and adults. 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 evidence-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

    $180 for 45-minute sessions once a week with children, teens and adults.

    Couple's Therapy

    $180 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 on limited bases to match your unique financial situation. Please call me to discuss your needs and the available sliding scale spots.

    Forms of Payment

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

  • Contact Me

    Have any Questions? Contact me!

    ines@inesvaniman.com (925) 385-6867


    I offer Brainspotting as an additional therapeutic tool. Brainspotting is a form of therapy that is effective for a wide variety of emotional and somatic conditions. Brainspotting is particularly effective with trauma-based situations, helping to identify and heal the underlying trauma that contributes to anxiety, depression, and other behavioral-emotional conditions. It also has been very successfully used with sports performance and creativity enhancement.

    Who can benefit from Brainspotting? Watch this video to find out.

    A short video by Dr. David Grand about who can benefit from Brainspotting.