Herberth S. Rivera MS, LMFT

Therapy - Family - Individual - Couples - Group Facilitation - Relationships - Recovery - Guest Lecturer and Speaker

For the past several years, I have conducted therapy, training and education in community settings. I work with individuals of diverse backgrounds, couples and families whether traditional, alternative or blended treating a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, life transitions, and recovery from alcoholism/addiction. I also participate and collaborate with psychiatrists, social workers, and other mental health and medical providers throughout the bay area.  My approaches depend to some extent on the needs and personal inclinations of clients. Some of my work includes: cognitive behavioral therapy, humanistic, attachment, object-relations, family systems, and others, including spirituality within the context of recovery in particular,

I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA degree from SFSU where I took classes in philosophy, history and the humanities. In 2005, I went on to receive a Master’s of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Dominican University. During my early career, I worked as a behavioral consultant for a program focused on the reunification of parents and their children separated in family law procedures.

I also worked as an alcohol/addiction counselor at Ohlhoff Recovery Programs in the San Francisco Bay Area where I became program director for their Marin Outpatient and Adolescent program in Marin County. Eventually, I became Program Director for the Henry Ohlhoff House, a residential treatment program for workingmen in San Francisco.

In 2009, I had the opportunity to help launch Marin Outpatient and Recovery Services in Marin County and became its first Program Director.   In 2010, I joined The Sequoia Center as a Family Case Manager and Family Therapist.

I also make presentations on the subject of addiction, recovery family dynamics, relationships, and the quest for a meaningful life among other subjects.  I have been a guest lecturer a various institutions including the Wright Institute in Berkeley.

In the past, I’ve had the good luck of having volunteered at homeless shelters in San Francisco and have been a volunteer tutor for junior-high and high-school newly immigrant students.  Similarly, I had the chance to work in the Mayan highlands as Co-Executive Director of an institution dedicated to the preservation of the Lacandon rainforest and the Mayan-highland culture.

Currently, I also supervise master level graduate interns working towards their licensure requirements. I’m available for consultation and can be reached at 415-233-2192 or via email at Herberth@BAPMFT.com