Sexual Abuse Therapists in Financial District, San Francisco, CA

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Hannah Berstein
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified
Verified
I specialize in helping people recover from sexual abuse and unhealthy relationships, helping them to once again trust their own instincts, and speak up for their true needs.
Are you struggling with anxiety and trauma and turning towards unhealthy coping mechanisms in an attempt to manage your emotions? Now is a trying time for almost everyone, and if you have a trauma background what's coming up in the current environment may be reminiscent of the stress, isolation, and fear-induced by early childhood experiences. You don't have to handle this alone, and with clinically tested techniques to regulate the mind and body, it's possible to shift from a place of disempowerment to strength.
(408) 351-0977
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Financial District
San Francisco, CA 94104
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Judith D Schiller
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW
Verified
Verified
In addition to a general psychotherapy practice with individuals and couples, treating anxiety, depression, work and relationship problems, I have specialized in or worked intensively with sexual abuse , sexual dysfunction, eating disorders, and personality disorders.
Practicing and learning new ways of thinking, reacting, and understanding are possible within the safety of a therapy relationship in which old beliefs are challenged and new ones are tested. Practicing new behaviors is easier when you understand why you needed the old one and feel ready to try the new. I am interactive and respectful of each person's uniqueness. Psychotherapy can be a deeply moving experience as well as transformative, and I can help you address and transform the inner beliefs and interpersonal difficulties that sabotage your success in love, friendship, and work. Years of experience have seasoned me as a clinician.
(415) 298-0825
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Financial District
San Francisco, CA 94104
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Marty Mulkey
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I frequently work with men abused as boys, including male survivors of sexual abuse .
People come to psychotherapy for a variety of reasons. Making our way in this world demands so much self-reliance and yet we are given very little opportunity to get to know ourselves well. We keep our fears and uncertainty about whether we have what it takes to survive our struggles very close to our chests. This is such a fragile place to live. Ignoring our emotions and "soldiering on" creates a life of isolation and confusion. This may manifest as depression, anxiety, or uncertainty about how to wish, desire, and create a life worth living.
(415) 801-3365
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San Francisco, CA 94104
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Kristen Zimmermann
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, MA, APCC, CCTS-I
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I specialize in treating trauma and anxiety- whether it’s due to sexual abuse , relationship struggles, or challenges from your upbringing.
Do you find yourself stuck in unwanted patterns? Are you overwhelmed with past experiences that seem to still be lingering? Are you wrestling with anxiety and difficult emotions? I believe that healing is possible! I believe so many of us stay stuck because we do not have the right support for healing. While having an outlet to talk or vent can be helpful, my approach involves working more directly with the root cause of the issue, which is stored in our nervous system. I enjoy helping client’s make sense of what’s going on, so we can compassionately resolve the identified problems and achieve their goals.
(619) 639-8465
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Jennifer Agostinelli
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Years of experience have taught me that you already know who you are and what you need. We will work together to bolster and grow that healthy part of you who knows how truly amazing you are. I approach each treatment plan with care. I listen to what is getting in your way such as distressing symptoms (ex: sleep problems, intrusive thoughts, stress, worry) so that you can fully embrace your whole self. With my special focus in using techniques including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), trauma-focused care, and more, I integrate my approach to meet your needs.
(415) 843-7853
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Financial District
San Francisco, CA 94105
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Kate Blake
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I am a licensed clinical social worker with over eight years of experience providing therapy for adults and couples. I specialize in helping people recover from trauma and have been trained in a variety of techniques including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. I also specialize in working with young adults as they navigate challenging life transitions. I believe in a collaborative and client-centered approach to therapy that focuses on your goals for your healing and well-being. I enjoy helping couples and families improve their communication and interactions with one another.
(415) 903-7944
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Financial District
San Francisco, CA 94105
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Shannon McHenry-Miller
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I work with individuals to help gain insight into what is happening in order to move forward and achieve a more fulfilling and productive life. My goal is to help you understand yourself more and assist you with living a more free and conscious life. I use attachment theory to assist people in understanding how their past impacts their present. I specialize in treating addiction, trauma, codependency, relationship issues, and axis II disorders using a holistic trauma informed approach and dialectical behavioral techniques.
(415) 707-7928
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Financial District
San Francisco, CA 94105
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Gregory Desierto
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
Growing up did you experience painful or confusing boundary violations? Did someone whom you trusted, respected, or even loved touch you or fondle you in a way that made you feel uncomfortable, scared, or perhaps even made you feel confused and pleasured? Do you feel embarrassed and bothered by your experience, and worry that others will not understand how you have been sexually violated and abused? Do you struggle with managing your romantic relationships, your friendships, as well as your emotions and thoughts because your past uncomfortable experience with sex have made sex and your sexuality confusing, uncomfortable or even overstimulating? You are not alone.
(415) 569-1434
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Financial District
San Francisco, CA 94104
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Elena Felder
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified
5 Endorsed
Verified
5 Endorsed
I work with individuals to create a safe place to explore patterns in your relationships, ways to heal from substance use or other self-destructive behaviors, or areas where you are stuck in fear or depression. I do both brief and long-term therapy with individuals and couples using a variety of techniques and modalities including deep listening, EMDR, relaxation training, exploring connections between current struggles and past experiences, increasing body awareness, and using creative expression as a part of therapy. Therapy can offer a way to reconnect with our creativity, our compassion, sexuality, spirituality and sense of humor.
(510) 907-6651
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Financial District
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Yamel Medina
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
As an advocate for mental health and education, My clinicial journey began in 2004 as a Mindfulness psychotherapist with certifications in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT),Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), IBCT and Enrich-Prepare Couples Therapy, Internal Family systems (IFS),Motivational Interviewing and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR).
(341) 888-6068
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San Francisco, CA 94104
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Patrick Joseph Purcell
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
This is my passion and my clients feel at ease with me quickly with my empathy and humor. I help people with relationship stress, anger, anxiety, PTSD, child abuse, depression, grief, transitions, in recovery, finding their true self and passion. I use client-centered Rogers, Kohut, EMDR, Beck and Ellis CBT, DBT. ACT, Jung... I am a Christian and I also respect people with other faiths or no faith. I help therapists, interns...I am 68 years old and I have been married for 44 years to my beautiful wife singer Christina Purcell and we did individual and couple therapy too. We write songs such as the songs on her CD "Love's Calling."
(831) 219-2362
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Erika Shershun
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, EMDR
Verified
5 Endorsed
Verified
5 Endorsed
Is your inner critic working overtime, are you feeling overwhelmed, depressed, or struggling with a relationship? It has been said that our essence, our soul, is ever present like the sun, yet like the sun, it can become obscured by clouds. These clouds represent the wounds and trauma you've experienced throughout your life, along with the defenses that have helped you survive, yet these defenses (people pleasing, dissociation, rage...) may no longer serve you. Together we can bring awareness and begin to relax these defenses allowing more of your gifts, your ever-present essence to shine through.
(415) 801-0456
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Jerome Braun
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Depth Psychotherapy helps you to create a safe space to focus on the invisible-yet-real forces underlying your actions, thoughts and feelings. Through Depth Psychotherapy, troublesome patterns and dilemmas are not just dealt with to "fix it" but can be held as allies that teach and guide you to deeper levels of consciousness and integration of parts of yourself. Tapping those underlying forces can release new found creativity and meaning. Depth Psychotherapy can include your meditation practice, dream work, intuition, our greater ecology, the imagination, and the mystical, moving you toward wholeness.
(415) 799-8904
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Financial District
San Francisco, CA 94104
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Andrew Nelson Peterson
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CCSOTS
Verified
Verified
I specialize in working with individuals and couples who are experiencing challenges with addiction, emotional trauma/ptsd, depression & anxiety as well as issues regarding relationship negotiation, conflict resolution, intimacy, sex and sexuality. I focus on self-understanding, individual strengths, developing stronger communication skills and coping skills. My approach is collaborative, interactive, eclectic and engaging. I believe that therapy is a partnership as no-one should have to struggle with any of these issues alone. I work with my clients to better understand that there is a solution, that change is possibe and that there is Hope.
(628) 600-1369
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Financial District
San Francisco, CA 94104
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Cristina Mariscal
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I specialize in supporting adults, older teens, and couples facing difficult life transitions, relationship issues, intergenerational/ historical traumas, grief/loss, depression and anxiety. I provide support from a multicultural lens, taking into account physical, mental, spiritual, emotional wounds. My work is deeply rooted in empowering and supporting individuals on their journey of healing. I sit alongside them as they mend emotional/behavioral wounds and uncover inner strengths, insight and increase awareness about themselves.
(415) 749-9327
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Financial District
San Francisco, CA 94105
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Shianling Weeks
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
It's okay to be enraged - about unjust treatment both individually and on a societal level (racism, structural racism, sexism, all the isms). It's okay to be deeply sad. It's okay to be anxious. All the feelings are there for a reason, and sometimes there isn't any particular reason you can identify. It's okay to judge yourself, it's okay to be "negative." We will learn to feel the feelings and think the thoughts, while choosing what you want to do next, based on what's important to you. I have expertise in anxiety, phobias, depression, PTSD, infertility, and perinatal distress.
(415) 942-1872
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Financial District
San Francisco, CA 94105
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Tomiko D. Mackey
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
My integrative approach to therapy is tailored to meet clients' unique and specific needs. This therapeutic style helps one explore core beliefs and facilitates growth towards inner strength and resilience. Through empathy, warmth, and positive self-regard, I create space for clients to believe and trust in themselves.
(415) 993-8487
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Financial District
San Francisco, CA 94105
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Ana Elena Noles
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
Each individual or couple's suffering is unique. In spite of significant success and achievements the sources of this suffering can frustratingly elude and confuse you. I offer a place where we can think and talk together about your suffering and where you can develop the capacity for a calm sense of sturdiness and purpose. Thoughtfully examining your unique experiences in the presence of a warm, nonjudgmental therapist can allow you to discover new ways of relating to yourself and others and the flexibility to live your life differently. The therapy relationship is a powerful venue for insight AND transformation.
(510) 470-7582
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Financial District
San Francisco, CA 94104
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Lynda Paulson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I seek to be of service to you as you explore therapy as a path to heal and thrive. Taking this step to engage in therapy can feel like a daunting task and I am here to take that step with you. Throughout my practice I have focused on the importance of identifying all aspects of my clients’ lives that impact their well-being (support systems, cultural, work/ school environment, physical health, life experience, faith/spirituality) to provide treatment through a holistic person-in- environment perspective. I offer myself as a partner to support you on your life journey through building connection, bonding and trust.
(415) 881-4254
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Financial District
San Francisco, CA 94105
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Intrepid Therapy Collective
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, MA, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
We are an innovative community of unconventional, yet comprehensively trained, psychotherapists providing practical, non-reductive, and in-depth support to help you overcome adversities, resolve outdated patterns, craft more fulfilling relationships, achieve your mental health goals—and address the traumas, stressors, burdens, and conflicts that hold you back from enjoying what your life and relationships have to offer. In general, we foster a holistic and integrative approach to mental health care that focuses on what works and is not limited to what has traditionally been practiced.
(628) 265-3125
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Financial District
San Francisco, CA 94111
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Sexual Abuse Therapists

How do therapists treat sexual abuse?

A good therapist will be nonjudgmental and possibly demonstrate active listening, repeating back what the client says to show that they have understood. These skills allow people to feel comfortable discussing their traumatic experiences openly. Some important treatment goals are to restore a sense of safety and to rebuild confidence. In addition to working one-on-one with the patient, a therapist might bring in supportive family members to assist the client.

Do you have to talk extensively about sexual abuse in therapy?

Survivors frequently find it difficult to describe what happened to them out loud. They can even still be in a state of denial if the sexual abuse occurred recently. It is important for survivors to acknowledge that what happened isn’t their fault and to challenge and reappraise any unhealthy feelings or thoughts as they arise. Art therapy and play therapy are useful non-verbal means of communication for some survivors.

How long does treatment for sexual abuse take?

Recovery from sexual abuse can be a long and difficult process. Some survivors are able to move on naturally on their own, given time, while others require the guidance of a trained therapist. Therapy needs vary and can range from a few sessions to months or even years. Healing from sexual abuse takes time, and everyone’s journey will look a little different.

Can trauma symptoms caused by sexual abuse come back after treatment?

As occurs in many cases of trauma, survivors of sexual abuse may experience PTSD-like symptoms long after the abuse has ceased or after an initial round of treatment has occurred. In such a case, there is evidence that prolonged exposure therapy is a useful treatment for survivors, and may be more efficacious than supportive counseling alone. While triggers may continue to cause distress, the idea is that, with time and repeated exposure, their power will fade, allowing survivors to move on with their lives.