Unhappiness and anxiety that seem unbearable can lessen and disappear when you have someone who can help you understand the reasons for your suffering. A good therapist can also help you strengthen your capacity to get your mind off upsetting thoughts that preoccupy you. Or if you find yourself acting in self-defeating ways, studying it with a therapist can be of great help. Therapy can be a source of tremendous relief and gratification.
I am a psychologist in practice for over 30 years and I have offices in both San Francisco and Marin County. I am also trained as a psychoanalyst through the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis. About half of my practice is with adults and couples and the other half is with adolescents and children. If you would like to know more about my background please click here. Problems experienced by people I see include:
• Anxiety and its manifestations such as
. panic attacks
. sleep disturbance
. somatic symptoms (chronic headaches, stomach aches etc.)
• grief reactions
• difficulty enjoying life
• intense self-criticism and feelings of inadequacy
• self-defeating behaviors
• Inhibitions in work or relationships
• eating disorders
• substance abuse
• attentional problems
• behavior problems
• school difficulties
Since therapist styles and ways of formulating problems vary, I think the best way to decide whether someone can help you is to see how you feel at the end of one or more sessions and to trust your instincts about whether or not you feel a particular therapist can be helpful to you. Regardless of the therapist’s theoretical orientation, you should expect by the end of your initial consultation that he or she provide you with a formulation of an initial focus for treatment and clarification of your goals. Ideally, you would leave an initial consultation with a new way of thinking about the problem that brought you in.
If you would like to schedule an initial appointment, please leave your name and phone number(s) with my voicemail and I will return your call as soon as I can. Thank you very much.
3626 Sacramento Street
San Francisco, California 94118
California Psychologist License: PSY 7418
Adult, Adolescent and Child Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis
1030 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Suite 120
Kentfield, California 94904