Child Therapists in South San Francisco, CA

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Sonia Bello
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
South San Francisco, CA 94080
I am also trained in providing child-parent psychotherapy and have worked for many years with young children (0-5) and their families.
I am a bilingual bicultural Marriage & Family Therapist in the field of mental health for over 13 years. In my practice, I strive to provide a safe, nurturing, and supportive environment for individuals to explore and grow in desired areas. I work from a strength-based approach and I am passionate about empowering individuals and families to reach their full potential.
I am also trained in providing child-parent psychotherapy and have worked for many years with young children (0-5) and their families.
I am a bilingual bicultural Marriage & Family Therapist in the field of mental health for over 13 years. In my practice, I strive to provide a safe, nurturing, and supportive environment for individuals to explore and grow in desired areas. I work from a strength-based approach and I am passionate about empowering individuals and families to reach their full potential.
(415) 234-1637 View (415) 234-1637
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Gregory Villalba
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
South San Francisco, CA 94080
I've had experience with children and adolescents who have struggled with a variety of emotional, psychological and adjustment issues.
I see children, adolescents, and adults in individual psychotherapy and psychoanalysis who are struggling with a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, relationship problems, life cycle challenges, and trauma. At times the way people cope with and manage their past or present difficulties create additional barriers to feeling good, and fulfilling their hopes and goals. As a conscientious, professional, and compassionate clinician, I strive to provide a therapeutic relationship in which together we can think about, understand and help you work through those feelings and thoughts that are troubling, confusing and worrisome.
I've had experience with children and adolescents who have struggled with a variety of emotional, psychological and adjustment issues.
I see children, adolescents, and adults in individual psychotherapy and psychoanalysis who are struggling with a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, relationship problems, life cycle challenges, and trauma. At times the way people cope with and manage their past or present difficulties create additional barriers to feeling good, and fulfilling their hopes and goals. As a conscientious, professional, and compassionate clinician, I strive to provide a therapeutic relationship in which together we can think about, understand and help you work through those feelings and thoughts that are troubling, confusing and worrisome.
(415) 574-0974 View (415) 574-0974
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Katrina Watkins
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
South San Francisco, CA 94080
My passion is working with therapeutically with individuals, couples, children, and families.
Hello, I'm Katrina Watkins, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. My therapeutic approach is client-centered, focusing on creating a safe, empathetic space for you to explore your concerns and strengths. I am dedicated to assisting my clients in the following areas: anxiety and stress management, depression and mood disorders, relationship and family issues, trauma and PTSD, grief and loss, self-esteem and confidence, addiction and substance abuse, mindfulness, work-related stress, LGBTQ+ issues, and more.
My passion is working with therapeutically with individuals, couples, children, and families.
Hello, I'm Katrina Watkins, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. My therapeutic approach is client-centered, focusing on creating a safe, empathetic space for you to explore your concerns and strengths. I am dedicated to assisting my clients in the following areas: anxiety and stress management, depression and mood disorders, relationship and family issues, trauma and PTSD, grief and loss, self-esteem and confidence, addiction and substance abuse, mindfulness, work-related stress, LGBTQ+ issues, and more.
(650) 275-6256 View (650) 275-6256
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Center for Rising Minds
Psychologist
Verified Verified
South San Francisco, CA 94080  (Online Only)
The Center for Rising Minds was founded by Niroshika De Silva, PsyD, with the philosophy that the treatment for children, adults, and families should include a holistic approach, as no individual is exactly the same. We believe that treatment is most effective when providers from other disciplines collaborate in order to meet the needs of the whole individual. At Center for Rising Minds, we provide services across the lifespan, recognizing that children and adults can experience similar challenges that would benefit from psychotherapy, occupational therapy, or both.
The Center for Rising Minds was founded by Niroshika De Silva, PsyD, with the philosophy that the treatment for children, adults, and families should include a holistic approach, as no individual is exactly the same. We believe that treatment is most effective when providers from other disciplines collaborate in order to meet the needs of the whole individual. At Center for Rising Minds, we provide services across the lifespan, recognizing that children and adults can experience similar challenges that would benefit from psychotherapy, occupational therapy, or both.
(415) 848-9047 View (415) 848-9047
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Pauline Jarakian
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
South San Francisco, CA 94080
I am a longstanding Marriage Family and Child psychotherapist with extensive experience working with all traumas, depression, anxiety, attachment and relationship difficulties. I'm committed to being a culturally competent therapist, my practice is diverse and includes individuals, families, adults, adolescents, children and couples of all ages, races, genders and sexual orientations. I specialize in working with postpartum depression and infant parent therapy with mothers and babies. I supervise for MFT interns at USF's Family and Child Center and am an Adjunct Professor in USF's Graduate School of Counseling Psychology.
I am a longstanding Marriage Family and Child psychotherapist with extensive experience working with all traumas, depression, anxiety, attachment and relationship difficulties. I'm committed to being a culturally competent therapist, my practice is diverse and includes individuals, families, adults, adolescents, children and couples of all ages, races, genders and sexual orientations. I specialize in working with postpartum depression and infant parent therapy with mothers and babies. I supervise for MFT interns at USF's Family and Child Center and am an Adjunct Professor in USF's Graduate School of Counseling Psychology.
(415) 418-7476 View (415) 418-7476
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Oscar F Cervantes
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
South San Francisco, CA 94080
His background is extensive and includes: child, adult and family psychotherapy at a number of agencies, several university student health and counseling services, the California Youth Authority; faculty at several state and private universities' graduate departments of psychology, schools of medicine, and Chicano studies departments.
Dr. Oscar F. Cervantes is a bicultural, Spanish/English bilingual clinical psychologist with a Masters in Sciences in Clinical Counseling and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with over 34 years of academic and clinical experience. He has privileges in some of the most prestigious hospitals in the Bay Area. Dr. Cervantes specializes in cross-cultural psychology, mood and anxiety disorders, cognitive behavioral therapy, and behavioral medicine. In addition to his private practice, he is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Francisco Medical School Department of Internal Medicine.
His background is extensive and includes: child, adult and family psychotherapy at a number of agencies, several university student health and counseling services, the California Youth Authority; faculty at several state and private universities' graduate departments of psychology, schools of medicine, and Chicano studies departments.
Dr. Oscar F. Cervantes is a bicultural, Spanish/English bilingual clinical psychologist with a Masters in Sciences in Clinical Counseling and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with over 34 years of academic and clinical experience. He has privileges in some of the most prestigious hospitals in the Bay Area. Dr. Cervantes specializes in cross-cultural psychology, mood and anxiety disorders, cognitive behavioral therapy, and behavioral medicine. In addition to his private practice, he is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Francisco Medical School Department of Internal Medicine.
(650) 589-9442 View (650) 589-9442
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Renee Surcouf
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
South San Francisco, CA 94083  (Online Only)
Renée and Insight Wellness Center therapists work with children, adolescents, teens, young adults, adults and seniors impacted with various issues including, but not limited to, grief and loss, life transitions, learning disorders, developmental disabilities, LGBTQ, mental health and trauma.
I have provided therapeutic services to individuals and families in a variety of settings for the past 20+ years. My experience includes executing equity-minded programs and working with diverse groups in private practice, non-profit settings, hospitals, hospice, and the Regional Center system. At Insight Wellness Center, our intake coordinator is dedicated to matching you with a therapist who specializes in your specific needs. If Renée is not available, our intake coordinator will personally discuss our therapists with you for a good match.
Renée and Insight Wellness Center therapists work with children, adolescents, teens, young adults, adults and seniors impacted with various issues including, but not limited to, grief and loss, life transitions, learning disorders, developmental disabilities, LGBTQ, mental health and trauma.
I have provided therapeutic services to individuals and families in a variety of settings for the past 20+ years. My experience includes executing equity-minded programs and working with diverse groups in private practice, non-profit settings, hospitals, hospice, and the Regional Center system. At Insight Wellness Center, our intake coordinator is dedicated to matching you with a therapist who specializes in your specific needs. If Renée is not available, our intake coordinator will personally discuss our therapists with you for a good match.
(925) 386-2072 View (925) 386-2072
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Toppacio Rodriguez
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
South San Francisco, CA 94080
I learned how to provide caregivers with parenting while assisting children who are in the probation system and have autism, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, and other mental health concerns.
Hello, my name is Toppacio Rodriguez, but you can refer to me as Topy. My pronouns are she/her (ella/ellas). As a therapist, I will follow your lead and provide suggestions and information on what options are available. I'm a big believer that having limited expectations only provide limited opportunities. I will collaborate with you to identify challenges in your path, brainstorm with you and be on your side as you see what works best. I have had the pleasure of learning from various groups and populations. I obtained experience working in Family Preservation assisting families through the reunification process.
I learned how to provide caregivers with parenting while assisting children who are in the probation system and have autism, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, and other mental health concerns.
Hello, my name is Toppacio Rodriguez, but you can refer to me as Topy. My pronouns are she/her (ella/ellas). As a therapist, I will follow your lead and provide suggestions and information on what options are available. I'm a big believer that having limited expectations only provide limited opportunities. I will collaborate with you to identify challenges in your path, brainstorm with you and be on your side as you see what works best. I have had the pleasure of learning from various groups and populations. I obtained experience working in Family Preservation assisting families through the reunification process.
(619) 853-3973 View (619) 853-3973
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Victoria Wuest
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
South San Francisco, CA 94080
I found that my style and approach are a good fit for children, adolescents, and adults who may be dealing with a history of trauma, anxiety, and/or stress.
My name is Victoria Wuest, and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) based in Redding, California, and working with clients statewide via telehealth. I work with children, adolescents, and adults; I specialize in trauma, anxiety, and stress. I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), harm reduction, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to help my clients meet their goals and develop skills to help them feel better.
I found that my style and approach are a good fit for children, adolescents, and adults who may be dealing with a history of trauma, anxiety, and/or stress.
My name is Victoria Wuest, and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) based in Redding, California, and working with clients statewide via telehealth. I work with children, adolescents, and adults; I specialize in trauma, anxiety, and stress. I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), harm reduction, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to help my clients meet their goals and develop skills to help them feel better.
(657) 837-1582 View (657) 837-1582
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Dr. Paul Kramer
Marriage & Family Therapist, EdD, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
South San Francisco, CA 94080
At some point we all struggle to adjustment to life's changes; it's normal to feel stuck and I believe people have what it takes to adjust. For the past 20 years, I have been working with children and teens who are struggling to balance the demands of school and their social life. I integrate parents in my work as much as possible. I also work with adults and Couples often come to me for help in distress and are confused about how or why their relationship has derailed. I am dedicated to helping people build stronger; more intimate relationships and I use several modalities when attempting to help couples in distress.
At some point we all struggle to adjustment to life's changes; it's normal to feel stuck and I believe people have what it takes to adjust. For the past 20 years, I have been working with children and teens who are struggling to balance the demands of school and their social life. I integrate parents in my work as much as possible. I also work with adults and Couples often come to me for help in distress and are confused about how or why their relationship has derailed. I am dedicated to helping people build stronger; more intimate relationships and I use several modalities when attempting to help couples in distress.
(650) 397-7833 View (650) 397-7833
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Uchechukwu Alozie
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
South San Francisco, CA 94080
I have a background and child welfare services, so I am very familiar with the trauma that comes from familial interpersonal relationships.
My name is Uchechi Alozie. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. My approach to therapy is seeing my client within their environment and not just the issues they are presenting. My approach is trying to aid my clients holistically. I have worked with family units for more than 10 years. And have worked with individuals with chronic mental illness for 6 years. My goal is to help clients by determining what is influencing and impacting the client in their environment rather than looking just at the presenting issues.
I have a background and child welfare services, so I am very familiar with the trauma that comes from familial interpersonal relationships.
My name is Uchechi Alozie. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. My approach to therapy is seeing my client within their environment and not just the issues they are presenting. My approach is trying to aid my clients holistically. I have worked with family units for more than 10 years. And have worked with individuals with chronic mental illness for 6 years. My goal is to help clients by determining what is influencing and impacting the client in their environment rather than looking just at the presenting issues.
(760) 823-8366 View (760) 823-8366
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Emily Alona
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
South San Francisco, CA 94080
My name is Emily Alona, and I’ve been in mental health for the past 14 years, the last 8 as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. My approach to therapy is relational, pragmatic, and client-centered. The bulk of my work has been with children, youth, and their parents/guardians. I have experience working with children (both individually and in family work) as well as adolescents. I have specialized training and experience working with trauma processing, grief, anxiety, and depression.
My name is Emily Alona, and I’ve been in mental health for the past 14 years, the last 8 as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. My approach to therapy is relational, pragmatic, and client-centered. The bulk of my work has been with children, youth, and their parents/guardians. I have experience working with children (both individually and in family work) as well as adolescents. I have specialized training and experience working with trauma processing, grief, anxiety, and depression.
(909) 318-3158 View (909) 318-3158
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Martha Borja Acacio
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
South San Francisco, CA 94080
I hold over 25 years of experience working with youth, adolescents, young adults, adults and families. After earning my master's degree in Counseling at San Francisco State University, I accepted a position with Family Service Agency of San Francisco, then with the City and County of San Francisco Department of Public Health, Community Behavioral Services. In this position, I helped to create the Transitional Youth Service Program. In 2000, I received a Certificate of Honor award from the Mayor of San Francisco.
I hold over 25 years of experience working with youth, adolescents, young adults, adults and families. After earning my master's degree in Counseling at San Francisco State University, I accepted a position with Family Service Agency of San Francisco, then with the City and County of San Francisco Department of Public Health, Community Behavioral Services. In this position, I helped to create the Transitional Youth Service Program. In 2000, I received a Certificate of Honor award from the Mayor of San Francisco.
(650) 353-9141 View (650) 353-9141
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Harriet E Schatz
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
South San Francisco, CA 94080
I believe that therapy is a gift that a person can give themself. It can be part of the journey that enables a person to join with me to figure out what may be getting in the way of living their best life. Starting therapy takes courage. I have 30 years of experience working in this field. I believe that each of us deserves to live our best life and that working with me, people come to new places of self-acceptance, forgiveness, self-awareness, resiliency and can go on to realize more of their hopes and dreams.
I believe that therapy is a gift that a person can give themself. It can be part of the journey that enables a person to join with me to figure out what may be getting in the way of living their best life. Starting therapy takes courage. I have 30 years of experience working in this field. I believe that each of us deserves to live our best life and that working with me, people come to new places of self-acceptance, forgiveness, self-awareness, resiliency and can go on to realize more of their hopes and dreams.
(415) 799-7955 View (415) 799-7955
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Preston Yee
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, APCC
Verified Verified
South San Francisco, CA 94083
Having trouble communicating with your kids? Is social anxiety, depression, isolation, hyperactive, or behavioral issues holding them back from their full potential? Do they experiences challenges like making friends, truancy, bullying, drugs, fighting, getting in trouble at school or the law? I am here to help build the relationship and communication you and your family deserve.
Having trouble communicating with your kids? Is social anxiety, depression, isolation, hyperactive, or behavioral issues holding them back from their full potential? Do they experiences challenges like making friends, truancy, bullying, drugs, fighting, getting in trouble at school or the law? I am here to help build the relationship and communication you and your family deserve.
(415) 579-1638 View (415) 579-1638
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Holly (Stangle) Tse
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
South San Francisco, CA 94080  (Online Only)
Life can be challenging. Messy relationships, past hurts that won't go away, the stress and pressures of keeping up every day. ...And so often in our struggle, we can feel alone and unseen. Wherever you're at today, it is my honor to meet you there and to walk with you toward healing and wholeness. My name is Holly Stangle, and I'm a licensed therapist in CA and WA, passionate about creating a safe place where people can be honest, be seen, and find healing and growth. I accept several insurance plans in CA. If you are in WA or out of network, let me know and I can try to support you with getting reimbursed!
Life can be challenging. Messy relationships, past hurts that won't go away, the stress and pressures of keeping up every day. ...And so often in our struggle, we can feel alone and unseen. Wherever you're at today, it is my honor to meet you there and to walk with you toward healing and wholeness. My name is Holly Stangle, and I'm a licensed therapist in CA and WA, passionate about creating a safe place where people can be honest, be seen, and find healing and growth. I accept several insurance plans in CA. If you are in WA or out of network, let me know and I can try to support you with getting reimbursed!
(805) 360-3235 View (805) 360-3235
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Lisa Falls
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LCPC
Verified Verified
South San Francisco, CA 94080
Hi, my name is Lisa Falls. I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, a Board-Certified Art Therapist. I have Advanced Certification in EFT, also known as Emotional Freedom Techniques. I have training in ThetaHeling and am a Neurofeedback Practitioner. I am passionate about working with my clients to heal and live happy, productive, and successful lives. I work with Adults, Families, Couples, and Teenagers. I am comfortable treating grief, loss, and trauma issues. Also, Anxiety and depression, Alcohol abuse, and OCD. I also treat clients with a Dual Diagnosis.
Hi, my name is Lisa Falls. I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, a Board-Certified Art Therapist. I have Advanced Certification in EFT, also known as Emotional Freedom Techniques. I have training in ThetaHeling and am a Neurofeedback Practitioner. I am passionate about working with my clients to heal and live happy, productive, and successful lives. I work with Adults, Families, Couples, and Teenagers. I am comfortable treating grief, loss, and trauma issues. Also, Anxiety and depression, Alcohol abuse, and OCD. I also treat clients with a Dual Diagnosis.
(650) 955-6189 View (650) 955-6189
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Brandy Walker
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
South San Francisco, CA 94080
I am an LCSW in the state of California and Georgia. I have been in the field for over 15 years. I work with individuals, couples, and families. I have worked with a wide range of clients such as LGBTQ, depression, stress, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, trauma, physical trauma, emotional abuse, relationship problems, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, parenting problems, anger management, and the like.
I am an LCSW in the state of California and Georgia. I have been in the field for over 15 years. I work with individuals, couples, and families. I have worked with a wide range of clients such as LGBTQ, depression, stress, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, trauma, physical trauma, emotional abuse, relationship problems, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, parenting problems, anger management, and the like.
(661) 228-8121 View (661) 228-8121
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Jennifer W Cortright
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
South San Francisco, CA 94080
My training is based in a combination of psychodynamic and experiential psychotherapy. My emphasis is to facilitate a therapeutic relationship where vulnerable feelings can be safely expressed. Symptoms of anxiety, depression, addiction... can be seen as invitations from the psyche to explore our internal world with understanding and compassion. Psychotherapy provides a safe place for this internal exploration within a caring relationship of respect.
My training is based in a combination of psychodynamic and experiential psychotherapy. My emphasis is to facilitate a therapeutic relationship where vulnerable feelings can be safely expressed. Symptoms of anxiety, depression, addiction... can be seen as invitations from the psyche to explore our internal world with understanding and compassion. Psychotherapy provides a safe place for this internal exploration within a caring relationship of respect.
(415) 800-4990 View (415) 800-4990
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Mary Jean (Mj) Paris
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
South San Francisco, CA 94080
I am a licensed clinical psychologist with over thirty years of psychotherapy experience. I've come to view what I do as an unique and specialized form of education. I "teach" not so much by telling people what to do (although good advice can sometimes be very useful), but by offering supportive, empathic and honest feedback. Individuals and problems are unique; sometimes solution oriented approaches are warranted, and other times insight and exploration help to provide clarification and relief.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist with over thirty years of psychotherapy experience. I've come to view what I do as an unique and specialized form of education. I "teach" not so much by telling people what to do (although good advice can sometimes be very useful), but by offering supportive, empathic and honest feedback. Individuals and problems are unique; sometimes solution oriented approaches are warranted, and other times insight and exploration help to provide clarification and relief.
(650) 385-8070 View (650) 385-8070

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Child Therapists
Child psychologists in South San Francisco, CA provide mental health therapy to children and are experts in child development.

Every comprehensive review of therapy with children shows that all credible approaches, when performed by a competent mental health clinician, produce almost the same results. About half of all kids will get better. Of those that improve, 80% will show progress in a relatively short time, while the remaining 20% will need longer-term support.

The best child therapists in South San Francisco build great relationships with the child and the parent. They also see the child's strengths and are open to hearing the child's possible solutions to the challenges the child faces. Finally, a good therapist appreciates the child's culture and is sensitive to the values of the child's community.