Esther I Wei, M.A.
Marriage & Family Therapist
LMFT 78450
(510) 565-7719


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M.A. Marriage & Family Therapy, Western Seminary
M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley
B.S. Architectural Engineering, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Addiction Studies Certificate, Western Seminary
Trained in Eye Movement and Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy
Certified Prepare-Enrich Facilitator
Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LAADC)*
Internationally Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ICAADC)
Addiction Studies Certificate, Western Seminary
American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC)
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP)

*LAADC is a non-governmental license


Anger Management
Family of Origin Issues
Grief and Loss
Interpersonal Relationships
Marital Therapy
Self Esteem
Spiritual Issues
Trauma Recovery

Esther is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She received her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Addiction Studies Certificate from Western Seminary in San Jose. Esther is trained in Eye Movement and Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy and is a certified Prepare-Enrich facilitator. Additionally, she is credentialed as an Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LAADC) and Internationally Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ICAADC). Esther also provides separate member care services for missionaries through

Esther assists clients in untangling blurry webs of feelings, thoughts, and interactions in order to bring clarity to issues that may be the source of great pain and dissatisfaction. Esther provides a safe, empathetic environment that allows clients to feel heard and supported, especially when struggling with marital/relationship problems, depression/anxiety, trauma, and addiction/codependency.

Esther employs trauma-informed strategies that help the brain integrate new neuropathways. These methods help to reprocess disturbing memories, access healing, improve symptoms, and cultivate more secure attachment styles. Esther welcomes clergy or leaders in the helping professions who may benefit from critical support in a confidential counseling setting. Esther enjoys helping others understand God’s development of their lives from a holistic perspective encompassing the spiritual and bio-psycho-social aspects.

Esther utilizes Psychodynamic theory, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems theory, Gestalt theory, Eye Movement and Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy, and Christian inner healing models (e.g, HeartSync and Immanuel Approach) as theoretical approaches to counseling treatment.

Esther’s experience includes counseling children/teens, individuals, couples, and families at City of Fremont Youth and Family Services; Community Health for Asian Americans in Oakland; New Life Community Services, a residential addiction treatment program in Santa Cruz where she also served as a General Manager; and Stratton Counseling Services in Santa Cruz.

Esther possesses a varied background in engineering, the corporate world, and nonprofits that allow her to understand a broad range of life/work contexts from which clients may come. As the daughter of Taiwanese immigrants, she is also able to facilitate exploration of Asian American bi-cultural identity/family issues.