Teen Therapists in Western Addition, San Francisco, CA

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Ali Howard
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA
Verified
5 Endorsed
Verified
5 Endorsed
It takes courage and vulnerability for a parent to reach out and asked for help with their child or teenager .
Beginning therapy is not easy. Finding the right therapist in San Francisco can feel daunting. Examining one’s difficulties requires courage and resolve. Feelings of reluctance and apprehension are common and understandable. But, therapy is a long-term investment in yourself and in your desire to live a fuller, more satisfying life. With a lot of effort and patience, the therapeutic process can pays off. If you’re interested in starting therapy I recommend we have two or three initial meetings to see how it feels to talk and think together.
(415) 894-9921
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Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94115
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Karla Fakhouri
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
As an adolescent immigrant, I faced great challenges in balancing life in two disparate worlds.
As your therapist, I maintain curiosity about your unique perspective, assessing your threshold for growth within your cultural context. I work with you, tailoring the work to your need. I utilize various modalities, including somatic, art and play therapy. I work with you in the present moment, accessing and resolving past traumatic experiences. I work with individuals, couples, families and children.
(650) 336-5252
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Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94115
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Riley Jana Morgan
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MS, AMFT
Verified
Verified
During teen and adult therapy, "Inspiring Growth Together" is more than a motto because in our work I hope to inspire your self-reflective growth, the completion of your goals, and open a door to your joyful self; as well as offer a place where you or your teen can be understood.
If you are autistic or an ADHDer seeking neurodivergent affirming therapy focused on autism / ADHD, anxiety, emotional distress, or other concerns; or if you are an adolescent coping with anxiety, sadness, peers; I will help you feel safe, supported, and heard with compassion. Neurodivergent affirming therapy focused on autism provides a safe space to unmask and center your experience. Therapy for teens growing up in difficult times allows you to find understanding. I'll emphasize your strengths, prioritize your needs, and focus on your challenges. As a neurodivergent therapist, I am fully invested in your or your teenager 's growth!
(415) 358-6700
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Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94115
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Melissa Hinshaw
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, MFA, APCC
Verified
4 Endorsed
Verified
4 Endorsed
If you are feeling like a square peg in a round hole, I am the therapist for you. If you or your family member is a zebra in a world of apples and oranges, you will feel right at home. My passion is working with these individuals, whether child or teen or adult, in an authentic, non-judgmental way. Together we will build a space where you can be your full self and practice ways of celebrating who you are. In our sessions we'll do this through drawing, painting, collage, journaling, tarot cards, virtual reality, sand tray, or even just talking about your favorite show or movie.
(415) 237-4386
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Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94109
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Gilbert A. Woo
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MFT
Verified
Verified
Gilbert received his M.S. in Clinical Psychology from San Francisco State University with internships at UCSF and SFGH Psychiatry Departments. For 7 years, he was the Mental Health Director at UCSF Epilepsy Center. He has been working with individuals with seizures since 2004 and has provided psychotherapy in a variety of settings, including child adolescent services and LGBT community clinics. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of San Francisco.
(415) 449-1667
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Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94117
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Carrie Sanders
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MPH, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I bring expertise in addiction/substance use and abuse; couples and family relationship work including divorce/blended families; chronic illness; helping young adult and adolescent women and men struggling with relationships; and therapists coping with the stress of their jobs and/or family relationships.
I offer psychotherapy to families, couples and individuals. People come to therapy for different reasons, whether it be a life changing event or just needing support. In the end, we all want supportive nurturing relationships with ourselves and others and I believe that therapy can help people work towards those goals. My approach is collaborative, non-judgmental and supportive and I am very down to earth and personable. I work with people from diverse backgrounds and ages and I am knowledgeable and affirming of open or non-monogamous relationship. I truly love the work that I do.
(628) 222-4252
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Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94115
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David Noble Therapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I specialize in working with adolescent males who are experiencing externalizing behaviors (e.g. oppositional defiance, aggression, truancy, delinquency, etc.). In addition, I have extensive experience working with families struggling with attachment, attunement, and communication issues. I also work with couples dealing with relational problems and life transitions.
(415) 851-2360
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Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94115
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Cindy Lin
Psychological Associate, PsyD
Verified
Verified
I am experienced in treating a range of issues: stress, depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, autism, trauma, grief, relationships, new mom, parenting and child/ teen issues.
My role is to guide and help you in developing insight, greater satisfaction, and symptom relief. I provide support by discussing your concerns and feelings, and by helping you resolve and move towards your goals, such as fulfillment, belonging, to cope with hardship or to feel 'unstuck'. I guide you in examining your situation, struggles and relationships, facilitating deeper understanding and strengths to make positive shifts. My style is warm, collaborative and engaging. I compassionately promote therapeutic healing, growth & change. For youth, I practice a combo of play, talk and behavioral therapy, parent coaching/support.
(650) 753-5068
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Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94115
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Ashley Gallagher
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, AMFT
Verified
Verified
Being truly seen and heard is a gift. As a psychotherapist, it's what I offer my clients. I approach my work with a direct, yet warm style. Having been a teacher for many years, I possess a unique skillset to work with children and families. Additionally, I hold extensive experience working in the field of addiction and recovery. Whether it is substances, food, body image or co-dependency that you are struggling with, I think I can help you gain agency and choice, so that your past no longer rules the present. Couples benefit from my approach and have experienced our work as "effective and transformative".
(415) 301-7360
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Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94115
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Rachael A. Henderson
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I provide a safe space in my practice to allow for all stages of self-discovery and wellness for you or your family. I began my master's training in 2014, and I have worked with individuals and their families struggling with depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, cancer, Alzheimer's disease, dementia, and seizure disorders.
(415) 539-2643
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Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94115
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Gary Stolzoff
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
I have been in private practice since 1981 and I am a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSF Medical School. I am dedicated to working collaboratively with people to efficiently address their clinical issues with warmth and compassion.
(415) 689-8685
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Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94109
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Paul Sugimoto
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified
Verified
Our work together will give you an opportunity to slow down and explore within. To mindfully process and give attention to parts of yourself in need. My goal is to help you find liberation and embody your authentic self. To support you as you rediscover your wholeness.
(415) 687-5057
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Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94115
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Skip John D Perkins
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
All people struggle, and I believe everyone has the capacity for change/growth hidden within themselves. I'm most successful working with those who are interested in meeting this potential with hope and curiosity. By building a trusting, safe and consistent relationship, together, I believe I can help you unlock or uncover your best potential and use it to meet your own goals.
(415) 969-5074
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Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94102
Not accepting new clients
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Andrea Dindinger
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
Are you interested in growing and looking at your patterns and the wisdom behind them? Are you struggling with anxiety or depression in a relationship or with the anxiety of not being in a relationship? Are you willing to risk making changes in your life? Together we will understand the intelligence behind your patterns and help you shift into more conscious life choices. I am active, direct and passionate about supporting you as you mature into a healthier, happier and more fulfilled you.
(415) 236-3083
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Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94102
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German Cheung
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
Everyone is unique. Your thoughts, feelings and needs are shaped by your own background, family history, past interpersonal encounters and other significant events, including early child trauma. Psychotherapy is an emotional process. As we discuss your concerns, it will surface unexamined parts of your life of which you may not be aware or want to experience. My central role as your therapist is to help you talk about and understand more fully these unexamined thoughts, feelings, and needs in the context of your past, develop greater understanding, tolerance and acceptance, and to bring changes to your current situation.
(415) 649-1916
Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94115
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David Oretsky
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
My approach as a psychotherapist is to meet my clients where they are, honoring their unique life experiences, offering strategies and responses that address their specific needs. I understand psychotherapy as a collaborative process. I practice listening deeply, with curiosity and respect, to support my clients’ innate capacity for self-awareness, growth, and well-being. Effective therapy requires authentic contact between therapist and client.  I am a fellow traveler, working on my own growth and transformation, while in service to my clients.
(415) 202-6860
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Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94115
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Svenson Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, LICSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
If you or your child struggle with trauma or dissociation, you might feel very alone. When the world feels like too much & people can feel unsafe, it's hard to share what's inside. Especially if your inner world feels like too much. If it's also chaotic, scary, or numb inside, figuring out who you are, what you want, & what's safe can get confusing. It's hard to feel unsure what you need & how to get it! I see it as my job to help you or you & your child sort through & make sense of the conflict & overwhelm, access strengths, & develop safe ways to relate to what's inside & what's outside, so you feel more stable & connected.
(628) 227-6135
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Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94118
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Not accepting new clients
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Vanessa Wolter
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
4 Endorsed
Verified
4 Endorsed
I specialize in holistically treating anxiety, social anxiety, low self esteem, depression, grief, and existential issues such as finding purpose and meaning. My mission is to help clients transform pain into an opportunity for self-discovery, healing and empowerment, to ultimately reclaim their voice, purpose, and self-worth. I compassionately welcome individuals who feel silenced, disconnected from loved ones, overwhelmed, lost, or that they "don't belong," as well as people who have experienced bullying, emotional or physical abuse, or struggle with negative body image and/or a harsh inner critic.
(415) 237-9513
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Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94115
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Brian Brown
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
4 Endorsed
Verified
4 Endorsed
Meaningful relationships are an essential part of fulfillment and happiness. I believe in the unique power of the relationship that develops between therapist and client. Through an exploration of this interaction, we can more wholly understand your past and current relationships and help shape future experiences. I work with people who are struggling in a variety of ways and are ready to dig in and do some difficult and deeply powerful work that will lead to greater choice and freedom. I view my opportunity to join individuals in their journey toward self-understanding as a great privilege and find the work exciting and gratifying.
(341) 444-2487
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Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Emelia Haiken
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I'll be on a leave from December to April. I will be accepting new patient in April 2023. When emotional pain feels too much, it can also feel hopeless. Sometimes we hide that pain—turn into work & other distractions—or other times no matter the effort to hide it, it comes seeping out where we least desire it. I believe we can address your struggles & pain, as well as explore your past experiences to help heal the parts of you that have been hurt, abused or mistreated. Amongst my specialties on the right, I focus on working with survivors of sexual abuse to provide a safe space to explore troubling experiences.
(415) 329-6954
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Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94115
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Teen Therapists
Adolescence can be a time of both disorientation and discovery. The transitional period can raise questions of independence and identity; as adolescents cultivate their sense of self, they may face difficult choices about academics, friendship, sexuality, gender identity, drugs, and alcohol.

Most teens have a relatively egocentric perspective on life; a state of mind that usually abates with age. They often focus on themselves and believe that everyone else—from a best friend to a distant crush—is focused on them too. They may grapple with insecurities and feelings of being judged. Relationships with family members often take a backseat to peer groups, romantic interests, and appearance, which teens perceive as increasingly important during this time.

The transition can naturally lead to anxiety about physical development, evolving relationships with others, and one's place in the larger world. Mild anxiety and other challenges are typical, but serious mental health conditions also emerge during adolescence.