Psychodynamic Therapists in San Francisco, CA

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Joan Fenold, LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
My work weaves together the heart-wisdom of Buddhism, Taoism & non-dual understanding with contemporary relational views of psychodynamic psychotherapy, body oriented awareness, mindfulness and dreamwork.
The essence of my work lies in creating a relationship with you in which you would feel safe to engage in an inner journey home - opening your heart to yourself, cultivating compassionate self-understanding and developing trust in what is being felt in the moment. Old hurts and self-defeating beliefs can cause us to defend against vulnerable feelings impacting our capacity to trust, ourselves and others, and our ability to connect intimately, think positively regarding our deepest life concerns and open to love, allowing it to work its way through us impacting and inspiring all areas of our life.
(415) 302-6244
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San Francisco, CA 94123
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Felicia Hermle
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I provide online counseling for sobriety and mental wellness. I help stressed-out high achievers find sobriety and mental balance by providing a safe space to process and talk about job stress, family issues, alcohol & substance use, as well as any other mental health concerns or stressors you might be experiencing. My goal is to be collaborative and person-centered, I don't have a one-size-fits-all approach to counseling and will utilize various tools such as psychodynamic , CBT, and DBT to name a few.
(310) 846-9219
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San Francisco, CA 94105
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Jane Yi
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
I integrate psychodynamic , cognitive behavioral and interpersonal theoretical orientations.
I'm a licensed clinical psychologist with a private practice in San Francisco and Marin. I work with couples and individuals. I have been seeing clients for over a decade and deeply enjoy working with each of my unique patients. I provide a safe and nurturing environment to foster greater insight, understanding and resilience in order to enhance ones life both professionally and personally.
(415) 630-2207
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San Francisco, CA 94115
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Ghazal Karimpour
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
In my practice I use psychodynamic theory in order to support my clients in gaining an in-depth understanding of their emotions, and to navigate ways that allow altering those emotions as needed.
Moving closer to a balanced and whole state of mind is the main goal of talk therapy. In a trusting and collaborative environment, you are given the chance to remove obstacles on the way of reaching your full potential for personal growth and improved mental health. Also, through conversation with an objective and trained individual, you will be able to understand the complexities of your mind, making your unknown known. In addition to working with adults, one of my main focuses is individual and family psychotherapy with adolescents dealing with issues such as identity formation and relationship building.
(415) 687-3466
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San Francisco, CA 94114
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Andrea Gonzalez-Guemes
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
Verified
Verified
I bring a sociocultural lens to my practice, grounded in social theory and in-depth, psychodynamic therapy.
Things seem fine from the outside, you are successful in some areas of your life, but deep down you feel there is something missing. You feel anxious, depressed or empty, and there is a constant feeling of not fitting in. You notice frustrating patterns you continue to get stuck in and feel dissatisfied with where you are. In therapy you can talk freely and safely about how you feel. Through our work together you will understand your experience in relation to your personal history and everyday life, learn to manage difficult feelings and get the tools to address your needs. This will lead to long-lasting meaningful change.
(628) 225-4873
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San Francisco, CA 94103
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Solid Ground Psychotherapy
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
We naturally strive to make sense of the things that happen to us. With compassionate guidance and support, the effects of impactful events can be transformed. My approach is collaborative, warm and interactive. My mindfulness-based, psychodynamic practice provides a safe haven from which to explore and create meaning of the key events of your life so that you can arrive at a place of balance and contentment. Fully trained in EMDR, I have the skills to help you resolve traumatic events. I utilize sand tray and other creative means of expression to aid in the healing process. It can even be fun!
(415) 477-1698 x2
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San Francisco, CA 94110
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Theresa Carpinito Kira
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I incorporate evidence-based approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) along with psychodynamic , self-compassion, and mindfulness-based techniques.
I work with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, disordered eating, body image concerns, relationship issues, life/role transitions, and trauma. I focus on trying to help my clients identify what is important to them and to find ways to live a more rich and meaningful life. I help to uncover what negative beliefs or patterns might be keeping them stuck while helping to shift perspective on their distress and find ways to move forward. I see adults only in my practice.
(415) 650-5307
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San Francisco, CA 94102
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Lauren Passoff
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, BS
Verified
Verified
I most often use a psychodynamic approach that includes CBT, Trauma informed care, ACT therapy, and solution focused techniques.
YOUTH Mental Health: I have over 14 years of experience working with clients ranging from early childhood, adolescence, children/families, adults, and end of life care. Currently, I am most focused on YOUTH clients. I have always viewed my professional career as an opportunity to learn as much as possible and be able to impact the largest number of people in need of support, counseling, therapy, and a safe space. I have worked both in educational settings, healthcare settings, and clinical settings. I love learning about people...their passions, their pain, their goals, and supporting them to discover the best version of themselves!
(628) 277-3759
San Francisco, CA 94108
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Kimberly Kono
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
With training in CBT, DBT, ACT and psychodynamic therapy, I will help you identify your needs and how to meet them, and live an intentional and meaningful life based on what is important to you.
There are many important reasons why people come to therapy. For some, they may want to learn to manage their anxiety and depression, improve their relationships and set boundaries with others, and/or process painful experiences from their past. For others, they may want to address their perfectionism and unrealistic expectations, learn strategies to manage their ADHD, and/or cope with life or career transitions.
(415) 881-5439
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San Francisco, CA 94114
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Ben Black
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Change is difficult, even when we know it's right for us. My goal is to create the space you need to fully assess your life, offering collaborative support and asking the questions that help you determine the best way forward. Together we can identify behavior patterns that are no longer serving you, while encouraging strengths that allow you to regain agency in your life. My approach combines evidence-based techniques and psychodynamic theory - allowing clients to uncover the root of their issues, while equipping them with the tools to forge a new path in their journey.
(415) 301-7635
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San Francisco, CA 94109
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Eva Huang
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I have a compassionate and strengths-based approach to therapy. I firmly believe that it is the relationship we build together that empowers you to work towards your goals. While treatment looks different for each person, I integrate techniques from cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, psychodynamic theory, and trauma-informed practice into my work. As a child of immigrants, I am particularly interested in working with those who come from immigrant and/or refugee backgrounds where mental health may be stigmatized.
(415) 534-3806
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San Francisco, CA 94105
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Rebecca Weinstein
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
As he trekked through the California wilderness, John Muir said, “Going out is really going in.” Psychotherapy is a similar adventure, but one where going in is really going out. The internal journey of self-awareness leads to external change and healing. My hope is that each person experiences the thrill of growth and exploration of their mind. My training in psychodynamic , attachment, and trauma informed techniques has offered me the “gear” required to guide a summit into the psychic mountains, with the pace and route we determine together.
(415) 322-9618
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San Francisco, CA 94123
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Ana Dolatabadi
Psychologist, PsyD, MA
Verified
Verified
This is cultivated through a psychodynamic foundation with CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), EMDR (Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) for trauma, Solution-Focused interventions, and/or Mindfulness-Based techniques.
Physicians, faculty, and tech professionals: I welcome you as you are. I specialize in helping working professionals increase the quality of their romantic relationships, overcome obstacles, cultivate resilience, and manage stress to live a more meaningful life. If you are looking for someone who is easy to talk with and committed to helping you cultivate movement in your life (personal or professional), we could be a good fit.
(415) 749-9296
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San Francisco, CA 94118
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Jasyn Lezin- Expansive Therapy
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LCSW
Verified
Verified
My aim is to create a nurturing, non-judgmental space where clients can feel at home in the healing process. I use a sense of humor, empathy, and compassion to build rapport with clients, and also to support clients in feeling empowered on their transformative journey. I utilize a strength-based and psychodynamic approach that will guide you in re-establishing an authentic relationship with yourself and others so that you may show up lovingly and mindfully to the life you envision.
(628) 265-3610
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San Francisco, CA 94103
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Akira Olsen
Psychologist, PsyD, MA
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I practice humanistic/existential, psychodynamic , mindfulness, somatic psychotherapy, trauma-focused therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and executive coaching.
Hello, Thank you for visiting my profile! I am a board-certified psychologist with 16+ years of clinical experience working with adults and youth in the San Francisco Bay Area. My working style is interactive, culturally sensitive, compassionate, problem-solving, and collaborative. Please check out my website for details. Email me at info@drakira.com for questions and set up a free, 15-minute phone consultation.
(415) 508-7798
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San Francisco, CA 94105
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Stephanie L. Denton
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, #122562
Verified
4 Endorsed
Verified
4 Endorsed
I work relationally, from a psychodynamic , trauma-informed, harm reduction lens with a social-justice orientation.
With the struggles we are facing in this day and age, anxiety and other difficult emotions might be showing up in ways they haven’t before, in ways that haven’t happened in a long time; or just intensifying what was already a normal day-to-day experience. Through attuned listening, warmth, and at times humor, I offer a safe and comfortable space where together we can work on integrating your experiences. I welcome your intuition, imagination, spirituality, and creativity into the healing process. I believe there is innate medicine and wisdom within you, which when cultivated, will help you on your life’s journey.
(415) 843-2375
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San Francisco, CA 94114
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Allan Pleaner
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified
Verified
I draw on extensive training in a range of research-based approaches, blending Mindfulness approaches with ACT (Acceptance and commitment therapy), Gottman Marriage therapy, DBT (dialectical behavior therapy), psychodynamic , neuroscience and attachment models.
"Therapy is about becoming unstuck, connecting with a deeper sense of what's important to you, what really matters, what you really want deeply for yourself in your life. Letting go of stale, habitual, suffocating stories which restrict you. And opening to new, gentler, friendlier narratives of possibility, guiding purposeful action in support of what you passionately value and really want for yourself. Life's challenges, loss, grief, relationship difficulties, blocks in creativity, family stressors, work challenges, difficult emotions, loss of purpose and direction... My approach is direct, humourous, warm, compassionate, down-to-earth and gentle.
(415) 689-8021
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San Francisco, CA 94122
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Caroline P. Smith
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
The modalities I use in my practice are accelerated experiential dynamic psychotherapy, mindfulness practices, somatic psychotherapy, relational and psychodynamic psychotherapy.
I approach my work with clients with compassion, authenticity and openness. As a psychotherapist, I will work together with you to access the resources you have within you. When you are able to connect with this core strength, you are able to see more possibilities. Clients have reported that ,through our work together, they have developed a deeper understanding of themselves, more openness to meaningful and fulfilling experiences and a greater capacity for connection with others. They have also reported that their underlying depression has been alleviated and they have a greater ability to manage the stress in their lives.
(415) 805-9963
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San Francisco, CA 94118
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Nick Weathersby
Psychologist, PsyD, MA
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
While I use several approaches to help, I mainly practice psychodynamic therapy.
So often we live in the grip of anxiety and depression. Our families pull out our worst, the realities of adulthood drain us, loss of loved ones or our own capacities become existential reality, yet the good news is we can always make changes in ourselves to increase our resilience. The work of psychotherapy is serious business. While humor and levity in the present can help lighten difficult memories, we will dive deep into the past with expert attention to inform movement into a more complete future.
(628) 209-0979
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San Francisco, CA 94115
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Lili Shidlovski
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
My clinical background includes relational psychodynamic and family systems theory, as well as a feminist and social justice perspective.
We are now in a communal health crisis together. It exacerbates feelings of anxiety and depression that we may have, and can make us spin as we try to adjust to Pandemic reality. Many of my clients are parents, people with career questions, immigrants, social justice workers. Many are either coping with a current situational issue that is confusing, overwhelming, or painful, or with a longer term pattern that they would like to change. I work in an engaged manner, hoping to build trust and a collaborative relationship that will allow you to look at old patterns and create new emotional and behavioral options, especially now.
(415) 630-5757
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San Francisco, CA 94117
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Psychodynamic Therapists
Psychodynamic therapy, also known as insight-oriented therapy, evolved from Freudian psychoanalysis. Like adherents of psychoanalysis, psychodynamic therapists believe that bringing the unconscious into conscious awareness promotes insight and resolves conflict. But psychodynamic therapy is briefer and less intensive than psychoanalysis and also focuses on the relationship between the therapist and the client, as a way to learn about how the client relates to everyone in their life.