Therapists, Psychologists, and Counselors in San Francisco
Tara Griffith Baker, MFT
Founder | Executive Director | Therapist + Coach
First and foremost, I believe that it’s the relationship between the therapist and client that creates the foundation for change. My style is accepting, hopeful, interactive, and sometimes humorous. I offer a highly personalized approach (blending psychotherapy and coaching techniques) tailored to fit each of my client’s unique needs, personality, and preferences.
I also believe that you are the ultimate expert on your own life. It’s my job, however, to ask the right questions and act as your guide. I’ll help you identify your strengths and talents, develop self-awareness, and gain confidence where you need it. I’ll challenge you at times and provide feedback on the thoughts and behaviors that may be keeping you stuck.
Lynsie Seely, PhDc, MFT
Assistant Director | Psychotherapist | Supervisor
My approach is empathic, collaborative, and integrative. I bring together knowledge from psychology, neuroscience, and wisdom traditions to honor the mind <CBT>, the heart/soul <self and depth-orientedpsychology>, the body <somatic psychology>, and the spirit <mindfulness, spiritual counseling, Eastern and Western rituals/practices >. Operating from a holistic lens is incredibly important to my work, as I hold that we are inherently whole and complete and that healing comes from integrating parts of ourselves that we have somehow dis-owned, disconnected from, or not fully acknowledged. We are complex beings who deserve to give voice to the entirety of our experience and by doing so, we can form a relationship with ourselves in a deeper way. This process opens up greater possibilities for healing, supports direct learning and change, and connects us to that brilliant spark of aliveness that lives in each and every one of us! In addition to the above, I have specialized training in trauma-informed techniques including: somatic experiencing and EMDR.
Gina Delucca, PsyD
Lead Therapist | Licensed Clinical Psychologist
My therapeutic style is integrative and draws upon techniques from a variety of approaches, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT), motivational interviewing (MI), psychodynamic therapy, and person-centered therapy. I aim to tailor my approach to best meet your individual needs and preferences.
Above anything else, I believe that the connection between therapist and client is the most powerful tool for change and healing. Through the therapeutic relationship, I strive to provide a safe, compassionate, and accepting space where you can openly express yourself, process your thoughts and emotions, and explore the underlying issues that may be causing and maintaining your current struggles. As your therapist, I will help you identify realistic goals, encourage introspection, emphasize and build upon your strengths, build self-awareness, promote self-compassion, and provide honest yet gentle feedback. My style is warm, empathetic, authentic, interactive, collaborative, and sometimes humorous. I also tend to be action-oriented, and when relevant, I encourage the use of homework and goal-setting in between sessions.
Veronica Encinas, AMFT
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
My work is informed by the practice of mindfulness and relational therapy. Being somatically trained, my approach is interactive and directive. Mindful therapy is an evidence-based form of therapy that has been proven to be highly effective in treating issues of anxiety, depression, and addiction. Together, we design a treatment plan that builds on the science of what works, and tailor individual treatment goals specifically aimed to address your unique needs.
I welcome clients to tell their stories, histories, and important aspects of their life. I also invite them to become aware of how they feel as they are sharing with me by tuning into their bodies. I welcome them to become more conscious of their five senses–to tune into their body sensations, gestures, breath, and emotions. Together, overtime, we discover significant and often transformative information about core patterns, beliefs, and ways of relating to themselves, others, and the world.
Additionally, I am a passionate advocate for social justice and equality for all, which also informs my work and the ways in which I am called to support people.
Kim Strong, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
I take a whole human approach to my work with clients. I strive to create an environment in which clients can be their real and authentic selves. It’s important to me that clients feel safe and comfortable enough to be vulnerable and open to being supported in their healing. As complex and unique human beings, I believe that healing and growth can be discovered in many different forms. The work I do with clients is collaborative, evidence-based and from a holistic lens. I use two different modalities of therapy when working with clients including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Both incorporate the clients developmental history as well as specific interventions for the issues they’re facing. I help clients to challenge old beliefs systems that are getting in the way of the kind of life they want to live. We work together to learn new ways of thinking and reacting to themselves and the world around them. I want clients to feel like they know themselves better and can tune into their strengths and accept their challenges with compassion. I want them to learn how to be the best version of themselves when they’re alone and when they’re with others. My hope is that clients will look forward to their sessions and be motivated to do meaningful work together.
Kate Stoddard, AMFT
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
I believe you are the expert of your own life, and I also believe your true gifts, healing, and happiness can be unlocked through the process of therapy. My goal is to work collaboratively with you to hear your experiences, identify and understand your feelings, and then to develop insight and meaning that feels true to you. Out of nonjudgmental awareness comes a new relationship with yourself that is loving, that is freeing, and that allows you to pursue your truest desires.
I take significant interest in the unconscious and believe it is a map to finding your true self. Dreams, emotions, thoughts, feelings and behaviors are landmarks on this map to be noticed and interpreted, and over time you can navigate these places more freely, clearly and safely throughout the process of therapy.
I also believe that your joys and pleasures are equally as important to understand and hold in therapy. Your creativity contains a wellspring of health and generative energy that is often the antidote to stagnation and suffering. My hope is to help you find this creativity in your daily life and to help you nurture and value it, and to build upon it for the future.
M.A., Registered Psychological Assistant
I take an integrative approach to providing therapy because I whole-heartedly believe that humans are dynamic and learn in different or multiple ways. It is my goal as a clinician to meet clients where they feel most authentically themselves. I am passionate about using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) that incorporates mindfulness, acceptance, behavioral analysis, distress tolerance, clarifying your values, and building a more workable and purposeful sense of self, along with teaching clients skills in mindful or somatic self-compassion, interpersonal effectiveness, discussing spiritual doubt/struggles (if wanted/needed), and cognitive behavioral techniques, with the ultimate goal of becoming free from the suffering holding us back from living and being fully ourselves. There is some suffering that we all must endure simply because we are humans in an imperfect world and we care about
building a meaningful life. I balance the practice of being freed from suffering with learning to live with certain forms of suffering – while ensuring that one’s suffering is purposeful and worthwhile rather than a meaningless hardship. I am skilled at integrating exposure therapy as well for those who suffer from trauma and PTSD symptomology.
Tessa Gordon, LMFT
Rooted in a desire for social change, I employ a critical feminist, anti-oppression, health at every
size approach. My therapeutic approach is grounded in Narrative theory, an evolving set of
ideas and practices, which embrace a collaborative, non-pathologizing, culturally-sensitive, and
respectful approach to working with people, families, and communities. This approach supports
those who consult with me in developing self-understanding, establishing meaningful
relationships with others, and navigating life-defining challenges.
Ali Giacona LPCC, RDT
People who work with me tend to be interested in doing deeper introspective work and being compassionately challenged. I love to work with young adults and mothers. As someone who had a difficult time in her later teenage and young adult years, I can empathize with that time period of life. I also like working with adults who are new to therapy. Many who I work with struggle with anxiety, depression, disordered eating, self harm, self esteem, body image, and overall life stress.