Family Therapy in San Francisco, CA

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Gaylesta, Psych Assn for Gender & Sexual Diversity
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, PsyD, LMFT, LCSW, LPCC
Verified
Verified
Clients can search for and locate a Nothern California psychiatrist, psychologist, marriage and family therapist or social worker by using our "find a therapist" website at: https://gaylesta.
WELCOME to Gaylesta: The Psychotherapist Association for Gender and Sexual Diversity. Our members provide mental health services including therapist referrals, education, and consultation. We offer a wide range of specializations, allowing us to serve as a unique resource both the LGBTQ communities and to other service providers. Explore our site to find a therapist, learn more about us, or become a valued member.
San Francisco, CA 94114
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Jan S. Cehn, LCSW,BCD
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, BCD
Verified
Verified
Preteen and teen years can be particularly stressful for the entire family .
I am an experienced therapist who has been working with teens, individuals, couples and families for over 30 years. I see therapy as a partnership: you enter this process with your particular issues and uniqueness and together, through building trust, being curious, and using specialized techniques, you progress. My approach is based on my client's personal history and their needs and, in general, I am quite interactive. I provide short-term as well as long-term treatment.
(415) 889-8965
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San Francisco, CA 94131
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Deborah Whiting
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, MFT
Verified
Verified
I have over 30 years of experience, working with both adolescents and adults. I am dedicated to supporting you in finding clarity and direction, so that you can thrive in the life you want. As a licensed psychotherapist and professional coach, you may come in to see me for problems with your relationship, work, family , mood, health or addictive behavior. I can help you get back on track, creating and achieving your goals!
(855) 304-0750
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San Francisco, CA 94107
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Shevi Loewinger
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified
Verified
Family therapy is a sensitive process that I facilitate with both care and dare.
Healing starts in the relationship created between us, client and therapist. I'm here to see you - your inner wisdom, creativity, uniqueness, the ways you cope with your struggles. Together, we'll slowly observe the layers of your experience with curiosity and without judgment and develop an awareness that would lead to an acceptance or a change. In this safe container we learn to be with our shadow and no longer fear phenomena such as depression, anxiety, low self esteem, grief, and relationship, as they are human emotions and part of our growth.
(415) 319-8665
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San Francisco, CA 94123
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Narkesia Swanigan
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I take a collaborative approach to working with my clients. You are not alone. Many benefit from the empathetic and nonjudgmental support of a trained professional. I provide individual, couples, and family therapy for those seeking to increase self-awareness, insight into one’s patterns both with ourselves and with others. I am devoted to helping you connect to your truth and deeper knowledge of yourself; build stronger relational bonds and improve communication challenges; and overcome crisis, awakening the warrior within you.
(415) 843-8290
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San Francisco, CA 94105
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Bruce Weitzman
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, MFT
Verified
Verified
A graduate of Stanford University and the California Institute of Integral Studies, I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist .
Many of my clients are successful professionals who are beginning to question whether they are on the right path. Some are searching for a more creative or spiritual way of life. Others crave relationships of greater substance. Still others seek clarity of purpose. Most feel limited by notions of what they have to be or do for the sake of others. You may have something in common with these people.
(415) 294-5083
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San Francisco, CA 94102
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Ariella Benji-Beyzer
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
1 Endorsed
1 Endorsed
I have experience working with clients with anxiety, burnout, cultural issues, family conflict, life transitions, pregnancy, and relationships.
I am a humanistic therapist in that I believe that the most important part of therapy is the therapeutic relationship. I work on building a strong connection with my clients and then helping them build insight into their behaviors and patterns.
(415) 639-3091
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San Francisco, CA 94105
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Frank Banks
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified
Verified
I have more than a decade or professional and personal experience (my two sons are on the spectrum) working with problems associated with having a neurodiverse family .
Is one or more of your kids on the Spectrum or have the ASD/ADD/OCD triad? In your relationship, is one of you on the spectrum and one not and is that causing misunderstandings and problems? Are you on the spectrum and having trouble understanding the non-spectrum people and world around you? I can help you bridge differences and deal with conflicts and meltdowns in an empathetic and constructive way. Also, I work for with LGBTQ people and couples with a variety of mental health concerns like anxiety and depression. It's hard growing up different from your peers. It can cause low self esteem, crippling self doubt and anger.
(415) 802-0854
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San Francisco, CA 94102
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Heidi Xue
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, APPC, EMDR
Verified
Verified
I also specialize in couples/ family therapy .
Do you have trouble with anxiety, depression, and relationship/ family issues due to trauma? Past experiences can create imprints onto your brain that activate your fight/flight responses whenever your emotions feel dysregulated, but life without the constant feeling of being on edge is possible. Those traumatic memories don’t have to permanently influence who you are meant to be. Through therapy, you will gain control of your feelings/thoughts and your response to everyday life hurdles. Healing from trauma can create healthier beliefs about yourself and your relationships along with sustainable changes.
(415) 534-9538
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San Francisco, CA 94114
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Aviva Euripides
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, Lacanan
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
1/3 of my practice is couples/ family counseling and in this type of work there is immense opportunity for further understanding of relationship and self.
I am an experienced clinician and gauge our work by the progress you are making towards your treatment goals. I have supervised and trained clinicians in treatment settings ranging from the counselor's office to acute mental health facilities. I also have a professional background in the arts and work with self defined meaning, identity and creative processes. Symptoms are quite manageable, but often get in the way of the quality of life if left untreated. I provide a safe and dynamic space in which we can effectively together target your goals. My work specifically is in Lacanalysis and I am in ongoing formation as such.
(415) 301-5219
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San Francisco, CA 94121
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Roger Lake
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I am a family therapist and my approach to psychotherapy has been shaped by over thirty years of work with addictions. Helping clients into Recovery has led to a special understanding of the complexities of relationships and the processes of change for individuals, couples, and families. I have spent most of those years seeing couples and families in San Francisco's wonderfully diverse cultural landscape. I am no stranger to the complexities of gender, class and ethnicity as they influence the work of family or individual therapy.
(650) 741-3364
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San Francisco, CA 94114
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Cecilie Herring
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I am a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist offering psychotherapy to adults, adolescents, and children. My training focuses on helping my clients improve their relationships with themselves and others, navigate life transitions, and heal from traumatic experiences. My overall approach seeks to provide a warm, trusting, nonjudgemental relationship in which you are deeply listened to and can safely and freely discuss your challenges, concerns, and vulnerabilities.
(415) 517-9319
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San Francisco, CA 94118
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Liz Kalmanson
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Relationships have the potential to bring enormous happiness and fulfillment yet can also create deep wounding and pain. I specialize in working with both individuals and couples who are struggling in relationships with partners, family members, and close friends. I will help you recognize and change reoccurring patterns that can chip away at feelings of closeness, intimacy, and trust. Our relationship with ourselves and with others are central to the quality of our lives. Let me support you in learning the skills to repair, rebuild, and strengthen your relationships so you can live with more fulfillment and ease.
(415) 980-7890
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San Francisco, CA 94131
Not accepting new clients
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Jessica McGowen
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MFT
Verified
Verified
I hold a speciality in family infant mental health which allows me to work with couples during the prenatal / postpartum and children 0-3 yrs .
I have 20 years of experience but I don't believe that says anything unless I can relate, connect and feel with my clients. I can be professional when necessary but I am better at just being real. I am not everyones therapist and I am okay with it. I engage in the conversation with respect and authenticity. I'm direct with the intention to help and shift the issues in a place for change . I am good at what I do and passionate about helping people through pain.
(415) 529-8891
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San Francisco, CA 94104
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Diana Halfmann
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Stress or stuckness in your work or relationships is a signal for growth. I can support you to realize your vision and life's purpose. I listen with the intent of thoroughly understanding your concerns and past traumas, bring in mindfulness and other practical tools so we can tend more deeply to the roots of your challenges. From that place, you will be able to make the changes in order to live your highest potential. And if you're a parent struggling with how best to support your child, I can be of service to you with consultations, family and 1:1 child therapy.
(415) 524-7921
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San Francisco, CA 94110
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Nancy Scotton
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified
Verified
Member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
I am available for telehealth appointments with current clients and those who have worked with me in the past.
(415) 689-8984
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San Francisco, CA 94118
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Susan Frankel
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified
Verified
I am interested in all aspects of family life and supporting others to make wise and informed decisions.
I have worked collaberatively with individuals, couples and families for over 30 years. I am an active therapist and strive to build developmentally appropriate interventions to meet the needs of clients throughout the life cycle. About half my practice is dedicated to couples work assisting in all aspects of communication, sexuality, reproductive challenges, parenting and work/life balance issues. I see individuals from adolescence to end of life. I have expertise in trauma, PTSD, anxiety and relational issues.
(415) 578-7661
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San Francisco, CA 94114
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Thomas Faupl
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, SEP
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
I am a San Francisco Marriage and Family Therapist , Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and Certified EMDR Therapist offering video sessions to help you to navigate your life in turbulent times. I'm experienced in working with a diverse population of clients from varying socio-economic backgrounds, ethnicities and sexual orientations. I'm honored to help you heal from stress, anxiety and overwhelm, and I have found Somatic Experiencing (SE), Internal Family Systems (IFS) and EMDR very powerful in facilitating your unfolding toward vibrancy, healing and well being.
(415) 991-6632
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San Francisco, CA 94114
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Alexis Monnier
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA
Verified
13 Endorsed
Verified
13 Endorsed
Many couples work so hard to resolve conflict on thier own and end up getting stuck over and over. Though each couple has hot topics they can often argue over something as simple as the toilet paper roll. They try to resolve repetitive conflicts on their own and get stuck. There are specific tools and perspectives that are key to having a successful relationship. Learning these tools can deepen a relationship and build a foundation for a potential future family .
(415) 801-0354
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San Francisco, CA 94115
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Gilbert A. Woo
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MFT
Verified
Verified
Treatment approach focuses on the connection between your mind and body, emphasizing your culture, identity, relationships, family upbringing, and social development.
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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San Francisco, CA 94117
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Family Therapy

What do family therapists do?

A family therapist facilitates the process of understanding and improving how a family functions. The therapist will help family members develop empathy for one another. They’ll seek to understand existing patterns, misunderstandings, and conflicts that arise, in order to help the family arrive at a realistic, unified understanding and develop the coping skills they need to build stronger relationships.

How long does therapy for families take to work?

Therapy manifests differently in every family; a common time frame is 12 weekly sessions, but some families may see improvement after just a few weeks. Families should discuss their goals with the therapist at the beginning of the process and periodically revisit those goals to assess their progress together.

How can you encourage a family member to attend family therapy?

You can encourage family members to attend therapy by expressing with both love and concern the challenges you see and explaining how a therapist could help the family navigate those challenges together. An outside perspective can help everyone feel heard, get on the same page, and develop new skills. If family members are still hesitant, it may be helpful to emphasize that family therapy is short-term—it won’t last forever.

Is therapy for families effective?

Family therapy can significantly improve family dynamics and relationships. Research suggests that family therapy can help individuals understand their role in the family, communicate and solve problems together, reduce conflict and draw boundaries when necessary, and develop coping skills for stressors, major life changes, and mental or physical illnesses within the family.