office (510) 770-6005

Practice Information:

At this time, my practice does not have openings for cases of medication management only. I do provide medication management in the context of an ongoing therapy, or once I have established a relationship and medications are stable.


I offer ongoing management of common psychiatric disorders/issues such as:


·         Attention deficit disorder, both child and adult

·         Anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety, postpartum anxiety, social anxiety, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, relationship issues and other stress-related anxiety

·         Adjustment disorders, Gender issues

·         Mood disorders, including major depression, postpartum depression, complicated grief, peri-menopausal and premenstrual mood disorder, seasonal affective disorder and autoimmune-related depression

·         School and Behavioral issues with children, and parent guidance

A small private practice such as my own is best suited for providing exceptional care for the conditions listed above. Ideal management of certain other conditions requires a larger healthcare system and availability of multiple providers from various disciplines. I do not normally accept or treat patients with challenges that involve or include:


·         Emergency care, in-hospital care, or another specialized setting

·         Bipolar disorder and schizophrenia

·         Significant use of alcohol or other drugs

·         Court ordered treatment

·         Recurring suicidal thoughts or serious attempts at self harm

·         Eating disorders

·         Custody Evaluations




I use play therapy with children, and talk therapy which is psychodynamic and connection-based with older children and adults. I also incorporate techniques of mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral therapy, exposure and response prevention (for OCD), Dialectical Behavior Therapy and affect regulation, and medication as indicated.



I do not participate in any insurance network, including Medicare and Medicaid. Many insurance policies allow for out of network coverage and I will provide a statement with fees, procedures and diagnostic codes so that one may pursue payment from their insurance provider. I realize that this policy does not work for all potential clients, and I apologize if this does not work well for you. There many excellent local providers who are on HMO panels and or bill insurance directly. But I believe that this policy allows me to deliver higher quality care by seeing fewer patients, spending more time on each patient, and eliminating excess paperwork.



I accept cash, credit cards, debit cards and PayPal. Payment is due at the time of each session, or can be paid in advance for the month’s sessions. Checks should be made out to Alison Potter M.D.. Returned checks will be billed for 25.00.


Cancellation policy:

Appointment changes or cancellations must be made one full business day prior, or will be billed for the full amount. Requests to reschedule scheduled appointments will be honored as possible, but in order to hold a specific regular hour, I cannot regularly allow more than one cancellation per month.


Full disclosure:

I have no contractual obligations to any pharmaceutical or insurance companies.