Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
San Francisco, California 94118
""Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination...." In Wild Geese, Mary Oliver does not promise salvation, but points to the okay-ness of your being, to the importance of your inner world. How do you, in your imagination, relate to the world? You can find peace inside yourself. I believe therapy is about wholeness-it's not about rejecting who you already are, but about including all aspects of yourself. With compassion and honesty, let's explore the full you so that you may find your inner peace."
Relational
(415) 938-8024
Verified
San Francisco, California 94118
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Relational
""Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination...." In Wild Geese, Mary Oliver does not promise salvation, but points to the okay-ness of your being, to the importance of your inner world. How do you, in your imagination, relate to the world? You can find peace inside yourself. I believe therapy is about wholeness-it's not about rejecting who you already are, but about including all aspects of yourself. With compassion and honesty, let's explore the full you so that you may find your inner peace."
Sergio Ruiz Psychotherapy, Counselor
Counselor, MS, LPCC
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
San Francisco, California 94109
"I want to assist you in examining why you feel like your life is not where you think or sense it should be. Why you have a nagging feeling that perhaps you're wasting time and not living your life in a more deep and fulfilling manner. You may think you're “not good enough,” or “if only this would have/not have happened," life would be different. The activities you do feel banal, going to work/school is dreadful, relationships and family are difficult, and the values and beliefs that once held you have lost their ground. You feel lonely, depressed, anxious, and perhaps substance use is worsening. You’re wondering about doing therapy."
Relational
(408) 868-2217
Verified
San Francisco, California 94109
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Relational
"I want to assist you in examining why you feel like your life is not where you think or sense it should be. Why you have a nagging feeling that perhaps you're wasting time and not living your life in a more deep and fulfilling manner. You may think you're “not good enough,” or “if only this would have/not have happened," life would be different. The activities you do feel banal, going to work/school is dreadful, relationships and family are difficult, and the values and beliefs that once held you have lost their ground. You feel lonely, depressed, anxious, and perhaps substance use is worsening. You’re wondering about doing therapy."
Berkeley Therapy Institute in SF, Psychologist
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. "
Relational
(415) 594-4876 x1178
Verified
San Francisco, California 94123
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Relational
"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. "
Amy Griswold Singer
AMFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
San Francisco, California 94102
"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."
Relational
(415) 691-2653
Verified
San Francisco, California 94102
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Relational
"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."
Leslie Carr, Psychologist
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
San Francisco, California 94123
"What experience would you like to be having? What do you want to change? My primary expertise is in helping people to not only overcome the thoughts and feelings that are holding them back, but to create the life that they WANT for themselves. I believe that we all possess the ability to remove internal barriers and to live life on our terms."
Relational
(415) 689-7106
Verified
San Francisco, California 94123
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Relational
"What experience would you like to be having? What do you want to change? My primary expertise is in helping people to not only overcome the thoughts and feelings that are holding them back, but to create the life that they WANT for themselves. I believe that we all possess the ability to remove internal barriers and to live life on our terms."
Alissa DiFranco, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
San Francisco, California 94123
"My style of working is warm, thoughtful and direct. I am committed to helping people discover and enhance their emotional capacity in order to create more satisfying lives. Through the transformative experience of being deeply understood by another in an authentic, safe and honest relationship, people can develop increased compassion (for self and other), experience a more stable sense of self-esteem, discover new ways of relating, experience increased tolerance for difficult emotions, and transform destructive patterns into more satisfying expressions of self."
Relational
(415) 237-4360
Verified
San Francisco, California 94123
Relational
"My style of working is warm, thoughtful and direct. I am committed to helping people discover and enhance their emotional capacity in order to create more satisfying lives. Through the transformative experience of being deeply understood by another in an authentic, safe and honest relationship, people can develop increased compassion (for self and other), experience a more stable sense of self-esteem, discover new ways of relating, experience increased tolerance for difficult emotions, and transform destructive patterns into more satisfying expressions of self."
Kristian Kemtrup, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, PhD
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
San Francisco, California 94115
"I see people as having rich, complex human emotions that are not well described with overly simple and often stigmatizing diagnostic labels like depression or generalized anxiety. Each person is entirely unique, with their own history, strengths, and challenges. In therapy, I will work with you to better understand yourself. When we can understand why you might be feeling or thinking or acting in a way that is not best for you, we can work together to change it in a way that is tailored to your needs and your circumstances."
Relational
(415) 968-4238
Verified
San Francisco, California 94115
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Relational
"I see people as having rich, complex human emotions that are not well described with overly simple and often stigmatizing diagnostic labels like depression or generalized anxiety. Each person is entirely unique, with their own history, strengths, and challenges. In therapy, I will work with you to better understand yourself. When we can understand why you might be feeling or thinking or acting in a way that is not best for you, we can work together to change it in a way that is tailored to your needs and your circumstances."
Rachel Packer, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
San Francisco, California 94102
"Each client walks through my door with their own struggle. And although each person comes with their own unique story, the one thing that clients do share is a search for a more fulfilled life or a greater sense of self. I support clients as they navigate life's harder transitions - a loss of a relationship, the transition to becoming a parent, a job transition, or simply figuring out who they truly are and want to be. We work together to notice and shift your inner critic that so frequently gets in the way. Additionally, I support couples as they work through the challenges and desires that come with a relationship. "
Relational
(415) 553-5529
Verified
San Francisco, California 94102
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Relational
"Each client walks through my door with their own struggle. And although each person comes with their own unique story, the one thing that clients do share is a search for a more fulfilled life or a greater sense of self. I support clients as they navigate life's harder transitions - a loss of a relationship, the transition to becoming a parent, a job transition, or simply figuring out who they truly are and want to be. We work together to notice and shift your inner critic that so frequently gets in the way. Additionally, I support couples as they work through the challenges and desires that come with a relationship. "
Corrie Varga, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, 104535
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
San Francisco, California 94110
"Have you been struggling with overwhelming emotions? Low self-esteem? Stress and anxiety? Trying to feel more confident in your relationships, at work or school? Feeling torn about who you are or who you want to be in the world? I can help. I specialize in supporting people who have experienced trauma or just have that nagging sense in the back of their mind that something isn’t quite right. "
Relational
(628) 300-3183
Verified
San Francisco, California 94110
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Relational
"Have you been struggling with overwhelming emotions? Low self-esteem? Stress and anxiety? Trying to feel more confident in your relationships, at work or school? Feeling torn about who you are or who you want to be in the world? I can help. I specialize in supporting people who have experienced trauma or just have that nagging sense in the back of their mind that something isn’t quite right. "
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."
Relational
(415) 481-4383
Verified
San Francisco, California 94102
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Relational
"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."
Vanessa Watt Therapy, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, 30986
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
San Francisco, California 94114
"With compassionate guidance and therapeutic support, I have over the last 25 years helped tech employees, students, CEO's, parents, artists and many other individuals navigate personal challenges or life transitions. I use a blend of therapeutic approaches tailored to your specific needs to address a wide range of personal issues such as depression, anxiety, fear, past and present trauma, relationship issues, loss, cancer, family and personal illnesses. My style is collaborative so you can be an active participant in your healing and can better understand and resolve the challenges in your life."
Relational
(415) 349-0893
Verified
San Francisco, California 94114
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Relational
"With compassionate guidance and therapeutic support, I have over the last 25 years helped tech employees, students, CEO's, parents, artists and many other individuals navigate personal challenges or life transitions. I use a blend of therapeutic approaches tailored to your specific needs to address a wide range of personal issues such as depression, anxiety, fear, past and present trauma, relationship issues, loss, cancer, family and personal illnesses. My style is collaborative so you can be an active participant in your healing and can better understand and resolve the challenges in your life."
Susan Moore, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
San Francisco, California 94114
"What does it mean to you to live well? There is no question more important, and for many, more difficult to answer on their own. We live in a world where expectations and responsibilities are many and great. We feel these pressures from our external world and also experience them from within. They effect how we feel about and treat ourselves and others. These pressures influence creative flow, and our ability to find and create passion as well as peace of mind. As a therapist, helping patients restore this necessary balance is one of my primary goals."
Relational
(415) 360-3599
Verified
San Francisco, California 94114
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Relational
"What does it mean to you to live well? There is no question more important, and for many, more difficult to answer on their own. We live in a world where expectations and responsibilities are many and great. We feel these pressures from our external world and also experience them from within. They effect how we feel about and treat ourselves and others. These pressures influence creative flow, and our ability to find and create passion as well as peace of mind. As a therapist, helping patients restore this necessary balance is one of my primary goals."
Marcia Romero, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, SEP, NMP
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
San Francisco, California 94117
"I have 18 years of experience working with diverse populations struggling with mild to severe life challenges. I utilize a somatic, attachment informed focus to actively attune to disturbances in mind, emotions, body and spirit in present time, encouraging a process of curious inquiry to support positive shifts from chronic, negative patterned states. I integrate therapeutic approaches according to need, age and issue(s) presented, including less verbal modalities helpful with PTSD and relational trauma. I support safety, somatic regulation, mindful inquiry, insight, expanding agency and life affirming shifts that promote healing."
Relational
(510) 867-3294
Verified
San Francisco, California 94117
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Relational
"I have 18 years of experience working with diverse populations struggling with mild to severe life challenges. I utilize a somatic, attachment informed focus to actively attune to disturbances in mind, emotions, body and spirit in present time, encouraging a process of curious inquiry to support positive shifts from chronic, negative patterned states. I integrate therapeutic approaches according to need, age and issue(s) presented, including less verbal modalities helpful with PTSD and relational trauma. I support safety, somatic regulation, mindful inquiry, insight, expanding agency and life affirming shifts that promote healing."
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."
Relational
(415) 792-0157
Verified
San Francisco, California 94115
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Relational
"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."
Relational
(415) 858-6446
Verified
San Francisco, California 94102
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Relational
"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."
Maria Burch, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
San Francisco, California 94104
"Are you seeking a deeper connection to yourself? Are you ready for a change? By looking closely at your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and bringing in a compassionate perspective to each negative thought that drives your anxiety, you create change. We will identify actionable goals for you to feel a sense of direction, cope with anxiety and depression, obsessions, relational issues, body image, work stress, and relocation anxiety. Together we will release the old stories and receive a fresh new mentality to move forward. I will provide you with the tools you need to get through the challenges you face."
Relational
(415) 799-1379
Verified
San Francisco, California 94104
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Relational
"Are you seeking a deeper connection to yourself? Are you ready for a change? By looking closely at your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and bringing in a compassionate perspective to each negative thought that drives your anxiety, you create change. We will identify actionable goals for you to feel a sense of direction, cope with anxiety and depression, obsessions, relational issues, body image, work stress, and relocation anxiety. Together we will release the old stories and receive a fresh new mentality to move forward. I will provide you with the tools you need to get through the challenges you face."
Jennifer Machado, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
San Francisco, California 94104
"Feel like you're stuck between a rock and a hard place? Most people who come to see me are struggling to resolve issues on their own and need some outside help from someone they can trust. Old methods of coping just aren't working anymore or are making things worse. There is hope. Psychotherapy can provide meaningful insights into established behaviors and thought processes. We will honor the reasons these patterns were originally constructed and gently start to make changes that will allow for greater ease and flow in your life."
Relational
(415) 799-5023
Verified
San Francisco, California 94104
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Relational
"Feel like you're stuck between a rock and a hard place? Most people who come to see me are struggling to resolve issues on their own and need some outside help from someone they can trust. Old methods of coping just aren't working anymore or are making things worse. There is hope. Psychotherapy can provide meaningful insights into established behaviors and thought processes. We will honor the reasons these patterns were originally constructed and gently start to make changes that will allow for greater ease and flow in your life."
Mia Pixley, Psychologist
Psychologist, PhD
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
San Francisco, California 94104
"Dr. Pixley is a licensed clinical psychologist with unique experience in navigating major life transitions, identity expression and exploration, as well as, with anxiety and mood disorders. She also works with patients experiencing challenges related to transracial adoption. Dr. Pixley enjoys working with young adults, people of color, and individuals who work in creative fields. She sees patients in downtown San Francisco, Berkeley and via telemedicine across the State of California."
Relational
(415) 940-7521
Verified
San Francisco, California 94104
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Relational
"Dr. Pixley is a licensed clinical psychologist with unique experience in navigating major life transitions, identity expression and exploration, as well as, with anxiety and mood disorders. She also works with patients experiencing challenges related to transracial adoption. Dr. Pixley enjoys working with young adults, people of color, and individuals who work in creative fields. She sees patients in downtown San Francisco, Berkeley and via telemedicine across the State of California."
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. "
Relational
(628) 363-1337
Verified
San Francisco, California 94118
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Relational
"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. "
Ildiko Gabor, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CGP
Verified by Psychology Today Verified
San Francisco, California 94102
"I provide a safe place to talk about the issues that are happening in your life. Relationship problems, life transitions, identity quandaries - these are a few examples that you might want to discuss, examine and master. I am committed to actively participate in our work together, helping you make the steps that are needed to create a fulfilling life for yourself. Together, we will explore your current struggles, strengths, and look for new ways to address these."
Relational
(650) 437-8577
Verified
San Francisco, California 94102
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Relational
"I provide a safe place to talk about the issues that are happening in your life. Relationship problems, life transitions, identity quandaries - these are a few examples that you might want to discuss, examine and master. I am committed to actively participate in our work together, helping you make the steps that are needed to create a fulfilling life for yourself. Together, we will explore your current struggles, strengths, and look for new ways to address these."

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If you're looking for Relational Therapy in San Francisco or for a San Francisco Relational therapist these professionals provide relational therapy and relational psychotherapy. They include Relational therapists, Relational psychologists, Relational psychotherapists and Relational counselors.

Relational life therapy in San Francisco offers strategies to combat marital dysfunction and restore harmony in relationships. Couples--those recovering from affairs, traumatic events, or a lull in passion--can find RLT helpful. To repair discord, the therapist identifies the main conflict upsetting the couples' emotional intimacy. Once the partners see how they both contribute to the problem, the therapist teaches them skills to improve the ways they relate to each other. Couples may see a change in their relationship within three to six months.

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.