Brian DePalma, AMFT

 

Brian DePalma Associate Marriage + Family Therapist at Wellspace San Francisco

Brian DePalma

Associate Marriage + Family Therapist #113054
Supervised by Kim Strong #29475

SERVICES

Individual Therapy
Couples Therapy
Adolescent Therapy
Group Therapy

Location

San Francisco Office
Virtual

Specializations

  • Couples Therapy
  • Adolescent Therapy
  • Somatic
  • Ecotherapy
  • Stress Management
  • Inner Critics
  • Addictions

Education

  • MA in Counseling Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies

Trainings + Certifications

  • Trauma-focused CBT certified
  • Crisis Prevention Intervention certified

Who I Work With

  • Clients who are motivated to become active participants in their own healing and self-understanding
  • Diverse populations

MY Approach

My approach is integrative, holistic, and collaborative. I believe playfulness to be an essential approach in our quest in reclaiming (in my opinion) our innate authenticity we were born into this world with. What parts of ourselves do we want to reconnect with? How do we criticize our own selves? I firmly believe in the power of compassion and curiosity to bring appreciation to the parts of ourselves that we once believed to be “unlovable.” I invite you to bring as much of yourself into the room that you feel comfortable bringing each session — show up as you are. The world around us is in flux and you can be too.

My approach is strength-based, which highlights what keeps us going day to day. What sparks your passions and fuels you to continue growing? My approach is direct and clear-minded in regards to daily conflicts, while remaining accepting, nonjudgmental, and compassionate. I believe in the power of bonds (including therapist and client) to bridge feelings of isolation towards feelings of empowerment. I believe the connection to ourselves and the world we live in to be key, once again, in finding some of that inner joy.

Background

Brian practiced trauma-informed community mental health at the Liberation Institute in San Francisco. His commitment to community mental health reflects his core values that healing and vital interpersonal connection can be accessible across racial and class divides practiced this past year with foster youth. He utilized play therapy and personal narratives of empowerment with inner city youth. Brian focuses on relieving trauma symptoms that can be a result of history, intersectionality of identities/systemic oppression, and a myriad of factors in the story of each individual and their families.

Why I love this work

I get to have real conversations with real people everyday!

A bit more about me…

You can find me outside in Mother Nature on most of my days off, refueling my vitality and unpacking work weeks (my own stress management routine). I love to make tinctures, teas, and infusions with natural herbs and roots to calm our nervous systems. I also like to cook creative meals, hike in nature, and dance…especially when nobody is looking! I think I’m the best singer in the shower on this side of the Mississippi.

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