Associates and Staff Therapists

Metaphor Therapy employs highly skilled licensed and pre-licensed clinicians. MacKenzie meets with all members of the team regularly to support them in their psychotherapeutic work with you.

Associate Therapists

Associates are clinicians who are accruing hours toward licensure. MacKenzie meets with associates each week to discuss their cases and provide guidance. Working with a Metaphor associate means you get MacKenzie's energy in the room with you, which is often a good fit if her availability doesn't align with your needs. Please feel free to reach out to associates directly to explore fit and scheduling. Associates are unable to accept insurance but can provide receipts for you to submit to your insurance company, often called superbills, upon request.

Sabina Anvari, AMFT

California Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #127756
Available Thursday 3:30-5:30pm and Friday 11am-4pm

My passion is in helping and providing space to heal others. I offer clients caring support in all facets of our work together. My therapeutic style is eclectic, incorporating existential, narrative, and cognitive behavioral therapies. When working with couples, I especially like to weave in values and attachment-based work. With families, I offer each individual space for them to process their concerns, needs, traumas, and challenges so they can better support each other. I can support with trauma processing, relational challenges, and behavioral issues, as well as anxiety and depression.

Sitting in nature, meditating, and hiking keep me grounded. I love to start sessions with a moment of mindfulness to support you in arriving to our time together. I offer therapy in English and Russian. I also know Hindi, Dari, and Armenian. I am competent in Afghani, Armenian, Russian, and many other cultures. I provide in-person care to adults, couples, and families at Metaphor's Alameda office as well as telehealth. I look forward to hearing from you and meeting you!

(510) 316-5031
sabina @ metaphortherapy.org

Claire Bell, AMFT

California Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #132245
Available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday after 4pm and every other Saturday from 9am-12pm

I am passionate about biopsychosocialspiritual wellness and try to approach therapy with these aspects in mind especially during the treatment planning phase. I utilize CBT and DBT interventions while adapting treatments specific to the client’s cultural needs. My style of therapy includes being person-centered, culturally sensitive, and goal oriented. While I am open to working with a multitude of disorders, I have the most experience working with couples and families with historical trauma, childhood and adult trauma, sexual dysfunction, eating disorders and substance abuse. I hold a certificate in EMDR and Trauma-Focused CBT. I have been working as a therapist since 2012. I provide telehealth as well as in-person at Metaphor's Alameda office.

Learn more about Claire and her work on her website.

claire @ metaphortherapy.org

Judy Huang, AMFT, APCC

California Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #116806
California Registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor #7040

Do you feel overwhelmed by uncertainty or worry about the future? Do you feel overextended because you're constantly serving others? Are you emotionally or physically exhausted? Are you concerned about your relationships? Are you feeling stuck, even though you’re trying so hard to move forward? Although these struggles can feel challenging, they can also be the spark to ignite positive change in your life.


In these uncertain times, I am committed to providing calming, nourishing help. I am warm, collaborative, understanding, and real. I work with individual adults and adolescents, along with couples and other relationship configurations. I am happy to be of ongoing support to anyone in the state of California via telehealth. I especially welcome to my practice people whose identities and experiences are underrepresented and underserved.


My psychotherapy work is grounded in psychodynamic theory, which means that I attune to and examine unconscious thought patterns. I also work relationally, meaning that we will pay close attention to what arises between us in the therapy room. Deepening your awareness of the forces that shape your internal and external world will help you make meaning of your past experiences and live more consciously and intentionally.


In my work with couples and other relationship configurations, I draw primarily from my training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). EFT is the gold standard for evidence-based interventions in relationship work; it helps you and your loved ones establish safety and connection. I have also studied The Gottman Method with Drs. John and Julie Gottman, Collaborative Couples Counseling with Dr. Dan Wile, and Modern Relationships with Esther Perel; I weave these interventions throughout my work with you.


Change can be rewarding, even exciting, when undertaken with the right support. You are not alone. Reach out and tap into greater ease, clarity, and connection.

Staff Therapists

Staff therapists are licensed clinicians working under the Metaphor banner. Please feel free to reach out to staff therapists directly to explore fit and scheduling. Some staff therapists may accept insurance as an out of network provider; all can provide receipts for you to submit to your insurance company, often called superbills, upon request.

Eric Tian Qi Lindberg, LMFT

California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #134179

I am a biracial, multicultural Oakland native, and I know what it feels like to be "in between." I meet my clients where they are at, and can offer a safe, non-judgmental space to explore the barriers and unique issues in your life. I will work with you to find an approach that works for your needs.

I have experience working with clients who struggle with a wide range of mental health challenges, including trauma, anxiety, and depression. I am someone who will listen to you, and can help you cope with challenge. I encourage self-reflection, finding patterns, and making connections. I will help you to make changes when you decide you are ready.


Learn more about Eric and his work on TherapyDen and PsychologyToday.


(415) 841-3146
elindberg.therapy @ gmail.com