Thom and Ava

Thomas Kessler, LMFT, RAS
Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) License #5168
Registered Addiction Specialist (RAS)

About Thom

I work as a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Marin County, California. In addition to my private practice, I conduct trainings and workshops to psychotherapy interns, drug and alcohol counselors, parents, and students.

After receiving my Masters of Science with Honors in clinical psychology from Dominican University, I continued my studies at the University of California at Berkeley to complete advanced trainings and certification in areas such as Substance Abuse, Systemic Family Intervention, and Drug and Alcohol studies.

I am a registered California Addiction Specialist, a member Psi Chi—The National Honor Society in Psychology and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT). I completed my clinical internships at Family Service Agency, Ohloff House in San Rafael as a counselor in their Intensive Outpatient Services and Bay Area Community Services (BACR), working with high school students as a drug and alcohol counselor and provided trainings to school based counselors.

I began my career as a high school teacher before moving into the television and film industry as an assistant director, independent producer, and executive producer before eventually opening my own production company. In my 20 years in the industry, I produced national television commercials, music videos, documentaries, movies, and classical concerts, throughout the US and in over 20 countries.

As a therapist, I bring my education, life experience and clinical training to help guide our work. I combine these powerful tools with a willingness to suspend judgment, think creatively, and remain truly engaged as we work toward helping you to develop new perspectives and skills that move you toward creating the life you want.

I work with adults, couples, teens and families, who are suffering from depression, anxiety trauma and relationship struggles. Many have also been impacted by the negative consequences of drug, and alcohol abuse or behavioral addictions. I tailor my therapeutic approach to each individual or couple based on their particular style, temperament and issues presented.

I have found that specific theories tend to be limiting. One size does not fit all and my knowledge and practice is based on components of a variety of theoretical orientations.

  • Alcohol & Chemical Dependency
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Brief & Strategic Therapies
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Systemic Family Intervention
  • Group Counseling Techniques
  • Gottman Theory for Couples
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Seeking Safety Trauma and PTSD
  • Psi Chi—The National Honor Society in Psychology, February 2008 & 2009
  • AICP Museum of Modern Art—Outstanding Creative Commercial for Television
  • MS, Counseling Psychology, Dominican University of California
  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse Studies, University of California at Berkeley
  • BS, Education, Oswego State University of New York