Chronic Pain Therapists in San Francisco, CA

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Photo of Nina Eisenberg @ Wellspace, Psychologist in San Francisco, CA
Nina Eisenberg @ Wellspace
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
I work with adolescents and adults who have identified something in their lives that is causing distress or interfering with their goals. These may be uncomfortable thoughts or feelings, or stressful life circumstances both past or present. Or, they may have a more general discomfort, a sense that something just isn’t “right” and feeling “stuck.” Major life transitions, relationship changes, and illness may be catalysts for psychological distress. Regardless, there is usually a desire to understand themselves better, make meaning of their experiences, and to change grow.
(628) 200-4029
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San Francisco, CA 94102
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Katy Wray, Psychotherapist & Jungian Psychoanalyst
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Sometimes there is a powerful link between pain in the body and the unconscious mind.
Psychotherapy offers help when you are struggling with something specific, or when you are feeling concerned about where your life is going in general. There may be patterns that you tend to repeat and wish to change. Common concerns include relationships, career, family, anxiety, depression, and childhood trauma. Depth-oriented therapy and psychoanalysis are approaches with transformative potential. They aim to go beyond immediate symptom relief to unlock your capacity to grow, and to live fully.
(415) 800-2661
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San Francisco, CA 94115
Not accepting new clients
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Natasha Smolkin
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
Dr. Natasha Smolkin is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in working with patients who struggle with chronic pain , stress and anxiety, addiction, interpersonal challenges, depression, self-esteem issues, and many more of life’s mental wellness obstacles. She utilizes an integrative, strength-based approach, which focuses on cultivating sense-of-efficacy around changes, obstacles, and goals.
(415) 480-5482
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San Francisco, CA 94109
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Ronilleen (Rona) Maglian
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
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.
(415) 859-1616
San Francisco, CA 94115
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Julie B Robbins
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I have had extensive experience in: child abuse, sexual abuse, domestic violence, trauma, divorce, adoption, fertility, chronic illness and pain , depression and anxiety, families with special needs, learning differences, school adjustments, career changes, sexual intimacy.
After over 30 years of clinical practice I realize that getting involved in therapy takes great strength, endurance, and commitment. I am always willing to offer clients a safe environment with my own strength and commitment to do the work that needs to be done. My work with children has helped me work more effectively with adults and my work with adults have helped me work more effectively with the children.Please note that during the virus crisis I am conducting sessions both in person(with some requirements) and on a Hippa approved video therapy network.
(415) 802-0532
San Francisco, CA 94121
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Kimia Mansoor
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
You may have come to my page feeling disappointed with your current circumstances, relationships, work, or the world at large. I specialize in working with adults, adolescents, and couples experiencing high levels of stress, interpersonal conflict, difficult family dynamics, grief, and chronic pain or illness . I often work with people who feel "different" and who may have experienced discrimination and deep feelings of otherness throughout their lives. This includes children of immigrants, neurodiverse individuals, survivors of complex trauma/abuse, and others who identify with minority status in one or more ways.
(415) 423-0335
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San Francisco, CA 94115
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Pauline Wakeham
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, SEP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I help people to heal that pain .
Are you having trouble getting over a past shock or trauma? Are you frequently in overwhelm/collapse? Are you constantly bracing against danger, ready to fight or run away? If you answered yes to any of these questions, I can help. I specialize in working with people who have experienced being overwhelmed by events and experiences that have shaken their very foundations. I take time to assess your personal stress/trauma history and provide guidance and support to assist you in your recovery. I also help couples create sustained improvement in their relationship, creating more effective communication and fulfilling relationships.
(510) 377-1082
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San Francisco, CA 94127
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Anna Yam
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
My second main area of focus is pelvic pain in women, including vaginismus, vulvodynia, painful sex, endometriosis, IBS, & bladder pain .
I help individuals who are feeling overwhelmed. Do you feel like you should be doing something more, even when you're already doing something? Is your inner voice telling you to do more, be more, or strive harder? Have you felt like you're failing or "broken" or that there aren't people who understand or care about your suffering? In our work together, we will explore ways of developing comfort with the spectrum of emotions. We also work to balance your caregiving responsibilities with your needs, creating space for your most replenished, empowered self.
(858) 430-8069
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San Francisco, CA 94118
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Monique Vorous
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I am specialized in both pain management and addiction treatment.
As a psychologist, it is my goal to empower people to live fulfilled and happy lives. I work with individuals to help them become active participants in meeting their therapeutic goals. My experience includes treating individuals struggling with general psychiatric symptoms, life transitions and trauma.
(415) 301-3824
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San Francisco, CA 94105
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Susannah Ruth Feder
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
I specialize in treating clients with pain and chronic illness management issues.
I am most experienced in working with people with pain , illness , addictions, anxiety and depression. I use interpersonal and cognitive approaches to these issues, and believe that the client is best able to assist in selecting the types of approaches best suited to them.
(925) 448-9343
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San Francisco, CA 94123
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Pearl B Werfel
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
I offer a safe and comforting place for you to more deeply connect with yourself, learn tools to mitigate stress and physical and emotional pain and allow yourself to heal.
Even the most capable and intelligent person will sometimes need help. My clients include professionals, supervisors, executives, and healthcare providers who seek to better manage the stressors of their professional and personal lives. I create a safe and comfortable environment where you can learn how to decrease stress and anxiety, sleep better, reduce or eliminate pain , live well with chronic illness , resolve past trauma and stop self-limiting behaviors. My over 25 years of experience and training enables me to tailor therapeutic interventions to your needs.
(510) 665-5802
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San Francisco, CA 94104
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Molly Garber Therapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW
Verified
Verified
I combine Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), motivational interviewing, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), and Solution-Focused Therapy to target feelings of dread, abandonment, isolation, anxiety, chronic pain , and the many other symptoms that may come up for you on a daily basis.
“Regardless of how long ago something happened, and regardless of how long symptoms have been there, it doesn’t need to be permanent.” - Getting Past Your Past (Shapiro, 2012) Whether you are experiencing anxiety, depression, interpersonal issues or other daily symptoms that leave you feeling discontent, there is a solution. By utilizing a client-centered approach, I meet you where you are from session-to-session in order to provide an environment focused on comfort, trust, and understanding. I see healing as a sine wave, with ups-and-downs but always on an upward trajectory. Together we will walk through your healing.
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San Francisco, CA 94131
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Michael Mayer
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Real transformation is possible when you have the right tools to mine your inner gems. With my 30 years experience, I give you leading-edge methods to help you deal with various psychological issues. Self-healing tools from Eastern and Western traditions can reduce or eliminate medications and empowers your inner healer to deal with your anxiety, depression, chronic pain , insomnia, trauma,hypertension, etc. Transform your inner critic into a helpful coach :-)
(415) 931-4888
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San Francisco, CA 94123
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Rebecca Stein
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I have extensive training in anxiety, pain management, work burnout, ADHD, and relational grief/loss.
Do you find yourself completely avoiding or “numbing out” because things seem so overwhelming? Do you find yourself so “revved up” to do things, to only later find yourself completely burned out? Do you feel like you can’t enjoy life because there is a constant pressure to do things and “do them right?” I help YOU manage these heavy feelings, learn coping strategies, and begin discovering “what’s right with you.” I have empowered many clients at UCLA Medicine, The Pain Psychology Center, and The Relational Center feel in order to truly heal. I am a Certified ADHD Clinical Services Provider (ADHD-CCSP).
(470) 450-3277
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San Francisco, CA 94104
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Frances Gilliam Slocumb
MA, PhD, RP
Verified
Verified
Much psychological and physical pain and illness is based in early trauma experiences outside the reach of memory or words.
I am a Jungian analyst in private practice in North Berkeley. Trained in Zurich, I bring thirty years of experience to a wide range of psychological suffering, including depression, childhood trauma, relationship and family issues, grief, creativity, and spiritual crisis.
(510) 692-9505
San Francisco, CA 94115
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Bayla Travis, Psy.D. - Pain Management Specialist
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
I specialize in brief (6-24 weeks) psychotherapy for individuals, couples and groups with chronic pain and other health-related challenges, especially anxiety. I have expertise in treating people with gastrological illnesses and serve on the medical advisory committee of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America. I also have extensive experience working in hospitals with medical providers. Clients typically see progress within 6 weeks. Treatment goals generally fall into two categories: meeting work/home responsibilities and increasing self-care. This process involves setting achievable short-term goals while keeping long-term goals in sight.
(510) 681-0018
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San Francisco, CA 94110
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Kathy Jarosz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
A passion is the work that I do with chronic pain (TMS) which can help even longtime sufferers reduce/eliminate pain .
Are you and your partner wanting help communicating? Feeling emotionally distant? Are you frustrated by the problems with your relationship? Has there been an affair or addiction? I am a Gottman Level 3 trained couples therapist and I can help! I can offer you some leading-edge tools and resources to kick-start change. If you both want the marriage to be saved, that's exactly what we will work toward. But, if one of you is uncertain if you want to save the marriage we can discuss "Discernment Counseling". You learn what it would take to turn it around before you decide to start couples therapy. Don't postpone getting help!
(650) 741-4387
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San Francisco, CA 94104
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Danielle R Miyasato (Aka Casden)
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
Are you or a loved one having difficulty coping with chronic illness (cancer, HIV, heart disease, diabetes, COPD, pain or other illness ) or managing stress in your life? Health issues can affect every aspect of your life, including relationships, work, finances, mood, and sense of self. I have over a decade of experience helping individuals, couples and families improve the quality of life and reduce suffering. As a Clinical Health Psychologist, I take an integrative approach to psychotherapy and will work with you to create a treatment plan that is tailored to your unique needs and goals.
(415) 413-0915
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San Francisco, CA 94123
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Sarah Hammill
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I have extensive experience treating individuals with chronic and terminal illness , chronic pain , Borderline Personality Disorder, and addiction.
Have you survived a trauma but can't shake the effects of it? Do you want help reclaiming your thoughts, feelings and relationships? I specialize in treating people who have experienced traumatic events such as sexual assault, sudden loss, childhood abuse or divorce. I work with my clients to treat common trauma symptoms such as depression, anxiety, issues with sexuality, and chronic pain . Because trauma affects the body, I combine traditional psychotherapy with a somatic focus to bring relief to the whole self. Ultimately, we work together to alleviate distress and create a life you love.
(510) 454-8430
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San Francisco, CA 94123
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Lucia C Cargill
PhD, MSN, MA, PHN, FNP-C
Verified
Verified
l am a cross-cultural specialist with a PhD in Medical Anthropology & a Family Nurse Practitioner with 15 years in psychiatric, pain & primary care practice.
Greetings! Welcome to our multidisciplinary, holistic, integrative mental health coaching practice. We are open to new ideas from Integrative/Functional Medicine, supportive care for your psychiatric needs, drug free care, and nutritional support. We believe whole body health is the best way to good brain health. Good brain health impacts mental health. We invite you to a different approach to brain health and mental health through coaching and support for referrals to the best functional medicine providers sourcing balance, resolution of inflammation & for all your whole body-mind-spirit healing. We invite you to join us for care.
(415) 630-2992
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San Francisco, CA 94110
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Chronic Pain Therapists

How does chronic pain therapy work?

Engaging with a psychotherapist to help treat chronic pain does not mean that one’s pain is all in their head. Therapy for chronic-pain patients has been shown to benefit both the mind and the body, targeting physical symptoms and increasing daily functioning. In other words, for many, addressing their emotional health through therapy affects their physical health. A therapist can help a client challenge unhelpful thoughts about pain and develop new ways to respond to it, such as distraction or calming breathing techniques. Studies have found that therapy can be as effective as surgery for certain cases of chronic pain and many doctors recommend trying psychotherapy in advance of considering invasive surgery.

What are the most effective treatment options for chronic pain?

Stress, anxiety, depression, catastrophizing, ruminating, lack of activity, and social withdrawal all make chronic pain worse. Addressing these issues, research shows, can help people gain control over their pain symptoms. Therapeutic approaches such as cognitive behavioral therapy, biofeedback, and mindfulness-based stress reduction, along with greater pain-management education, have been found to help people reduce fear and disability.

Are there new treatments for chronic pain?

Many cases of chronic pain, particularly those involving back pain, remain medically unexplained. But there is evidence that changes in the brain or nervous system are caused by previous physical ailments such as tissue damage; in such cases, the brain may continue to send out pain signals despite the physical cause having healed. To aid patients under these circumstances, a recently developed treatment known as pain reprocessing therapy (PRT) is designed to help the brain “unlearn” this response. A PRT practitioner helps individuals to reduce the “threat value” of their ongoing pain signals until they can reappraise them as less threatening and fear-inducing. They also help an individual to develop new emotional regulation skills.

How long does therapy for chronic pain take?

There is no set timeline for recovery from chronic pain, especially as there may be a range of physical and psychological causes for any individual’s discomfort, but most patients should expect to see a therapist for a number of weeks or months, typically spanning at least 12 sessions. Studies of pain reprocessing therapy found that many individuals’ experience of pain lessened in eight sessions over four weeks.