Tessa Gordon, LMFT

Tessa Gordon, LMFT

 

Tessa Gordon, LMF Psychotherapist at Wellspace San Francisco

Tessa Gordon
LMFT #113307

SERVICES

Individual Therapy
Couples Therapy
Family Therapy
Eating Disorder Coaching

Location

San Francisco Office
Virtual

Specializations

  • Eating Disorders
  • Body Image
  • Anxiety
  • Life Transitions
  • Relationships
  • Trauma
  • Invisible Illnesses/Disabilities
  • Perfectionism
  • Shame
  • Navigating your 20’s and beyond
  • Adolescents and young adults

Education

  • BA in Psychology from the University of Southern California
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy and Narrative/Postmodern Therapies from Phillips Graduate University

Additional Training

  • B.A. Psychology Magna Cum Laude from University of Southern California
  • M.A in Clinical Psychology, emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy, from
  • Phillips Graduate University
  • 200 hour Yoga Teacher training
  • Nia Whie Belt Instructor
  • Eating Disorder Specialist
  • Narrative therapist
  • Apprenticeship in Narrative Therapy
  • Certified Eating Disorder Specialist- in progress

who i work with

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT #113307), Registered Yoga and Mindful
Movement instructor. I provide psychotherapy and eating disorder coaching services, and am
particularly passionate about working with the specific challenges faced by teens and women
living in San Francisco and Southern California. My specialty areas include disordered eating,
body image, anxiety, life transitions, relationships, trauma, invisible illnesses/disabilities,
perfectionism, shame, and navigating your 20’s and beyond. I have extensive experience
working in the field of eating disorders and supporting clients who are living with a complicated
relationship with food and/or their bodies. Combining clinical and lived experience with a love of
social justice, my passion to help others renegotiate their relationship to these problems is
integrated into each part of my work.

My Approach

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.

My Background

I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Psychology from the University of Southern
California and received my Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, emphasis in Marriage and
Family Therapy and Narrative/Postmodern Therapies from Phillips Graduate University

Why I love this work

I have been in the battle with food and weight, caught in the war zone of an eating disorder, and
come out the other side. Now recovered, I love working with others in discovering their own
version of recovery, and finding out what is holding them back from living the life they desire. I
am extremely passionate about supporting others in connecting to their hopes, values,
passions, and interests outside of the problem, and guiding them in re-(dis)covering what their
“anti-eating disorder” life will look like.

A bit more about me…

Many of my clients describe me as the “anti-therapist,” which is a description I wear with pride. I
bring enthusiasm, improvisation, imagination & creativity into each session. My ability to think
outside the box and ask questions that others may not enables me to develop creative solutions
with clients to help untangle what many would consider to be complicated problems. I believe in
(and embrace) experimentation: the freedom to test things out and see how they fit, to explore
the various facets of yourself, and to allow for complexities, contradictions, and messiness.

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