Psychoanalytic Therapists in San Francisco, CA

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Maeve Odile Jackson-Dufault
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA
Verified
San Francisco, CA 94123
My approach to therapy is integral; I work from an attachment and trauma informed lens with a deep grounding in relational psychoanalytic theory. I have experience with treating depression and anxiety, low self-esteem, questions of gender and sexuality, complex family dynamics, relationship issues, chronic pain, and grief work. My wish it to foster a therapeutic space that feels both challenging as well as safe so that we can work together to meet your treatment goals. In our work together I may bring in mindfulness techniques, parts work, attachment theory, dream work, movement, and myth.
My approach to therapy is integral; I work from an attachment and trauma informed lens with a deep grounding in relational psychoanalytic theory. I have experience with treating depression and anxiety, low self-esteem, questions of gender and sexuality, complex family dynamics, relationship issues, chronic pain, and grief work. My wish it to foster a therapeutic space that feels both challenging as well as safe so that we can work together to meet your treatment goals. In our work together I may bring in mindfulness techniques, parts work, attachment theory, dream work, movement, and myth.
(510) 513-4604 View (510) 513-4604
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Kristin Fiorella
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, MFT
Verified
San Francisco, CA 94115
I am a psychoanalyst in private practice in San Francisco. In addition to my clinical work with patients, I also offer consultation for other clinicians and teach and supervise with various psychoanalytic sites in the Bay Area. My writing about the intersection between Buddhism and psychoanalysis has received awards from NCSPP, a local psychoanalytic organization, and APsaA, a national one. I can help guide you in the process of more clearly seeing and navigating your emotional landscape - why you might be prone to anger or worry, why accomplishments feel fleeting, or why things aren't working as you'd like interpersonally.
I am a psychoanalyst in private practice in San Francisco. In addition to my clinical work with patients, I also offer consultation for other clinicians and teach and supervise with various psychoanalytic sites in the Bay Area. My writing about the intersection between Buddhism and psychoanalysis has received awards from NCSPP, a local psychoanalytic organization, and APsaA, a national one. I can help guide you in the process of more clearly seeing and navigating your emotional landscape - why you might be prone to anger or worry, why accomplishments feel fleeting, or why things aren't working as you'd like interpersonally.
(415) 212-5942 View (415) 212-5942
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Asya Grigorieva
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
San Francisco, CA 94102
I am interested in helping people create all of the above, and do so through a combination of psychoanalytic depth therapy and evidence-based techniques.
Do you feel you have it all/have enough, but do not feel satisfied, content, happy, or at peace? Do you want to find meaning and purpose in your life? Do you want to examine the root causes of your emotional suffering instead of putting a bandaid on your symptoms? If so, I invite you to schedule a 20-minute consultation with me to begin exploring your transformation. I can help you to learn to trust yourself, discern what you have and don't have control/responsibility over, and find your center/ true north, which you can utilize to make decisions more effectively and flow through life's ups and downs with more ease.
I am interested in helping people create all of the above, and do so through a combination of psychoanalytic depth therapy and evidence-based techniques.
Do you feel you have it all/have enough, but do not feel satisfied, content, happy, or at peace? Do you want to find meaning and purpose in your life? Do you want to examine the root causes of your emotional suffering instead of putting a bandaid on your symptoms? If so, I invite you to schedule a 20-minute consultation with me to begin exploring your transformation. I can help you to learn to trust yourself, discern what you have and don't have control/responsibility over, and find your center/ true north, which you can utilize to make decisions more effectively and flow through life's ups and downs with more ease.
(415) 935-4922 View (415) 935-4922
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Anum Ghazipura
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
San Francisco, CA 94105
I am fascinated by the Jungian psychoanalytic orientation.
If you can synchronize your heart and mind, you can harmonize your life. It's never too late to understand yourself. The therapeutic space I create is to help you learn about who you are as an individual and see your blind spots. Regardless if you're coming in as a couple or on your own, the therapeutic work that we will do is not just be about solving your problems. But also helping you figure out what's behind these issues and increasing your self-worth along the way. Therapy is challenging, but can be fulfilling. The goal is to help you live and witness your life in the healthiest of ways as you become closer to your true self.
I am fascinated by the Jungian psychoanalytic orientation.
If you can synchronize your heart and mind, you can harmonize your life. It's never too late to understand yourself. The therapeutic space I create is to help you learn about who you are as an individual and see your blind spots. Regardless if you're coming in as a couple or on your own, the therapeutic work that we will do is not just be about solving your problems. But also helping you figure out what's behind these issues and increasing your self-worth along the way. Therapy is challenging, but can be fulfilling. The goal is to help you live and witness your life in the healthiest of ways as you become closer to your true self.
(415) 286-9618 View (415) 286-9618
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Bill Caperton
Psychologist, PhD, LP
Verified
San Francisco, CA 94105
I am a Counseling Psychologist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist with a special interest in helping artists, writers, actors, musicians and creative spirits of all types achieve their full potential. I am also interested in working with men around issues of fatherhood, masculinity, and relationships. I have completed specialized training working with college, medical, and professional students (UCLA and USC Health Science Campus), as well as veterans (Minneapolis and Milwaukee VA).
I am a Counseling Psychologist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist with a special interest in helping artists, writers, actors, musicians and creative spirits of all types achieve their full potential. I am also interested in working with men around issues of fatherhood, masculinity, and relationships. I have completed specialized training working with college, medical, and professional students (UCLA and USC Health Science Campus), as well as veterans (Minneapolis and Milwaukee VA).
(512) 991-0126 View (512) 991-0126
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Garrett Howard
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
5 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94115
I practice psychoanalytic psychotherapy, which is a form of psychotherapy that is particularly well suited for examining unconscious processes- how the beliefs, attitudes, and feelings that lay outside of our awareness influence how we interact with the world.
Navigating life's complexities can often feel overwhelming, especially when you're balancing personal aspirations with societal expectations. Psychotherapy provides a unique space where you can confront and understand these feelings, and address what is holding you back. Together we will explore the unique narrative shaping your experiences, unravel the knots of unconscious conflicts, and relieve emotional burdens. Your creativity and independent spirit are assets; let's use them to foster resilience and self-assuredness, empowering you on your journey towards self-discovery and genuine transformation, not just quick fixes.
I practice psychoanalytic psychotherapy, which is a form of psychotherapy that is particularly well suited for examining unconscious processes- how the beliefs, attitudes, and feelings that lay outside of our awareness influence how we interact with the world.
Navigating life's complexities can often feel overwhelming, especially when you're balancing personal aspirations with societal expectations. Psychotherapy provides a unique space where you can confront and understand these feelings, and address what is holding you back. Together we will explore the unique narrative shaping your experiences, unravel the knots of unconscious conflicts, and relieve emotional burdens. Your creativity and independent spirit are assets; let's use them to foster resilience and self-assuredness, empowering you on your journey towards self-discovery and genuine transformation, not just quick fixes.
(510) 953-4675 View (510) 953-4675
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Howard Sugarman
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified
San Francisco, CA 94118
My Experiences: Director of Family Psychological Services Boyer House, Private Adult Psychoanalytic Lodge Model.
I bring 40 plus years of assorted, diverse and complex Clinical Experience to the care of my patients. I offer Psychoanalysis & Psychotherapy providing Individual, Couple & Family Treatments. MFT License 17611 - May 1982; Certified as a Psychoanalyst by The International Psychoanalytical Association. My Specialty is to understand as best I can, each person that comes to me and in conjunction with them, formulate a psychotherapy that is responsive and creates the conditions for treatment that most deeply address their concerns.
My Experiences: Director of Family Psychological Services Boyer House, Private Adult Psychoanalytic Lodge Model.
I bring 40 plus years of assorted, diverse and complex Clinical Experience to the care of my patients. I offer Psychoanalysis & Psychotherapy providing Individual, Couple & Family Treatments. MFT License 17611 - May 1982; Certified as a Psychoanalyst by The International Psychoanalytical Association. My Specialty is to understand as best I can, each person that comes to me and in conjunction with them, formulate a psychotherapy that is responsive and creates the conditions for treatment that most deeply address their concerns.
(415) 766-9178 View (415) 766-9178
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Svenson Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, LICSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94118
I draw on intensive post-grad certifications in psychoanalytic therapy, & trauma & dissociation, as well as decades of experience working with children, to offer experienced, evidence-based care.
If your child has experienced trauma & dissociation, they may have trouble managing their feelings, communicating their needs, or be using challenging behaviors. The world can feel scary to the traumatized child, so it's hard for them to communicate. They often cope in ways that were the best solution during the trauma, but no longer fit current circumstances, and which seem confusing or destructive. I see it as my job to help your child explore their inner world, so, through the language of play, they can learn how to express emotions, solve problems, & get needs met in healthy ways that fit the present!
I draw on intensive post-grad certifications in psychoanalytic therapy, & trauma & dissociation, as well as decades of experience working with children, to offer experienced, evidence-based care.
If your child has experienced trauma & dissociation, they may have trouble managing their feelings, communicating their needs, or be using challenging behaviors. The world can feel scary to the traumatized child, so it's hard for them to communicate. They often cope in ways that were the best solution during the trauma, but no longer fit current circumstances, and which seem confusing or destructive. I see it as my job to help your child explore their inner world, so, through the language of play, they can learn how to express emotions, solve problems, & get needs met in healthy ways that fit the present!
(628) 227-6135 View (628) 227-6135
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Alissa DiFranco
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, CFRC
Verified
San Francisco, CA 94131  (Online Only)
I draw upon a broad theoretical background that includes EMDR, psychoanalytic theory, attachment theory, and cognitive-behavioral therapy, as well as over 30 years of experience in the practices of yoga and art.
My style of working is thoughtful and direct. I am committed to helping people discover and enhance their emotional capacity in order to create more satisfying lives. Through the transformative experience of being deeply understood by another in an authentic, safe and honest relationship, people can transform destructive patterns into more satisfying expressions of self.
I draw upon a broad theoretical background that includes EMDR, psychoanalytic theory, attachment theory, and cognitive-behavioral therapy, as well as over 30 years of experience in the practices of yoga and art.
My style of working is thoughtful and direct. I am committed to helping people discover and enhance their emotional capacity in order to create more satisfying lives. Through the transformative experience of being deeply understood by another in an authentic, safe and honest relationship, people can transform destructive patterns into more satisfying expressions of self.
(415) 237-4360 View (415) 237-4360
Brown Therapy Center
Marriage & Family Therapist
Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94102
Though we draw from the traditional psychoanalytic frameworks, we aim to take an integrative approach to counseling that incorporates elements of philosophy, spirituality, and perspectives from across cultures.
We work with a diverse population of adult individuals, couples, and special interest groups who may be struggling with any number of mental health challenges related to anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, relationship issues, and substance abuse, among others. We are committed to providing culturally competent care across the spectrum of age, race, gender, sexuality, religion, and background.
Though we draw from the traditional psychoanalytic frameworks, we aim to take an integrative approach to counseling that incorporates elements of philosophy, spirituality, and perspectives from across cultures.
We work with a diverse population of adult individuals, couples, and special interest groups who may be struggling with any number of mental health challenges related to anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, relationship issues, and substance abuse, among others. We are committed to providing culturally competent care across the spectrum of age, race, gender, sexuality, religion, and background.
(415) 849-7242 View (415) 849-7242
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Rebecca Chadwick
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
3 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94118
I work from contemporary psychoanalytic, psychodynamic, and relational approaches.
I help individuals who are feeling anxious, lost, disconnected, overwhelmed, unstable, or alone. These feelings may be related to a specific season of life or could be ways that you’ve felt for a long time. My areas of focus include anxiety, depression, developmental trauma, identity exploration, survivors of intimate partner abuse, life transitions, and relationship issues. My approach is compassionate, engaged, and warm.
I work from contemporary psychoanalytic, psychodynamic, and relational approaches.
I help individuals who are feeling anxious, lost, disconnected, overwhelmed, unstable, or alone. These feelings may be related to a specific season of life or could be ways that you’ve felt for a long time. My areas of focus include anxiety, depression, developmental trauma, identity exploration, survivors of intimate partner abuse, life transitions, and relationship issues. My approach is compassionate, engaged, and warm.
(628) 444-4877 View (628) 444-4877
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Peggy Kim
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
San Francisco, CA 94115
I work relationally psychodynamic/psychoanalytic with present-centered approaches that bring attention and mindfulness to what is overlooked or difficult to address.
Often in life there are unexpected events or life transitions that challenge our abilities to cope or understand our sense of self or purpose. When what has been helpful to navigate life is no longer working, symptoms may show up in the form of sadness, depression, anxiety, stress, physical ailments, feelings of isolation, or an overwhelm of emotions that may be difficult to manage alone. I view therapy as a unique opportunity for honest observation and exploration in service of creating a deeper connection with your inherent nature as a way to discover how you can find support from yourself, as well as, feel supported by others.
I work relationally psychodynamic/psychoanalytic with present-centered approaches that bring attention and mindfulness to what is overlooked or difficult to address.
Often in life there are unexpected events or life transitions that challenge our abilities to cope or understand our sense of self or purpose. When what has been helpful to navigate life is no longer working, symptoms may show up in the form of sadness, depression, anxiety, stress, physical ailments, feelings of isolation, or an overwhelm of emotions that may be difficult to manage alone. I view therapy as a unique opportunity for honest observation and exploration in service of creating a deeper connection with your inherent nature as a way to discover how you can find support from yourself, as well as, feel supported by others.
(415) 909-5721 View (415) 909-5721
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Antje Hofmeister MFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA
Verified
2 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94115
My approach is psychodynamic/psychoanalytic, meaning that you and I use the therapeutic relationship as a laboratory within which to facilitate the meaningful changes that will reconnect you with yourself, with life, and with the people around you.
Life is change and, mostly, you've been rolling with the punches. But complicated life transitions can leave anyone at a loss. You might feel helpless, hopeless and alone in trying to cope with relationship issues and troublesome or debilitating symptoms of depression, anxiety, trauma, and obsessions. With more than 15 years of experience, I help adults and families like you navigate the turmoil of challenging life passages including death of a loved one, chronic or terminal illness, relationship issues, separation or divorce, or adjustments to a different job, culture, gender, or sexual orientation.
My approach is psychodynamic/psychoanalytic, meaning that you and I use the therapeutic relationship as a laboratory within which to facilitate the meaningful changes that will reconnect you with yourself, with life, and with the people around you.
Life is change and, mostly, you've been rolling with the punches. But complicated life transitions can leave anyone at a loss. You might feel helpless, hopeless and alone in trying to cope with relationship issues and troublesome or debilitating symptoms of depression, anxiety, trauma, and obsessions. With more than 15 years of experience, I help adults and families like you navigate the turmoil of challenging life passages including death of a loved one, chronic or terminal illness, relationship issues, separation or divorce, or adjustments to a different job, culture, gender, or sexual orientation.
(650) 918-5006 View (650) 918-5006
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Bryan Russo
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, PhD, LMFT
Verified
San Francisco, CA 94115  (Online Only)
I have formal post-graduate training in DBT Skills Training, Mindful Awareness, Relational Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, and Archetypal Analysis.
Too often psychotherapy focuses on causality, pathology and cures. However, rather than being "sick" or 'broken", often we are just lost inside ourselves or relationships. Everyone is a unique person with their own story, experience and perspective. The goal of therapy is to achieve a deeper awareness of where we are, to discover internal meaning for our many experiences, and to experience a life worth living. While working towards that awareness, I also feel it important to teach individuals, couples and families the skills needed to cope with the pain and day to day stressors that bring them into therapy.
I have formal post-graduate training in DBT Skills Training, Mindful Awareness, Relational Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, and Archetypal Analysis.
Too often psychotherapy focuses on causality, pathology and cures. However, rather than being "sick" or 'broken", often we are just lost inside ourselves or relationships. Everyone is a unique person with their own story, experience and perspective. The goal of therapy is to achieve a deeper awareness of where we are, to discover internal meaning for our many experiences, and to experience a life worth living. While working towards that awareness, I also feel it important to teach individuals, couples and families the skills needed to cope with the pain and day to day stressors that bring them into therapy.
(415) 449-7330 View (415) 449-7330
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Lisa C Beritzhoff
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified
San Francisco, CA 94115
As a licensed psychoanalytic psychotherapist and relational psychoanalyst, I believe in the collaborative process of assisting clients in uncovering their emotional and personal truths. I attempt to create a safe place for the client to more fully understand and transform their challenging lived experiences, in order to identify and work through the obstacles that inhibit their growth. I see my therapeutic role as being a thought partner in helping clients create meaningful change and identify and strengthen one’s inherent resilience.
As a licensed psychoanalytic psychotherapist and relational psychoanalyst, I believe in the collaborative process of assisting clients in uncovering their emotional and personal truths. I attempt to create a safe place for the client to more fully understand and transform their challenging lived experiences, in order to identify and work through the obstacles that inhibit their growth. I see my therapeutic role as being a thought partner in helping clients create meaningful change and identify and strengthen one’s inherent resilience.
(415) 799-7462 View (415) 799-7462
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Daniel G Butler
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified
San Francisco, CA 94102
I work with adults, adolescents, and couples. Most of the adults in my practice are ambitious professionals who want to grow in their careers and/or romantic lives. As a psychoanalytic therapist, I'm trained to provide intensive therapy that leads to long-term change. As a psychodynamic coach, I help professionals tap social and psychological resources that enable them to grow into demanding leadership roles. My style is curious and playful, direct and deep.
I work with adults, adolescents, and couples. Most of the adults in my practice are ambitious professionals who want to grow in their careers and/or romantic lives. As a psychoanalytic therapist, I'm trained to provide intensive therapy that leads to long-term change. As a psychodynamic coach, I help professionals tap social and psychological resources that enable them to grow into demanding leadership roles. My style is curious and playful, direct and deep.
(415) 881-7712 View (415) 881-7712
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Claire Greenwood
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist, MA
Verified
San Francisco, CA 94123
Waitlist for new clients
I provide contemporary psychoanalytic psychotherapy, focusing on individuals grappling with anxiety, depression, and relationship challenges, and with an emphasis on queer, trans and non-binary experiences. My approach integrates a keen understanding of queer and gender issues, recognizing the unique challenges faced by LGBTQ+ individuals in these contexts. I believe that our psychological symptoms are deeply connected to our early experiences, family histories, and the broader societal systems we inhabit, including those related to race and gender identity, class, and sexual orientation. I also offer EMDR for trauma and phobias.
I provide contemporary psychoanalytic psychotherapy, focusing on individuals grappling with anxiety, depression, and relationship challenges, and with an emphasis on queer, trans and non-binary experiences. My approach integrates a keen understanding of queer and gender issues, recognizing the unique challenges faced by LGBTQ+ individuals in these contexts. I believe that our psychological symptoms are deeply connected to our early experiences, family histories, and the broader societal systems we inhabit, including those related to race and gender identity, class, and sexual orientation. I also offer EMDR for trauma and phobias.
(415) 341-9809 View (415) 341-9809
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Reed A Malcolm Psychotherapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94115
My clinical orientation is grounded in both Psychoanalytic and Attachment Theory.
I am a psychotherapist with offices in SF and Oakland, and I treat both adults and couples. I take a relational and collaborative approach to psychotherapy. We are all unique, consciously and unconsciously influenced by the relationships and life-events that leave a lasting impact on how we address our current situation. Difficulties can sometimes arise when the habitual thoughts, emotions, or behaviors that once served us now have us feeling stuck, depressed, and powerless. Fear, ambivalence, compulsivity and patterned thinking can hamper our ability to address the inevitable twists and turns of daily life.
My clinical orientation is grounded in both Psychoanalytic and Attachment Theory.
I am a psychotherapist with offices in SF and Oakland, and I treat both adults and couples. I take a relational and collaborative approach to psychotherapy. We are all unique, consciously and unconsciously influenced by the relationships and life-events that leave a lasting impact on how we address our current situation. Difficulties can sometimes arise when the habitual thoughts, emotions, or behaviors that once served us now have us feeling stuck, depressed, and powerless. Fear, ambivalence, compulsivity and patterned thinking can hamper our ability to address the inevitable twists and turns of daily life.
(415) 358-5359 View (415) 358-5359
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Kiana Keihani
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
2 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94102
I am a licensed psychologist with over 20 years of clinical experience. My approach to psychotherapy is referred to as psychoanalytic or insight-oriented therapy. This type of therapy stresses that each person and their difficulties are unique. And that our difficulties are often rooted in factors outside of our awareness. People seek therapy for a situation that requires attention, and in my experience this generally concerns multiple and interacting problems rather than isolated symptoms. As therapy progresses the immediate feelings of distress typically diminish in severity. It then becomes possible to focus on understanding the factors that contributed to
I am a licensed psychologist with over 20 years of clinical experience. My approach to psychotherapy is referred to as psychoanalytic or insight-oriented therapy. This type of therapy stresses that each person and their difficulties are unique. And that our difficulties are often rooted in factors outside of our awareness. People seek therapy for a situation that requires attention, and in my experience this generally concerns multiple and interacting problems rather than isolated symptoms. As therapy progresses the immediate feelings of distress typically diminish in severity. It then becomes possible to focus on understanding the factors that contributed to
(415) 689-9853 View (415) 689-9853
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June Lin-Arlow
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94102
Waitlist for new clients
I provide contemporary psychoanalytic psychotherapy for people who are struggling with anxiety, depression, and relationship issues, especially in immigrant and cross-cultural families with a history of complex trauma. I believe that our symptoms make sense in the context of our early experiences, family histories, and systems we live in. We learn resilience and survival strategies in difficult situations that may not be sustainable for us now. Therapy has lasting results when it starts with an exploration of who you are as a whole person, not just the symptoms you are experiencing right now. ​
I provide contemporary psychoanalytic psychotherapy for people who are struggling with anxiety, depression, and relationship issues, especially in immigrant and cross-cultural families with a history of complex trauma. I believe that our symptoms make sense in the context of our early experiences, family histories, and systems we live in. We learn resilience and survival strategies in difficult situations that may not be sustainable for us now. Therapy has lasting results when it starts with an exploration of who you are as a whole person, not just the symptoms you are experiencing right now. ​
(415) 300-1842 View (415) 300-1842

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Psychoanalytic Therapists

Does psychoanalytic therapy work?

Psychoanalytic therapy derives from the work of Sigmund Freud. In this type of therapy, discovering buried thoughts and emotions from the unconscious will help a person work through their difficulties and negative behaviors. Research shows that psychoanalytic therapy can be highly effective, with patients reporting improvement in mood, quality of life, and overall well-being.

How long are people typically in psychoanalytic therapy?

Traditional psychoanalysis is in-depth and is conducted in five sessions every week. Today, modern psychoanalytic therapy is less intense and normally incorporates as few as one or two sessions a week. In some cases, positive change can occur quickly. However, if the condition, difficulty, or behavior is deep-seated, improvement may require many months or years of therapy.

Is psychoanalytic therapy suitable for young people?

Children and adolescents can benefit from this type of therapy. Many kids and teens are often unable to form and communicate their thoughts and emotions. Psychoanalytic therapy uses specific techniques such as dream analysis, symbolism, and free association or word association; all of which can be useful tools for less-communicative young people. Through this therapy, a patient will hopefully make connections between what they feel inside and how the world works outside.

Can psychoanalytic therapy be done online?

Modern-day psychoanalytic therapy is very different from traditional psychoanalysis. While an individual can sit face-to-face with the psychoanalyst for multiple sessions a week, they do not have to. Today, psychoanalytic therapy can be effectively conducted online or by phone. The key is that the individual confronts what is repressed and avoided, and this can be done whether in person or over online video.