offering psychotherapy services specializing in Performance Psychology for Artists and Athletes,
Grief & Loss, and Children & Adolescents

PFV Counseling • Pierre Vilanoba, MA, AMFT
Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #102998

Supervised by Sheila Matz, LCSW #24196
Bay Area Psychotherapy Institute (BAPTI)
3468 Mt Diablo Blvd, Ste B201, Lafayette, CA 94549

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About Pierre

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I was born in Lille, France, and at the age of eleven went to boarding school in Paris to study ballet at the Paris Opera. After my schooling, I danced with the Paris Opera Ballet for many years before leaving France to join San Francisco Ballet, where I retired as principal dancer in 2013.

My affinity with psychology grew while I was earning my bachelor degree during the last years of my dancing career. Soon after graduating I joined the Masters Program in Counseling Psychology at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, while also teaching ballet to young dancers. This combination enhanced my desire to provide services to performing children, adolescents, and young adults, as well as professional-track athletes. I am fascinated by the intricate interactions between the physical, emotional, and psychological demands that artists and athletes alike are facing.

I have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults dealing with anxiety, depression, grief and loss, life endangering illness, and trauma. In addition to teaching classical ballet, I am currently employed at La Cheim, an agency providing services to adults with severe mental illness, as well as with Bay Area Psychotherapy Institute (BAPTI), a private practice in Lafayette, CA.

I strive to build trusting relationships with my clients and offer them a safe environment where they can express and explore their struggles, associate feelings, and gain insight.

Education

M.A. Counseling Psychology
The Wright Institute

B.A. Performing Arts
Saint Mary's College

Languages

English

French (native)


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Services & Pricing

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I am dedicated to provide an environment where you feel safe and heard. Building a trusting relationship is essential in order to discuss and explore the details of our lives. I strive to create a warm and caring space that allows you to gain the perspective and insight necessary to achieve your goals. Although I tend to be psychodynamic in my approach, I use evidence-based practices to appropriately address your specific situation and objectives. My goal is to be at your side while you acquire the coping skills and awareness that will create a meaningful evolution in your life, help you thrive, and prepare you for future challenges.

  • Individual 50-minute weekly session: $110

  • Couples 50-minute weekly session: $110

    Sliding Scale Fee available: Please contact me to discuss how I can meet your needs within the range of my fee.

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