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"I specialize in working with you or you and your significant other in times of change: wanted or unwanted; stuck or struck; milestones or the weight of the world; career shifts or dead-end jobs; becoming parents or finding out you're a parent; un-coupling or committing; wits-end or letting go or starting again... By looking at your relationship to yourself and others through your habits, patterns, survival skills, and super powers, we find their purpose. Next we acknowledge and honor them, add compassion and respect which builds your self esteem. Then we invite unhelpful habits to leave, and stay with whatever happens."
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"I specialize in working with you or you and your significant other in times of change: wanted or unwanted; stuck or struck; milestones or the weight of the world; career shifts or dead-end jobs; becoming parents or finding out you're a parent; un-coupling or committing; wits-end or letting go or starting again... By looking at your relationship to yourself and others through your habits, patterns, survival skills, and super powers, we find their purpose. Next we acknowledge and honor them, add compassion and respect which builds your self esteem. Then we invite unhelpful habits to leave, and stay with whatever happens."
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"So, you are browsing for someone to help you. There are many here who can, myself included. Effective therapy is first and foremost about good fit. Can we collaborate on a solution for you? Do I care enough to hear what you are saying and feel what you are not ready to say? Am I patient enough to give you time to share in your own time and in your own way? Am I willing to be directive when you most need it, even though you may not want that? In a word, "Yes.""
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"So, you are browsing for someone to help you. There are many here who can, myself included. Effective therapy is first and foremost about good fit. Can we collaborate on a solution for you? Do I care enough to hear what you are saying and feel what you are not ready to say? Am I patient enough to give you time to share in your own time and in your own way? Am I willing to be directive when you most need it, even though you may not want that? In a word, "Yes.""
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"I am currently welcoming individuals, families, adolescents, parents & children to my private practice. My specialties include anxiety, depression, mood disorders, substance use/misuse, life transitions, new parenting, 'empty nesters,' middle generations, retired folks, & seniors. I can help with the following: +Managing and coordinating an elder's complicated care. +Helping adolescents and transitional age youth (18-25 y/o) thrive by addressing low-self-esteem and other behavioral challenges. +Addressing the unique needs of expecting and new parents. +Finding life's passion & motivation once again. +Supporting individuals and families through issues around substance use/abuse/addiction and co-occurring disorders."
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"I am currently welcoming individuals, families, adolescents, parents & children to my private practice. My specialties include anxiety, depression, mood disorders, substance use/misuse, life transitions, new parenting, 'empty nesters,' middle generations, retired folks, & seniors. I can help with the following: +Managing and coordinating an elder's complicated care. +Helping adolescents and transitional age youth (18-25 y/o) thrive by addressing low-self-esteem and other behavioral challenges. +Addressing the unique needs of expecting and new parents. +Finding life's passion & motivation once again. +Supporting individuals and families through issues around substance use/abuse/addiction and co-occurring disorders."
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San Francisco, California 94108
"Helping You Become Your Best Self: none of us wants to struggle but even with our best intentions & efforts we can find ourselves stuck, confused & in a position of self-doubt. We are vulnerable to blaming ourselves when things go wrong & we often feel pressure from all different directions. I will help you navigate life's challenges with compassion, non-judgement & humor. We will work on building up inherent strengths (yes you have them), coping strategies & making space for more adaptive ways of relating to the world. I provide direct & honest feedback within a supportive & relational framework."
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"Helping You Become Your Best Self: none of us wants to struggle but even with our best intentions & efforts we can find ourselves stuck, confused & in a position of self-doubt. We are vulnerable to blaming ourselves when things go wrong & we often feel pressure from all different directions. I will help you navigate life's challenges with compassion, non-judgement & humor. We will work on building up inherent strengths (yes you have them), coping strategies & making space for more adaptive ways of relating to the world. I provide direct & honest feedback within a supportive & relational framework."
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"If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship issues stemming from Covid-19 and the Stay at Home order, I offer straightforward support and coping skills. It starts by developing an understanding of your situation and history. With that shared perspective, we'll work together to find the best way to resolve your current challenges. Currently, I see clients exclusively by phone or video."
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(415) 488-8372
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"If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship issues stemming from Covid-19 and the Stay at Home order, I offer straightforward support and coping skills. It starts by developing an understanding of your situation and history. With that shared perspective, we'll work together to find the best way to resolve your current challenges. Currently, I see clients exclusively by phone or video."
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"I work with individuals and families across the lifespan (pregnancy to adulthood). I integrate evidence-based practices (including Cognitive-Behavioral, Family-Systems, Interpersonal, Psychodynamic, & Infant-Parent therapies) with a person-centered and trauma-informed lens. In particular, I tend to work with daily stressors, parenting, anxiety, trauma, depression, relationship & family issues, & life transitions (career change, marriage, pregnancy, parenthood)."
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"I work with individuals and families across the lifespan (pregnancy to adulthood). I integrate evidence-based practices (including Cognitive-Behavioral, Family-Systems, Interpersonal, Psychodynamic, & Infant-Parent therapies) with a person-centered and trauma-informed lens. In particular, I tend to work with daily stressors, parenting, anxiety, trauma, depression, relationship & family issues, & life transitions (career change, marriage, pregnancy, parenthood)."
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"You're using drugs/alcohol too much, and you can't stop. You are lost, miserable and scared, and you want to be found. I offer a compassionate, supportive and direct approach to help you meet your needs and achieve your goals. You're ready to explore your underlying, and probably ancient, beliefs that you hold about yourself and that fuel chronic negative thoughts and behaviors. We will work together to rediscover your authentic self, that person who was somehow left behind and is waiting for you to come back. I provide an eclectic approach. You receive a personal assessment, then focused treatment that best fits you. "
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"You're using drugs/alcohol too much, and you can't stop. You are lost, miserable and scared, and you want to be found. I offer a compassionate, supportive and direct approach to help you meet your needs and achieve your goals. You're ready to explore your underlying, and probably ancient, beliefs that you hold about yourself and that fuel chronic negative thoughts and behaviors. We will work together to rediscover your authentic self, that person who was somehow left behind and is waiting for you to come back. I provide an eclectic approach. You receive a personal assessment, then focused treatment that best fits you. "
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"Hello! I'm Tara, and my job is to empower people to become the best version of themselves. I provide therapy and life coaching services and am particularly passionate about working with the specific challenges faced by young adults living in Bay Area. My clients will tell you that I'm accepting, interactive and humorous. I believe deeply in the power of positivity and personal connection. My specialty areas include: life transitions, navigating your 20's/30's (quarter-life crises), self-esteem, body image, disordered eating, anxiety , stress management, dating and relationships, healthy communication, and entrepreneurial stress. "
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"Hello! I'm Tara, and my job is to empower people to become the best version of themselves. I provide therapy and life coaching services and am particularly passionate about working with the specific challenges faced by young adults living in Bay Area. My clients will tell you that I'm accepting, interactive and humorous. I believe deeply in the power of positivity and personal connection. My specialty areas include: life transitions, navigating your 20's/30's (quarter-life crises), self-esteem, body image, disordered eating, anxiety , stress management, dating and relationships, healthy communication, and entrepreneurial stress. "
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"Being a woman and all of the roles that entails is difficult. Add to that a high achieving personality and things can get out of hand. While there is nothing wrong with being driven, the anxiety and stress that come with perfectionism, caring what others think, and fending off your own criticisms can take up all of the space in your head. Before you know it, you realize that you're not living life you're surviving it. You want deeper connections, but being vulnerable is something you struggle with. The goals you have for yourself are no longer motivators, they've become an endless stream of to-dos. You're absent from your own life."
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Motivational Interviewing
"Being a woman and all of the roles that entails is difficult. Add to that a high achieving personality and things can get out of hand. While there is nothing wrong with being driven, the anxiety and stress that come with perfectionism, caring what others think, and fending off your own criticisms can take up all of the space in your head. Before you know it, you realize that you're not living life you're surviving it. You want deeper connections, but being vulnerable is something you struggle with. The goals you have for yourself are no longer motivators, they've become an endless stream of to-dos. You're absent from your own life."
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"My clients have said they appreciate my warm, intuitive, and direct style as a therapist and sounding board.. I work collaboratively with clients using humor and deep compassion for the human spirit. Because we are all different, I tailor my sessions to best suit your needs and personality. My therapeutic approach is based in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which has been shown to help gain control of anxiety, stress, and depression. I also draw on mindfulness techniques, which provide alternative ways to relate to your emotions, thereby helping you to understand and cope with your emotions better. "
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"My clients have said they appreciate my warm, intuitive, and direct style as a therapist and sounding board.. I work collaboratively with clients using humor and deep compassion for the human spirit. Because we are all different, I tailor my sessions to best suit your needs and personality. My therapeutic approach is based in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which has been shown to help gain control of anxiety, stress, and depression. I also draw on mindfulness techniques, which provide alternative ways to relate to your emotions, thereby helping you to understand and cope with your emotions better. "
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San Francisco, California 94109
"I understand how important it is for my clients to feel supported and be able to address their immediate concerns as quickly and as effectively as possible. I view therapy as a collaborative process where I work with my clients to acquire the appropriate coping skills for their present difficulties while gaining the understanding and insight needed to handle future challenges. By working together, I will help you to build on your strengths and expand your skills to not only cope with the obstacles in life, but to optimize your well-being and to reach for your full potential."
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"I understand how important it is for my clients to feel supported and be able to address their immediate concerns as quickly and as effectively as possible. I view therapy as a collaborative process where I work with my clients to acquire the appropriate coping skills for their present difficulties while gaining the understanding and insight needed to handle future challenges. By working together, I will help you to build on your strengths and expand your skills to not only cope with the obstacles in life, but to optimize your well-being and to reach for your full potential."
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"People, life, and work are complex. It can be hard to find your way and define who you are. As a therapist, my goal is to foster a space for you to explore what you want for yourself and your life through introspection, healing, and acceptance of self. I offer an interactive style of therapy that emphasizes personal insight and self-compassion in order to identify harmful thought patterns and behaviors. Together, we will find an approach that helps you achieve your goals, whether you’re looking to heal from past experiences or cope with present challenges."
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(628) 241-7672
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"People, life, and work are complex. It can be hard to find your way and define who you are. As a therapist, my goal is to foster a space for you to explore what you want for yourself and your life through introspection, healing, and acceptance of self. I offer an interactive style of therapy that emphasizes personal insight and self-compassion in order to identify harmful thought patterns and behaviors. Together, we will find an approach that helps you achieve your goals, whether you’re looking to heal from past experiences or cope with present challenges."
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"Welcome to my practice! Have you been feeling like anxiety, low mood and motivation have been getting you stuck and preventing you from living the life you want to? Anxiety is a normal and important feeling that we developed to protect us from harm. If you are experiencing overwhelming levels of anxiety though, it can prevent you from doing things you care about, disrupt your social life and cause intense distress. Similarly, if you suffer from very low mood and motivation, it might seem impossible to engage in activities you previously cared about. "
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(415) 689-7711
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"Welcome to my practice! Have you been feeling like anxiety, low mood and motivation have been getting you stuck and preventing you from living the life you want to? Anxiety is a normal and important feeling that we developed to protect us from harm. If you are experiencing overwhelming levels of anxiety though, it can prevent you from doing things you care about, disrupt your social life and cause intense distress. Similarly, if you suffer from very low mood and motivation, it might seem impossible to engage in activities you previously cared about. "
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"IMMEDIATE OPENINGS FOR TELETHERAPY. I have worked in a variety of setting and focus on 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 with my clients. 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."
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(628) 209-0864
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Motivational Interviewing
"IMMEDIATE OPENINGS FOR TELETHERAPY. I have worked in a variety of setting and focus on 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 with my clients. 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."
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Downtown
San Francisco, California 94102
"Couples, Individuals, and Workplace Relationships and Behaviors. My work with solution-focused theories uses evidenced-based tools to create healthy empowering habits. These tools become the client's successful daily practices. Clients then develop a Gestalt Life experience. Increasing confidence, strategy, and communication skills are important to settling other issues. My clients are dealing with their anxiety, ambivalence, inertia, and/or conflict with others in family, couple, individual, and professional relationships. "
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(707) 205-4638
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Motivational Interviewing
"Couples, Individuals, and Workplace Relationships and Behaviors. My work with solution-focused theories uses evidenced-based tools to create healthy empowering habits. These tools become the client's successful daily practices. Clients then develop a Gestalt Life experience. Increasing confidence, strategy, and communication skills are important to settling other issues. My clients are dealing with their anxiety, ambivalence, inertia, and/or conflict with others in family, couple, individual, and professional relationships. "
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"As a solution-oriented depth therapist, I intend to promote your capacity to reveal your true potential and embrace your life as worthy of celebrating. While we cannot alter problematic or painful events from the past, we can work together to restructure their impact on the present. Through the use of complementary therapy approaches, we will adjust adverse perceptions and behavior patterns that may be binding you from fully living your life. If you are seeking professional direction through rough circumstances or traumatic crises, and if you aim to enhance your emotional well-being, I look forward to working with you to accomplish your objectives."
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(415) 735-4744
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Motivational Interviewing
"As a solution-oriented depth therapist, I intend to promote your capacity to reveal your true potential and embrace your life as worthy of celebrating. While we cannot alter problematic or painful events from the past, we can work together to restructure their impact on the present. Through the use of complementary therapy approaches, we will adjust adverse perceptions and behavior patterns that may be binding you from fully living your life. If you are seeking professional direction through rough circumstances or traumatic crises, and if you aim to enhance your emotional well-being, I look forward to working with you to accomplish your objectives."
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San Francisco, California 94102
"Therapy helps to improve lives in a meaningful way (have better relationships with friends, family members and partners, improve our self-esteem), rather than offering just symptom relief. I work to help you identify issues, problems and patterns, but also implement skills and tools make changes to these patterns. I offer a warm, compassionate, and collaborative environment, and I will work with you to tailor clinical interventions to fit your needs and goals."
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"Therapy helps to improve lives in a meaningful way (have better relationships with friends, family members and partners, improve our self-esteem), rather than offering just symptom relief. I work to help you identify issues, problems and patterns, but also implement skills and tools make changes to these patterns. I offer a warm, compassionate, and collaborative environment, and I will work with you to tailor clinical interventions to fit your needs and goals."
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"Are you new to the Bay Area and feeling isolated or further marginalized than you expected? Or perhaps you are thinking about major changes in your life and seeking ways to take the next step? Making the decision to begin therapy is an important process toward self care and compassion. I can help you in your journey toward personal growth and healing. I create a warm, respectful and safe environment that gently encourages you to speak about issues that you want to focus on."
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(415) 663-5455
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"Are you new to the Bay Area and feeling isolated or further marginalized than you expected? Or perhaps you are thinking about major changes in your life and seeking ways to take the next step? Making the decision to begin therapy is an important process toward self care and compassion. I can help you in your journey toward personal growth and healing. I create a warm, respectful and safe environment that gently encourages you to speak about issues that you want to focus on."
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"Patricia M. Pike is a Certified Intervention Professional & Licensed Addiction Specialist and one of our country's leading interventionists working in the chemical dependency field for over 25 years with dual citizenship in both the USA and Canada. Ms. Pike lives in San Francisco (Bay Area), California and frequently takes on many intervention cases in Canada. She is on the board of The Association of Intervention Specialists and facilitates many intervention trainings internationally. Patricia is passionate to support clients and their families wounded by addiction and its associated mental health disorders. "
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"Patricia M. Pike is a Certified Intervention Professional & Licensed Addiction Specialist and one of our country's leading interventionists working in the chemical dependency field for over 25 years with dual citizenship in both the USA and Canada. Ms. Pike lives in San Francisco (Bay Area), California and frequently takes on many intervention cases in Canada. She is on the board of The Association of Intervention Specialists and facilitates many intervention trainings internationally. Patricia is passionate to support clients and their families wounded by addiction and its associated mental health disorders. "
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"Making the choice to seek support and guidance is very powerful as it means that you are looking to create a shift within yourself, and what you are currently doing is no longer working for you. When we experience life's challenges and transitions, it is so common for us to feel overwhelmed, confused, and very much stuck in the negative cycle of our circumstances. What I aim to do is work collaboratively with you to create forward movement in your life, and ultimately to create multiple opportunities out of challenge."
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(213) 335-2236
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"Making the choice to seek support and guidance is very powerful as it means that you are looking to create a shift within yourself, and what you are currently doing is no longer working for you. When we experience life's challenges and transitions, it is so common for us to feel overwhelmed, confused, and very much stuck in the negative cycle of our circumstances. What I aim to do is work collaboratively with you to create forward movement in your life, and ultimately to create multiple opportunities out of challenge."

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Motivational Interviewing Therapists
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a method of therapy that works to engage the motivation of clients to change their behavior. Clients are encouraged to explore and confront their ambivalence. Therapists attempt to influence their clients to consider making changes, rather than non-directively explore themselves. Downtown, San Francisco Motivational Interviewing is frequently used in cases of problem drinking or mild addictions. Check these therapists for Motivational Interviewing in Downtown, San Francisco.

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

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