Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapists in South San Francisco, CA

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Greg Garavanian
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
South San Francisco, CA 94080
Therapies I use include Internal Family Systems, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and EMDR.
All too often emotional suffering feels familiar, a sense of being stuck in the same frustrating patterns. Talking about your struggles may provide some temporary relief, but may not produce the long-term change wanted. My approach involves a combination of practical techniques to help you alleviate your symptoms and using integrated mind-body modalities that offer the possibility of healing outside of the traditional "talking cure." Working together at the pace that feels right for you, we will help you connect to your core self, provide healing for the hurt parts of you and open new possibilities for your future.
Therapies I use include Internal Family Systems, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and EMDR.
All too often emotional suffering feels familiar, a sense of being stuck in the same frustrating patterns. Talking about your struggles may provide some temporary relief, but may not produce the long-term change wanted. My approach involves a combination of practical techniques to help you alleviate your symptoms and using integrated mind-body modalities that offer the possibility of healing outside of the traditional "talking cure." Working together at the pace that feels right for you, we will help you connect to your core self, provide healing for the hurt parts of you and open new possibilities for your future.
(415) 843-6231 View (415) 843-6231
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Blake Shepard
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
South San Francisco, CA 94080
We all endure relational and environmental challenges that can push us into a state of overwhelm, whether that be at work, home, school, or in our own mind. I believe that working to identify these stressors, then developing strategies and approaches to overcome them with a trusted therapist can lead us to getting the most out of our lives. I enjoy working with a diverse population of clients, and specifically love engaging in therapeutic work around reauthoring the story we tell ourselves and have been told by others. I appreciate helping clients to challenge the narratives we may perceive as true about ourselves and our journey.
We all endure relational and environmental challenges that can push us into a state of overwhelm, whether that be at work, home, school, or in our own mind. I believe that working to identify these stressors, then developing strategies and approaches to overcome them with a trusted therapist can lead us to getting the most out of our lives. I enjoy working with a diverse population of clients, and specifically love engaging in therapeutic work around reauthoring the story we tell ourselves and have been told by others. I appreciate helping clients to challenge the narratives we may perceive as true about ourselves and our journey.
(650) 338-1164 View (650) 338-1164
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Heidi Huffman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
South San Francisco, CA 94080
Heidi Huffman, LCSW 82128. My approach to therapy is based on an individual’s needs and comfort level. I was a licensed vocational nurse (LVN) for many years prior to returning to college to earn a Master’s Degree in Social Work.
Heidi Huffman, LCSW 82128. My approach to therapy is based on an individual’s needs and comfort level. I was a licensed vocational nurse (LVN) for many years prior to returning to college to earn a Master’s Degree in Social Work.
(650) 648-7114 View (650) 648-7114
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Diana Gómez Ibarra
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
South San Francisco, CA 94080
Looking for help in this vulnerable process of healing? I'm honored to share space with people who bring the effects of Trauma and Loss to session. I am passionate about helping people with difficult pasts heal and feel more present. I help grievers work through the would-have could-have and should-haves that linger long after a loss. Have you spent more time explaining your Cultura to a therapist than the issues you wanted to focus on? Let's focus on you. I got you! I am a Bay Area Chicana therapist, that loves integrating culture as a means of healing, context and growth.
Looking for help in this vulnerable process of healing? I'm honored to share space with people who bring the effects of Trauma and Loss to session. I am passionate about helping people with difficult pasts heal and feel more present. I help grievers work through the would-have could-have and should-haves that linger long after a loss. Have you spent more time explaining your Cultura to a therapist than the issues you wanted to focus on? Let's focus on you. I got you! I am a Bay Area Chicana therapist, that loves integrating culture as a means of healing, context and growth.
(650) 458-0189 View (650) 458-0189
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Danielle Daviscourt
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT, APCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
South San Francisco, CA 94083  (Online Only)
Welcome! I'm Danielle, a psychodynamic depth therapist and alum of Pacifica Graduate Institute. As a registered associate MFT, and PCC, Reiki Master, and Coach, I work remotely with clients across California to offer a holistic and integrative approach to therapy, focusing on the physical, spiritual, social, energetic, and psychological aspects of self. My passion for Jungian works, dreams, spirituality, rites of passage, and initiations enriches our work, assisting with transformative healing experiences. Together, we can navigate the ups and downs, finding inspiration in every season of life.
Welcome! I'm Danielle, a psychodynamic depth therapist and alum of Pacifica Graduate Institute. As a registered associate MFT, and PCC, Reiki Master, and Coach, I work remotely with clients across California to offer a holistic and integrative approach to therapy, focusing on the physical, spiritual, social, energetic, and psychological aspects of self. My passion for Jungian works, dreams, spirituality, rites of passage, and initiations enriches our work, assisting with transformative healing experiences. Together, we can navigate the ups and downs, finding inspiration in every season of life.
(650) 547-1438 View (650) 547-1438
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Christy Lusareta
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
South San Francisco, CA 94080  (Online Only)
We all need a safe and supportive space that allows us to feel seen, heard and nurtured in our most troubling times. Working with me is a collaborative and emotionally empowering process where I will provide a compassionate and healing environment that allows you to access your deepest and most complicated emotions and thoughts. Bring your authentic self and let's work together to find what you're looking for. The journey can be difficult, but you don't have to go it alone - and who knows, we may even have some fun along the way!
We all need a safe and supportive space that allows us to feel seen, heard and nurtured in our most troubling times. Working with me is a collaborative and emotionally empowering process where I will provide a compassionate and healing environment that allows you to access your deepest and most complicated emotions and thoughts. Bring your authentic self and let's work together to find what you're looking for. The journey can be difficult, but you don't have to go it alone - and who knows, we may even have some fun along the way!
(650) 910-1868 View (650) 910-1868
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Erin Bastian
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
South San Francisco, CA 94080
Hello there. I'm Erin Bastian, LCSW. My approach to therapy is meeting you where you are at, being honest, genuine, and finding a therapeutic approach that best meets your needs. There are many therapeutic approaches and all lead to finding meaning and purpose. I utilize a number of theoretical approaches in order to find what fits best for you. My core theoretical foundations include Humanistic, Existential, Integrative, Psychodynamic, and Cognitive. I am simply me. I'm genuine, honest, and open. My desire is to help you find answers, feel safe, feel understood, and feel supported. Connection and good conversation are key.
Hello there. I'm Erin Bastian, LCSW. My approach to therapy is meeting you where you are at, being honest, genuine, and finding a therapeutic approach that best meets your needs. There are many therapeutic approaches and all lead to finding meaning and purpose. I utilize a number of theoretical approaches in order to find what fits best for you. My core theoretical foundations include Humanistic, Existential, Integrative, Psychodynamic, and Cognitive. I am simply me. I'm genuine, honest, and open. My desire is to help you find answers, feel safe, feel understood, and feel supported. Connection and good conversation are key.
(559) 851-0585 View (559) 851-0585
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Rana Moradhasel
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
South San Francisco, CA 94080
Hello! My name is Rana Moradhasel. I am a licensed Marriage and Family therapist in CA. I have a collaborative non-judgmental approach to therapy. My main focus is to help clients identify thought patterns that are impacting their quality of life and work towards a solution. I am a client-centered therapist with training in CBT and DBT. I utilize existential, spiritual, and solution-focused tools. I treat anxiety, depression, cognitive distortions (negative thought patterns), mood disorders, grief, and adjustment disorders.
Hello! My name is Rana Moradhasel. I am a licensed Marriage and Family therapist in CA. I have a collaborative non-judgmental approach to therapy. My main focus is to help clients identify thought patterns that are impacting their quality of life and work towards a solution. I am a client-centered therapist with training in CBT and DBT. I utilize existential, spiritual, and solution-focused tools. I treat anxiety, depression, cognitive distortions (negative thought patterns), mood disorders, grief, and adjustment disorders.
(510) 946-1891 View (510) 946-1891
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Stephen Trichter
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
South San Francisco, CA 94080
I offer a holistic approach, drawing on depth psychology, somatics, spirituality, psychedelic medicine, relational theory and social justice activism in my work with patients. I am interested in working closely with adults, adolescents and couples, supporting them in their development and helping them reach their goals.
I offer a holistic approach, drawing on depth psychology, somatics, spirituality, psychedelic medicine, relational theory and social justice activism in my work with patients. I am interested in working closely with adults, adolescents and couples, supporting them in their development and helping them reach their goals.
(415) 689-9969 View (415) 689-9969
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Lindsay Olshan
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, ATR
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
South San Francisco, CA 94080
My goal is to help people regain balance in their lives, deepen their understanding of self and achieve a level of awareness that alleviates helplessness and creates choice and ultimate change.
My goal is to help people regain balance in their lives, deepen their understanding of self and achieve a level of awareness that alleviates helplessness and creates choice and ultimate change.
(310) 341-7992 View (310) 341-7992
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Victoria Zurkan
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
South San Francisco, CA 94080  (Online Only)
I've been licensed since 2006. Much like a process of sharing, therapist and client together learn to pay close attention to aspects of yourself that you may be unable to touch on your own. I look for patterns in either behavior or thoughts. Also, while examining past family dynamics and reaching unconscious behavior, I link that information to how it affects our current lives. My background includes extensive addiction work in inpatient, outpatient and detox units. Currently I am doing telemedicine with couples, individuals and I run CBT and DBT addiction groups.
I've been licensed since 2006. Much like a process of sharing, therapist and client together learn to pay close attention to aspects of yourself that you may be unable to touch on your own. I look for patterns in either behavior or thoughts. Also, while examining past family dynamics and reaching unconscious behavior, I link that information to how it affects our current lives. My background includes extensive addiction work in inpatient, outpatient and detox units. Currently I am doing telemedicine with couples, individuals and I run CBT and DBT addiction groups.
(628) 214-2234 View (628) 214-2234
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Pauline Wakeham
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, SEP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
South San Francisco, CA 94080
Are you having trouble getting over a past shock or trauma? Are you frequently in overwhelm/collapse? Are you constantly bracing against danger, ready to fight or run away? If you answered yes to any of these questions, I can help. I specialize in working with people who have experienced being overwhelmed by events and experiences that have shaken their very foundations. I take time to assess your personal stress/trauma history and provide guidance and support to assist you in your recovery. I also help couples create sustained improvement in their relationship, creating more effective communication and fulfilling relationships.
Are you having trouble getting over a past shock or trauma? Are you frequently in overwhelm/collapse? Are you constantly bracing against danger, ready to fight or run away? If you answered yes to any of these questions, I can help. I specialize in working with people who have experienced being overwhelmed by events and experiences that have shaken their very foundations. I take time to assess your personal stress/trauma history and provide guidance and support to assist you in your recovery. I also help couples create sustained improvement in their relationship, creating more effective communication and fulfilling relationships.
(510) 377-1082 View (510) 377-1082
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Beth Cassel
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT, SEP
Verified Verified
South San Francisco, CA 94080
Successful therapy means getting to the root of deeply held internal conflicts, false beliefs and feelings about who we are. These often originate from trauma and attachment wounding, directing our behavior, keeping us in looping ineffective patterns and restricting our tolerance for a full range of emotions. Parts work, somatic and trauma focused modalities and my warm, flexible, interactive approach augment our collaboration. You determine the pace of our work as I attune to your uniqueness and need for safety. When a problem solving approach is needed, I offer tools to ease anxiety and navigate through hardships.
Successful therapy means getting to the root of deeply held internal conflicts, false beliefs and feelings about who we are. These often originate from trauma and attachment wounding, directing our behavior, keeping us in looping ineffective patterns and restricting our tolerance for a full range of emotions. Parts work, somatic and trauma focused modalities and my warm, flexible, interactive approach augment our collaboration. You determine the pace of our work as I attune to your uniqueness and need for safety. When a problem solving approach is needed, I offer tools to ease anxiety and navigate through hardships.
(415) 237-4332 View (415) 237-4332
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Elissa Meryl
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
South San Francisco, CA 94080
While you can't always avoid the challenges that arise in your life, you do have choices about how you address them. My approach draws from the idea that there is much to learn from these struggles, and that by decreasing the shame that makes it hard for you to face yourself, you create opportunities for making real and enduring changes in your life. But you don't have to do this alone.
While you can't always avoid the challenges that arise in your life, you do have choices about how you address them. My approach draws from the idea that there is much to learn from these struggles, and that by decreasing the shame that makes it hard for you to face yourself, you create opportunities for making real and enduring changes in your life. But you don't have to do this alone.
(415) 508-8845 View (415) 508-8845
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Dr. Helge Osterhold
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, MFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
South San Francisco, CA 94080
I'm an integrative psychotherapist working with individuals and couples. My approach is warm and interactive, providing a supportive environment where you can reflect and develop new ways of handling the life challenges you are facing. The focus of my practice is twofold: relationship issues and life transitions (for example: changes in relationships, career changes, relocation, pregnancy, child birth and parenting, facing illness, trauma and loss, as well as seeking more meaning and deeper fulfillment in life). I have extensive experience working with people who immigrated to the US or are of diverse cultural backgrounds.
I'm an integrative psychotherapist working with individuals and couples. My approach is warm and interactive, providing a supportive environment where you can reflect and develop new ways of handling the life challenges you are facing. The focus of my practice is twofold: relationship issues and life transitions (for example: changes in relationships, career changes, relocation, pregnancy, child birth and parenting, facing illness, trauma and loss, as well as seeking more meaning and deeper fulfillment in life). I have extensive experience working with people who immigrated to the US or are of diverse cultural backgrounds.
(650) 450-8918 View (650) 450-8918
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Bianca Aarons Integrative Psychotherapy
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
South San Francisco, CA 94083  (Online Only)
Bianca Aarons is a San Francisco based Couples Therapist and Individual Therapist who works in an integrative way, incorporating a psychoanalytic, relational, and somatic styles of working. Bianca treats couples who struggle with communication, survivors of sexual abuse, and others to help people find their voice, to feel empowered, and to access healthy anger and boundaries. Bianca also works with people who struggle within relationships because of anxiety and past family issues which may have let to lower self esteem and perfectionism. She works in a direct and honest way while also being very compassionate and empathetic.
Bianca Aarons is a San Francisco based Couples Therapist and Individual Therapist who works in an integrative way, incorporating a psychoanalytic, relational, and somatic styles of working. Bianca treats couples who struggle with communication, survivors of sexual abuse, and others to help people find their voice, to feel empowered, and to access healthy anger and boundaries. Bianca also works with people who struggle within relationships because of anxiety and past family issues which may have let to lower self esteem and perfectionism. She works in a direct and honest way while also being very compassionate and empathetic.
(415) 319-6218 View (415) 319-6218
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Lee M Schuster
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
South San Francisco, CA 94080
Are you at a turning point in your life? Struggling with life's daily complexities? I focus on: Trauma and PTSD, Substance Abuse and Dual Diagnosis, Grief and Loss and much more. I use an eclectic model of healing from a person-centered, strengths-based perspective that is Anti-Racist and Anti- Systems of Oppression in its foundation. To allow oneself to show up as our best selves in and out of the therapy room. Each person brings a multi-faceted expression of their true selves to therapy that can be unlocked with strength, courage, and the acknowledgment of one's right to self-determination and self-efficacy.
Are you at a turning point in your life? Struggling with life's daily complexities? I focus on: Trauma and PTSD, Substance Abuse and Dual Diagnosis, Grief and Loss and much more. I use an eclectic model of healing from a person-centered, strengths-based perspective that is Anti-Racist and Anti- Systems of Oppression in its foundation. To allow oneself to show up as our best selves in and out of the therapy room. Each person brings a multi-faceted expression of their true selves to therapy that can be unlocked with strength, courage, and the acknowledgment of one's right to self-determination and self-efficacy.
(510) 640-8456 View (510) 640-8456
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Louis Morello
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
South San Francisco, CA 94083
As a psychologist I evaluate and treat individuals who seek help for depression, anxiety, life dissatisfaction (from relationships and work stress), relational trauma (e.g. childhood abuse and emotional neglect) and addiction/compulsive behaviors that may co-occur with depression, anxiety or trauma/PTSD. Of note, you do not have to be in crisis to be in therapy; I often work with individuals who are interested in personal growth, long-term recovery issues, regaining meaning and passion after loss and sometimes stopping distressing interpersonal patterns. Treatment is generally trauma-informed and phase-oriented, integrating body-mind interventions and neurobiology. Please visit my website for details,
As a psychologist I evaluate and treat individuals who seek help for depression, anxiety, life dissatisfaction (from relationships and work stress), relational trauma (e.g. childhood abuse and emotional neglect) and addiction/compulsive behaviors that may co-occur with depression, anxiety or trauma/PTSD. Of note, you do not have to be in crisis to be in therapy; I often work with individuals who are interested in personal growth, long-term recovery issues, regaining meaning and passion after loss and sometimes stopping distressing interpersonal patterns. Treatment is generally trauma-informed and phase-oriented, integrating body-mind interventions and neurobiology. Please visit my website for details,
(650) 918-5330 View (650) 918-5330
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Jim Christrup
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
South San Francisco, CA 94080
Are you struggling with anxiety, panic, phobias, OCD, stress, self-criticism, shyness, or excessive worry? My goal is to help you break out of old, unproductive ways of dealing with these problems and find more flexible and effective ways of responding and healing. I am an experienced and caring therapist who is supportive, engaged, and interactive. Together we focus on what matters most to you and help you move towards what you care about most deeply in your life.
Are you struggling with anxiety, panic, phobias, OCD, stress, self-criticism, shyness, or excessive worry? My goal is to help you break out of old, unproductive ways of dealing with these problems and find more flexible and effective ways of responding and healing. I am an experienced and caring therapist who is supportive, engaged, and interactive. Together we focus on what matters most to you and help you move towards what you care about most deeply in your life.
(415) 702-3775 View (415) 702-3775
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Patricia Pike: Certified Intervention Professional
Drug & Alcohol Counselor, LAADC, CADC II, CIP, CCIP
Verified Verified
South San Francisco, CA 94080
Patricia M. Pike, CEO of CanAm Interventions, Certified Interventionist & Addiction Specialist, is a trained expert with over 25 years of professional experience in the field of behavioral heath treatment, specializing in addiction and alcoholism. Ms. Pike holds a master accredited certification in addiction studies, conducts successful interventions nationally and internationally. Patricia is a Licensed Advance Alcohol Drug Counselor (LAADC), Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC-II), long standing member of the Canadian Addiction Counselor Association Federation, internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.
Patricia M. Pike, CEO of CanAm Interventions, Certified Interventionist & Addiction Specialist, is a trained expert with over 25 years of professional experience in the field of behavioral heath treatment, specializing in addiction and alcoholism. Ms. Pike holds a master accredited certification in addiction studies, conducts successful interventions nationally and internationally. Patricia is a Licensed Advance Alcohol Drug Counselor (LAADC), Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC-II), long standing member of the Canadian Addiction Counselor Association Federation, internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.
(415) 578-6836 View (415) 578-6836

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Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapists

What is Internal Family Systems therapy?

Internal Family Systems (IFS) is a type of talk therapy that focuses on sub-personalities, or “families,” within a person, which may be made up of wounded parts and unpleasant emotions like anger and shame. These sub-personalities can come into conflict with each other and with an individual’s core Self, leaving the person feeling detached from positive traits such as the “8 C’s” of confidence, calmness, creativity, clarity, curiosity, courage, compassion, and connectedness. By healing a patient’s wounded parts, a therapist aims to restore balance and bring on positive change.

How does Internal Family Systems therapy work?

An IFS therapist will work with a patient to identify their particular sub-personalities, recognize the emotions powering them, and release them. By doing so, the patient should become more able to address any underlying problems their sub-personalities may have been trying to protect them from. Ultimately, a patient discovers ways to manage internal and external conflicts on their own, through techniques such as relaxation exercises, journaling, and making charts depicting the relationships between their core Self and their distinct parts.

Does Internal Family Systems therapy work?

IFS therapy has been shown to help people address conditions such as depression, anxiety, panic, fears and phobias, trauma, and substance use disorders. Some research has also found that it can help individuals deal with symptoms of physical health conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, such as pain, everyday functioning, depressive feelings, and low self-compassion. There are some conditions for which IFS treatment, specifically discussions of one’s “parts,” may be less appropriate, such as schizophrenia or other states that involve psychosis or paranoia.

How long does Internal Family Systems therapy take?

As with most forms of talk therapy, there is no set duration or end point for IFS therapy. After becoming comfortable with a therapist and the core concepts of IFS, some patients quickly make progress. While experiences vary, most will find that it is a relatively longer-term therapy, involving months and sometimes years of sessions.