Loren Hadassah
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT Verified
Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94109
Offers online therapy
Most importantly, my ideal client is someone who is desiring and ready for change. You may feel stuck in some aspect of your life such as career or relationships. You may have suffered a traumatic event. You may be experiencing symptoms of anxiety and depression. And you have reached a point when you are ready to take action even if you don't quite know what that will look like yet. What I love most is accompanying someone on their journey inward, offering a safe space for you to be fully you.
(415) 877-4064
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Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94109
Offers online therapy
Most importantly, my ideal client is someone who is desiring and ready for change. You may feel stuck in some aspect of your life such as career or relationships. You may have suffered a traumatic event. You may be experiencing symptoms of anxiety and depression. And you have reached a point when you are ready to take action even if you don't quite know what that will look like yet. What I love most is accompanying someone on their journey inward, offering a safe space for you to be fully you.
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Tanisha Thelemaque
Psychologist, PhD Verified
Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94115
Not accepting new clients
As a psychologist, I have evidence-based expertise in the treatment of depression, anxiety, gender/racial identity development, and race-based trauma.
Are you a person trying to explore your gender, race, or sexuality? Do you struggle to communicate your needs, set boundaries, and be assertive? When I think about transforming and changing one's life, I always reflect on Audre Lorde's powerful words. "What are the words you do not yet have? What are the tyrannies you swallow day by day and attempt to make your own, until you will sicken and die of them, still in silence?...Next time, ask: What's the worst that will happen? Then push yourself a little further than you dare. " I challenge you to speak your truth, understand yourself, and be authentic while maintaining boundaries.
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Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94115
Not accepting new clients
As a psychologist, I have evidence-based expertise in the treatment of depression, anxiety, gender/racial identity development, and race-based trauma.
Are you a person trying to explore your gender, race, or sexuality? Do you struggle to communicate your needs, set boundaries, and be assertive? When I think about transforming and changing one's life, I always reflect on Audre Lorde's powerful words. "What are the words you do not yet have? What are the tyrannies you swallow day by day and attempt to make your own, until you will sicken and die of them, still in silence?...Next time, ask: What's the worst that will happen? Then push yourself a little further than you dare. " I challenge you to speak your truth, understand yourself, and be authentic while maintaining boundaries.
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Susan E Boxer
Psychologist, PhD Verified
Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94102
Offers online therapy
Over the 25+ years of my practice, I've found this approach to be especially helpful to people who are struggling with depression, relationship issues, anxieties, shame, inhibitions, self-esteem, identity questions, and life transitions.
If you've come to a crisis point in your life, it can make such a difference to talk with someone who can help you not only with your immediate concern, but with understanding what it can tell you about yourself. I have an exploratory approach -- listening for what you say but haven't yet heard and speaking up for what you allude to but haven't yet articulated. This process requires privacy, safety, curiosity, and attention.
(415) 241-9211
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Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94102
Offers online therapy
Over the 25+ years of my practice, I've found this approach to be especially helpful to people who are struggling with depression, relationship issues, anxieties, shame, inhibitions, self-esteem, identity questions, and life transitions.
If you've come to a crisis point in your life, it can make such a difference to talk with someone who can help you not only with your immediate concern, but with understanding what it can tell you about yourself. I have an exploratory approach -- listening for what you say but haven't yet heard and speaking up for what you allude to but haven't yet articulated. This process requires privacy, safety, curiosity, and attention.
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Vivian Lee Pichardo
PsyD Verified
Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94115
Offers online therapy
I work with individuals and couples who experience a range of emotional, behavioral, and social issues, including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, work stress, life transitions, and grief and bereavement.
I believe that lasting changes occur through profound self-understanding and awareness. This can be achieved through a collaborative relationship where we talk and think together to gain insights and meanings. My role is to provide a safe environment where a trusting relationship can be built. By listening to your stories, I will help you process the thoughts and feelings that emerge in order to develop a deeper understanding of your past traumas, inner conflicts, and destructive patterns. These newfound insights will then guide you to make changes in your current relationships or life situations.
(628) 258-7367
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Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94115
Offers online therapy
I work with individuals and couples who experience a range of emotional, behavioral, and social issues, including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, work stress, life transitions, and grief and bereavement.
I believe that lasting changes occur through profound self-understanding and awareness. This can be achieved through a collaborative relationship where we talk and think together to gain insights and meanings. My role is to provide a safe environment where a trusting relationship can be built. By listening to your stories, I will help you process the thoughts and feelings that emerge in order to develop a deeper understanding of your past traumas, inner conflicts, and destructive patterns. These newfound insights will then guide you to make changes in your current relationships or life situations.
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Bruce Weitzman
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT Verified
Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94102
Offers online therapy
Together, we work through blocks that conceal this understanding, such as low self-worth, anxiety, depression, anger or shame.
Many of my clients are successful professionals who are beginning to question whether they are on the right path. Some are searching for a more creative or spiritual way of life. Others crave relationships of greater substance. Still others seek clarity of purpose. Most feel limited by notions of what they have to be or do for the sake of others. You may have something in common with these people.
(415) 294-5083
Verified
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Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94102
Offers online therapy
Together, we work through blocks that conceal this understanding, such as low self-worth, anxiety, depression, anger or shame.
Many of my clients are successful professionals who are beginning to question whether they are on the right path. Some are searching for a more creative or spiritual way of life. Others crave relationships of greater substance. Still others seek clarity of purpose. Most feel limited by notions of what they have to be or do for the sake of others. You may have something in common with these people.
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Brown Therapy Center
Marriage & Family Therapist Verified
Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94102
Offers online therapy
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
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Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94102
Offers online therapy
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.
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Tracy LaRue Yalom
Psychologist, PhD, MA Verified
Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94109
Offers online therapy
I work with a wide variety of adult patients, including those who are experiencing ongoing anxiety and depression, and others who are dealing with major decisions, life transitions, loss, and relationship issues.
My approach is interpersonal, both psychodynamically and existentially informed. I have been in practice for over 20 years. In my early years, I was supervised by Dr. Irvin Yalom, and he has been highly influential in my work. I believe my strengths include an ability to genuinely connect with patients in an empathic and non-judgmental manner. I help my patients explore deeper issues and patterns underlying persistent unhappiness, as well as navigate life's hurdles that may feel overwhelming.
(415) 915-2340
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Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94109
Offers online therapy
I work with a wide variety of adult patients, including those who are experiencing ongoing anxiety and depression, and others who are dealing with major decisions, life transitions, loss, and relationship issues.
My approach is interpersonal, both psychodynamically and existentially informed. I have been in practice for over 20 years. In my early years, I was supervised by Dr. Irvin Yalom, and he has been highly influential in my work. I believe my strengths include an ability to genuinely connect with patients in an empathic and non-judgmental manner. I help my patients explore deeper issues and patterns underlying persistent unhappiness, as well as navigate life's hurdles that may feel overwhelming.
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John Robert Montopoli
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, LPCC Verified
Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94109
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. I work almost exclusively with adults overcoming struggles with anxiety and depression. People often experience depression and/or anxiety when they are dissatisfied with important relationships in their personal and professional lives. I have particular interest in helping clients develop skills to overcome shyness and social anxiety issues which can interfere with having the kind of relationships that give special meaning to one's life. I am also the co-founder of the National Social Anxiety Center.
(415) 689-4131
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Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94109
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. I work almost exclusively with adults overcoming struggles with anxiety and depression. People often experience depression and/or anxiety when they are dissatisfied with important relationships in their personal and professional lives. I have particular interest in helping clients develop skills to overcome shyness and social anxiety issues which can interfere with having the kind of relationships that give special meaning to one's life. I am also the co-founder of the National Social Anxiety Center.
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Kate Franza
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW Verified
Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94102
Offers online therapy
My name is Kate Franza and I am a licensed therapist located in San Francisco. Originally from New York, I received my degree from Fordham University. My practice is grounded in my community mental health background, with a focus on LGBTQ issues, anxiety, depression and substance use. My clients experience relationship struggles,trauma, chronic relapse, and many are interested in exploring and understanding their sexuality and gender identity. I use a harm reduction approach and I draw from a range of therapeutic modalities, including cognitive and mindfulness-based skill building.
(312) 548-8813
Verified
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Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94102
Offers online therapy
My name is Kate Franza and I am a licensed therapist located in San Francisco. Originally from New York, I received my degree from Fordham University. My practice is grounded in my community mental health background, with a focus on LGBTQ issues, anxiety, depression and substance use. My clients experience relationship struggles,trauma, chronic relapse, and many are interested in exploring and understanding their sexuality and gender identity. I use a harm reduction approach and I draw from a range of therapeutic modalities, including cognitive and mindfulness-based skill building.
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Daniela Carollo
Psychologist, PhD Verified
Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94102
I specialize in treating eating disorders, body image concerns, trauma, depression, and anxiety.
I believe therapy works best when you feel a deepening in self-awareness and inner-strength. When this happens it often coincides with feeling connected and understood by me. This is the main pathway to meaningful and lasting changes. My approach is psychodynamic and my style is direct, collaborative, and playful. Difficult and challenging behaviors often result in feeling stagnated and trapped in an endless cycle. By unpacking the underlying dynamics that are driving these struggles, you will feel more freedom to reach your goals.
(415) 592-5881
Verified
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Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94102
I specialize in treating eating disorders, body image concerns, trauma, depression, and anxiety.
I believe therapy works best when you feel a deepening in self-awareness and inner-strength. When this happens it often coincides with feeling connected and understood by me. This is the main pathway to meaningful and lasting changes. My approach is psychodynamic and my style is direct, collaborative, and playful. Difficult and challenging behaviors often result in feeling stagnated and trapped in an endless cycle. By unpacking the underlying dynamics that are driving these struggles, you will feel more freedom to reach your goals.
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Diana Teich
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT Verified
Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94102
Clients come to me because they struggle with anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, feeling lost and being stuck in patterns they don't like. Many experienced childhood trauma that has hurt their sense of self. Others come for support during life transitions or because they are grieving. I work with couples and adult family members who have a fear of conflict and tend to give up what they need in their relationships, and also those who fight easily and find conflict escalates quickly. Teens have a special place in my heart. I am a parent and I spent a year working as a school therapist at a local public high school.
(415) 943-6446
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Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94102
Clients come to me because they struggle with anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, feeling lost and being stuck in patterns they don't like. Many experienced childhood trauma that has hurt their sense of self. Others come for support during life transitions or because they are grieving. I work with couples and adult family members who have a fear of conflict and tend to give up what they need in their relationships, and also those who fight easily and find conflict escalates quickly. Teens have a special place in my heart. I am a parent and I spent a year working as a school therapist at a local public high school.
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Robyn Bloom
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT Verified
Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94105
Offers online therapy
My specialties are anxiety, depression and relationship issues.
Are you feeling anxious, depressed or stuck? Are you struggling with emotional wounds that are holding you back from living the life you truly want for yourself? Are you satisfied in your most important relationships? When life throws you challenges it may seem impossible to go it alone. Therapy is a healthy and interactive dialogue that can help you achieve your goals and gain a greater sense of self-acceptance and acceptance of others. My style is warm, non-judgmental and curious.
(415) 795-2957
Verified
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Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94105
Offers online therapy
My specialties are anxiety, depression and relationship issues.
Are you feeling anxious, depressed or stuck? Are you struggling with emotional wounds that are holding you back from living the life you truly want for yourself? Are you satisfied in your most important relationships? When life throws you challenges it may seem impossible to go it alone. Therapy is a healthy and interactive dialogue that can help you achieve your goals and gain a greater sense of self-acceptance and acceptance of others. My style is warm, non-judgmental and curious.
Kate Leffel
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT Verified
Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94115
Offers online therapy
I work with adults dealing with anxiety, depression, body image and self esteem, disordered eating, and relationship issues.
**CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS FOR VIRTUAL SESSIONS**. I believe beginning therapy takes courage, and I have the utmost respect for anyone taking that risk. I strive to create a warm space of total acceptance for where you are in your journey. For as long as I can remember, I've been interested in people's stories. It's not surprising that I ended up doing the work I do. As a therapist, I listen to a person and help make sense of both the struggles and the strengths. I help my clients to find meaning in their experience and to move forward to create new stories.
(415) 792-0157
Verified
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Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94115
Offers online therapy
I work with adults dealing with anxiety, depression, body image and self esteem, disordered eating, and relationship issues.
**CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS FOR VIRTUAL SESSIONS**. I believe beginning therapy takes courage, and I have the utmost respect for anyone taking that risk. I strive to create a warm space of total acceptance for where you are in your journey. For as long as I can remember, I've been interested in people's stories. It's not surprising that I ended up doing the work I do. As a therapist, I listen to a person and help make sense of both the struggles and the strengths. I help my clients to find meaning in their experience and to move forward to create new stories.
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Christina Sanchez
Psychologist, PsyD Verified
Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94115
Choosing a psychotherapist can feel daunting. People often enter therapy during times of vulnerability. At a time when you are potentially feeling overwhelmed with stress, anxiety, anger, sadness, or depression it can be challenging to trust a stranger with all these feelings and intimate details about your life. I view my role as a therapist as being able to fully understand your experience and to use that understanding to help you think through situations that have become increasingly challenging. I believe in creating a safe space for my clients, and working collaboratively in order to help you regain a sense of strength, confidence, and control.
(415) 466-8912
Verified
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Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94115
Choosing a psychotherapist can feel daunting. People often enter therapy during times of vulnerability. At a time when you are potentially feeling overwhelmed with stress, anxiety, anger, sadness, or depression it can be challenging to trust a stranger with all these feelings and intimate details about your life. I view my role as a therapist as being able to fully understand your experience and to use that understanding to help you think through situations that have become increasingly challenging. I believe in creating a safe space for my clients, and working collaboratively in order to help you regain a sense of strength, confidence, and control.
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Amelia Howard-Smith
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT Verified
Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94117
Offers online therapy
I work individually with adults seeking treatment for depression, anxiety, addiction, and relationship issues.
You want to be seen, heard, and understood. This is what you’ll feel when you work with me. My approach is collaborative and tailored to your unique needs. I strive to help you make sense out of the past while guiding you to make changes for the future. I want to help you live the life you want to live, and I’m here to provide you with the tools to do just that. Together we’ll work towards gaining a deeper understanding of yourself, finding meaning in your life, self-acceptance, and empowerment. You’ll learn to manage strong and uncomfortable emotions and work through negative thought patterns.
(415) 326-1841
Verified
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Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94117
Offers online therapy
I work individually with adults seeking treatment for depression, anxiety, addiction, and relationship issues.
You want to be seen, heard, and understood. This is what you’ll feel when you work with me. My approach is collaborative and tailored to your unique needs. I strive to help you make sense out of the past while guiding you to make changes for the future. I want to help you live the life you want to live, and I’m here to provide you with the tools to do just that. Together we’ll work towards gaining a deeper understanding of yourself, finding meaning in your life, self-acceptance, and empowerment. You’ll learn to manage strong and uncomfortable emotions and work through negative thought patterns.
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Bart Magee
PhD
Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94102
I have over 25 years of experience helping people recover from depression, anxiety, ADHD, post-traumatic stress disorders and other complex problems.
Therapy doesn't have to be a mysterious and confusing process. I believe that it should be linked directly to one's personal goals and desire for change. I'll work with you to enhance your self-knowledge, expand your emotional awareness and thinking to provide you new ways of solving problems and enhancing well-being. My style is direct and collaborative and aims to identify patterns of thinking, feeling, acting and relating that reinforce fears and negative attitudes, thereby limiting your ability to pursue your goals. Exploring the underlying forces and dynamics driving those patterns opens up new avenues for growth and change.
(650) 603-0523
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Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94102
I have over 25 years of experience helping people recover from depression, anxiety, ADHD, post-traumatic stress disorders and other complex problems.
Therapy doesn't have to be a mysterious and confusing process. I believe that it should be linked directly to one's personal goals and desire for change. I'll work with you to enhance your self-knowledge, expand your emotional awareness and thinking to provide you new ways of solving problems and enhancing well-being. My style is direct and collaborative and aims to identify patterns of thinking, feeling, acting and relating that reinforce fears and negative attitudes, thereby limiting your ability to pursue your goals. Exploring the underlying forces and dynamics driving those patterns opens up new avenues for growth and change.
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Daniel M. Kaplan
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT Verified
Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94115
Offers online therapy
I work with people taking licensing exams such as the Bar, LMFT, LCSW, PhD, MD, RN, as well as in therapy for individuals, couples and families, for relationship issues, depression, and anxiety related issues.
Finding a therapist that can help can be a daunting endeavor. Finding one who specializes in hypnosis can be even more daunting. Allow me to assist you in the difficulties of your life so that together, we might generate relief and solutions to your ongoing pain. I also utilize mindfulness based cognitive therapy to help you move past 'problems' and realize solutions as well as collaborative solution oriented approaches to help you reach your goal, in collaborative, therapeutic conversations. Allow me to help you generate the very solutions and outcomes that will help you become 'unstuck' from hurtful or ineffective patterns.
(415) 813-5225
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Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94115
Offers online therapy
I work with people taking licensing exams such as the Bar, LMFT, LCSW, PhD, MD, RN, as well as in therapy for individuals, couples and families, for relationship issues, depression, and anxiety related issues.
Finding a therapist that can help can be a daunting endeavor. Finding one who specializes in hypnosis can be even more daunting. Allow me to assist you in the difficulties of your life so that together, we might generate relief and solutions to your ongoing pain. I also utilize mindfulness based cognitive therapy to help you move past 'problems' and realize solutions as well as collaborative solution oriented approaches to help you reach your goal, in collaborative, therapeutic conversations. Allow me to help you generate the very solutions and outcomes that will help you become 'unstuck' from hurtful or ineffective patterns.
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Alex Silberstein
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT Verified
Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94102
Not accepting new clients
I specialize in helping adults overcome anxiety and depression. As a Certified EMDR Therapist, I focus on helping clients recover from the effects of trauma. I also enjoy working with couples to develop effective communication skills and reduce destructive conflict. I strive to provide clients with a warm, secure environment in which they feel safe to explore painful experiences from the past that need healing. My approach combines the perspective of long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy with more practical cognitive-behavioral methods, as well as using the latest research from neuroscience about how our minds develop and change.
(415) 646-0421
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Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94102
Not accepting new clients
I specialize in helping adults overcome anxiety and depression. As a Certified EMDR Therapist, I focus on helping clients recover from the effects of trauma. I also enjoy working with couples to develop effective communication skills and reduce destructive conflict. I strive to provide clients with a warm, secure environment in which they feel safe to explore painful experiences from the past that need healing. My approach combines the perspective of long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy with more practical cognitive-behavioral methods, as well as using the latest research from neuroscience about how our minds develop and change.
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Jorge Villarroel
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT Verified
Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94115
Offers online therapy
I approach therapy with warmth, compassionate curiosity, and honest reflection, focusing on the present moment. I am a supportive and open-minded therapist. I work together with individuals toward self-discovery, connecting with others from a perspective of personal awareness. I believe the therapeutic relationship has the potential to transform our lives in real and meaningful ways. Perhaps you feel stuck, or experience depression, anxiety, or pain that keeps you from living a full life and having healthy relationships, therapy can help one overcome these issues.
(415) 367-4135
Verified
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Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94115
Offers online therapy
I approach therapy with warmth, compassionate curiosity, and honest reflection, focusing on the present moment. I am a supportive and open-minded therapist. I work together with individuals toward self-discovery, connecting with others from a perspective of personal awareness. I believe the therapeutic relationship has the potential to transform our lives in real and meaningful ways. Perhaps you feel stuck, or experience depression, anxiety, or pain that keeps you from living a full life and having healthy relationships, therapy can help one overcome these issues.
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Skip John D Perkins
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT Verified
Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94102
Not accepting new clients
I provide a humanistic, person-centered and psychodynamic approach to working with problems of depression, anxiety and exposure to trauma.
All people struggle, and I believe everyone has the capacity for change/growth hidden within themselves. I'm most successful working with those who are interested in meeting this potential with hope and curiosity. By building a trusting, safe and consistent relationship, together, I believe I can help you unlock or uncover your best potential and use it to meet your own goals.
(415) 969-5074
Verified
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Western Addition
San Francisco, CA 94102
Not accepting new clients
I provide a humanistic, person-centered and psychodynamic approach to working with problems of depression, anxiety and exposure to trauma.
All people struggle, and I believe everyone has the capacity for change/growth hidden within themselves. I'm most successful working with those who are interested in meeting this potential with hope and curiosity. By building a trusting, safe and consistent relationship, together, I believe I can help you unlock or uncover your best potential and use it to meet your own goals.

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Depression Therapists
Depressive disorders are characterized by persistent feelings of sadness and worthlessness and a lack of desire to engage in formerly pleasurable activities. Depression is not a passing blue mood, which almost everyone experiences from time to time, but a complex mind/body illness that interferes with everyday functioning. It not only darkens one's outlook, it is commonly marked by sleep problems and changes in energy levels and appetite. It alters the structure and function of nerve cells so that it disrupts the way the brain processes information and interprets experience.

Despite feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness, depression is a treatable condition. It can be treated with psychotherapy by depression therapists in Western Addition, San Francisco. As with many illnesses, the earlier treatment begins, the more effective it can be and the greater the likelihood that recurrence can be prevented.

Psychotherapy addresses the thinking patterns that precipitate depression, and studies show that it prevents recurrence. Drug therapy is often helpful in relieving symptoms, such as severe anxiety, so that people can engage in meaningful psychotherapy.