About Me

I am a licensed marriage and family therapist in both California and Hawaii. During the last nine years, many of the roles I’ve held were not only as a therapist, but also as a case manager and a social worker. The majority of my experience has been working with marginalized at-risk folks in Oakland and San Francisco: those facing extreme challenges and needing the most mental health support, while also securing and maintaining financial, housing, and family stability. I have helped many clients who have been combating either anxiety, PTSD, depression, panic disorder, schizophrenia, relationship issues, OCD, Bipolar Disorder I and II and LGBTQIAP-related issues. I have also worked with clients with dual diagnoses. (You can also learn more about me on my website at www.iancarterlmft.com)

My counseling style is often warm and compassionate. At times, I may use humor or gentle challenging to help my clients find their full potential. I want to meet you where you're at as I don't like to take on the stance that I'm the expert on your life. I can’t make you do anything you don’t want to or are not ready to do. I’m simply here to help you figure out what your choices are and what choices you want to make that will help you reach your goals. The theoretical approaches I often pull from include cognitive behavioral therapy, humanistic, solution-focused, and narrative therapy- as I like to get a little creative with my clients. As we work together more, and I learn more about who you are and the challenges you are currently facing, we’ll get more into learning about these approaches through different interventions that may be helpful to you.

You already took the first big step... trying to find help. Good for you! You're already off to a great start.

I look forward to working with you!


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • LGBT
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Sleeping disorders , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Existential Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 9

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LMFT #84529 (Expires: 2020-12-31)

LMFT #631 (Expires: 2022-12-31)


Written by C.H. on May 20, 2020 after counseling with Ian for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Ian has been so helpful to me with giving me guidance, worksheets, and ways to cope with my issues...He responds quickly, but his answers are thought out and caring...I would recommend him to anyone...

Written by S.A. on May 01, 2020 after counseling with Ian for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Ian is very patient, kind, and always seems to know what to say. He gives relevant hw assignments that always teach me something new about myself. I never thought of art as a healthy coping mechanism. I thought I just did it when I was bored. Now I realize how important it is to follow our passions.

Written by A.L. on Apr 30, 2020 after counseling with Ian for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

He’s amazing. I really liked the feedback he has given and the responses.