Psychologist, Ph.D.
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
San Francisco, California 94115
"I specialize in focused treatment for individuals who are suffering from the after effects of trauma and other stressful events. As a PTSD researcher, I use my specialized knowledge to tailor evidence-based treatments to each person's needs with compassion. I have worked with people who've experienced a variety of terrible events, such as combat, accidents, abuse, sexual assaults, and near death experiences. After such events, it is common to experience a variety of problems, including PTSD, guilt, shame, anger, depression, anxiety, substance use, or emotional dysregulation. If you are experiencing any of these problems, I can help."
Existential
(925) 403-4551
Verified
San Francisco, California 94115
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Existential
"I specialize in focused treatment for individuals who are suffering from the after effects of trauma and other stressful events. As a PTSD researcher, I use my specialized knowledge to tailor evidence-based treatments to each person's needs with compassion. I have worked with people who've experienced a variety of terrible events, such as combat, accidents, abuse, sexual assaults, and near death experiences. After such events, it is common to experience a variety of problems, including PTSD, guilt, shame, anger, depression, anxiety, substance use, or emotional dysregulation. If you are experiencing any of these problems, I can help."
Chelsea DeMarte, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Office is near:
San Francisco, California 94114
"Navigating through our human journey can be daunting, and everyone can benefit from support along the way. My role as a therapist is to help you gain more insight into the nature of your inner world and a greater perspective of your outer circumstances so that you can become empowered to create the intentional and meaningful life that you truly desire. With compassion and deep presence, we will identify unconscious patterns that are limiting you so that you can gain the awareness and tools needed to create effective changes for yourself."
Existential
(510) 944-0842
Verified
Office is near:
San Francisco, California 94114
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Existential
"Navigating through our human journey can be daunting, and everyone can benefit from support along the way. My role as a therapist is to help you gain more insight into the nature of your inner world and a greater perspective of your outer circumstances so that you can become empowered to create the intentional and meaningful life that you truly desire. With compassion and deep presence, we will identify unconscious patterns that are limiting you so that you can gain the awareness and tools needed to create effective changes for yourself."
Bob Puckett, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Office is near:
San Francisco, California 94110
"You're here because you've been thinking about therapy for a while. It takes time to recognize that we are unhappy with the course of our lives and relationships and that meaningful change is even possible. There are reasons why you are feeling the way you are, and we can uncover those reasons and create new paths going forward. In our work together I'll create a safe place for us to explore these feelings and assist you in sifting out those thoughts about self that work for you from those that don't."
Existential
(415) 969-9139
Verified
Office is near:
San Francisco, California 94110
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Existential
"You're here because you've been thinking about therapy for a while. It takes time to recognize that we are unhappy with the course of our lives and relationships and that meaningful change is even possible. There are reasons why you are feeling the way you are, and we can uncover those reasons and create new paths going forward. In our work together I'll create a safe place for us to explore these feelings and assist you in sifting out those thoughts about self that work for you from those that don't."
Pilar Dellano, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
San Francisco, California 94103
"Congratulations on taking this first step to making positive change in your life. Therapy is a process of self-discovery, which brings us into contact with our experience of being fully alive, in the present moment. Together, we'll roll up our sleeves, and explore whatever it is that's been keeping you depressed, stuck, anxious and overwhelmed. I believe beyond a shadow of a doubt, that we all have the capacity to transform our lives, find satisfying relationships, meaningful work, and make conscious contact with the incredible healing power inside of us all."
Existential
(415) 513-1133
Verified
San Francisco, California 94103
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Existential
"Congratulations on taking this first step to making positive change in your life. Therapy is a process of self-discovery, which brings us into contact with our experience of being fully alive, in the present moment. Together, we'll roll up our sleeves, and explore whatever it is that's been keeping you depressed, stuck, anxious and overwhelmed. I believe beyond a shadow of a doubt, that we all have the capacity to transform our lives, find satisfying relationships, meaningful work, and make conscious contact with the incredible healing power inside of us all."
Kurt Wagner, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT, PhD
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
San Francisco, California 94103
"My philosophy of care is to provide compassion and support to help you achieve your goals. This is accomplished by focusing on what is important to you, where you will be listened to and heard, and for us to share an honest and accurate reflection of your experience. If you've ever felt stuck or lost, or struggle with intense emotions, or have difficulty connecting with them, therapy with me is a powerful way to find yourself again, to restore balance and hope in yourself, and to revive your innate capacity for resilience and joy."
Existential
(415) 969-5648
Verified
San Francisco, California 94103
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Existential
"My philosophy of care is to provide compassion and support to help you achieve your goals. This is accomplished by focusing on what is important to you, where you will be listened to and heard, and for us to share an honest and accurate reflection of your experience. If you've ever felt stuck or lost, or struggle with intense emotions, or have difficulty connecting with them, therapy with me is a powerful way to find yourself again, to restore balance and hope in yourself, and to revive your innate capacity for resilience and joy."
Jennifer Knox, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
San Francisco, California 94110
"Often, the beliefs we carry about ourselves don't originate with us, or it can be hard to locate the source of our emotions. Maybe certain thoughts and memories seem like they are more than you can handle; or perhaps you are well aware of patterns you would like to change but don't know where to start. When we are in the thick of things, we are too close to see clearly. What therapy offers is another set of eyes, an aerial view that enables you to observe our own life more objectively. Part of my job is to help you hold what feels like "too much", remind you of your own strength, and to figure out a path forward together."
Existential
(628) 257-8932
Verified
San Francisco, California 94110
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Existential
"Often, the beliefs we carry about ourselves don't originate with us, or it can be hard to locate the source of our emotions. Maybe certain thoughts and memories seem like they are more than you can handle; or perhaps you are well aware of patterns you would like to change but don't know where to start. When we are in the thick of things, we are too close to see clearly. What therapy offers is another set of eyes, an aerial view that enables you to observe our own life more objectively. Part of my job is to help you hold what feels like "too much", remind you of your own strength, and to figure out a path forward together."
Will Koehler, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
San Francisco, California 94103
"I am Therapist that wants to help you live a meaningful and fulfilling life. I strive to provide a down to earth and collaborative therapeutic experience, working from the belief that every person has an inner strength waiting to be realized. In my approach to therapeutic work with clients I prefer to utilize a mix of therapeutic styles that focus on understanding the story of you, and then helping you to develop your strength and tools to write your own narrative. I provide a perspective as a a male therapist and parent."
Existential
(415) 275-6990
Verified
San Francisco, California 94103
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Existential
"I am Therapist that wants to help you live a meaningful and fulfilling life. I strive to provide a down to earth and collaborative therapeutic experience, working from the belief that every person has an inner strength waiting to be realized. In my approach to therapeutic work with clients I prefer to utilize a mix of therapeutic styles that focus on understanding the story of you, and then helping you to develop your strength and tools to write your own narrative. I provide a perspective as a a male therapist and parent."
Sandrah Susan Henry, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MS, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
San Francisco, California 94118
"I am empathic and warm yet direct and challenging in our collaborative relationship. I provide a safe harbor from which to work and together we will identify ways in which your past is preventing you from living the life you want. Some of my hopes are that your tendency to be self-critical will soften and that you will become compassionate towards yourself; that you will gain positive coping skills to deal with stress and anxiety and to decrease perfectionistic tendencies and that you accomplish the goals that you have set for yourself. I will be your guide in this process."
Existential
(415) 965-8637
Verified
San Francisco, California 94118
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Existential
"I am empathic and warm yet direct and challenging in our collaborative relationship. I provide a safe harbor from which to work and together we will identify ways in which your past is preventing you from living the life you want. Some of my hopes are that your tendency to be self-critical will soften and that you will become compassionate towards yourself; that you will gain positive coping skills to deal with stress and anxiety and to decrease perfectionistic tendencies and that you accomplish the goals that you have set for yourself. I will be your guide in this process."
Christopher Castro - Telehealth In California, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Office is near:
San Francisco, California 94101
"Life can be challenging. It can overwhelm. Therapy presents the chance for possibilities in the face of stressors. I offer a safe space to explore your concerns. Learning to be more aware of thoughts and feelings and practicing new behaviors can help us feel more on balance. "
Existential
(805) 303-5955
Verified
Office is near:
San Francisco, California 94101
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Existential
"Life can be challenging. It can overwhelm. Therapy presents the chance for possibilities in the face of stressors. I offer a safe space to explore your concerns. Learning to be more aware of thoughts and feelings and practicing new behaviors can help us feel more on balance. "
David Oretsky, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
San Francisco, California 94115
"My approach as a psychotherapist is to meet my clients where they are, honoring their unique life experience, offering strategies and responses that address their specific needs. Effective therapy works on the impacts of trauma, privilege, and oppression, addressing suffering at the psycho-emotional as well as socio-political-ecological levels. Together we explore your individual mind-heart-body experience in the context of our collective interdependent cultural situation. I understand psychotherapy as a collaborative endeavor. I practice listening deeply, with curiosity and respect, to support my clients’ innate capacity for self-awareness, growth, and well-being. Effective therapy requires authentic contact between therapist and client.  As the therapeutic relationship unfolds it can become a catalyst for healing and transformation. I am a fellow traveler, working on my own growth and transformation, while in service to my clients. "
Existential
(415) 202-6860
Verified
San Francisco, California 94115
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Existential
"My approach as a psychotherapist is to meet my clients where they are, honoring their unique life experience, offering strategies and responses that address their specific needs. Effective therapy works on the impacts of trauma, privilege, and oppression, addressing suffering at the psycho-emotional as well as socio-political-ecological levels. Together we explore your individual mind-heart-body experience in the context of our collective interdependent cultural situation. I understand psychotherapy as a collaborative endeavor. I practice listening deeply, with curiosity and respect, to support my clients’ innate capacity for self-awareness, growth, and well-being. Effective therapy requires authentic contact between therapist and client.  As the therapeutic relationship unfolds it can become a catalyst for healing and transformation. I am a fellow traveler, working on my own growth and transformation, while in service to my clients. "
Sara Budin, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
San Francisco, California 94118
"Trying to make sense of your life and begin a process of change can feel challenging. I believe that therapy is a place to feel safe, share your experiences, and explore new and meaningful ways of being. My intention is to listen and create a safe space free of judgement as I guide you on a journey that fosters awareness of your feelings, thoughts, beliefs and behavioral patterns. My clients seek growth and transformation through understanding life's challenges. Together we will create space to process a range of loss: death, relationships, life transitions, job loss, moving, loss of faith, loss of trust, loss of health and more."
Existential
(628) 210-8722
Verified
San Francisco, California 94118
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Existential
"Trying to make sense of your life and begin a process of change can feel challenging. I believe that therapy is a place to feel safe, share your experiences, and explore new and meaningful ways of being. My intention is to listen and create a safe space free of judgement as I guide you on a journey that fosters awareness of your feelings, thoughts, beliefs and behavioral patterns. My clients seek growth and transformation through understanding life's challenges. Together we will create space to process a range of loss: death, relationships, life transitions, job loss, moving, loss of faith, loss of trust, loss of health and more."
Ali Giacona @ Wellspace, Licensed Professional Counselor
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPCC, RDT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
San Francisco, California 94102
"I have worked with a wide range of clients in various settings. My focus is adults and adolescents. I have seen the impact of honesty and authenticity when navigating the uncertain world of difficult emotions. It is so very important to be able to communicate freely and as a result I place particular emphasis on creating a strong therapeutic relationship in my private practice. Colleagues have described me as genuine, patient, and insightful. I use many different approaches including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, expressive art therapy, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and existential psychotherapy."
Existential
(628) 209-0864
Verified
San Francisco, California 94102
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Existential
"I have worked with a wide range of clients in various settings. My focus is adults and adolescents. I have seen the impact of honesty and authenticity when navigating the uncertain world of difficult emotions. It is so very important to be able to communicate freely and as a result I place particular emphasis on creating a strong therapeutic relationship in my private practice. Colleagues have described me as genuine, patient, and insightful. I use many different approaches including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, expressive art therapy, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and existential psychotherapy."
Gerald B. Chambers, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
San Francisco, California 94111
"Relationships are as important to us as food and water. They can strengthen us, like a vitamin, or weaken us, like the flu. You are only as good in relationships as the relationships you have been in. As your therapist I can assist you in many ways. I can help you learn more about yourself, increase both self-compassion and compassion for others, and heal past trauma. Together, we can explore how to feel more connected to yourself, your values, and people you care about."
Existential
(510) 606-9367
Verified
San Francisco, California 94111
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Existential
"Relationships are as important to us as food and water. They can strengthen us, like a vitamin, or weaken us, like the flu. You are only as good in relationships as the relationships you have been in. As your therapist I can assist you in many ways. I can help you learn more about yourself, increase both self-compassion and compassion for others, and heal past trauma. Together, we can explore how to feel more connected to yourself, your values, and people you care about."
Cheryl Deaner, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
San Francisco, California 94114
"Is an important relationship causing you pain? Do you want to make changes, but aren't sure how to begin? Call me. From our first session, I will listen carefully to you, ask timely questions and support you to find the tools you need and the motivation to use them. You don't have to do it all alone! Call me to day to see if we might work well together. Just the act of picking up the phone or sending an email can change the way you feel."
Existential
(415) 985-7197
Verified
San Francisco, California 94114
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Existential
"Is an important relationship causing you pain? Do you want to make changes, but aren't sure how to begin? Call me. From our first session, I will listen carefully to you, ask timely questions and support you to find the tools you need and the motivation to use them. You don't have to do it all alone! Call me to day to see if we might work well together. Just the act of picking up the phone or sending an email can change the way you feel."
Nick Wightman, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
Office is near:
San Francisco, California 94102
"Choosing to start therapy is a sign of strength, not weakness. I believe all people have a natural inclination toward growth and wholeness and sometimes things get in the way. Exploring these obstacles with compassion and courage can help you cultivate the most important relationship of your life -- your relationship with yourself. Whether your challenge is depression, anxiety, grief and loss, relationships, addictions or career challenges, all you need to get started is the desire to change."
Existential
(510) 403-8480
Verified
Office is near:
San Francisco, California 94102
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Existential
"Choosing to start therapy is a sign of strength, not weakness. I believe all people have a natural inclination toward growth and wholeness and sometimes things get in the way. Exploring these obstacles with compassion and courage can help you cultivate the most important relationship of your life -- your relationship with yourself. Whether your challenge is depression, anxiety, grief and loss, relationships, addictions or career challenges, all you need to get started is the desire to change."
Kenneth F Edwards, Counselor
Counselor, LPCC, LCPC
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
San Francisco, California 94104
"I typically work best with clients that have a high degree of self-agency and are in a career building or sustaining phase of life. I enjoy working with clients that enjoy a challenge from their therapist to grow and improve from visit to visit."
Existential
(415) 496-4658
Verified
San Francisco, California 94104
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Existential
"I typically work best with clients that have a high degree of self-agency and are in a career building or sustaining phase of life. I enjoy working with clients that enjoy a challenge from their therapist to grow and improve from visit to visit."
Dr. Meg Earls, Psychotherapy, Psychologist
Psychologist, MA, PsyD
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
San Francisco, California 94102
"Therapeutic relationships can truly be life changing and transformational. The issues that are leading you to think about therapy can be worked on, leading to increased satisfaction and joy with yourself, improved relationships with others, and enhanced functioning in pursuit of the life you want. I work collaboratively with you to help you develop more flexible responses to resolve conflict. Listening to your unique story with deep curiosity is crucial to our work, but I'm also pro-active and engaged in sharing my thoughts and observations. Kindness and compassion are vital, but so too are active help and feedback."
Existential
(415) 423-2445
Verified
San Francisco, California 94102
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Existential
"Therapeutic relationships can truly be life changing and transformational. The issues that are leading you to think about therapy can be worked on, leading to increased satisfaction and joy with yourself, improved relationships with others, and enhanced functioning in pursuit of the life you want. I work collaboratively with you to help you develop more flexible responses to resolve conflict. Listening to your unique story with deep curiosity is crucial to our work, but I'm also pro-active and engaged in sharing my thoughts and observations. Kindness and compassion are vital, but so too are active help and feedback."
Olivia Provan, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
San Francisco, California 94102
"My clients are motivated to transform their lives by making changes in their minds, bodies, and relationships. Most often I work with young professionals who "have it all together" but are still struggling with issues from their past, lingering feelings of anxiety or depression, or a nagging sense of self-doubt. When couples seek therapy together, they often find themselves stuck in cycles and patterns that leave them feeling frustrated, unheard, or that undermine the deeper connection that they once shared. All struggle with feeling that they are not living life to the fullest and want to feel healthier and happier. "
Existential
(415) 870-4181
Verified
San Francisco, California 94102
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Existential
"My clients are motivated to transform their lives by making changes in their minds, bodies, and relationships. Most often I work with young professionals who "have it all together" but are still struggling with issues from their past, lingering feelings of anxiety or depression, or a nagging sense of self-doubt. When couples seek therapy together, they often find themselves stuck in cycles and patterns that leave them feeling frustrated, unheard, or that undermine the deeper connection that they once shared. All struggle with feeling that they are not living life to the fullest and want to feel healthier and happier. "
Felicia Keller Boyle, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
San Francisco, California 94114
"Addiction and codependency are physical experiences. When it’s really intense, time speeds up and you panic. It’s easy to act out and do something that you know, on some level, isn’t for you best. You may be ready to make some changes but it’s hard to sit with yourself so you look for something on the outside to “fix” it. Here’s the thing, this is actually a pretty normal, human response. But it’s not working. Time for a change."
Existential
(415) 349-3529
Verified
San Francisco, California 94114
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Existential
"Addiction and codependency are physical experiences. When it’s really intense, time speeds up and you panic. It’s easy to act out and do something that you know, on some level, isn’t for you best. You may be ready to make some changes but it’s hard to sit with yourself so you look for something on the outside to “fix” it. Here’s the thing, this is actually a pretty normal, human response. But it’s not working. Time for a change."
Jill Pixley, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
San Francisco, California 94115
"Raise your hand if any of this sounds familiar: quarter or midlife challenges have you wondering if you've lost yourself somewhere in the shuffle...the pull of anxiety, grief or trauma is affecting your ability to engage fully in your life...your relationship has gone from fantastic to lukewarm and you're tired of arguing with your partner. If you are facing challenges like these, I hope you'll contact me. Our work will be collaborative - you with your pickaxe and I with my headlamp - as we chip away at and navigate through those blocks so that you can get back to the important work of fulfilling your life's intention!"
Existential
(415) 682-6012
Verified
San Francisco, California 94115
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Existential
"Raise your hand if any of this sounds familiar: quarter or midlife challenges have you wondering if you've lost yourself somewhere in the shuffle...the pull of anxiety, grief or trauma is affecting your ability to engage fully in your life...your relationship has gone from fantastic to lukewarm and you're tired of arguing with your partner. If you are facing challenges like these, I hope you'll contact me. Our work will be collaborative - you with your pickaxe and I with my headlamp - as we chip away at and navigate through those blocks so that you can get back to the important work of fulfilling your life's intention!"

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Existential Therapists
((https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapy-types/existential-therapy((Existential therapy)) is based on the philosophical belief that human beings are alone in the world, and that this aloneness can only be overcome by creating one's own meaning, and exercising one's freedom to choose. The existential therapist encourages clients to face life's anxieties head on and to start making their own decisions.

If you're looking for Existential therapy in San Francisco or for a San Francisco Existential therapist these professionals provide existential therapy, existential psychotherapy, existential group therapy and existential family therapy. They include Existential therapists, Existential psychologists, Existential psychotherapists and Existential counselors.

How can I tell if a therapist is right for me?
Therapists in San Francisco are able to work with a wide range of issues.

For example, if you're seeking a marriage counselor in San Francisco you'll find that most therapists are trained in marriage counseling or couples counseling in San Francisco and couples therapy. And they welcome families for family counseling in San Francisco or family therapy in San Francisco.