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Emily Schwimmer

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Languages: English

Treatment Approaches: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship, Self esteem, Career, Family, Older, Grief, Intimacy-related, Sleeping, Non-religious, Depression, Conservative counselor, Liberal counselor

Douglas Mitchell

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Languages: English

Treatment Approaches: Stress, Anxiety, LGBT, Self esteem, Depression, Relationship, Family, Trauma and abuse, Gay, Older, Grief, Intimacy-related, Sleeping, Career, Bipolar, Non-religious, Conservative counselor, Liberal counselor

Eileen Beirich

  • 20 years of Experience
  • United States
  • Pasadena, California
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Areas of focus: Adoption, Anxiety, Depression, Marital / Premarital, Relationship Issues

Languages: English

Treatment Approaches: Psychodynamic

State License: California

Steven Garman

  • 30 years of Experience
  • United States
  • Chino, California
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Areas of focus: ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Codependency, Divorce, Marital / Premarital, Relationship Issues, Self Esteem, Sexual Abuse, Spirituality

Languages: English

Treatment Approaches: Family / Marital, Jungian, Psychodynamic

State License: California

Maelisa Hall

  • 11 years of Experience
  • United States
  • Irvine, California
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Languages: English

Treatment Approaches: Coaching, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Multicultural, Psychological Testing and Evaluation, Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)

State License: California

Soad Tabrizi

  • 10 years of Experience
  • United States
  • Mission Viejo, California
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Areas of focus: Addiction, Alcohol Abuse, Anxiety, Behavior Issues, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality, Career Counseling, Codependency, Coping Skills, Depression, Drug Abuse, Dual Diagnosis, End of Life Issues, Faith Transition, Goal Setting, Life Coaching, OCD, Self Esteem, Spirituality

Languages: English, Farsi

Treatment Approaches: Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Dialectical (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Narrative, Psychoanalytic, Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)

State Licenses: California, Florida, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia

Nancy Culhane

  • 36 years of Experience
  • United States
  • Fairfax, California
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Areas of focus: Behavior Issues, Career Counseling, Coping Skills, Divorce, Family Conflict, Goal Setting, Infidelity, Marital / Premarital, Relationship Issues

Languages: English

Treatment Approaches: Family / Marital, Integrative, Narrative, Relational, Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)

State Licenses: California and Nevada

Pamela Suraci

  • 25+ years of Experience
  • United States
  • San Luis Obispo, California
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Languages: English

Treatment Approaches: Coaching, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Family / Marital, Family Systems, Imago, Relational, Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)

State License: California

Melissa Jones

  • 11 years of Experience
  • United States
  • Online, California
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Languages: English

Treatment Approaches: Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Eclectic, Existential, Family / Marital, Family Systems, Gestalt, Humanistic, Hypnotherapy, Relational

State License: California

Lori Kandels

  • 28 years of Experience
  • United States
  • San Francisco, California
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Languages: English

Treatment Approaches: Coaching, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Culturally Sensitive, EMDR, Family / Marital, Feminist, Mindfulness-based (MBCT), Motivational Interviewing, Multicultural, Narrative, Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)

State License: California

II. The Best Therapists in San Francisco, CA

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Online Therapy evaluated San Francisco therapists on eight key factors, including credentials, cost, practice focus, availability, and other key elements. Based on these factors, we narrowed down the list to the top 15 therapists in San Francisco.

Maysie Tift: M.A, LMFT | Best for codependency issues

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415-295-2150
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Maysie Tift approaches therapy as a collaboration between therapist and client. While providing gentle feedback, she creates a safe space where you can discuss the challenges in your intimate relationships. She uses a range of techniques, including mindfulness therapy and hypnosis.

What Patients Say:

“Maysie is exactly the kind of ally you want on your healing journey: She’s honest and ethical and she combines warmth, kindness, and approachability with a practical, no-nonsense attitude.”

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Relationship Issues
Anxiety
Codependency
Claremont EAP
Partnership Health Plan
Cost per Session: $200/55 Minutes Yes Yes

Lisa Pepper-Satkin: M.A, MFT| Best for Women's Issues

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415-225-6925
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Lisa Pepper-Satkin helps her clients see the narratives that run their lives and explore new ways of thinking. She understands the daily struggles women face in their personal and professional lives and seeks to create a healthy, solution-based conversation.

What Patients Say:

“Lisa is an inspired guide who created a safe, creative environment for me to explore some of the issues that are troubling me in my life.”

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Life Coaching
Women’s Issues
Life Transitions
N/A Cost per Session: $500 No Yes

Michelle Chia-Ning Chang: M.A, RDT, LMFT | Best for relationship issues

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Michelle Chia-Ning Chang provides individual, couples, and family therapy in English and Mandarin Chinese. Her focus is on building healthy boundaries with those closest to her clients. She specializes in working with couples who struggle with communication issues, controlling caregivers, and families with cross-cultural conflicts. Through a process of active listening, she creates a culturally-sensitive space to feel safe.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Relationship Issues
Anxiety
Codependency
N/A Cost per Session:

Individual $180/50 Minutes
Couple & Family $270/75 Minutes or $320/90 Minutes
Prepare/Enrich program for premarital/marital assessment $280/90 Minutes

Yes Yes

Elliott Endre: M.A | Best for sex therapy

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628-600 1573
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Elliott Endre grounds their practice in affirming their clients’ sexuality while allowing them to explore whatever topics and issues they need. Elliott Endre’s therapy concentrations are broad and include trauma, attachment, gender identity, bullying, loneliness, BDSM, and other issues. With more than 17 years of practice work, Elliott helps clients identify their values and make meaning of the sexual experience.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Women’s Issues
Sex Therapy
Career Counseling
N/A Cost per Session: $250 Yes Yes

Michael Quircke: M.A, MFT | Best for trauma

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415-820-3943
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Michael Quircke has been treating trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, and other common mental health issues for 25 years. He helps his clients achieve a balanced emotional life and meaningful interpersonal relationships using EMDR therapy, QEEG brain mapping, and other techniques.

What Patients Say:

“He is friendly and interested in people. His approachable, down-to-earth style makes it really easy to talk to him whenever I have something that comes up.”

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Anxiety
Depression
Trauma and PTSD
N/A Cost per Session: $250 No Yes

Kavitha Goldowitz: M.A., MFT | Best for anxiety

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415-857-1669
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Kavitha Goldowitz has over ten years of experience working with individuals and couples, helping them navigate conflicts and transitions as well as anxiety and depression. Her area of expertise includes working with multicultural and immigrant population, addressing issues related to couples in inter-racial marriages, struggles with cultural assimilation and family of origin dynamics. She believes that everyone is capable of positive change and self-growth.

What Patients Say:

“Kavitha is a warm and nonjudgmental therapist. Every time we interact, I feel that I’ve gotten her authentic self, and that she’s invited and welcomed my authentic self.”

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Relationship Issues
Anxiety
Codependency
Culturally Sensitive Therapy/Cross Cultural Therapy
N/A $225 per session No Yes

Jacob Brown: M.A., M.B.A. | Best for infidelity

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415-689-8700
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Jacob Brown works collaboratively with his clients to craft a strong relationship based on openness and trust. With couples, he has experience working with issues like infidelity and intimacy issues. By using a process rooted in Emotionally Focused Therapy, he can help his clients in all kinds of relationships break free of harmful cycles and start to build more meaningful relationships.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Marital and Premarital
Infidelity
Relationship Issues
N/A Cost per Session:

50 Minute Individual Session Is $175
70 Minute Couples Session is $245

Yes Yes

Brad Byrum: M.A., M.B.A., LMFT| Best for marriage counseling

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650-676-7575
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During relationship therapy, Brad Byrum’s goal is to create a safe space where couples can learn who they want to be together. Whether he is working with couples or an individual, he strives to work through well-defined and agreed-upon problems to reach a specific goal.

What Patients Say:

“I am thrilled to be working with Mr. Byrum. When we had our first counseling session, I could see the kindness in his eyes and the care in his voice.”

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Marital and Premarital
Relationship Issues
Infidelity
N/A Cost per Session: $150 No Yes

Aidan Pelly: LMFT, LPCC | Best for self-esteem

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510-698-9096
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Aidan Pelly brings an open and non-judgemental style to his sessions, though he also understands the importance of saying what needs to be said. His areas of focus include self-esteem, anxiety, depression, and adverse childhood experiences for individuals, couples, and families. No matter what the focus with a particular client, Aidan always strives to find your authentic self at the center of your discussions.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Relationship Issues
Self Esteem
Stress
N/A Cost per Session: $200 Yes Yes

Jamie Goldstein: PsyD | Best for depression

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415-843-1185
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Dr. Jamie Goldstein is a psychologist who believes in the importance of the three pillars of therapy: connection, authenticity, and language. Together, these pillars can be used to manage life transitions or feelings of depression or anxiety. By encouraging open and authentic communication in her practice, Dr. Goldstein helps her clients resolve feelings of stagnation in their day-to-day lives. She has worked with a variety of clients but specializes in female-identifying teens and adults.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Anxiety
Depression
Trauma and PTSD
N/A Cost per Session:

Initial Intake (50 minutes): $195
Individual Therapy Session (50 minutes): $195

No Yes

Anthony Thier: M.A., MFT | Best for PTSD

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415-890-3244
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Anthony Thier understands how the effects of trauma can make relationships, work, and other aspects of life difficult to manage. By using current neuroscience research, Anthony helps re-pattern problematic tendencies so that his patients can focus on the parts of their lives that matter most.

What Patients Say:

“If you are interested in the intersection between the mind and the body, and you would like to try active therapy, give him a call.”

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Trauma and PTSD
Relationship Issues
Anxiety
POP
PPO
Cost per Session: $250 Yes Yes

Lisa Andresen: ASW--CBT, DBT | Best for stress and anger management

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415-890-3576
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Lisa Andreson has experience working with a range of high-achievers in business, law, and other demanding careers. She relies on a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to help clients manage feelings of stress and anger. She also has experience working through issues with self-esteem, domestic violence, grief, trauma, and narcissistic abuse.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Depression
Anxiety
Self Esteem
N/A Cost per Session: $150 Yes Yes

Yvonne Guerton: LMFT | Best for holistic aging

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415-800-4671
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Yvonne Guerton has worked with clients of all ages to manage feelings associated with life transitions, aging, and death. She understands the struggles that come with aging and seeks to explore your experience in a nonjudgmental way through a variety of modalities including bodywork and somatic experiencing.

What Patients Say:

“She is truly a creative guide through the challenges of self-insight, healing, and growth.”

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Relationship Issues
Depression
Anxiety
N/A Cost per Session: $180 Yes Yes

Samantha Heuwagen: M.A., LMFT | Best for intimacy issues

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248-660-0487
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Samantha Heuwagen offers therapy in English and Spanish, focusing on sex therapy and intimacy issues. She also has experience helping clients with a broad range of related issues, including arousal issues, sexual trauma, sex-related anxiety, and lack of desire. She believes in creating change through open dialogue, providing a safe space, and challenging her clients when necessary.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Sex Therapy
Relationship Issues
Anxiety
N/A Cost per Session: $175 Yes Yes

Tina Staley: LCSW| Best for coping skills

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919-699-6816
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Tina Staley has nearly three decades of counseling experience working with individuals and couples across the country. She focuses on giving her clients the tools they need to actively address the ups and downs of life while building a future they can look forward to.

What Patients Say:

“Tina is an awesome therapist. She’s so friendly and it allows you to let your walls down and it feels like you’re talking with your best friend.”

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Coping Skills
Anxiety
Depression
N/A Cost per Session: $200 Yes Yes

III. What You Should Know About San Francisco Therapy

How are San Francisco therapists licensed?

Therapists in San Francisco must fulfill several requirements before they can offer their services independently. The first is holding a master’s degree in therapy from an accredited institution. Second, they must complete 3,000 hours of supervised experience, half of which will require them to work directly with clients. Finally, they must pass the National Counselor Examination and the California Psychology Law and Ethics Examination.

How much does therapy cost in San Francisco?

Therapists in San Francisco cost about $190 per session on average, with prices ranging anywhere between $150 and $500 per 50-minute session. While many of the therapists listed above do offer sliding scale services, these are only available on a case-by-case basis, and you should check with the individual therapist first.

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Caitlin Kingston is a licensed clinical social worker at Yale New Haven Hospital and has worked in the field since 2013. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Penn State University and her Master of Social Work, clinical/medical social work in 2020 from Fordham University. Her licenses and certifications include LCSW, LMSW, and CASAC.

Kingston has always had a passion for helping others and knew early on that she wanted to support others in her profession. During her undergraduate studies at Penn State, she met a social worker who inspired her to pursue a career as a therapist. She’s also trained in psychoanalytic psychotherapy with the New York School for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Kingston completed internships working in an after-school program with underprivileged youth and their families and with inmates in the high-security sector of Rikers Island jail.

Kingston’s career has included work at a drug treatment center, where she became the supervisor of intake and assessment for individuals with alcohol and substance use disorders. Today, she’s a social worker in the Psychiatric Observation Unit of the emergency department. Kingston is also trained in perinatal mental health with a focus on helping new mothers adjust to motherhood, especially in these very difficult times of isolation.

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Caitlin Kingston is a licensed clinical social worker at Yale New Haven Hospital and has worked in the field since 2013. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Penn State University and her Master of Social Work, clinical/medical social work in 2020 from Fordham University. Her licenses and certifications include LCSW, LMSW, and CASAC.

Kingston has always had a passion for helping others and knew early on that she wanted to support others in her profession. During her undergraduate studies at Penn State, she met a social worker who inspired her to pursue a career as a therapist. She’s also trained in psychoanalytic psychotherapy with the New York School for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Kingston completed internships working in an after-school program with underprivileged youth and their families and with inmates in the high-security sector of Rikers Island jail.

Kingston’s career has included work at a drug treatment center, where she became the supervisor of intake and assessment for individuals with alcohol and substance use disorders. Today, she’s a social worker in the Psychiatric Observation Unit of the emergency department. Kingston is also trained in perinatal mental health with a focus on helping new mothers adjust to motherhood, especially in these very difficult times of isolation.

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