I specialize in focused treatment for individuals who are suffering from the after effects of trauma and other stressful events. As a PTSD researcher, I use my specialized knowledge to tailor evidence-based treatments to each person's needs with compassion. I have worked with people who've experienced a variety of terrible events, such as combat, accidents, abuse, sexual assaults, and near death experiences. After such events, it is common to experience a variety of problems, including PTSD, guilt, shame, anger, depression, anxiety, substance use, or emotional dysregulation. If you are experiencing any of these problems, I can help.
Are you longing for a better relationship with your partner? Is anxiety or trauma in the way of your goals? Have you been running faster and faster, yet feel stuck? I specialize in couples therapy and trauma treatment, using state of the art training combined with over 20 years of experience. Today, your problems might feel overwhelming. I can help you find tools and solutions that will help.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 20+ years of mental health experience. I work with children, adults, older adults couples, and families. I have a wealth of diverse experience which includes mood / anxiety disorders, substance disorders (chronic alcoholism and eating disorders), and providing couples and family treatment. I specialize in trauma and relationships. Healing is often a hard and painful process, but it also can be joyful and lead to a more fulfilling life and improved relationships. I would be honored to accompany you on your journey towards happiness, acceptance, greater intimacy, peace, and recovery.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Psychology Professor. I have an extensive experience working with stress, trauma, depression, anxiety, and self-esteem issues, as well as major life transitions. I also teach psychology classes on loss, death, and grief. I offer individual, couple, and family therapy as well as group work. My approach is to create an attunement with you, a type of therapeutic connection that will allow you to feel safe and address the uncomfortable thoughts and feelings within.
**CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS FOR VIRTUAL SESSIONS**. I believe beginning therapy takes courage, and I have the utmost respect for anyone taking that risk. I strive to create a warm space of total acceptance for where you are in your journey. For as long as I can remember, I've been interested in people's stories. It's not surprising that I ended up doing the work I do. As a therapist, I listen to a person and help make sense of both the struggles and the strengths. I help my clients find meaning in their experience and move forward to create new stories.
If you have anxiety or emotional distress; or if you are an autistic adult exploring autism traits or other concerns; or if you are an adolescent coping with school, anxiety, sadness, or not fitting in; I will help you to feel safe, supported, and heard with compassion. Whether you are seeking neurodiversity affirming therapy focusing on autism and want a safe space to unmask or you're growing up as a teen during difficult times and just want to find understanding; I emphasize your strengths, take into account your needs, and focus on your challenges. As a neurodivergent therapist, I am fully invested in your or your child's growth!
I obtained my Doctorate/Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Child and Family Psychology, from APA-accredited Palo Alto University, Pacific Graduate School of Psychology. My Postdoctoral Residency was completed at the Psychiatry Department in Kaiser Permanente, San Rafael. I hold a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. I have worked in a variety of clinical settings with children, adolescents and adults providing individual, family, group, and couples therapy. I provide evidence based treatment from a strengths based perspective and have specialty training in CBT and DBT.
We have gone through so much over the past few years and it has been a lonely and challenging time for so many of us, even those of us who are normally ok. So when it comes to navigating the fear, pain or the confusion in your life, I can help. Together, we can identify ways to find relief from what is most difficult for you right now and reconnect you to more of who you really are. Wouldn't you like to rest securely in your own inner safety and wholeness?
Hello and welcome. I have extensive experience and training in, and enjoy working with, the LGBTQ, poly, sex-positive, sex work, kink, and asexual communities, as well as with transgender emotional health, anxiety and depression, substance use concerns, IVF and surrogacy, single parenting by choice, and careers in the arts, law, and tech. I am currently trying to help combat screen fatigue by conducting sessions exclusively by phone. You may find that not having to commute to a therapy office saves time and that taking a walk while speaking is not only effective but also pleasant.
You may be a highly educated and successful person who struggles with perfectionism, work-life balance or impostor syndrome (doubting your accomplishments; fearing being seen as a fraud). You may be a person of color, a child of immigrants or someone who is geographically separated from your family and other support systems. I have had significant experience helping individuals like yourself, experiencing both personal and work-related stress. I work to understand your story, and together we develop a plan to address the goals that you have for improving your quality of life.
Pursuing therapy takes courage, and it can feel intimidating to enter into a new space, without a clear sense of direction. I believe that the trust and relationship between us is the first step to a successful therapeutic environment. It is important to me that we take the time to build and foster a collaborative, safe, and supportive dynamic for you to explore, heal, and grow. Through our work together, I hope to support you in exploring what makes life worth living, building insight, developing creative coping skills, enhancing connection with others, and instilling self-compassion into your life.
Sometimes as humans we lose the plot. We forget who we are, why we're here, what drew us to the people, places, and work we chose. We forget how to take care of ourselves best, listen to ourselves and others, stay present to life, and take risks. Or maybe we feel we never really knew, but there is a seed of hope in us longing for more. Therapy can help you remember and connect to your wisdom within. The part of you that knows exactly what is needed and what is next.
Chronic pain doesn't just hurt physically. It touches every aspect of our lives, from the personal to the professional. Our relationships, our work, our hobbies and interests, and even our basic human needs can end up on the back burner while we struggle to manage our pain symptoms. Over time, our lives feel like they're shrinking, as pain robs us of the things that matter most. It's no surprise that chronic pain sufferers end up experiencing anxiety, depression, substance use issues, and insomnia up to four times the rate of people who are pain free.
We are all wired to change and grow. But sometimes we get stuck in old patterns and beliefs that keep us from realizing the fullest expression of ourselves. I collaborate with my clients in a safe, non-judgmental environment where we identify these patterns and start developing new ways of experiencing them.
When we maintain stability, we trust ourself and others. However, it can be difficult to feel in balance, as we carry barriers that stand in the way. A lack of safety, overwhelm, and lasting effects of a painful past often leave us feeling misunderstood, fearful, unsure, and in pain. But, it is possible to discover the reasons behind such feelings, and how past and present day experiences are complicating life, causing confusion and pain, and holding us back. Together we will explore, gain understanding, and develop a place of safety.
If you struggle to stop or reduce substance use or other addictive behaviors, I can help. I use a harm reduction approach to understanding and treating substance use and abuse. Instead of focusing only on one’s addiction, this approach explores other contributing factors, such as co-occurring mental illnesses, family relationships, and medical problems. It encourages the client to explore their unique needs and background, and to develop their own treatment goals, which may involve moderation management, in addition to abstinence. I also offer treatment for other impulse control disorders, such as sex addiction.
I focus on unlocking past disturbances from childhood through adulthood that inhibit one's relationships, work environment and overall goals. We will work with your current day stressors to help you feel more relaxed in life and less depressed. I will help you feel more empowered with deeper meaning and with more satisfying connections to yourself and others.
Are you a person trying to explore your gender, race, or sexuality? Do you struggle to communicate your needs, set boundaries, and be assertive? When I think about transforming and changing one's life, I always reflect on Audre Lorde's powerful words. "What are the words you do not yet have? What are the tyrannies you swallow day by day and attempt to make your own, until you will sicken and die of them, still in silence?...Next time, ask: What's the worst that will happen? Then push yourself a little further than you dare. " I challenge you to speak your truth, understand yourself, and be authentic while maintaining boundaries.
Hello! I am a Social Worker of 14 years and started clinical social work practice 9 years ago. I have extensive training and experience in the treatment of Substance Use Disorders, Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, and other mood-related issues. I take a somatic approach to psychotherapy to understand how the past might be intruding in your life now, not to dwell, rather so you can leave it behind to be free to live your life now. I utilize a harm reduction approach, supporting you to make a decision about your goals for substance use and other behaviors-whether that's completely stopping a behavior or reducing.
I specialize in working with people who feel anxious, overwhelmed, or distressed in career, life situation, or around their relationships, whether with a significant other, family, friends, or social situations. Often this involves working with challenging relationship dynamics, insecurities, sense of self, sense of purpose, or past trauma. My approach combines my experience in both psychotherapy and coaching and is direct, compassionate, and transformative. I utilize the proven research focusing on the neurobiology of attachment along with a holistic toolbox including mindfulness and somatic (body oriented) awareness.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Western Addition, San Francisco are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in Western Addition, San Francisco then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
How to find a specialist?
You can refine your search using the filters on this page. There are several categories you can filter by to find mental health professionals with the experience you are looking for. You may want to filter for CBT Psychologists in Western Addition, San Francisco, or Child Psychologists in Western Addition, San Francisco.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Western Addition, San Francisco psychologists specializing in EMDR.
What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in Western Addition, San Francisco specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
How to use my insurance?
Many therapists accept health insurance. Check to see if your insurance is covered. Feel free to discuss this when you contact the therapist.