Chad Tynan: Counselor, Educator, Advocate

Chad Tynan

Chad Tynan

Chad Tynan: Counselor, Educator, Advocate

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Chad Tynan is a registered California Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT85121), supervised by Dr. Tom Wooldridge (PSY25475), and co-founder of Emerge™.

He works with individuals, couples, and families, primarily in downtown Berkeley, but also in San Francisco. Chad also feels passionate about the work of Emerge™ because of his expansive knowledge and acceptance of people with a broad array of sexualities, gender identities and expressions, and relationship expressions. Chad also has expertise in areas of substance abuse treatment and on issues at the intersections of race and class.

Chad was the first person in his multi-racial family to be able to obtain a university education. He earned his Bachelor’s degree with honors in psychology from UCLA. He earned his Master’s degree in psychology from Golden Gate University, graduating with high honors. Chad’s expertise and rapport is with people seeking to find relief from a wide range of problems, whether they be grief and loss, trauma, struggles with drugs or alcohol, parenting issues, or just feeling stuck and wanting to change.

Chad also spent several years working in Los Angeles with families setting up their funeral and end-of-life situations, and several years in San Francisco working for the Employment Development Department.

Although Chad works with these issues and more, he particularly enjoys working with parents who are struggling with co-parenting with a former partner. Often, children go back and forth between multiple households with very different rules, expectations, values, and parenting styles. It is frustrating to know that you are doing your best with your kids during the time you have them and then watch them go off to a very different home environment. Maybe your former partner is not holding up their end of the custody arrangement or simple conversations turn into highly emotional confrontations. Circumstances like these are unfortunate but all too common.


Chad Tynan

  • California Association of MFTs, Clinical Member (also East Bay and SF chapters)
  • Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology, Member
  • National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, Member
  • Gaylesta: The Psychotherapist Association for Gender & Sexual Diversity, Member
  • Bay Area Open Minds: Psychotherapists Affirming Sexual & Gender Diversity, Member


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