Our Therapists

Allen Choi, LCSW

(currently accepting new tweens, teens, adults & families, for times at/before 2pm and taking a waitlist for other times)

Being a grown adult but a kid at heart, Allen (he/him) brings an irreverent presence to pre-teen, teen, family, and adult clients alike. Allen sees it as his job to help clients get "unstuck" from anxiety, depression & life challenges. Life experiences he integrates with his client work include navigating major depression as a teen; growing up as an “other” with LGBTQ+ & immigrant identities; feeling trapped and anxious in jobs & careers; and (now) attempting to be a good dad to dog & human child.

Allen integrates evidence-based approaches from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR), Co-Active Life Coaching, and other robust-sounding acronyms. What really matters is that you discover the methods that work for you, at your own pace, and with a non-judgmental therapist whom you trust.

Andrea Nishimi, LMFT

(currently full and supporting with children, teens, & young adults)

Andrea goes by the nickname "Andie" and uses she/her pronouns. She truly believes every client brings the capacity to heal to the therapy space, and that her job is to help her clients unlock it. Andie specializes in trauma therapy for children and teens, helping clients shed undesirable behaviors, negative thoughts, or unwanted emotions following life's significant stessors. 

In her work, Andie draws heavily from Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Internal Family Systems (IFS), and narrative therapy. Most importantly, Andie's style is collaborative, creative, and curious, and she regularly solicits client feedback regarding the therapeutic process. When she's not working, you can find her gardening, trying new restaurants, or exploring outdoors!

Our Values

As therapists of color, it is our intention to offer culturally responsive, LGBTQ+ celebrating, and social-justice oriented services to affirm the experiences of each individual client. As therapists, we each take responsibility for doing our own work and being mindful of how the similarities and differences in our culture, race, gender, sexual orientation, immigration status, class, ability status, or spirituality may affect our work together. 

Allen Choi, LCSW #111175
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
[email protected] 
(510) 823-9069

 East Bay Center for Teen & Family Therapy

1844 San Miguel Drive, Ste 306A
Walnut Creek, CA 94596 

Andrea Nishimi, LMFT #138874
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
[email protected]
(925) 289-8025