Parenting Therapists in San Francisco, CA

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Nicole Lako
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94118
Are you a parent of young children who feels the stress, anxiety and depression related to parenting? Do you need support alleviating these conditions, improving communication and parenting skills and connecting more with loved ones? I help moms and dads of young children strengthen their connection with their children, their partner and themselves.
Are you a parent of young children who feels the stress, anxiety and depression related to parenting? Do you need support alleviating these conditions, improving communication and parenting skills and connecting more with loved ones? I help moms and dads of young children strengthen their connection with their children, their partner and themselves.
(415) 799-7614 View (415) 799-7614
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Esther Ehrensaft
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94123
Most people seek out a psychologist when they have truly done their best to resolve their difficulties on their own. When you can't see your own emotional blind spots, feeling stuck and distressed can ripple through many areas of your life. Perhaps this is your first time seeking out a therapist, or perhaps you are returning to psychotherapy for a fresh perspective. As a psychologist with over 17 years of experience, I have a seasoned understanding of what leads people to hit roadblocks in their lives, in areas including work, school, marriage, parenting, family, and intimate relationships.
Most people seek out a psychologist when they have truly done their best to resolve their difficulties on their own. When you can't see your own emotional blind spots, feeling stuck and distressed can ripple through many areas of your life. Perhaps this is your first time seeking out a therapist, or perhaps you are returning to psychotherapy for a fresh perspective. As a psychologist with over 17 years of experience, I have a seasoned understanding of what leads people to hit roadblocks in their lives, in areas including work, school, marriage, parenting, family, and intimate relationships.
(415) 578-7673 View (415) 578-7673
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Molly Kathleen Saeger
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94109
I have a special interest in working with relationship issues, trauma, behavioral issues, eating disorders, parent coaching, divorce/separation/single parenthood, and medical issues (cancer, infertility, postpartum depression, and type 1 diabetes, to name a few).
Feelings and thoughts, at times, may be difficult to manage. Anxiety, depression, painful entanglements, behavioral issues, and the lingering effects of damaging experiences can exhaust us. They may also interfere with relationships and affect behaviors. Finding meaning in difficult emotions and life events can be very helpful. My hope is to provide understanding and insight that creates a safe relationship and develops a sensible model for people to discover potentially destructive patterns, what really matters to them, and how one can live a more creative, flexible, and full life.
I have a special interest in working with relationship issues, trauma, behavioral issues, eating disorders, parent coaching, divorce/separation/single parenthood, and medical issues (cancer, infertility, postpartum depression, and type 1 diabetes, to name a few).
Feelings and thoughts, at times, may be difficult to manage. Anxiety, depression, painful entanglements, behavioral issues, and the lingering effects of damaging experiences can exhaust us. They may also interfere with relationships and affect behaviors. Finding meaning in difficult emotions and life events can be very helpful. My hope is to provide understanding and insight that creates a safe relationship and develops a sensible model for people to discover potentially destructive patterns, what really matters to them, and how one can live a more creative, flexible, and full life.
(415) 964-4721 View (415) 964-4721
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Laura Hauben
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94114
Amidst the joy of being a new parent, one can feel bewilderment and self-doubt, sometimes desires and disappointments from childhood.
Major life events, both positive and negative, can require emotional adjustments that take us by surprise. Even desired life changes like parenthood, marriage, and graduation can lead to unexpected feelings. Current research on attachment confirms that humans are more resilient in the face of major life change and trauma when they feel understood and supported by another. I use psychotherapy and EMDR in my practice. In therapy I am direct, but I provide the empathy and compassion that we all need. My patients feel seen by me and in turn, seek out other fortifying relationships.
Amidst the joy of being a new parent, one can feel bewilderment and self-doubt, sometimes desires and disappointments from childhood.
Major life events, both positive and negative, can require emotional adjustments that take us by surprise. Even desired life changes like parenthood, marriage, and graduation can lead to unexpected feelings. Current research on attachment confirms that humans are more resilient in the face of major life change and trauma when they feel understood and supported by another. I use psychotherapy and EMDR in my practice. In therapy I am direct, but I provide the empathy and compassion that we all need. My patients feel seen by me and in turn, seek out other fortifying relationships.
(415) 323-3931 View (415) 323-3931
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Caterina Sanfilippo Lee
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94133  (Online Only)
Adulting and parenting; the struggle is REAL. You feel like you should have it all together but feel that you are overwhelmed, falling behind and not enough. Family, friendship and intimate partner relationships can be challenging. Career burnout and perfectionism can make it difficult to find a sustained sense of accomplishment, acceptance and joy. Parenting/caregiving is a rollercoaster of emotions, the ultimate balancing act and not showing up the way you want. Transitions are hard and navigating your 20s-30s is more stressful and rocky than you expected. You want to make a change but not sure where to start. Change is possible.
Adulting and parenting; the struggle is REAL. You feel like you should have it all together but feel that you are overwhelmed, falling behind and not enough. Family, friendship and intimate partner relationships can be challenging. Career burnout and perfectionism can make it difficult to find a sustained sense of accomplishment, acceptance and joy. Parenting/caregiving is a rollercoaster of emotions, the ultimate balancing act and not showing up the way you want. Transitions are hard and navigating your 20s-30s is more stressful and rocky than you expected. You want to make a change but not sure where to start. Change is possible.
(628) 239-7021 View (628) 239-7021
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Margo Levi
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94114
You deserve to be heard. My specialties include connecting with strong willed teens, healing family conflicts and helping adults translate pain and difficulty into opportunities for transformation. I have a particular interest in the enhanced opportunity for change and growth that come from big developmental transitions such as adolescence, becoming an adult and becoming a parent. My style is warm, active and solution oriented.
You deserve to be heard. My specialties include connecting with strong willed teens, healing family conflicts and helping adults translate pain and difficulty into opportunities for transformation. I have a particular interest in the enhanced opportunity for change and growth that come from big developmental transitions such as adolescence, becoming an adult and becoming a parent. My style is warm, active and solution oriented.
(415) 423-1030 View (415) 423-1030
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Jay M Seiff-Haron
Psychologist, PsyD, MBA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94104
Stress wearing you down? I am certified in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), an empirically validated model for helping couples and families to turn conflicts into opportunities for connection. I also employ both EMDR and IFS (Internal Family Systems) with individuals, have worked extensively with cultural differences at home and professionally, and am a custody evaluator. I specialize in working with interracial, interfaith or LGBT families, as well as parenting and services for children ages 1-7. My practice is poly-friendly and has a social justice orientation.
Stress wearing you down? I am certified in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), an empirically validated model for helping couples and families to turn conflicts into opportunities for connection. I also employ both EMDR and IFS (Internal Family Systems) with individuals, have worked extensively with cultural differences at home and professionally, and am a custody evaluator. I specialize in working with interracial, interfaith or LGBT families, as well as parenting and services for children ages 1-7. My practice is poly-friendly and has a social justice orientation.
(415) 574-0973 View (415) 574-0973
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Maria Sobol
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94118
I work with adults, couples, children, adolescents, parent-child dyads, and families.
For over 20 years, my work with individuals, couples, children, and families has been based on the belief that change is possible and most likely to occur when people feel comfortable and safe in relationship, both with themselves and others. My relational, warm, collaborative and accepting approach is strengths-based and fosters connection with each person to promote progress and success in therapy. My clients have been been impacted by trauma, loss, and adversity. I help them find ways to manage anxiety, depression, interpersonal conflict, and grief and deal with emotional challenges from childhood and life transitions.
I work with adults, couples, children, adolescents, parent-child dyads, and families.
For over 20 years, my work with individuals, couples, children, and families has been based on the belief that change is possible and most likely to occur when people feel comfortable and safe in relationship, both with themselves and others. My relational, warm, collaborative and accepting approach is strengths-based and fosters connection with each person to promote progress and success in therapy. My clients have been been impacted by trauma, loss, and adversity. I help them find ways to manage anxiety, depression, interpersonal conflict, and grief and deal with emotional challenges from childhood and life transitions.
(415) 371-9190 View (415) 371-9190
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Ken Stamper
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94115
I have particular interest in working with adults recovering from the impact of emotionally unavailable parenting due to a depressed, anxious, narcissistic, alcoholic, or otherwise preoccupied parent.
My therapeutic style is approachable, warm, curious, and, when necessary, challenging. I draw from my training in the lineage of Gestalt Therapy, working in the 'here and now' to find out how we can create growth and change. I also use tools from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy when appropriate to help develop awareness for effective change. We will work collaboratively to see how you can learn respond to your environment with greater freedom and choice, where you can see possibilities and turn them into actualities. I'm here to support you in becoming your best self.
I have particular interest in working with adults recovering from the impact of emotionally unavailable parenting due to a depressed, anxious, narcissistic, alcoholic, or otherwise preoccupied parent.
My therapeutic style is approachable, warm, curious, and, when necessary, challenging. I draw from my training in the lineage of Gestalt Therapy, working in the 'here and now' to find out how we can create growth and change. I also use tools from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy when appropriate to help develop awareness for effective change. We will work collaboratively to see how you can learn respond to your environment with greater freedom and choice, where you can see possibilities and turn them into actualities. I'm here to support you in becoming your best self.
(628) 214-5147 View (628) 214-5147
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Kimberly Wheeler Rich
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94129  (Online Only)
The stress of our fast-paced lives can challenge our most import relationships. Families are juggling so many responsibilities that its easy to let relationships take a back seat. Don't let stressful times derail you from living the life you always envisioned. I work with clients to manage stress, learn new problem solving tools, improve their relationships with loved ones and be the partner and/or parent you always wanted to be.
The stress of our fast-paced lives can challenge our most import relationships. Families are juggling so many responsibilities that its easy to let relationships take a back seat. Don't let stressful times derail you from living the life you always envisioned. I work with clients to manage stress, learn new problem solving tools, improve their relationships with loved ones and be the partner and/or parent you always wanted to be.
(650) 643-5319 View (650) 643-5319
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Livia Ondi
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94118
Are you tired of the power struggles with your toddler or preschooler? Are you navigating life changing events with your child, such as loss, divorce, adoption, moving, traumatic accidents or events? Does your little one have challenges in life with special needs and developmental delays? One of the hardest part of parenting is seeing your child being in pain and feeling like there is nothing you can do to help. I support families with young children to transform what seems like daily survival struggles into thriving in life and in relationships.
Are you tired of the power struggles with your toddler or preschooler? Are you navigating life changing events with your child, such as loss, divorce, adoption, moving, traumatic accidents or events? Does your little one have challenges in life with special needs and developmental delays? One of the hardest part of parenting is seeing your child being in pain and feeling like there is nothing you can do to help. I support families with young children to transform what seems like daily survival struggles into thriving in life and in relationships.
(415) 855-7682 View (415) 855-7682
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Annmarie Hulette
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94107
I am a clinical psychologist specializing in CBT with children, adolescents, and young adults, offering in-person services in SF as well as telehealth. I treat a range of issues, including anxiety and stress, depression, social difficulties, adjustment problems, and disruptive behaviors. The types of services I provide include individual therapy, parent consultations, and parent-child therapy. For more information about my services, please click on the button to the left to visit my website.
I am a clinical psychologist specializing in CBT with children, adolescents, and young adults, offering in-person services in SF as well as telehealth. I treat a range of issues, including anxiety and stress, depression, social difficulties, adjustment problems, and disruptive behaviors. The types of services I provide include individual therapy, parent consultations, and parent-child therapy. For more information about my services, please click on the button to the left to visit my website.
(650) 257-8762 View (650) 257-8762
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Sf Bay Play Therapy By Karen Wolfe Lmft
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94115
We are a group of Marriage and Family Therapists with locations in San Francisco, Oakland, and Orinda. We offer child and family play therapy, Hand in Hand Parenting coaching, individual and couples therapy, Brainspotting and trainings. Whether you are a child, parent, or teacher, we want to empower you to connect deeply with yourself and to help you create meaningful and satisfying relationships. Through the tools of play therapy, hand in hand parenting coaching, and relational psychotherapy we help children and adults reflect, build stronger bonds, and find the inner resources to create the family life you are longing for.
We are a group of Marriage and Family Therapists with locations in San Francisco, Oakland, and Orinda. We offer child and family play therapy, Hand in Hand Parenting coaching, individual and couples therapy, Brainspotting and trainings. Whether you are a child, parent, or teacher, we want to empower you to connect deeply with yourself and to help you create meaningful and satisfying relationships. Through the tools of play therapy, hand in hand parenting coaching, and relational psychotherapy we help children and adults reflect, build stronger bonds, and find the inner resources to create the family life you are longing for.
(415) 692-7910 View (415) 692-7910
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Brian G Kim
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94127
I specialize in preparing families for life transitions, including pre-marital work, marriage counseling and parenting issues.
I love to support individuals and families through life transitions, relational challenges, and navigating the stress of day to day life. Building trust is a critical part of the transformative process, so I emphasize creating a safe and warm environment for each client. My approach also incorporates practical skills and resources for clients to implement immediately to help you reach your goals.
I specialize in preparing families for life transitions, including pre-marital work, marriage counseling and parenting issues.
I love to support individuals and families through life transitions, relational challenges, and navigating the stress of day to day life. Building trust is a critical part of the transformative process, so I emphasize creating a safe and warm environment for each client. My approach also incorporates practical skills and resources for clients to implement immediately to help you reach your goals.
(628) 277-4027 View (628) 277-4027
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Jennifer Guittard
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94115
I also work with parents exploring how myriad factors, including but not limited to psychological development, neurodiversity, family dynamics, siblings, trauma, ADHD/ADD, learning differences, foster care, and trauma might be impacting a child's behavior, after which we will use the newfound insights to explore alternative parenting strategies.
It is my belief that fear, sadness, alienation, painful relationships and other causes of deep emotional distress do not need to be permanent. I am compassionate, patient, and take a personalized, flexible, holistic approach to each person. In therapy, we will explore thoughts, feelings, current and past relationships, trauma/s, early life, passions and anything of importance to you in order to help you live a more fulfilling and satisfying life.
I also work with parents exploring how myriad factors, including but not limited to psychological development, neurodiversity, family dynamics, siblings, trauma, ADHD/ADD, learning differences, foster care, and trauma might be impacting a child's behavior, after which we will use the newfound insights to explore alternative parenting strategies.
It is my belief that fear, sadness, alienation, painful relationships and other causes of deep emotional distress do not need to be permanent. I am compassionate, patient, and take a personalized, flexible, holistic approach to each person. In therapy, we will explore thoughts, feelings, current and past relationships, trauma/s, early life, passions and anything of importance to you in order to help you live a more fulfilling and satisfying life.
(415) 943-0550 View (415) 943-0550
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Cecilie Herring
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94118
I specialize in working with pre and postnatal moms, supporting parents as they navigate and adjust to parenthood, strengthening the parent-child connection, grief surrounding the loss of a loved one, coping with a chronic illness and/or pain, and working with the challenges of anxiety and depression.
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.
I specialize in working with pre and postnatal moms, supporting parents as they navigate and adjust to parenthood, strengthening the parent-child connection, grief surrounding the loss of a loved one, coping with a chronic illness and/or pain, and working with the challenges of anxiety and depression.
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 View (415) 517-9319
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Nata Bolsheva
PhD, FNCCCE, FNCPC, FABFEI, CFC
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94118
Couples, families, and individuals can be helped with divorce mediation, harassment in workplace, immigration counseling, or can see a parenting coordinator.
Travel throughout US and Canada. In Home Visit. Telecommunication though SKYPE, ZOOM, DOXY. Artemis-Forensic Expert Services Center, based in San Francisco, and serving Bay Area, has helped many people who need assistance with issues concerning their well being for many years. We could help to coordinate parenting - a child-focused alternative dispute resolution process to assists high conflict parents to implement their parenting plan by facilitating the resolution of their disputes in a timely manner, educating parents about children’s needs, and with prior approval of the parties and/or the court.
Couples, families, and individuals can be helped with divorce mediation, harassment in workplace, immigration counseling, or can see a parenting coordinator.
Travel throughout US and Canada. In Home Visit. Telecommunication though SKYPE, ZOOM, DOXY. Artemis-Forensic Expert Services Center, based in San Francisco, and serving Bay Area, has helped many people who need assistance with issues concerning their well being for many years. We could help to coordinate parenting - a child-focused alternative dispute resolution process to assists high conflict parents to implement their parenting plan by facilitating the resolution of their disputes in a timely manner, educating parents about children’s needs, and with prior approval of the parties and/or the court.
(628) 600-1694 View (628) 600-1694
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Robin Fragner
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94146  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
As the mother of two adult children I know that parenting is complicated and children can be delightful, quirky and exasperating in equal measure.
I believe in the transformational power of play and creativity for children, especially in the context of a warm, confidential relationship with a caring therapist. I understand that behavioral change is both skill based and relational. I have over thirty years of experience working only with children and adolescents in individual therapy. Thus I bring to my work a lifetime of professional experience understanding the developmental and attachment needs of children, a background of work in childhood trauma, anxiety symptoms and the special considerations required in helping children and parents navigate divorce.
As the mother of two adult children I know that parenting is complicated and children can be delightful, quirky and exasperating in equal measure.
I believe in the transformational power of play and creativity for children, especially in the context of a warm, confidential relationship with a caring therapist. I understand that behavioral change is both skill based and relational. I have over thirty years of experience working only with children and adolescents in individual therapy. Thus I bring to my work a lifetime of professional experience understanding the developmental and attachment needs of children, a background of work in childhood trauma, anxiety symptoms and the special considerations required in helping children and parents navigate divorce.
(415) 980-3213 View (415) 980-3213
Louise Evette Robinson
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94108
I work with individuals, couples, and families, on facilitating communication, conflict resolution, and often healing old wounds from childhood that cause difficulties in present relationships. I also work with children and their families on parenting issues. I work with couples having infertility issues and adoption.
I work with individuals, couples, and families, on facilitating communication, conflict resolution, and often healing old wounds from childhood that cause difficulties in present relationships. I also work with children and their families on parenting issues. I work with couples having infertility issues and adoption.
(415) 787-2991 View (415) 787-2991
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Brooke Barnett
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94118
I see children in individual play therapy, and often work with the child and parent together in dyadic therapy sessions.
Through compassion, humor, and gentle challenge, I work to create a supportive environment to help individuals and families overcome temporary setbacks, heal old wounds, and change dysfunctional patterns. My areas of expertise include anxiety, interpersonal trauma, issues related to parenting, early childhood mental health, and disruptions in early attachment.
I see children in individual play therapy, and often work with the child and parent together in dyadic therapy sessions.
Through compassion, humor, and gentle challenge, I work to create a supportive environment to help individuals and families overcome temporary setbacks, heal old wounds, and change dysfunctional patterns. My areas of expertise include anxiety, interpersonal trauma, issues related to parenting, early childhood mental health, and disruptions in early attachment.
(415) 423-1107 View (415) 423-1107

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Parenting Therapists

What does therapy for parenting look like?

Therapists may work with parents individually, together, or include the whole family to find solutions for the problems a parent faces. Many parent-based therapies work on a parent’s relationship with their children, problem-solving within the family, and analysis of family dynamics. Therapy conducted remotely by video may be helpful in allowing a therapist to observe how families interact in their own homes.

When should a parent seek therapy?

When behavioral problems begin to disrupt the healthy functioning of a family, it may be a good time to look into therapy. If parents find that children are acting out in school, have started using drugs or alcohol, have developed eating disorders, or other similar red flags, a therapist may be able to help.

How long does therapy take for parenting problems?

Depending on the severity of a family’s challenges and the type of treatment utilized, therapy for parenting can last from weeks to months. Cognitive behavioral therapy is a pragmatic therapy type that can be brief, most often ranging from between 5 and 20 sessions. Structural family therapy, which inspects family dynamics, often takes several months. Parent-child interaction therapy is typically shorter-term, lasting between 10 and 20 sessions. For any therapy, the duration will depend on the progress made and results realized.

Can therapy help parents dealing with burnout or stress?

Parenting is difficult. Parents may dismiss or conceal feelings of exhaustion, overwhelm, or escape ideation—imagining withdrawing from their parental obligations altogether. but left unattended, these feelings can have negative effects on the whole family. A therapist can help parents work on the skills they might need to better cope with the burdens of parenting and help them be the best parents they can be.