John Howell
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MS, LMFT Verified
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
My approach to therapy integrates cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, family systems and somatic psychotherapy.
With masters' degrees in both psychology and nutrition, I offer clients of all ages a more comprehensive view of their concerns, and then work with them to restore a sense of balance and purpose in their lives. Most people I see are dealing with issues related to anxiety, depression, divorce, eating disorders, couples and family conflict, addiction and 12-step work. It's with great sensitivity and respect that I work to ensure that therapy is a safe, compassionate place where clients can let down their guard, process emotional pain and begin to put their lives back together.
(805) 316-7411
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
My approach to therapy integrates cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, family systems and somatic psychotherapy.
With masters' degrees in both psychology and nutrition, I offer clients of all ages a more comprehensive view of their concerns, and then work with them to restore a sense of balance and purpose in their lives. Most people I see are dealing with issues related to anxiety, depression, divorce, eating disorders, couples and family conflict, addiction and 12-step work. It's with great sensitivity and respect that I work to ensure that therapy is a safe, compassionate place where clients can let down their guard, process emotional pain and begin to put their lives back together.
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Larry Galpert
Psychologist, PhD, ABPP Verified
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
I have over 20 years of experience providing individual, couple, and group psychotherapy to adults and older teens. My orientation is eclectic, drawing from psychodynamic, humanistic-existential, gestalt, cognitive-behavioral, and internal family systems models. This means I have a variety of tools and approaches with which to help my clients understand and resolve the issues they face. Among the many issues and concerns I have helped people with are depression, substance abuse, relationship problems, affairs, sexual addiction, anxiety, grief, and personal growth. I am board-certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology (the "ABPP" after my name).
(805) 214-8565
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
I have over 20 years of experience providing individual, couple, and group psychotherapy to adults and older teens. My orientation is eclectic, drawing from psychodynamic, humanistic-existential, gestalt, cognitive-behavioral, and internal family systems models. This means I have a variety of tools and approaches with which to help my clients understand and resolve the issues they face. Among the many issues and concerns I have helped people with are depression, substance abuse, relationship problems, affairs, sexual addiction, anxiety, grief, and personal growth. I am board-certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology (the "ABPP" after my name).
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Silvia Ortiz
Psychologist, PhD Verified
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Offers online therapy
I draw from Psychodynamic, Solution Focus, Cognitive Behavioral and Family Systems.
During my 22 years as a psychologist, I have worked with a wide range of conditions. I particularly focus on Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Substance Abuse, Grief, Domestic Abuse, Obesity, and Self Esteem. I provide services to adolescents, adults, and the elderly either in an individual, couples or a family format. When indicated I collaborate with Doctors and Psychiatrists to ensure effective treatment.
(805) 256-1174
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Offers online therapy
I draw from Psychodynamic, Solution Focus, Cognitive Behavioral and Family Systems.
During my 22 years as a psychologist, I have worked with a wide range of conditions. I particularly focus on Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Substance Abuse, Grief, Domestic Abuse, Obesity, and Self Esteem. I provide services to adolescents, adults, and the elderly either in an individual, couples or a family format. When indicated I collaborate with Doctors and Psychiatrists to ensure effective treatment.
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Trinity Berguia
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT Verified
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Offers online therapy
Rooted in psychodynamic and client-centered principles, Trinity's style of therapy is direct and trauma-informed.
Carrying the weight of the world is getting heavy. You’re doing your best but still feel like you’re falling short. Every step forward feels like two steps back. You don’t want to burn out in what are supposed to be the best years. Parental burnout, school burnout and job burnout are totally common. The early parenthood and early adulthood years are unique stages in life that are full of exciting —yet overwhelming— adjustments. Specializing in perinatal/maternal mental health, college-age issues and couples counseling, Trinity assists clients in finding ways to heal from childhood wounds in order to achieve a satisfying adult life.
(805) 723-3283
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Offers online therapy
Rooted in psychodynamic and client-centered principles, Trinity's style of therapy is direct and trauma-informed.
Carrying the weight of the world is getting heavy. You’re doing your best but still feel like you’re falling short. Every step forward feels like two steps back. You don’t want to burn out in what are supposed to be the best years. Parental burnout, school burnout and job burnout are totally common. The early parenthood and early adulthood years are unique stages in life that are full of exciting —yet overwhelming— adjustments. Specializing in perinatal/maternal mental health, college-age issues and couples counseling, Trinity assists clients in finding ways to heal from childhood wounds in order to achieve a satisfying adult life.
Michelle Matoff
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PsyD, CBC Verified
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Offers online therapy
I am familiar with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, CBT, Jungian Therapy, Psychodynamic, Mindfulness practices and more.
I am a Psy.D, LCSW with +20 years of experience. I have lived and worked in diverse social environments (USA, UK, Brazil and Australia) and specialize in the treatment of anxiety, stress management, chronic pain management, codependency, compulsive overeating, pre-bariatric surgery evaluations and post bariatric surgery support.(1) In addition, my practice focuses on life transitions e.g. adjusting to college life, balancing school, career and relationships, aging, loss of health. I work with you to improve the quality of your life.
(805) 716-6438
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Offers online therapy
I am familiar with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, CBT, Jungian Therapy, Psychodynamic, Mindfulness practices and more.
I am a Psy.D, LCSW with +20 years of experience. I have lived and worked in diverse social environments (USA, UK, Brazil and Australia) and specialize in the treatment of anxiety, stress management, chronic pain management, codependency, compulsive overeating, pre-bariatric surgery evaluations and post bariatric surgery support.(1) In addition, my practice focuses on life transitions e.g. adjusting to college life, balancing school, career and relationships, aging, loss of health. I work with you to improve the quality of your life.
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Karen McGuffey
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT Verified
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
Offers online therapy
I draw from a holistic mind/ body approach utilizing mindfulness (DBT), cognitive behavioral (CBT), Psychodynamic and EMDR therapy.
Are you seeking a safe therapeutic environment where you can resolve issues, deal with internal emotional conflicts, heal and move forward in life. In my practice, I provide my clients with real help and real hope so they can recover and discover the person they were meant to be.
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
Offers online therapy
I draw from a holistic mind/ body approach utilizing mindfulness (DBT), cognitive behavioral (CBT), Psychodynamic and EMDR therapy.
Are you seeking a safe therapeutic environment where you can resolve issues, deal with internal emotional conflicts, heal and move forward in life. In my practice, I provide my clients with real help and real hope so they can recover and discover the person they were meant to be.
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Nicole Vito
Psychologist, PhD Verified
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Offers online therapy
My main methods of treatment are Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and Psychodynamic Therapy.
Everyone has the capacity to make positive changes whether they be large or small if they are motivated to do so. Therapy can be a helpful tool to help you acheive your goals and/or explore emotions that are difficult to deal with alone. I prefer to work collaboratively with my clients to develop a treatment plan that works. Therapy can be hard work and it's important that you are comfortable with how your treatment is progressing.
(858) 386-7978
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Offers online therapy
My main methods of treatment are Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and Psychodynamic Therapy.
Everyone has the capacity to make positive changes whether they be large or small if they are motivated to do so. Therapy can be a helpful tool to help you acheive your goals and/or explore emotions that are difficult to deal with alone. I prefer to work collaboratively with my clients to develop a treatment plan that works. Therapy can be hard work and it's important that you are comfortable with how your treatment is progressing.
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Dr. Elizabeth Thompson
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, PsyD Verified
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Offers online therapy
I offer an integrative approach to therapy grounded in psychodynamic theory, which promotes self exploration and lifelong growth.
The decision to seek help is the first step in creating the life you have always envisioned. Although difficult and often overwhelming, seeking support for the complexity of life's issues has the power to change your life for the better. My goal is to help you achieve your personal goals and create a life that is worth celebrating. Collaboratively, we will work to uncover unhealthy patterns and explore deep rooted issues that may be preventing you from experiencing a more fulfilling, peaceful, and meaningful life.
(805) 261-4592
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Offers online therapy
I offer an integrative approach to therapy grounded in psychodynamic theory, which promotes self exploration and lifelong growth.
The decision to seek help is the first step in creating the life you have always envisioned. Although difficult and often overwhelming, seeking support for the complexity of life's issues has the power to change your life for the better. My goal is to help you achieve your personal goals and create a life that is worth celebrating. Collaboratively, we will work to uncover unhealthy patterns and explore deep rooted issues that may be preventing you from experiencing a more fulfilling, peaceful, and meaningful life.
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Maria Castellano-Hsia
Marriage & Family Therapist, JD, MA, LMFT Verified
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Not accepting new clients
Whether you are dealing with anxiety, depression, loss, trauma, major life transitions, relationship difficulties or any other life issue, and you feel you are ready to regain your power and capacity for choice, we can work together in a safe and unconditional container. As an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, bilingual (English/Spanish) and multicultural, I work with clients from diverse background, with a wide range of life experiences, including adults, couples, young adults and children. My life journey and solid education greatly support my work as a psychotherapist. I introduce a psychodynamic approach.
(805) 519-7590
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Not accepting new clients
Whether you are dealing with anxiety, depression, loss, trauma, major life transitions, relationship difficulties or any other life issue, and you feel you are ready to regain your power and capacity for choice, we can work together in a safe and unconditional container. As an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, bilingual (English/Spanish) and multicultural, I work with clients from diverse background, with a wide range of life experiences, including adults, couples, young adults and children. My life journey and solid education greatly support my work as a psychotherapist. I introduce a psychodynamic approach.
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Rebecca Velasquez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW Verified
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Offers online therapy
Anxious or burned out? Seeking greater life purpose rather than just getting by in life? Time to step into your best, most authentic self! For over 15+ years, I've treated teens & adult clients with: anxiety, college/life transitions, pre-postpartum issues, addiction recovery, parenting issues, etc. I am solution-focused & psychodynamic in my approach and utilize various modalities including CBT/DBT tools, mindfulness, and creative body-based approaches. Whether you are a high school/college student, career professional, parent or spouse, being an adult can often feel stressful and challenging. I can help.
(805) 272-7898
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Offers online therapy
Anxious or burned out? Seeking greater life purpose rather than just getting by in life? Time to step into your best, most authentic self! For over 15+ years, I've treated teens & adult clients with: anxiety, college/life transitions, pre-postpartum issues, addiction recovery, parenting issues, etc. I am solution-focused & psychodynamic in my approach and utilize various modalities including CBT/DBT tools, mindfulness, and creative body-based approaches. Whether you are a high school/college student, career professional, parent or spouse, being an adult can often feel stressful and challenging. I can help.
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Janine Porter
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT Verified
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Offers online therapy
Waitlist for new clients
I will most often utilize a combination of modalities to best suit the client, and specialize in psychodynamic, humanistic, client-centered, creative play-based, and solution-focused approaches.
Seeking therapy is a brave choice and a valuable step in the healing process. If you are pursing therapy for support through a difficult time or transition, for healing childhood wounds, if you are feeling emotional pain or hurt, having trouble navigating a difficult relationship, and/or seeking deeper self-exploration, betterment and growth, I commend you. This is a courageous first step.
(805) 316-7083
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Offers online therapy
Waitlist for new clients
I will most often utilize a combination of modalities to best suit the client, and specialize in psychodynamic, humanistic, client-centered, creative play-based, and solution-focused approaches.
Seeking therapy is a brave choice and a valuable step in the healing process. If you are pursing therapy for support through a difficult time or transition, for healing childhood wounds, if you are feeling emotional pain or hurt, having trouble navigating a difficult relationship, and/or seeking deeper self-exploration, betterment and growth, I commend you. This is a courageous first step.
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Kate Whittle-Utter
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT Verified
San Luis Obispo, CA 93406
Offers online therapy
I practice therapy with a psychodynamic perspective, exploring conscious and unconscious patterns, behaviors, and beliefs that impact one's identity and relationships.
Therapy can help you find balance, connection, and fulfillment. In order to do so, I believe it's important that we acknowledge the shadow elements of life-the challenges that cause us pain, confusion, and block us from finding a sense of harmony and well-being. I collaborate with you in navigating the shadows and the more buried aspects of your life in order to develop a deeper capacity for balance, personal growth, and healing. To find out more about who I am, how I work, and if I might be the right therapist for you, consider visiting sanluisobispotherapy.org
(805) 316-7134
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93406
Offers online therapy
I practice therapy with a psychodynamic perspective, exploring conscious and unconscious patterns, behaviors, and beliefs that impact one's identity and relationships.
Therapy can help you find balance, connection, and fulfillment. In order to do so, I believe it's important that we acknowledge the shadow elements of life-the challenges that cause us pain, confusion, and block us from finding a sense of harmony and well-being. I collaborate with you in navigating the shadows and the more buried aspects of your life in order to develop a deeper capacity for balance, personal growth, and healing. To find out more about who I am, how I work, and if I might be the right therapist for you, consider visiting sanluisobispotherapy.org
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Denise Dritsas
Psychologist, PsyD Verified
Office is near:
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
I am a traditional psychodynamic therapist in that I consider both conscious, rational expression and the unconsious needs and conflicts of my clients.
I believe in the human capacity to heal, accept, love, and grow from our life experiences. Our most treasured beliefs and relationships help us through the pain and difficult times in life. I believe there is no point so low from which we cannot only recover, but gain wisdom and strength as well. Therefore, I focus my treatment style on emotional and character growth, rather than simple symptom reduction.
(559) 529-5789
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Office is near:
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
I am a traditional psychodynamic therapist in that I consider both conscious, rational expression and the unconsious needs and conflicts of my clients.
I believe in the human capacity to heal, accept, love, and grow from our life experiences. Our most treasured beliefs and relationships help us through the pain and difficult times in life. I believe there is no point so low from which we cannot only recover, but gain wisdom and strength as well. Therefore, I focus my treatment style on emotional and character growth, rather than simple symptom reduction.
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Carin Barnes
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT Verified
Office is near:
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Offers online therapy
While each person and each couple is unique, and therefore requires a unique approach, I generally draw from Psychodynamic, Attachment and developmental approaches to therapy.
Navigating through life's challenges can be difficult. Whether those challenges are in relationships with other people or imbedded in our relationship with ourselves, therapy can help bring hope, healing, clarity and meaning to our journey.
(559) 236-6014
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Office is near:
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Offers online therapy
While each person and each couple is unique, and therefore requires a unique approach, I generally draw from Psychodynamic, Attachment and developmental approaches to therapy.
Navigating through life's challenges can be difficult. Whether those challenges are in relationships with other people or imbedded in our relationship with ourselves, therapy can help bring hope, healing, clarity and meaning to our journey.
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Steven McCall
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ASW Verified
Office is near:
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Offers online therapy
I consider myself to be a warm, gentle, and supportive listener, and I want to make sure you feel deeply heard and understood. Sometimes it can be challenging to identify what it is that’s causing us to feel down or “stuck.” At other times, we may know all too well what is holding us back, but we’re unable to follow through on strategies to make things better. Wherever you are on your journey, I’m happy to be your ally and encourage you to find more joy and satisfaction in your life. With individuals, my preferred methods include Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
(805) 429-4076
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Office is near:
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Offers online therapy
I consider myself to be a warm, gentle, and supportive listener, and I want to make sure you feel deeply heard and understood. Sometimes it can be challenging to identify what it is that’s causing us to feel down or “stuck.” At other times, we may know all too well what is holding us back, but we’re unable to follow through on strategies to make things better. Wherever you are on your journey, I’m happy to be your ally and encourage you to find more joy and satisfaction in your life. With individuals, my preferred methods include Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
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Cynthia Sailers
Psychologist, PsyD Verified
Office is near:
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
Offers online therapy
I utilize multiple modalities (CBT, Mindfulness, Solution-focused, and Psychodynamic Therapies).
People come to therapy for many different reasons. Often it is to break life-long defeating patterns, or because they are unhappy about their current situation. Do you continue to do things that you told yourself that you were not going to? Do you find yourself obsessing on negative thoughts or have urges to act on them? I provide supportive and non-shaming treatment for persons struggling with sexual behavior problems, compulsive eating, addiction, and other impulse control disorders. We will also focus on any associated symptoms such as anxiety, depression, weight gain, thoughts of self-harm, or feelings of being out of control.
(805) 219-7165
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Office is near:
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
Offers online therapy
I utilize multiple modalities (CBT, Mindfulness, Solution-focused, and Psychodynamic Therapies).
People come to therapy for many different reasons. Often it is to break life-long defeating patterns, or because they are unhappy about their current situation. Do you continue to do things that you told yourself that you were not going to? Do you find yourself obsessing on negative thoughts or have urges to act on them? I provide supportive and non-shaming treatment for persons struggling with sexual behavior problems, compulsive eating, addiction, and other impulse control disorders. We will also focus on any associated symptoms such as anxiety, depression, weight gain, thoughts of self-harm, or feelings of being out of control.
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Anne Appel, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT Verified
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Offers online therapy
Over the past 25+ years its been my privilege to assist individuals and couples work through obstacles that have prevented them from experiencing meaningful and peaceful lives and relationships. My clients are coping with the everyday stress of marriage and family concerns, parenting, aging, health issues, career and financial challenges, loss or other critical and stressful situations. With those stressors often come depression, anxiety and a whole host of other symptoms.
(805) 351-4457
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Offers online therapy
Over the past 25+ years its been my privilege to assist individuals and couples work through obstacles that have prevented them from experiencing meaningful and peaceful lives and relationships. My clients are coping with the everyday stress of marriage and family concerns, parenting, aging, health issues, career and financial challenges, loss or other critical and stressful situations. With those stressors often come depression, anxiety and a whole host of other symptoms.
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Priscilla Kiessig
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, LCSW Verified
San Luis Obispo, CA 93406
Not accepting new clients
We all face moments that test our foundations. Seasons where we find ourselves struggling, often feeling alone and quietly wishing things would get better. It’s important for you to know that there’s no need to suffer. Hope is here. As therapist and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), warmth, empathy, and growth are what you can expect from our time together. I believe in a compassionate, integrated approach to care, specifically tailored to meet your individual needs.
(805) 703-2161
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93406
Not accepting new clients
We all face moments that test our foundations. Seasons where we find ourselves struggling, often feeling alone and quietly wishing things would get better. It’s important for you to know that there’s no need to suffer. Hope is here. As therapist and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), warmth, empathy, and growth are what you can expect from our time together. I believe in a compassionate, integrated approach to care, specifically tailored to meet your individual needs.
Heather Bailey
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW Verified
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Offers online therapy
Mental health challenges can feel isolating and difficult to overcome without help. It is my experience that a meaningful relationship with the right therapist can be healing and create long-lasting change. I enjoy working with people of all ages, particularly young women dealing with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, trauma, or loss. I utilize a non-judgmental, empathetic approach to build a therapeutic relationship that is both encouraging and uplifting. I consider it an honor to sit with people during pivotal, and sometimes painful stages of their lives.
(805) 219-7280
Verified
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Offers online therapy
Mental health challenges can feel isolating and difficult to overcome without help. It is my experience that a meaningful relationship with the right therapist can be healing and create long-lasting change. I enjoy working with people of all ages, particularly young women dealing with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, trauma, or loss. I utilize a non-judgmental, empathetic approach to build a therapeutic relationship that is both encouraging and uplifting. I consider it an honor to sit with people during pivotal, and sometimes painful stages of their lives.
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Michael Harris
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT Verified
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Offers online therapy
Teenagers are at a pivotal and complex stage in their lives. There are ever changing social dynamics, stress from school, new found family tension, and the introduction to existential questioning. I focus on strengthening self image, communication skills, and emotional stability. Everybody has a unique and complex story to tell and my goal is to help create a safe, open, and therapeutic environment to explore their inherent strengths and personal struggles. Together we will utilize established techniques to support growth, increase productivity in school, fortify family relationships, and foster healthy friendships.
(760) 621-5433
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Offers online therapy
Teenagers are at a pivotal and complex stage in their lives. There are ever changing social dynamics, stress from school, new found family tension, and the introduction to existential questioning. I focus on strengthening self image, communication skills, and emotional stability. Everybody has a unique and complex story to tell and my goal is to help create a safe, open, and therapeutic environment to explore their inherent strengths and personal struggles. Together we will utilize established techniques to support growth, increase productivity in school, fortify family relationships, and foster healthy friendships.

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Psychodynamic Therapists
Psychodynamic therapy in San Luis Obispo, also known as insight-oriented therapy, evolved from Freudian psychoanalysis. Like adherents of psychoanalysis, psychodynamic therapists believe that bringing the unconscious into conscious awareness promotes insight and resolves conflict. But psychodynamic therapy is briefer and less intensive than psychoanalysis and also focuses on the relationship between the therapist and the client, as a way to learn about how the client relates to everyone in their life.