Anxiety Therapists in San Francisco, CA

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Ebie Okonkwo-Anwasi
Psychologist, PSY
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94102
Whether you have relational problems, ongoing anxiety, depression, or addiction, Dr.
Dr. Ebie Okonkwo-Anwasi is a Psychologist in California who has been practicing since 2017. Are you experiencing stress in your life and trouble focusing on tasks? Do you feel pulled in so many directions? Are you struggling to keep up with your daily activities? Are your meaningful relationships, work, and health going south? Do you feel like it's all too much? Dr. Okonkwo-Anwasi helps men and women eliminate overwhelm and avoid burnout. She will also help you overcome your addiction. Together you can identify your problems using her integrative, evidence-based approach.
Whether you have relational problems, ongoing anxiety, depression, or addiction, Dr.
Dr. Ebie Okonkwo-Anwasi is a Psychologist in California who has been practicing since 2017. Are you experiencing stress in your life and trouble focusing on tasks? Do you feel pulled in so many directions? Are you struggling to keep up with your daily activities? Are your meaningful relationships, work, and health going south? Do you feel like it's all too much? Dr. Okonkwo-Anwasi helps men and women eliminate overwhelm and avoid burnout. She will also help you overcome your addiction. Together you can identify your problems using her integrative, evidence-based approach.
(628) 232-8489 View (628) 232-8489
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Batya Ross
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94115
I am experienced in working with people confronted by relationship challenges, low self esteem, anxiety, depression, family challenges and self harm.
Most of us lug around a suitcase full of our thoughts, feelings, family history and past experiences and have no idea what's in there. Our current responses to and experience of life come from the contents of that suitcase. Together in therapy we gently unpack it. We will see what is working for you, what needs more support and what has served it's purpose but no longer works. I work collaboratively and am curious about all the things that make you who you are. I am particularly interested in working with people who feel misunderstood or unimportant.
I am experienced in working with people confronted by relationship challenges, low self esteem, anxiety, depression, family challenges and self harm.
Most of us lug around a suitcase full of our thoughts, feelings, family history and past experiences and have no idea what's in there. Our current responses to and experience of life come from the contents of that suitcase. Together in therapy we gently unpack it. We will see what is working for you, what needs more support and what has served it's purpose but no longer works. I work collaboratively and am curious about all the things that make you who you are. I am particularly interested in working with people who feel misunderstood or unimportant.
(415) 275-6820 View (415) 275-6820
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David Brown
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
12 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94102
As a licensed therapist based in San Francisco, I help individuals, couples, and families dive beneath the surface-level issues to discover the underlying causes of their distress. Many men, women, and non-binary individuals who choose to work with me are at the grips of anxiety, depression, addiction, grief, or relationship challenges. Many are highly motivated professionals who are self-reliant and achievement-focused but often struggle with self-defeating thoughts and patterns that keep them stuck.
As a licensed therapist based in San Francisco, I help individuals, couples, and families dive beneath the surface-level issues to discover the underlying causes of their distress. Many men, women, and non-binary individuals who choose to work with me are at the grips of anxiety, depression, addiction, grief, or relationship challenges. Many are highly motivated professionals who are self-reliant and achievement-focused but often struggle with self-defeating thoughts and patterns that keep them stuck.
(415) 967-5261 View (415) 967-5261
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Matt Grundy
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94131
I primarily work with complex and developmental trauma, dissociation, anxiety & depression. I hold each of us as holistic beings, organisms coming from untold generations of survival, bodies that have found vital & creative ways to adapt & survive the environments of our pasts.
I primarily work with complex and developmental trauma, dissociation, anxiety & depression. I hold each of us as holistic beings, organisms coming from untold generations of survival, bodies that have found vital & creative ways to adapt & survive the environments of our pasts.
(415) 855-3617 View (415) 855-3617
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Tanya Takacs
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94115
Do you feel alone and overwhelmed? Are you worried about burdening your loved ones, or dissatisfied with the support they provide? Do you want a new perspective and a professional opinion on things? Are you challenged by managing the responsibilities of work, relationship, and family? Do you long for space for yourself, to notice and express what you’re feeling and thinking? Do you want support to reflect on your circumstances, think through the options you may have, and take steps toward change in your life?
Do you feel alone and overwhelmed? Are you worried about burdening your loved ones, or dissatisfied with the support they provide? Do you want a new perspective and a professional opinion on things? Are you challenged by managing the responsibilities of work, relationship, and family? Do you long for space for yourself, to notice and express what you’re feeling and thinking? Do you want support to reflect on your circumstances, think through the options you may have, and take steps toward change in your life?
(415) 528-7819 View (415) 528-7819
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Amelia Howard-Smith
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94118
I work individually with adults seeking treatment for depression, anxiety, addiction, and relationship issues.
You want to be seen, heard, and understood. This is what you’ll feel when you work with me. My approach is collaborative and tailored to your unique needs. I strive to help you make sense out of the past while guiding you to make changes for the future. I want to help you live the life you want to live, and I’m here to provide you with the tools to do just that. Together we’ll work towards gaining a deeper understanding of yourself, finding meaning in your life, self-acceptance, and empowerment. You’ll learn to manage strong and uncomfortable emotions and work through negative thought patterns.
I work individually with adults seeking treatment for depression, anxiety, addiction, and relationship issues.
You want to be seen, heard, and understood. This is what you’ll feel when you work with me. My approach is collaborative and tailored to your unique needs. I strive to help you make sense out of the past while guiding you to make changes for the future. I want to help you live the life you want to live, and I’m here to provide you with the tools to do just that. Together we’ll work towards gaining a deeper understanding of yourself, finding meaning in your life, self-acceptance, and empowerment. You’ll learn to manage strong and uncomfortable emotions and work through negative thought patterns.
(415) 326-1841 View (415) 326-1841
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Peter Sherlock
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94102
I have experience working with mood disorders such as depression and anxiety, interpersonal difficulties, trauma and dissociation, addictions and compulsions, and more complex personality disorders.
In an effort to make sense of the difficulties that come with being human, some turn to psychotherapy for clarity. If you believe psychotherapy might be able to remedy the issues putting a strain on your wellbeing, then you might be looking in the right place. Beginning psychotherapy can be complicated; it requires a certain level of communication between you and the therapist in order for things to go smoothly.
I have experience working with mood disorders such as depression and anxiety, interpersonal difficulties, trauma and dissociation, addictions and compulsions, and more complex personality disorders.
In an effort to make sense of the difficulties that come with being human, some turn to psychotherapy for clarity. If you believe psychotherapy might be able to remedy the issues putting a strain on your wellbeing, then you might be looking in the right place. Beginning psychotherapy can be complicated; it requires a certain level of communication between you and the therapist in order for things to go smoothly.
(415) 429-3953 View (415) 429-3953
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Justin D'Avella
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94105  (Online Only)
My specialities include: anxiety, depression, trauma, relationships, men’s issues, LGBTQIA+, and ‘people pleasers’.
Are you ready to slow down? To get unstuck? To discover a deeper sense of well-being? Transformational change is possible but healing is not a solo journey. I am passionate about supporting my clients to unlock a more genuine experience of themselves. Together, we will work to cultivate awareness, courage, confidence and steadiness in your life. I work with people who want to find clarity, a sense of aliveness, and to heal from both the bruises and scars that life sometimes creates. I can help you discover a deeper understanding of yourself, your relationships, and your purpose in the world.
My specialities include: anxiety, depression, trauma, relationships, men’s issues, LGBTQIA+, and ‘people pleasers’.
Are you ready to slow down? To get unstuck? To discover a deeper sense of well-being? Transformational change is possible but healing is not a solo journey. I am passionate about supporting my clients to unlock a more genuine experience of themselves. Together, we will work to cultivate awareness, courage, confidence and steadiness in your life. I work with people who want to find clarity, a sense of aliveness, and to heal from both the bruises and scars that life sometimes creates. I can help you discover a deeper understanding of yourself, your relationships, and your purpose in the world.
(415) 707-0434 View (415) 707-0434
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Shianling Weeks
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94105  (Online Only)
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.
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 View (415) 942-1872
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Liza T. Jones
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PsyD, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94117
I specialize in the entire unit (individuals, partners/couples, family, and community), anxiety-based concerns, such as PTSD, GAD, medical induced medical concerns/insomnia, sexual assault, depression, addiction, suicide, career transition, and supervision/mentoring.
“Living Beautifully with Uncertainty” is a daily mantra I live by. As a veteran who has lived a life of service, our PATHs colliding is not by chance. Being no stranger to hard work or life struggles, I bring the whole body-mind healing process to every encounter. How can I assist? Are you ready to shift and change to be the best version of yourself? Are you tired of struggling with the same patterns and negative self-doubt? Well, welcome to your new supportive environment, I am here to motivate, support, and encourage your healing. I provide an inviting and supportive space to grow and reach one’s own true potential.
I specialize in the entire unit (individuals, partners/couples, family, and community), anxiety-based concerns, such as PTSD, GAD, medical induced medical concerns/insomnia, sexual assault, depression, addiction, suicide, career transition, and supervision/mentoring.
“Living Beautifully with Uncertainty” is a daily mantra I live by. As a veteran who has lived a life of service, our PATHs colliding is not by chance. Being no stranger to hard work or life struggles, I bring the whole body-mind healing process to every encounter. How can I assist? Are you ready to shift and change to be the best version of yourself? Are you tired of struggling with the same patterns and negative self-doubt? Well, welcome to your new supportive environment, I am here to motivate, support, and encourage your healing. I provide an inviting and supportive space to grow and reach one’s own true potential.
(628) 209-5472 View (628) 209-5472
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Lara Ezrin
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94122  (Online Only)
(I am currently providing Zoom sessions due to Covid-19). I am a licensed psychotherapist providing psychotherapy for adult individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, and life transitions. I offer both time-limited and open-ended therapy. I work collaboratively with clients using cognitive behavioral therapy and belief re-patterning. I believe that personal transformation is about getting out of one's own way to create a life you want to live and be the person you want to be.
(I am currently providing Zoom sessions due to Covid-19). I am a licensed psychotherapist providing psychotherapy for adult individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, and life transitions. I offer both time-limited and open-ended therapy. I work collaboratively with clients using cognitive behavioral therapy and belief re-patterning. I believe that personal transformation is about getting out of one's own way to create a life you want to live and be the person you want to be.
(628) 300-3277 View (628) 300-3277
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Mollie Tobias
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94114  (Online Only)
Taking new clients via Telehealth- Are you finding yourself STUCK in personal and/or work relationships? Do you struggle communicating with your partner or in dating? Sometimes a person lacks the support system or the inner resources to make a change after a hard blow and could become depressed or anxious. I work with clients to help build up their strengths, attain the personal growth they want to accomplish, while bringing together the important components of physical, emotional, and spiritual health. I have extensive experience working with clients who are dealing with difficult relationships, sadness, anxiety, self-esteem, etc.
Taking new clients via Telehealth- Are you finding yourself STUCK in personal and/or work relationships? Do you struggle communicating with your partner or in dating? Sometimes a person lacks the support system or the inner resources to make a change after a hard blow and could become depressed or anxious. I work with clients to help build up their strengths, attain the personal growth they want to accomplish, while bringing together the important components of physical, emotional, and spiritual health. I have extensive experience working with clients who are dealing with difficult relationships, sadness, anxiety, self-esteem, etc.
(415) 237-4307 View (415) 237-4307
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Shelby Armillotto
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94114  (Online Only)
I can guide you to set boundaries, manage overwhelming stress, low self-esteem or anxiety that may result from life’s transitions, work issues or even childhood trauma.
Navigating life’s precious or difficult moments can be challenging for anyone, and seeking help is an important step for you to achieve fulfillment. Working with a wide range of clients, from children to adults, I lead with empathy to help my clients balance their emotions and understand what may be preventing them from realizing their full potential.
I can guide you to set boundaries, manage overwhelming stress, low self-esteem or anxiety that may result from life’s transitions, work issues or even childhood trauma.
Navigating life’s precious or difficult moments can be challenging for anyone, and seeking help is an important step for you to achieve fulfillment. Working with a wide range of clients, from children to adults, I lead with empathy to help my clients balance their emotions and understand what may be preventing them from realizing their full potential.
(415) 504-3253 View (415) 504-3253
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Derek Rubinstein
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94115
Like any new endeavor, beginning therapy can bring both anxiety and hope. Whether you're seeking therapy to address specific concerns or to engage in personal exploration, I bring many years of experience working with a broad range of issues and people. I see therapy as a unique opportunity to help my clients gain a deeper understanding of themselves, develop greater awareness and insight, and make meaningful changes that lead to greater fulfillment in their lives, relationships, and careers.
Like any new endeavor, beginning therapy can bring both anxiety and hope. Whether you're seeking therapy to address specific concerns or to engage in personal exploration, I bring many years of experience working with a broad range of issues and people. I see therapy as a unique opportunity to help my clients gain a deeper understanding of themselves, develop greater awareness and insight, and make meaningful changes that lead to greater fulfillment in their lives, relationships, and careers.
(415) 521-3766 View (415) 521-3766
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Ashley Ah Hyun Lee
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94115
We specialize in Trauma and PTSD. We work with individual adults who have a long history of childhood trauma, sexual violence and abuse, difficult family dynamics, intergenerational trauma, cultural differences with their parents, family members with substance use issues, social anxiety, phobia, and depression. We help you process what happened, attend to and be with your emotions without dissociating, and rather find relief from sharing the stories. We also work with people whose doctors have recommended seeking trauma therapy like EMDR therapy.
We specialize in Trauma and PTSD. We work with individual adults who have a long history of childhood trauma, sexual violence and abuse, difficult family dynamics, intergenerational trauma, cultural differences with their parents, family members with substance use issues, social anxiety, phobia, and depression. We help you process what happened, attend to and be with your emotions without dissociating, and rather find relief from sharing the stories. We also work with people whose doctors have recommended seeking trauma therapy like EMDR therapy.
(650) 955-4312 View (650) 955-4312
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Joanna Castillo
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, 99154
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94103
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker licensed in California serving clients remotely at this time. I have over 7+ years of experience working as a Social Work case manager and/or therapist. I have worked with a variety of clients dealing with depression, anxiety, grief and loss, life transitions/changes, relationship issues, parenting issues, career challenges, and the overall impact health and mental health have on someone’s life.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker licensed in California serving clients remotely at this time. I have over 7+ years of experience working as a Social Work case manager and/or therapist. I have worked with a variety of clients dealing with depression, anxiety, grief and loss, life transitions/changes, relationship issues, parenting issues, career challenges, and the overall impact health and mental health have on someone’s life.
(805) 463-6528 View (805) 463-6528
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Mountain Bloom Therapy
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94121  (Online Only)
I work with motivated people who have perhaps come to realize that they are stuck in fight or flight, always feel “on”, stressed, or frozen in their lives. People seek me out to work on anxiety, depression, and complex traumatic issues like abuse, neglect, and suicidality. Many clients simply seek balance in their lives and to feel connected to themselves and others again. I also work with those in/or seeking recovery or harm reduction from substance use and/or behavioral addictions. While I am not a substance use counselor, I can work as a part of your recovery team to help strengthen your recovery and reduce relapses.
I work with motivated people who have perhaps come to realize that they are stuck in fight or flight, always feel “on”, stressed, or frozen in their lives. People seek me out to work on anxiety, depression, and complex traumatic issues like abuse, neglect, and suicidality. Many clients simply seek balance in their lives and to feel connected to themselves and others again. I also work with those in/or seeking recovery or harm reduction from substance use and/or behavioral addictions. While I am not a substance use counselor, I can work as a part of your recovery team to help strengthen your recovery and reduce relapses.
(628) 250-3679 View (628) 250-3679
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Anja Schmitz
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94110
Welcome to my practice! Have you been feeling like anxiety, low mood and motivation have been getting you stuck and preventing you from living the life you want to? Anxiety is a normal and important feeling that we developed to protect us from harm. If you are experiencing overwhelming levels of anxiety though, it can prevent you from doing things you care about, disrupt your social life and cause intense distress. Similarly, if you suffer from very low mood and motivation, it might seem impossible to engage in activities you previously cared about.
Welcome to my practice! Have you been feeling like anxiety, low mood and motivation have been getting you stuck and preventing you from living the life you want to? Anxiety is a normal and important feeling that we developed to protect us from harm. If you are experiencing overwhelming levels of anxiety though, it can prevent you from doing things you care about, disrupt your social life and cause intense distress. Similarly, if you suffer from very low mood and motivation, it might seem impossible to engage in activities you previously cared about.
(415) 689-7711 View (415) 689-7711
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Jamie Bennett
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94109  (Online Only)
Jamie Bennett is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of California with over 8 years of counseling experience. She specializes in treating children, teens, and adults who are suffering from anxiety disorders, depression, life transitions, mood, and personality disorders. She has honed a comprehensive therapeutic style to best support patients’ sustainable life changes. Jamie currently works in an individual capacity with adolescents and adults, identifying their most pervasive symptoms with the intention of liberating them from their emotional confines.
Jamie Bennett is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of California with over 8 years of counseling experience. She specializes in treating children, teens, and adults who are suffering from anxiety disorders, depression, life transitions, mood, and personality disorders. She has honed a comprehensive therapeutic style to best support patients’ sustainable life changes. Jamie currently works in an individual capacity with adolescents and adults, identifying their most pervasive symptoms with the intention of liberating them from their emotional confines.
(707) 238-7092 View (707) 238-7092
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Caroline Cretti
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94104
I am a licensed clinical psychologist, registered with the California Board of Psychology. I have been a therapist in the Bay Area for over 5 years. My goal in therapy is to provide space for clients to better understand themselves and the different dynamics that have created specific patterns of relationships, behaviors, and anxieties. I approach therapy and each client from a psychodynamic and humanistic framework. As a clinical psychologist, I have experience working with trauma, mood and anxiety disorders, family and relationship issues, obsessive compulsive disorders, and serious mental illness.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist, registered with the California Board of Psychology. I have been a therapist in the Bay Area for over 5 years. My goal in therapy is to provide space for clients to better understand themselves and the different dynamics that have created specific patterns of relationships, behaviors, and anxieties. I approach therapy and each client from a psychodynamic and humanistic framework. As a clinical psychologist, I have experience working with trauma, mood and anxiety disorders, family and relationship issues, obsessive compulsive disorders, and serious mental illness.
(628) 265-8969 View (628) 265-8969

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Anxiety Therapists

What are the most common treatments for anxiety?

Talk therapy, particularly cognitive behavioral therapy, is the most common treatment for anxiety. Studies have shown it is equally effective as medication. Other popular forms of therapy are popular, depending on a patient’s experience. Exposure therapy, for instance, can be useful for people dealing with fears and phobias, or who have experienced traumatic events. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy may be useful for patients who need help with emotion regulation. Anxiolytic medications, like benzodiazepines, can also help with calming a person enough to focus on the skills they’ve learned, and physical exercise has been shown to help symptoms of anxiety across the board.

How long does therapy for anxiety take to work?

The amount of time needed to alleviate symptoms depends on the severity of a person’s condition. Some therapies may take 5-20 weekly sessions to show results. Anti-depressant medications typically take two to four weeks before a benefit is felt. Anti-anxiety medications are felt typically within 20-30 minutes. Medications are best used to offer a patient a better headspace in which to work on techniques learned in therapy. Exercise, improved sleep habits, and meditation are effective, but takes weeks or months to show results.

When should I seek treatment for anxiety?

Everyone feels anxious at times, but when anxiety causes disruption to your daily life, it may be time to seek help. Such disruption can be mental, physical, or both: having fear dominate your thoughts, avoiding situations or objects that bring on feelings of anxiety, or experiencing shortness of breath, sweating, dizziness, or panic attacks. When these symptoms are recurrent and distressing, it may be time to talk to someone.

How effective is treatment for anxiety?

Treatment for anxiety has been shown to be moderately to highly effective, according to a large body of psychology studies and analyses. For some people, treatment using CBT or exposure therapy alone is effective. Others respond best to a combination of medication and therapy.