Psychologist, PsyD
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
San Francisco, California 94123
"The clinicians in the institute's SF office consist of licensed psychologists and post-doctoral candidate. We specialize in depth psychologies, using a combination of psychodynamic, relational, humanistic, multicultural and, in the case of children, play therapy approaches. We believe that each individual, couple or family brings with them their unique experiences and philosophies and we prefer to collaborate with our clients to provide a therapy experience that is more personal and effective. "
Play Therapy
(415) 594-4876 x1178
Verified
San Francisco, California 94123
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Play Therapy
"The clinicians in the institute's SF office consist of licensed psychologists and post-doctoral candidate. We specialize in depth psychologies, using a combination of psychodynamic, relational, humanistic, multicultural and, in the case of children, play therapy approaches. We believe that each individual, couple or family brings with them their unique experiences and philosophies and we prefer to collaborate with our clients to provide a therapy experience that is more personal and effective. "
Sarah Connelly, Psychologist
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
San Francisco, California 94102
"Just as the words of a poem can open our eyes, minds and hearts in ways language otherwise might not be able to, I believe that psychotherapy is a creative process that utilizes language to access psychic terrain that's often inaccessible in our everyday lives. Accessing and exploring this internal terrain in therapy can be both enlightening and transformative."
Play Therapy
(415) 481-4383
Verified
San Francisco, California 94102
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Play Therapy
"Just as the words of a poem can open our eyes, minds and hearts in ways language otherwise might not be able to, I believe that psychotherapy is a creative process that utilizes language to access psychic terrain that's often inaccessible in our everyday lives. Accessing and exploring this internal terrain in therapy can be both enlightening and transformative."
Maria Lentzou, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
San Francisco, California 94115
"I have two passions; 1) I am dedicated to supporting the emotional wellbeing of our youngsters and for that, I provide Expressive Arts and Play Therapy for your child and/or your inner child. I use a relational, dynamic, deep play therapy approach. I help your child to process the BIG feelings that affect negatively their behavior. My goal is to facilitate their emotional and cognitive development, help them gain better social skills, and support them in challenging transitions. Therapy sessions are weekly, and I collaborate as needed with parents and significant others. "
Play Therapy
(415) 980-4112
Verified
San Francisco, California 94115
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Play Therapy
"I have two passions; 1) I am dedicated to supporting the emotional wellbeing of our youngsters and for that, I provide Expressive Arts and Play Therapy for your child and/or your inner child. I use a relational, dynamic, deep play therapy approach. I help your child to process the BIG feelings that affect negatively their behavior. My goal is to facilitate their emotional and cognitive development, help them gain better social skills, and support them in challenging transitions. Therapy sessions are weekly, and I collaborate as needed with parents and significant others. "
Kate Leffel, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
San Francisco, California 94115
"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."
Play Therapy
(415) 792-0157
Verified
San Francisco, California 94115
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Play Therapy
"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."
DJ Drosman, Psychologist
Psychologist, MA, PhD
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
San Francisco, California 94102
"We live in a culture that tells us the type of person we need to be. Sometimes these messages start at home as children, but often continue as we grow up. It can be hard to clear away what we've been told and internalized from our own true nature and who we are destined to become. Parts of us have been left behind; authentic selves concealed but not forgotten. I help people to find their voice and claim it as their own. Some for the first time and others in a renewed manner, after they have lost their way."
Play Therapy
(415) 858-6446
Verified
San Francisco, California 94102
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Play Therapy
"We live in a culture that tells us the type of person we need to be. Sometimes these messages start at home as children, but often continue as we grow up. It can be hard to clear away what we've been told and internalized from our own true nature and who we are destined to become. Parts of us have been left behind; authentic selves concealed but not forgotten. I help people to find their voice and claim it as their own. Some for the first time and others in a renewed manner, after they have lost their way."
Kathryn Hallinan, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
San Francisco, California 94118
"Therapy is something I truly believe we all can benefit from at some point and time in our lives. It is a place and space where we can unload all that we carry day-to-day, whether it be work and family stressors to past traumas. In learning to be vulnerable, we get the opportunity to explore who we truly are and what we might want or need for ourselves. It is my ultimate goal to provide a safe, warm, and non-judgmental space to allow for this kind of vulnerability and exploration. My work has focused on children and family relationships, attachment, trauma, addiction, immigration, impact of stress, and much more. "
Play Therapy
(628) 363-1337
Verified
San Francisco, California 94118
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Play Therapy
"Therapy is something I truly believe we all can benefit from at some point and time in our lives. It is a place and space where we can unload all that we carry day-to-day, whether it be work and family stressors to past traumas. In learning to be vulnerable, we get the opportunity to explore who we truly are and what we might want or need for ourselves. It is my ultimate goal to provide a safe, warm, and non-judgmental space to allow for this kind of vulnerability and exploration. My work has focused on children and family relationships, attachment, trauma, addiction, immigration, impact of stress, and much more. "
Batya Ross, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
San Francisco, California 94115
"Most of us lug around a suitcase full of our thoughts, feelings, family history and past experiences and have no idea what's in there. Our current responses to and experience of life come from the contents of that suitcase. Together in therapy we gently unpack it. We will see what is working for you, what needs more support and what has served it's purpose but no longer works. I work collaboratively and am curious about all the things that make you who you are. I am particularly interested in working with people who feel misunderstood or unimportant."
Play Therapy
(415) 275-6820
Verified
San Francisco, California 94115
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Play Therapy
"Most of us lug around a suitcase full of our thoughts, feelings, family history and past experiences and have no idea what's in there. Our current responses to and experience of life come from the contents of that suitcase. Together in therapy we gently unpack it. We will see what is working for you, what needs more support and what has served it's purpose but no longer works. I work collaboratively and am curious about all the things that make you who you are. I am particularly interested in working with people who feel misunderstood or unimportant."
Karla Fakhouri, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
San Francisco, California 94115
"As your therapist, I maintain curiosity about your unique perspective, assessing your threshold for growth within your cultural context. I work with you, tailoring the work to your need. I utilize various modalities, including somatic, art and play therapy. I work with you in the present moment, accessing and resolving past traumatic experiences. I work with individuals, couples, families and children."
Play Therapy
(650) 336-5252
Verified
San Francisco, California 94115
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Play Therapy
"As your therapist, I maintain curiosity about your unique perspective, assessing your threshold for growth within your cultural context. I work with you, tailoring the work to your need. I utilize various modalities, including somatic, art and play therapy. I work with you in the present moment, accessing and resolving past traumatic experiences. I work with individuals, couples, families and children."
Karen Marie Forsthoff, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MAMFT, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
San Francisco, California 94117
"I have a private practice in San Francisco, CA. I work with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families utilizing an integrated approach to psychotherapy. I have experience in psychodynamic and family system models of therapy; attachment based family therapy; substance use and stages of change; and treat a wide range of clinical issues, including marital and relational issues; parenting and divorce; family relational problems; trauma; life transitional issues; substance use; depression, anxiety, and mood disorders."
Play Therapy
(628) 257-8065
Verified
San Francisco, California 94117
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Play Therapy
"I have a private practice in San Francisco, CA. I work with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families utilizing an integrated approach to psychotherapy. I have experience in psychodynamic and family system models of therapy; attachment based family therapy; substance use and stages of change; and treat a wide range of clinical issues, including marital and relational issues; parenting and divorce; family relational problems; trauma; life transitional issues; substance use; depression, anxiety, and mood disorders."
Clancy Cavnar, Psychologist
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
San Francisco, California 94109
"I have years of experience working with people of all ages experiencing depression, anxiety, low self esteem, addictions and other clinical issues. My style is to create a safe space for clients to explore feelings, address emotional pain, and try out new conceptions of themselves. I facilitate insight and encourage self awareness, recognizing that, while all healing comes from within, patterns are often noticed first from the outside. I am also able to provide support for people who have had experiences with expanded states and wish to process them."
Play Therapy
(415) 801-3689
Verified
San Francisco, California 94109
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Play Therapy
"I have years of experience working with people of all ages experiencing depression, anxiety, low self esteem, addictions and other clinical issues. My style is to create a safe space for clients to explore feelings, address emotional pain, and try out new conceptions of themselves. I facilitate insight and encourage self awareness, recognizing that, while all healing comes from within, patterns are often noticed first from the outside. I am also able to provide support for people who have had experiences with expanded states and wish to process them."
John Connors McConville, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MDiv, MA, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
San Francisco, California 94117
"I work with people who face challenges that often arise but are not exclusive to the second half of life such as: the trauma of illness & death, caring for aging parents, loss of satisfaction or sense of meaning in relationships and work, loss of a job, and/or loneliness. I also work with folks suffering from love addiction or love avoidance. These challenges can often be baffling and carry symptoms such as depression, fear and anxiety. The rational mind may understand what is going on but somehow the emotional and physical body can't always take solace in rational solutions."
Play Therapy
(415) 801-3943
Verified
San Francisco, California 94117
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Play Therapy
"I work with people who face challenges that often arise but are not exclusive to the second half of life such as: the trauma of illness & death, caring for aging parents, loss of satisfaction or sense of meaning in relationships and work, loss of a job, and/or loneliness. I also work with folks suffering from love addiction or love avoidance. These challenges can often be baffling and carry symptoms such as depression, fear and anxiety. The rational mind may understand what is going on but somehow the emotional and physical body can't always take solace in rational solutions."
Ellen Salwen, Psychologist
Psychologist, PhD, MFA
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
San Francisco, California 94115
"I imagine you are looking through this list because you've become stuck in something. Something big or small but it feels bad and you want help getting unstuck. It might be something new and unfamiliar or something too well known and you're tired of history repeating itself. I believe history does not have to repeat itself. Emotions can shift and patterns of behavior can change. It's not simple, easy or fast. There is comfort in the familiar and it takes bravery to change. But in the right environment, with the right help, change is possible."
Play Therapy
(415) 689-1062
Verified
San Francisco, California 94115
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Play Therapy
"I imagine you are looking through this list because you've become stuck in something. Something big or small but it feels bad and you want help getting unstuck. It might be something new and unfamiliar or something too well known and you're tired of history repeating itself. I believe history does not have to repeat itself. Emotions can shift and patterns of behavior can change. It's not simple, easy or fast. There is comfort in the familiar and it takes bravery to change. But in the right environment, with the right help, change is possible."
Kym E Sites, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
San Francisco, California 94115
"I have over 25 years of providing individual therapy to adults, children and adolescents. I also work with couples. My clinical experience and training will be the guide in working collaboratively with you to make sense of how you might be avoiding feelings with counterproductive activities or are overwhelmed by emotions and thoughts that prevent you from living a more satisfying life. My specialty areas include: issues related to separation and divorce, child therapy and interventions for early childhood issues. I am interested in understanding the impact of intergenerational trauma. I have experience working with symptoms from trauma."
Play Therapy
(415) 263-9113
Verified
San Francisco, California 94115
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Play Therapy
"I have over 25 years of providing individual therapy to adults, children and adolescents. I also work with couples. My clinical experience and training will be the guide in working collaboratively with you to make sense of how you might be avoiding feelings with counterproductive activities or are overwhelmed by emotions and thoughts that prevent you from living a more satisfying life. My specialty areas include: issues related to separation and divorce, child therapy and interventions for early childhood issues. I am interested in understanding the impact of intergenerational trauma. I have experience working with symptoms from trauma."
Dr. Denise Renye, Psychologist
Psychologist, MEd, MA, PsyD
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
San Francisco, California 94118
"Welcome! I am a certified sexologist, licensed psychologist, certified yoga therapist, and certified psychedelic integrationist invested in creating a safe space to explore your life, relationships, intimacy (with yourself and others), sensuality and sexuality in depth. Working together, we will build upon your strengths and expand your life's potential by tapping into your undiscovered aspects, creativity and intuition. My approach is direct, open and collaborative. We will work together so that your time and resources are respected."
Play Therapy
(628) 600-1755
Verified
San Francisco, California 94118
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Play Therapy
"Welcome! I am a certified sexologist, licensed psychologist, certified yoga therapist, and certified psychedelic integrationist invested in creating a safe space to explore your life, relationships, intimacy (with yourself and others), sensuality and sexuality in depth. Working together, we will build upon your strengths and expand your life's potential by tapping into your undiscovered aspects, creativity and intuition. My approach is direct, open and collaborative. We will work together so that your time and resources are respected."
Psychologist, PhD
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
San Francisco, California 94108
"I engage with each person as an individual that requires a unique set of skills specifically altered to address your personal sources of distress. I offer a safe, non-judgmental, compassionate and supportive environment so that you can create the change you are seeking. There are times in our lives when we struggle with the most valuable relationships in our lives. It helps to be able to reflect together, problem-solve toward solutions and ways of coping with someone who can remain objective and supportive. I believe a strong therapeutic relationship is important in order to grow in therapy."
Play Therapy
(925) 291-4397
Verified
San Francisco, California 94108
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Play Therapy
"I engage with each person as an individual that requires a unique set of skills specifically altered to address your personal sources of distress. I offer a safe, non-judgmental, compassionate and supportive environment so that you can create the change you are seeking. There are times in our lives when we struggle with the most valuable relationships in our lives. It helps to be able to reflect together, problem-solve toward solutions and ways of coping with someone who can remain objective and supportive. I believe a strong therapeutic relationship is important in order to grow in therapy."
Jennifer Nasser, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
San Francisco, California 94102
"I specialize in working with adults, children and teens experiencing a wide range of difficulties from severe trauma to daily struggles including depression and anxiety. I work collaboratively and most importantly at your pace- reviewing emotions, thoughts, life experiences, and beliefs - gaining insight into your present-day challenges and evaluating the patterns and coping styles you have developed over time. Through this process, my goal is to support you in making lasting changes in your life. "
Play Therapy
(415) 338-9366
Verified
San Francisco, California 94102
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Play Therapy
"I specialize in working with adults, children and teens experiencing a wide range of difficulties from severe trauma to daily struggles including depression and anxiety. I work collaboratively and most importantly at your pace- reviewing emotions, thoughts, life experiences, and beliefs - gaining insight into your present-day challenges and evaluating the patterns and coping styles you have developed over time. Through this process, my goal is to support you in making lasting changes in your life. "
Victoria Julita Spiers, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
San Francisco, California 94110
"I am a curious, open-minded, and non-blaming holistic Gestalt who will meet you exactly where you are because I recognize that you are the expert of your own experience. As an empathic witness, advocate, and guide, I will help you increase your self-awareness, self-support, self-acceptance, and sense of agency through mindful observation, personal exploration, and collaborative experimentation. Essentially, I will help you re-examine your life and re-experience yourself and others, in different as well as new meaningful and healing ways. My approach is mindful, intuitive, and tenderhearted."
Play Therapy
(628) 888-6233
Verified
San Francisco, California 94110
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Play Therapy
"I am a curious, open-minded, and non-blaming holistic Gestalt who will meet you exactly where you are because I recognize that you are the expert of your own experience. As an empathic witness, advocate, and guide, I will help you increase your self-awareness, self-support, self-acceptance, and sense of agency through mindful observation, personal exploration, and collaborative experimentation. Essentially, I will help you re-examine your life and re-experience yourself and others, in different as well as new meaningful and healing ways. My approach is mindful, intuitive, and tenderhearted."
Kari Floberg, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
San Francisco, California 94123
"Therapy can help you locate your internal compass in order to navigate the challenges that life brings. If you are seeking therapy, perhaps some area of your life is out of balance. You may feel conflicted, that you are not finding the connection you want in relationships or not living up to your fullest potential. I can help you make sense of these feelings, cultivate your innate gifts and respectfully let go of old habits so you can live more freely."
Play Therapy
(415) 991-6329
Verified
San Francisco, California 94123
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Play Therapy
"Therapy can help you locate your internal compass in order to navigate the challenges that life brings. If you are seeking therapy, perhaps some area of your life is out of balance. You may feel conflicted, that you are not finding the connection you want in relationships or not living up to your fullest potential. I can help you make sense of these feelings, cultivate your innate gifts and respectfully let go of old habits so you can live more freely."
Giancarlo Scherillo, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
San Francisco, California 94104
"As a mindfulness and somatic based therapist, my approach is to provide a safe and supportive environment for your therapy process. I have an approach to therapy that includes both self-discovery with educational resources. I believe in supporting the internal process of the client unfolding it at their own pace. We can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in your current life. By applying mindfulness techniques with somatic therapy approaches and techniques, we will examine long-standing behavior patterns or negative beliefs that may be holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life."
Play Therapy
(415) 723-4322
Verified
San Francisco, California 94104
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Play Therapy
"As a mindfulness and somatic based therapist, my approach is to provide a safe and supportive environment for your therapy process. I have an approach to therapy that includes both self-discovery with educational resources. I believe in supporting the internal process of the client unfolding it at their own pace. We can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in your current life. By applying mindfulness techniques with somatic therapy approaches and techniques, we will examine long-standing behavior patterns or negative beliefs that may be holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life."
Alecia Singer, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
San Francisco, California 94115
"Are you struggling with emotional eating, an eating disorder or body image issues? Is it affecting your self-esteem, relationships and keeping you from moving forward in your life? There are often underlying issues of anxiety, depression, relational patterns or trauma that may be at the root of the obsession with body, food and weight. I will support you in increasing awareness and insights, developing new coping skills that help in tolerating painful feelings and managing stress, and learning to challenge critical and self-defeating beliefs. This creates potential for a deeper connection to oneself and others."
Play Therapy
(415) 660-9464
Verified
San Francisco, California 94115
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Play Therapy
"Are you struggling with emotional eating, an eating disorder or body image issues? Is it affecting your self-esteem, relationships and keeping you from moving forward in your life? There are often underlying issues of anxiety, depression, relational patterns or trauma that may be at the root of the obsession with body, food and weight. I will support you in increasing awareness and insights, developing new coping skills that help in tolerating painful feelings and managing stress, and learning to challenge critical and self-defeating beliefs. This creates potential for a deeper connection to oneself and others."

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Play Therapy
Generally for children ages 3 to 11, play therapy is a form of counseling that relies on play to help therapists communicate with children and understand their mental health. Because children develop cognitive skills before language skills, play is an effective way to understand a child. The therapist may observe a child playing with toys--such as playhouses and dolls--to understand the child's behavior and identify issues.

If you're looking for play therapy in San Francisco or for a San Francisco play therapist, these professionals provide play therapy, play therapy children, child play therapy, play therapy for children, sandplay therapy, family play therapy and group play therapy. They include play therapists, play psychologists, play psychotherapists and play 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.