Emotionally Focused Therapists in Hayes Valley, San Francisco, CA

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Ephrat Shapiro
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I am trained in Hakomi, mindfulness-centered somatic psychotherapy, EFT ( Emotionally focused therapy) for couples and Somatic Experiencing (SE).
I am curious about the inner stories that make people who they are. I became more in touch with my inner story after being pushed towards therapy by challenges I faced in my own life. Through therapy, I learned that old beliefs are like knots, and therapy can help you untangle them. The key to understanding my inner story was to pay attention to the wisdom of the body. Our bodies can communicate things that our mind does not know; getting in touch with this knowledge helps us become aware of our emotions.
(415) 484-0193
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Hayes Valley
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Niamh O’Sullivan
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I have additional training in Gestalt therapy, Existential therapy, Internal Family Systems, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and Sand Tray therapy.
You may be dealing with personal challenges or struggling with relationships in your life or life may have thrown you a curve ball. Asking for help can be tough and humbling and yet many of my clients tell me they wish they had done it sooner. Having a safe, compassionate and supportive space can be significant to healing and working through the trickier stages of our lives. My training combines the wisdom of Western and Eastern psychologies, embracing each person's uniqueness. I work compassionately supporting greater awareness, insight, choice and fulfillment.
(415) 360-1569
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Hayes Valley
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Dario Martinez
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I've created a unique, multi-disciplinary approach that addresses issues in two or more of these areas simultaneously using evidence-based, cutting-edge modalities such as IFS (Internal Family Systems), Brainspotting (for trauma and anxiety) and EFT ( Emotionally Focused Therapy) for relationship challenges.
Thank you for visiting my profile. I feel honored whenever people allow me into their lives—especially when they don’t know me. As a therapist, my primary areas of focus are trauma, addictions, anxiety and relationships.
(415) 481-3580
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Hayes Valley
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Amy Merickel
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified
Verified
My style is warm, accepting, interactive, and emotionally focused .
My work is grounded in helping people feel more like themselves, more connected in relationships, and less anxious or depressed. Together we can work to understand parts of you that may feel lost, stuck, or in pain, find new ways of relating to yourself and to others, and help you come into a more full sense of who you are. Often people who come to work with me seek support in resolving past trauma. No matter what brings you in, my goal is to offer a safe haven where you feel understood, confront your joys and sorrows, and get the support you need to develop a more full and meaningful life.
(415) 689-6036
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Hayes Valley
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Karen M Davison
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
My couples training includes Emotionally Focused Therapy and Gottman Methods and experience working with marginalized populations, including gay, lesbian, pansexual, transgender, and gender non-conforming people, and those who practice BDSM and Consensual Non-Monogamy.
I help couples and individuals improve relationships, affirm identity, manage mood, and change behavior. My background in math and engineering informs my work as a psychologist and educator. I reference and apply cognitive and behavioral science. Clients report that they benefit from our relationship, as well as the information and skills obtained through meetings. My webpage www.dr-davison.com and linked-in profile provides information about my training and experience, and services.
(510) 541-5988
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Karen Robson
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified
Verified
Additional training and certification: EMDR (level II +) a technique for treatment of post-traumatic stress; EMOTIONALLY FOCUSED THERAPY FOR COUPLES: Core Skills completion; MINDFULNESS TRAINING: a wonderful tool for learning how to use the mind to help manage depression, lower stress, balance reactivity, gain insight and work with obsessive, anxious thinking or addictive/compulsive behaviors.
I have been in practice in Burlingame for over 25 years, specializing in couples' therapy and the treatment of individual adults having problems with depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. These issues can be the result of poor self-esteem, stress, trauma or abuse, grief and loss and difficulties with relationships. Some people are at higher risk for depression and anxiety because of their inherited biology as well as their learned patterns of thought and behavior. I work with my clients to understand their unique situation, to set goals and to provide treatment based on evidence from behavioral science research.
(650) 209-7672
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Hayes Valley
San Francisco, CA 94101
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Kira Hoffman
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
My work is primarily informed by attachment theory and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).
I believe the relationships with those we care about -family members, friends, co-workers, and romantic partners - form a significant portion, even a majority, of our lifelong happiness and sense of fulfillment. Our relationship experiences influence our self-perception, confidence, and feelings of security. Many of us seek therapy because we have difficulty identifying, understanding, or coping with our own (and significant others') emotional experiences, and we feel unequipped to communicate our feelings and needs to the important people in our lives.
(415) 991-6092
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Hayes Valley
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Jessica Heinfeld
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
My approach is integrative, using aspects of relational psychoanalysis, developmental model for couples, emotionally focused therapy, imago, gestalt, and attachment theory.
I specialize in providing individual and couples therapy to California residents using an integrative approach. Are you feeling stuck, overwhelmed by emotional pain, or doubting your ability to move past old patterns. I strive to provide a safe environment where individuals and couples feel heard and supported. I am here to hold your experience with patience and empathy. Together we will come to understand your life story and unravel rigid belief systems that no longer serve you.
(323) 208-0515
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San Francisco, CA 94101
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Karen Flynn
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I love my work! My specialty is repairing relationships using Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Gottman-focused techniques. Educated and experienced in both models, I have completed all necessary requirements for certification. EFT is ideal for use with couples, individuals, and families. Clinical background includes training from UCSF's Infant-Parent-Program in San Francisco, The Psychotherapy Institute in Berkeley, in addition to The Women's Therapy Center also in Berkeley. If you are looking to enhance any relationship using evidence-based techniques and you welcome a compassionate challenge, then we should talk.
(510) 272-7350
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Hayes Valley
San Francisco, CA 94101
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Kypris Aster Drake
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MS, MA, AMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I use a combination of mindfulness, Sex therapy, and EFT ( emotionally focused therapy) to heal trauma and create inner shifts in how you are navigating the world.
I work both with couples and individuals to help them feel more connected, resolve emotional conflict, and even work through sexual disconnects and dysfunction. I specialize in working with people who identify as ENM (Ethical Non-Monogamy) and LGBTQ+ and their unique relationship dynamics and emotional challenges.
(442) 276-5238
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Hayes Valley
San Francisco, CA 94101
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Alison Iwaskow
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Searching for a therapist is a strong first step in creating positive change and a more fulfilled existence. When we take care of ourselves, we are better able to be positive forces in our relationships and in the community at large. Thank you for taking this step, your work benefits all of us. I am EFT trained ( Emotionally Focused Therapy) and also employ mindfulness based practices among other modalities - always tailoring to the specific needs of the client. I invite you to reach out for a free 15 minute consultation, a good rapport between therapist and client is essential for a successful therapy.
(760) 418-0247
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San Francisco, CA 94101
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Nika Ayat
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I believe that relationships are the foundation of our emotional experience. It's through relationships that we experience laughter, joy, passion, and happiness, and it's through relationships that we experience pain, anger, anxiety, and grief. At times we may feel stuck. We may become aware that our responses are causing distress or getting in the way of the lives we want to lead. My mindset is that everyone is doing the best they can with what they know, and I believe healing occurs when we increase our understanding of ourselves and our relationships, and use that awareness to cultivate new ways of being.
(415) 914-9238
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Hayes Valley
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Lucy A Boas
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
You work really hard and take care of a lot of people. But sometimes giving so much of yourself depletes and exhausts you. You’re ready to clarify and prioritize your own needs. You’re looking for a safe place to share your story, and discuss what might be getting in the way of living the life you truly want. I’m here to help.
(628) 265-8110
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Hayes Valley
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Avigail Lev
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
My approach is behavioral and goal oriented. I focus on identifying new coping strategies and changing behavioral patterns that damage relationships. I assist clients in identifying deeply held values and taking behavioral steps towards getting closer to these values. I utilize Cognitive Behavioral techniques to help clients who struggle with relationship problems, depression, anxiety, OCD, and mood disorders. I help clients identify particular core beliefs that act as barriers to values-based behavior and explore alternative coping behaviors to utilize when one's schemas are triggered in relationships. Particular methods I incorporate in treatment include mindfulness, cognitive defusion, exposure, and Nonviolent communication.
(415) 349-0855
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Hayes Valley
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Lian Zhu
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
I am a second-generation Chinese American clinical psychologist. I trained at Stanford University, specializing in the treatment of anxiety, depression, and relational difficulties with individuals, couples and families. Many of the clients I work seek to better understand themselves, their triggers and how to manage intense emotions like anxiety, anger, shame, and guilt. I also have expertise in helping couples and families overcome interpersonal difficulties like conflict resolution, setting and maintaining boundaries, and expressing and getting relationship needs met.
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Hayes Valley
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Fierce Therapy
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I believe in meeting the client where they are, facing the issues presented with an open mind, and to always establish healthy boundaries. My approach is to help manage life's transitions together in a way that provides a nurturing & empathetic experience.
(510) 240-1830
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Hayes Valley
San Francisco, CA 94117
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Catalina Uribe-Kling
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I can help you find a felt sense of safety and wellbeing within yourself. My goal is to help you obtain compassion for your self so that a more clear understanding of your path and options becomes available to you. This will help you to heal heart and mind and to grow towards your highest self in a loving and kind way. I have worked as a psychotherapist in several countries, I work with a multicultural lens and I am natively bilingual in English and Spanish.
(415) 358-0068
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Hayes Valley
San Francisco, CA 94146
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Peter Geiger
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
You're feeling generally dissatisfied, like you drew the short straw. You make it look not too bad on the outside, yet feel unfulfilled in relationships with lover, family, friends, coworkers. You have concerns about overdoing something (drinking, working, internet), or a generalized anxiety, perfectionism, or people-pleasing. I am a highly interactive therapist. I know when to bring in humor--and when to go to the dark places with you. Together we will look at how you got here. Through identifying your beliefs, attitudes and needs around relationships and intimacy, we will find the key to unlocking your wellbeing.
(415) 786-6680
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Hayes Valley
San Francisco, CA 94146
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Katy Ann Lackey
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
My hope is that everyone finds the support they need to move through life in a more fulfilling way. I strive to provide a space where clients are seen and heard in a supportive space that invites curiosity and deeper connection. If you're considering therapy please reach out and we can discuss if working together would be a good fit.
(415) 862-3049
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Hayes Valley
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Emily Wong
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA
Verified
Verified
I believe that therapy is a collaborative process. I take a compassionate approach to helping people identify their strengths, but I also keep it real and authentically reflect what I am seeing.
(415) 301-4337
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Hayes Valley
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Emotionally Focused Therapists
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is an approach to therapy that helps clients identify their emotions, learn to explore and experience them, to understand them and then to manage them. Emotionally Focused Therapy embraces the idea that emotions can be changed, first by arriving at or 'living' the maladaptive emotion (e.g. loss, fear or shame) in session, and then learning to transform it. Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples seeks to break the negative emotion cycles within relationships, emphasizing the importance of the attachment bond between couples, and how nurturing of the attachment bonds and an empathetic understanding of each others emotions can break the cycles.