Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified by Psychology Today
San Francisco, California 94110
"The most significant predictor of a successful therapy experience is the quality of the relationship between therapist and client. Building a safe, nurturing relationship is where I excel. My style is warm and highly interactive, best suited for clients who prefer a therapist who feels very human, less like the old "medical model." I assist clients to explore their thought patterns and corresponding emotional reactions, and to identify unconscious assumptions they hold about themselves, which inform their behavioral patterns. I also provide practical tools for regulating anxiety, managing depression, and processing grief & loss."
Female
(415) 801-0624
Verified
San Francisco, California 94110
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Female
"The most significant predictor of a successful therapy experience is the quality of the relationship between therapist and client. Building a safe, nurturing relationship is where I excel. My style is warm and highly interactive, best suited for clients who prefer a therapist who feels very human, less like the old "medical model." I assist clients to explore their thought patterns and corresponding emotional reactions, and to identify unconscious assumptions they hold about themselves, which inform their behavioral patterns. I also provide practical tools for regulating anxiety, managing depression, and processing grief & loss."
Elisabeth Becker: Grief Counselor,
San Francisco, California 94114
"Grief Counseling is a healing space for individuals, couples, and communities to receive support to grieve. It's a sacred time to practice gently welcoming your grief and bringing a compassionate curiosity to what you are feeling in the present moment. This type of support guides you to turn towards your experience with love and provides an opportunity to come out on the other side stronger and more resilient. You will also receive new tools and resources to continue your healing moving forward."
Female
San Francisco, California 94114
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Female
"Grief Counseling is a healing space for individuals, couples, and communities to receive support to grieve. It's a sacred time to practice gently welcoming your grief and bringing a compassionate curiosity to what you are feeling in the present moment. This type of support guides you to turn towards your experience with love and provides an opportunity to come out on the other side stronger and more resilient. You will also receive new tools and resources to continue your healing moving forward."
Nicolette Sweeney Willard, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
San Francisco, California 94109
"Are you here because you're having a "dark night of the soul" and feeling hopeless? Or do you want to change a relationship pattern that keeps repeating no matter how much you try? Perhaps you want to transform your low self-esteem and FINALLY believe in yourself...You know that something has to change, but what and how? You have most likely thought yourself in circles around the problem, but you cannot think your way out of this one. Does all that thinking send you spiraling out and anxious, your inner-critic having a field day?"
Female
(415) 682-6149
Verified
San Francisco, California 94109
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Female
"Are you here because you're having a "dark night of the soul" and feeling hopeless? Or do you want to change a relationship pattern that keeps repeating no matter how much you try? Perhaps you want to transform your low self-esteem and FINALLY believe in yourself...You know that something has to change, but what and how? You have most likely thought yourself in circles around the problem, but you cannot think your way out of this one. Does all that thinking send you spiraling out and anxious, your inner-critic having a field day?"
Jacqueline Lumer, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
San Francisco, California 94104
"We all face challenges in our lives that can benefit from the guidance of therapy. These times can be an opportunity to expand our thinking and heal our past. I welcome you to begin a better way to connect with yourself and interact in the world."
Female
(415) 508-5018
Verified
San Francisco, California 94104
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Female
"We all face challenges in our lives that can benefit from the guidance of therapy. These times can be an opportunity to expand our thinking and heal our past. I welcome you to begin a better way to connect with yourself and interact in the world."
Penn Barbosa, Psychologist
Psychologist, PhD
Verified by Psychology Today
San Francisco, California 94123
"The goal of therapy is for you be happy in your love and work. At the heart of it, therapy is about increasing your capacity to alleviate your suffering; feel more connected with yourself and others; expand and enrich yourself; recognize what you want; and recognize the internal and external forces that keep you from getting what you want. These are powerful antidotes to anxiety and depression."
Female
(415) 992-6047
Verified
San Francisco, California 94123
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Female
"The goal of therapy is for you be happy in your love and work. At the heart of it, therapy is about increasing your capacity to alleviate your suffering; feel more connected with yourself and others; expand and enrich yourself; recognize what you want; and recognize the internal and external forces that keep you from getting what you want. These are powerful antidotes to anxiety and depression."
Mia Maturen, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified by Psychology Today
San Francisco, California 94102
"My style is warm, collaborative, playful, direct, and flexible. Psychotherapy is one of the few places where individuals are free to explore and express themselves in a deeply personal way. People come to therapy for different reasons and with different goals in mind. I am committed to offering a space that is innovative and values uniqueness, developing a way of working with you that accounts for your complexity and individual preferences. I encourage open dialogue and feedback regarding what you find helpful."
Female
(415) 494-8250
Verified
San Francisco, California 94102
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Female
"My style is warm, collaborative, playful, direct, and flexible. Psychotherapy is one of the few places where individuals are free to explore and express themselves in a deeply personal way. People come to therapy for different reasons and with different goals in mind. I am committed to offering a space that is innovative and values uniqueness, developing a way of working with you that accounts for your complexity and individual preferences. I encourage open dialogue and feedback regarding what you find helpful."
Lucia Tanassi, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PhD
Verified by Psychology Today
San Francisco, California 94128
"I am a licensed clinical social worker, and a medical anthropologist. I help clients facing challenging life transitions, anxiety and depression. I also offer coaching and meditation training. I have worked in various healthcare settings including hospitals, transplant, hospice and palliative care and behavioral health. I have experience with individual clients, facilitating grief groups, and providing family counseling to patients and families tackling serious illnesses. ​I am also experienced in supporting healthcare professionals cope with stressful work environments through the use of mindfulness."
Female
(628) 257-7565
Verified
San Francisco, California 94128
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Female
"I am a licensed clinical social worker, and a medical anthropologist. I help clients facing challenging life transitions, anxiety and depression. I also offer coaching and meditation training. I have worked in various healthcare settings including hospitals, transplant, hospice and palliative care and behavioral health. I have experience with individual clients, facilitating grief groups, and providing family counseling to patients and families tackling serious illnesses. ​I am also experienced in supporting healthcare professionals cope with stressful work environments through the use of mindfulness."
Mollie Lyddane, Psychologist
Psychologist, PsyD, MA
Verified by Psychology Today
San Francisco, California 94123
"I practice and integrate a variety of different therapeutic styles designed to best address your own particular needs. Genuineness, empathy, and warmth serve as foundational elements of my way of relating. I place emphasis on facilitating an environment where you can feel safe to investigate life experiences in greater depth, identify and question deeply held beliefs that have been influencing your life, connect to and express emotions and bodily sensations as they arise in the context of our discovery process, and ultimately move towards developing a greater sense of strength, wholeness, and openness within yourself as you move forward."
Female
(281) 771-1049
Verified
San Francisco, California 94123
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Female
"I practice and integrate a variety of different therapeutic styles designed to best address your own particular needs. Genuineness, empathy, and warmth serve as foundational elements of my way of relating. I place emphasis on facilitating an environment where you can feel safe to investigate life experiences in greater depth, identify and question deeply held beliefs that have been influencing your life, connect to and express emotions and bodily sensations as they arise in the context of our discovery process, and ultimately move towards developing a greater sense of strength, wholeness, and openness within yourself as you move forward."
Kindra Bernard, Counselor
Counselor, MA, LCPC, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
San Francisco, California 94109
"Do you worry you're not where you thought you'd be in life? Wondering why others seem so content and together, while you’re quietly thinking you must be doing something wrong? Are there things you'd really like to be doing (personally or professionally), but you keep second-guessing yourself, your abilities or choices? It's easy to measure other people's outside appearances against our inner worlds, but the truth is life can be really hard sometimes...for everyone. I help individuals who are tired of feeling held back by worry or self-doubt, and want to move towards a life of greater meaning and satisfaction (as defined by them). "
Female
(207) 251-5359
Verified
San Francisco, California 94109
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Female
"Do you worry you're not where you thought you'd be in life? Wondering why others seem so content and together, while you’re quietly thinking you must be doing something wrong? Are there things you'd really like to be doing (personally or professionally), but you keep second-guessing yourself, your abilities or choices? It's easy to measure other people's outside appearances against our inner worlds, but the truth is life can be really hard sometimes...for everyone. I help individuals who are tired of feeling held back by worry or self-doubt, and want to move towards a life of greater meaning and satisfaction (as defined by them). "
Juli Fraga, Psychologist
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified by Psychology Today
San Francisco, California 94102
"I work with women navigating the path to motherhood, including pregnancy and the postpartum period. I believe our past relationship experiences offer emotional clues that can illuminate current interpersonal patterns, and I help clients uncover this insight in a way that can lead to long-term change. In a fast-paced culture where spoken conversations are beginning to fade away; psychotherapy remains a place where clients can speak their narratives aloud, using psychotherapy as a healing opportunity to have their stories witnessed."
Female
(415) 690-7976
Verified
San Francisco, California 94102
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Female
"I work with women navigating the path to motherhood, including pregnancy and the postpartum period. I believe our past relationship experiences offer emotional clues that can illuminate current interpersonal patterns, and I help clients uncover this insight in a way that can lead to long-term change. In a fast-paced culture where spoken conversations are beginning to fade away; psychotherapy remains a place where clients can speak their narratives aloud, using psychotherapy as a healing opportunity to have their stories witnessed."
Diana Halfmann, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified by Psychology Today
San Francisco, California 94110
"I offer therapy for children & youth, families, & individuals, as well as shamanic counseling. Are you a parent frustrated with power struggles, know that your child is having a hard time with their peers, going through a challenging separation and see the impact on your child? I create a safe environment for children by empathic listening & using play/art materials to help decrease behavioral issues & increase their ability to express themselves more appropriately. Parent-child relational therapy is a psycho-educational approach that strengthens your relationship with your child for more harmonious interactions and transitions."
Female
(415) 524-7921
Verified
San Francisco, California 94110
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Female
"I offer therapy for children & youth, families, & individuals, as well as shamanic counseling. Are you a parent frustrated with power struggles, know that your child is having a hard time with their peers, going through a challenging separation and see the impact on your child? I create a safe environment for children by empathic listening & using play/art materials to help decrease behavioral issues & increase their ability to express themselves more appropriately. Parent-child relational therapy is a psycho-educational approach that strengthens your relationship with your child for more harmonious interactions and transitions."
Pam Miller, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified by Psychology Today
San Francisco, California 94117
"I work well with individuals going through life transitions, in love, work, identity, grief, parenting, infertility. Psychotherapy is not one size fits all, but a relationship finely tailored to each individual(s). Your needs determine the approach I take. I have over 30 years of experience and a wide variety of approaches to choose from. My main tools are good listening, and a strong belief people can learn from their past and current experiences, if they have the support to face themselves honestly. No one is too old to learn new strategies to make life more fulfilling."
Female
(415) 766-9030
Verified
San Francisco, California 94117
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Female
"I work well with individuals going through life transitions, in love, work, identity, grief, parenting, infertility. Psychotherapy is not one size fits all, but a relationship finely tailored to each individual(s). Your needs determine the approach I take. I have over 30 years of experience and a wide variety of approaches to choose from. My main tools are good listening, and a strong belief people can learn from their past and current experiences, if they have the support to face themselves honestly. No one is too old to learn new strategies to make life more fulfilling."
Gina Vance,
CMHT, CCHT, RBT, CLC
Office is near:
San Francisco, California 94123
"If you've been journeying into self discovery and growth and are ready for a gentle quantum leap into your unique power, beauty and ability to express and collaborate with your multi-dimensional self, consider the potential rewards of learning to quickly and easily journey into your mind and body to explore, encounter and understand ways you can heal the pain of your despair and serve your highest purpose in fulfilling ways. Our work together will honor all aspects of you and all experiences you have endured and survived, as you successfully close completed chapters and author new satisfying successes."
Female
(415) 275-4221
Office is near:
San Francisco, California 94123
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Female
"If you've been journeying into self discovery and growth and are ready for a gentle quantum leap into your unique power, beauty and ability to express and collaborate with your multi-dimensional self, consider the potential rewards of learning to quickly and easily journey into your mind and body to explore, encounter and understand ways you can heal the pain of your despair and serve your highest purpose in fulfilling ways. Our work together will honor all aspects of you and all experiences you have endured and survived, as you successfully close completed chapters and author new satisfying successes."
Svenson Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Associate Clinical Social Worker
Associate Clinical Social Worker, MSW, ACSW
Verified by Psychology Today
San Francisco, California 94115
"If you've always been different or struggle to fit into the mainstream, you might feel very alone. Maybe you have trouble finding ways to fit into a world that isn't always aligned with your strengths, perceptions, and values. You might even feel like something's wrong with you. Being different can make it hard to find a sense of identity and community, so I view it as my job to help you connect with your own strengths and build feelings of community and security, so you can feel more in touch and okay with who you are. And if trauma in your past is a part of the difference, I've been trained to help you gently unpack that too. "
Female
(628) 227-6135
Verified
San Francisco, California 94115
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Female
"If you've always been different or struggle to fit into the mainstream, you might feel very alone. Maybe you have trouble finding ways to fit into a world that isn't always aligned with your strengths, perceptions, and values. You might even feel like something's wrong with you. Being different can make it hard to find a sense of identity and community, so I view it as my job to help you connect with your own strengths and build feelings of community and security, so you can feel more in touch and okay with who you are. And if trauma in your past is a part of the difference, I've been trained to help you gently unpack that too. "
Pamela E Butler, Psychologist
Psychologist, PhD
Verified by Psychology Today
Office is near:
San Francisco, California 94115
"I have worked for the past thirty-five years to help people change the self-defeating habits that interfere with good relationships, health, success and happiness. Since so many of these problems stem from early traumas and neglect in childhood, I help an individual to identify these psychological traps and change them. By learning to speak to yourself in a positive manner and by eliminating old reactions of fear and shame, I help you to live a more creative life. I like a client to form a partnership with me to eliminate negative behaviors and build new ways of being."
Female
(415) 403-2048
Verified
Office is near:
San Francisco, California 94115
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Female
"I have worked for the past thirty-five years to help people change the self-defeating habits that interfere with good relationships, health, success and happiness. Since so many of these problems stem from early traumas and neglect in childhood, I help an individual to identify these psychological traps and change them. By learning to speak to yourself in a positive manner and by eliminating old reactions of fear and shame, I help you to live a more creative life. I like a client to form a partnership with me to eliminate negative behaviors and build new ways of being."
Jackie Meltz, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PsyD, LCSW
Verified by Psychology Today
Office is near:
San Francisco, California 94102
"I help people to rapidly get to the core issues which keep them stuck in their lives, be it unhappy in their relationships, chronically depressed, angry, anxious, or just suffering. What almost always what creates suffering is the avoidance of painful feelings, either feelings from the past or recent events. When we avoid these painful feelings, we develop symptoms and suffer. The treatment approaches I use are evidence-based, meaning they've been researched, tested, and proven to work. And they lead to accelerated and long-lasting change, normally a fraction of the time it takes with other types of therapy. "
Female
(844) 913-7530
Verified
Office is near:
San Francisco, California 94102
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Female
"I help people to rapidly get to the core issues which keep them stuck in their lives, be it unhappy in their relationships, chronically depressed, angry, anxious, or just suffering. What almost always what creates suffering is the avoidance of painful feelings, either feelings from the past or recent events. When we avoid these painful feelings, we develop symptoms and suffer. The treatment approaches I use are evidence-based, meaning they've been researched, tested, and proven to work. And they lead to accelerated and long-lasting change, normally a fraction of the time it takes with other types of therapy. "
Peggy Feld, Psychologist
Psychologist, PhD
Verified by Psychology Today
San Francisco, California 94102
"Therapy is self-care. Whether you wish to attend to long-standing issues or deal with unexpected life events, you have the opportunity in therapy to learn how to reassert control over your heart, mind and body; to treat yourself with love and respect; and to add meaning and depth to relationships. My style is very open, warm, and flexible. I will collaborate with you to meet your individual needs and provide the space for you to explore your thoughts and feelings."
Female
(415) 800-1599
Verified
San Francisco, California 94102
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Female
"Therapy is self-care. Whether you wish to attend to long-standing issues or deal with unexpected life events, you have the opportunity in therapy to learn how to reassert control over your heart, mind and body; to treat yourself with love and respect; and to add meaning and depth to relationships. My style is very open, warm, and flexible. I will collaborate with you to meet your individual needs and provide the space for you to explore your thoughts and feelings."
Mira Elwell, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified by Psychology Today
Office is near:
San Francisco, California 94131
"I am a LCSW with nearly a decade of social work experience in clinic, school, non-profit and community settings. I specialize in working with adults, adolescents and their families, members of the LGBTQI2S+ communities, and with working artists. I have an understanding and dedication to working within a social justice framework, and strive to maintain a practice that is affirming of all identities, experiences and orientations. I believe that any strong therapeutic relationship is built on collaboration, honesty, and the belief that change is possible."
Female
(510) 298-3311
Verified
Office is near:
San Francisco, California 94131
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Female
"I am a LCSW with nearly a decade of social work experience in clinic, school, non-profit and community settings. I specialize in working with adults, adolescents and their families, members of the LGBTQI2S+ communities, and with working artists. I have an understanding and dedication to working within a social justice framework, and strive to maintain a practice that is affirming of all identities, experiences and orientations. I believe that any strong therapeutic relationship is built on collaboration, honesty, and the belief that change is possible."
Louise Dubberke, Ph.D., Psychologist
Psychologist, PhD
Verified by Psychology Today
San Francisco, California 94118
"I have a warm, welcoming office and a caring, therapeutic presence. With individuals, my specialties include depression and anxiety disorders; problems stemming from recent trauma or childhood physical, sexual and emotional abuse; the treatment of stress resulting from significant life changes; work-related problems; relationship difficulties; and gay and lesbian issues."
Female
(415) 799-3738
Verified
San Francisco, California 94118
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Female
"I have a warm, welcoming office and a caring, therapeutic presence. With individuals, my specialties include depression and anxiety disorders; problems stemming from recent trauma or childhood physical, sexual and emotional abuse; the treatment of stress resulting from significant life changes; work-related problems; relationship difficulties; and gay and lesbian issues."
Gayle Paul, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, MA
Verified by Psychology Today
San Francisco, California 94102
"With my background in business, I'm very successful in working with business professionals. And because of my work with teens, I've been featured in an Oprah Winfrey Network show called "My Mom & Me," as well as several appearances in Teen Vogue. I also specialize in relationships, (see for example my article "He Said, S/He Said" in The Therapist) and have a lot of experience working with clients in this area."
Female
(415) 237-2764
Verified
San Francisco, California 94102
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Female
"With my background in business, I'm very successful in working with business professionals. And because of my work with teens, I've been featured in an Oprah Winfrey Network show called "My Mom & Me," as well as several appearances in Teen Vogue. I also specialize in relationships, (see for example my article "He Said, S/He Said" in The Therapist) and have a lot of experience working with clients in this area."

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This is a listing of female Therapists, or providers who are female or women, rather than Therapists who specialize in helping female clients or women.

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.