San Francisco is a city that is known for its progressive values. A hub for LGBT rights, it was one of the first places to prove that just because someone is different than you, it doesn’t mean they are a bad person. If you feel like no one likes you because you’re different, it may be worth it to speak to a counselor. 

A counselor based in San Francisco is accepting towards all walks of life. No matter your age, race, sex, or sexual orientation, they will be there to help you find the help you need. Speak a San Francisco-based counselor today and see how they can help. 

This is Lauren Ball's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - San Francisco, California (San Francisco, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MSW, LCSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Parenting issues
Years of Experience: 21

I think that each of us at one time or another struggles with self worth, coping with crisis, interpersonal conflicts, or problematic behaviors and can benefit from a caring counselor who understands, helps identify solutions, and who doesn't judge. Together we will work as a team towards the goals that you set, and assess our progress as we go. The hardest part is recognizing the need for help and having the courage to get started. I look forward to taking the next steps with you. My style is to focus on the here and now, with practical strategies for making m...

This is Mindy Edwards's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - San Francisco, California (San Francisco, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LCSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 8

Reaching out for help when life gets overwhelming can be difficult, so I would like to applaud you for taking this first step towards seeking support! I believe that you are the expert on your own life, and I'd like to help you uncover your own individual strengths and potential to help you meet your goals. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 7 years experience working as a mental health counselor in California. I have worked with many individuals and families to address a wide variety of common life issues, including depression, symptoms related to B...

This is Dr. Ethan Bregman's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - San Francisco, California (San Francisco, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): Ph.D.
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, LGBT, Self esteem, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 12

My name is Dr. Ethan Bregman and as a clinical psychologist, I have counseled adults in many areas of life difficulties. I utilize several strategies including but not limited to Mindfulness, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Supportive Models and Brief Solution Focused. I work with individuals who struggle with depression and anxiety as well as adjustment to life circumstances and challenges. My counseling style is interactive and non-judgmental, utilizing empathy and humor when appropriate, as I believe humor is an important p...

This is Curtis Smith's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - San Francisco, California (San Francisco, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMFT#102916
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, LGBT, Anger management, Self esteem, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 8

Hello my name is Curtis Wade Smith, M.S., LMFT –Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (CA, BBS, LMFT License #102916) in San Francisco specializing in couples & individual counseling. I maintain a private practice conveniently located in the heart of the City’s Castro district across from Molly Stone’s on Eighteenth Street. Throughout my career, I have demonstrated a strong ability to provide sensitive and insightful care. I offer therapy sessions for individuals, couples, and groups, with people from diverse ethnic, cultural, economic, sexual orientation, gender...

This is Janai Harris's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - San Francisco, California (San Francisco, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LCSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 5

I am a clinical social worker licensed in both California and Illinois with over five years of experience working as a therapist and life coach. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, stress management, life skill development, effective communication skills and conflict resolution, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, ADD/ADHD, and various additional areas. I have worked with clients throughout all life stages: from children in school settings, adolescents at colleges and universities, and a...

This is Melanie Lee's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - San Francisco, California (San Francisco, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LCSW,PPSC
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 11

Melanie N. Lee is the owner of a Private Psychotherapy Practice, You Can Therapeutic Services. She graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) with her Masters Degree in Social Work in 2008 and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of California in 2012. She carries a valid Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPSC) to work with students in schools, utilizing the PPSC as a school based clinician in Long Beach schools for five years. Currently, depression, anxiety, and abortion recovery therapy are Melanie’s areas of interest. Howe...

This is Manisha Chulani's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - San Francisco, California (San Francisco, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MS, LMFT, PPS
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Grief, Parenting issues, Self esteem
Years of Experience: 4

Hi, My name is Manisha and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist based out of California. My style of counseling is empathetic, non-judgmental, and patient. I feel our lives have patterns starting from childhood and I hope to uncover some of those patterns in your life. Also, we tend to live in a very fast past world and with a lot of images of how we should be. I try to help you uncover your true essence and for you to gain self compassion and love. It is to help you gain that secure sense of self. As a teenager, I used to like to go online and chat ...

This is Jack Gershfeld's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - San Francisco, California (San Francisco, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MA,LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Anger management
Years of Experience: 6

My name is Jack Gershfeld, and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I have over 6 years of experience in the field of mental health and currently operate a private counseling practice in Fullerton, California. I work with individuals and couples who experience relationship distress and are yearning to find a way to re-connect and feel close to each other again. I teach in Pepperdine University, Chapman University and am a Clinical Supervisor at a community clinic in La Mirada. My approach is rooted in the research-based Emotionally Focused Therapy ...

This is Heather Driver's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - San Francisco, California (San Francisco, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LPCC,LPC,MA
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Depression
Years of Experience: 7

Welcome! Seeking therapy is not always easy and it may come with reluctance for a variety of reasons. However, we are born for connection and movement. My approach to therapy is collaboration on treatment rooted in relationship. Through a compassionate, nonjudgmental approach you will have the space to talk openly, working toward on your goals and objectives; alleviating the thought and behavioral patterns keeping you from a living the life you deserve. Do you ever wonder, if only I could….. I am here to embark on a journey of healing and growth, standing...

This is Shanee' Brown's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - San Francisco, California (San Francisco, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MSW,LCSW,CAMS-II
Therapy Specialties: Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Anger management, Self esteem, Coaching
Years of Experience: 7

My life was impacted by a therapist many years ago and this experience led me to turn my former pain into a passion to help others on their journeys toward wellness. I earned a Master's Degree in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Southern California in 2013. Post-graduation, I worked toward diversifying my portfolio and knowledge base by working with varying populations, which included, but has not been limited to, foster care youth, victims of human trafficking, adolescents, parenting teens, young adults, married couples, families, and women. I've worked ...

This is Kelsey Hopson-Shiller's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - San Francisco, California (San Francisco, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LCSW
Therapy Specialties: LGBT, Family conflicts, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue
Years of Experience: 10

Hello, My name is Kelsey Hopson-Shiller, and I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Southern California. I earned my Master of Social Work degree, with a concentration in Children and Families, and a sub-specialty in Animal Assisted Therapy from the University of Denver in 2010. I've had the opportunity to work in a wide variety of settings- from in home, to school-based work, to anger management and conflict resolution, as well as providing support to separating or divorcing families. I am experienced in providing therapy to individuals, adolescents, childre...

This is Zoe Avalon's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - San Francisco, California (San Francisco, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MA,LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Family conflicts, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 12

I am a Marriage & Family Therapist and have been providing therapy, consultation and support to individuals for over 12 years. I lived and worked in Hilo, Hawaii for many years where I completed my education before moving to California. I have worked with people from all walks of life and from many cultures experiencing myriad challenges that life can present. We live in a demanding culture in which the choices and pressures of everyday life can become overwhelming; confusion, depression and anxiety can be a result. To combat the pressures of depression and an...

This is Charlene Selsvold's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - San Francisco, California (San Francisco, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LCSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Grief, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 35

Hello, Asking for help takes courage and intention. I am a well seasoned licensed clinical social worker in California with extensive experience in working with a wide range of concerns including anxiety, grief, depression, life transitions, trauma and relationship challenges. Each of us is on a life journey that presents unique challenges. Sometimes feelings emerge that we do not understand or know how to cope with. I offer a supportive environment with unconditional positive regard for your healing journey. We all have a story to tell and sometimes it is simpl...

This is Kathleen Palma's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - San Francisco, California (San Francisco, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Parenting issues, Depression
Years of Experience: 6

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist from the state of California. I have a Master's degree in Psychology with a concentration in Mindfulness and have been counseling for 6 years. I work with clients of all ages with a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, OCD, bi-polar, eating disorders, teen issues, young adult identity issues, addiction, parenting and co-parenting issues. I work from a strength-based theory using elements of cognitive behavioral theory. I try to build a strong and trustful relationship with each clien...

This is Danielle Lipkin's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - San Francisco, California (San Francisco, CA)
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Parenting issues, Depression
Years of Experience: 10

I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in the state of California, and have been practicing therapy for the past 10 years. My work experience in the Greater Los Angeles area and San Bernardo County has allowed me to provide individual/group counseling for children, teens and adults. In addition, I have facilitated family therapy and couples/marriage therapy to assist in promoting & supporting personal growth while making progress towards desired goals. I also have experience in Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting ...

This is Sarah Brekke-Velazquez's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - San Francisco, California (San Francisco, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LCSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Parenting issues, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 8

Hi! Welcome to Better Help. Congratulations on taking one of the first steps in your healing journey! My name is Sarah Brekke-Velazquez and I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California. I graduated from UC Berkeley in 2014 and have over 8 years of counseling experience. I believe in healing ourselves and each other as the first step toward healing our planet. My intention as a therapist is to guide people toward empowerment and healing in order to live their fullest and most joyful lives possible. I believe that we all have this capacity within us, a...

This is Sue De Santo's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - San Francisco, California (San Francisco, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): MSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Relationship issues, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 28

I graduated from Loyola University with a Master's Degree In Social Work. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 25 years of experience in a variety of settings and hold a Level 2 EFT practitioner certification with AAMET. I have extensive experience working with women’s issues, anxiety and depression, substance abuse, grief counseling, relationship issues, divorce recovery and couples counseling. Philosophy When we strengthen the relationship with ourselves, the outer world becomes much more balanced and fulfilling. I help my clients slow down and...

This is Jeannie Meyers's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - San Francisco, California (San Francisco, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LCSW 74817
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Self esteem, Depression
Years of Experience: 9

My name is Jeannie Meyers and I am a licensed clinical social worker. I have experience in counseling, case management, and worked with a variety of populations. I have 9 years’ experience working in the mental health field. I treated clients with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, relationship issues, stress management, and life transitions. I use cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, dialectical behavioral therapy, and eye movement desensitization reprocessing techniques with clients. I want to help clients develop insight, awareness, and clarity o...

This is Kila Carrier's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - San Francisco, California (San Francisco, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LCSW
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Self esteem, Depression, Coping with life changes
Years of Experience: 6

Welcome to Better Help! You have taken a huge step by coming to Better Help and I hope that you will find it worthwhile. My name is Kila Carrier, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of California. I earned my Master of Social Work degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2011. I have worked with individuals experiencing a variety of issues, ranging from depression/anxiety, stress, addiction issues, trauma/abuse, and more. I find that a client-centered approach and creating a positive, safe space for my clients to work through the...

This is Michelle Simmer's avatar and link to their profile
One Of Many Online Therapists Serving - San Francisco, California (San Francisco, CA)
Type Of Therapy License(s): LMFT
Therapy Specialties: Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and abuse, Depression, Compassion fatigue, ADHD
Years of Experience: 3

Hi! My name is Michelle Simmer and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist. I have almost 20 years of treating various issues such as depression, trauma, social anxiety and women’s issues. I primarily use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I like using this therapy because it brings results if the client is willing to examine their negative thought processes. I am also trained in Trauma focused therapy, Solution Focused Therapy. I am also empathetic, warm and supportive. I also use Motivational Interviewing to assist the client with goals and tracking progres...

Having a hard time selecting a therapist in San Francisco? (Here Is How Our San Francisco Therapists Can Help)

Finding the right therapist can feel intimidating, but there are simple ways to narrow down your search for the San Francisco area; especially when you're having a hard time trying to find therapists accepting new clients.

First, research what type of therapy you’d like to pursue BEFORE trying to find a therapist or psychologist. Maybe that’s psychodynamic, cognitive behavior therapy, group therapy, family therapy, or couple’s counseling; just pick the San Francisco therapist that is right for your needs. Next consider whether the gender of your therapist matters, the types of therapy they're most experienced with, and then finally choose a therapist located near you in the city of San Francisco, or elsewhere in the San Francisco county or state of California.


What is the cost difference between conventional therapy and working with one of our listed therapists above?

The United States has many therapists who are comfortable charging $200 or more per session, and in some instances you might find that the average price of a therapy session in San Francisco, CA ranges from $85-$150.

Some therapists in the state of California will work on a sliding scale, meaning they’ll factor in your income and charge what you can afford per session. With our therapists serving both the city of San Francisco and elsewhere throughout the state of California, you can expect significantly more affordable options with sessions ranging from $40 to $70 per week (billed monthly).


Did you know our therapists are not limited to in-person visits?

Online therapists, including all those listed above (all of which are in the United States) able to work with people like you in or around San Francisco offer creative forms of communication to help people like you receive the best type of treatment for your needs.

Whether that’s via sms texting with your therapist, video sessions where you see you one another and talk about your problems, live chat or phone sessions, you and your therapist will find the best way to address your mental health challenges.

So if you're dealing with things like relationship problems that could be addressed in couples therapy, you want to work with one of our experienced cognitive behavioral therapists (specializing in behavioral health), assistance with eating disorders, or support with other common mental health issues (like stress, anxiety, depression, grief, etc)... take a look at our available therapists above and find a therapist that is right for you.


How to know if therapy is right for you?

One of the rewarding aspects of working with a therapist is that they are listening to your feelings. Our friends and loved ones often hear us, but they may have a hard time providing objective guidance in the way a therapist can; which can be extremely valuable due to the fact that many therapists have experience helping others through similar difficult times.

A therapist wants to support you toward a healthier emotional state, no matter what you're dealing with (including behavioral health concerns, grief, anxiety, depression or stress). In addition to developing healthier emotions, another benefit of therapy is you have a safe space to discuss problems that you may be hesitant to talk about with people in your everyday life.

Many people have sensitive topics to discuss; possibly an addiction or an issue with their relationship that they’re ashamed to speak about with their friends and/or partner. A San Francisco therapist can help you confront these kinds of issues and find ways to face them and heal.

With more than 870887 people in the city of San Francisco, CA finding a therapist can be both costly and hard to do. Our goal with the list of therapists shown above is to get you the support you need today. If you’re looking for a nearby therapist close to 94125 or the surrounding zip codes (shown below), take a look at other available therapists in the popular nearby cities listed at the bottom of this page.

Other FAQs:

What is the difference between a therapist and a psychologist?

Both a therapist and a psychologist can help with some of the most challenging times in life. Often times, a psychologist will work along side a psychiatrist who is also a doctor in order to have medication prescribed if needed for a patient's care; but this is not always to case. At the end of the day, both mental health care professionals can provide the different types of therapy that someone needs.

So if you're looking for a professional, it's likely that one of our therapists can be of assistance and help you feel comfortable and confident with online counseling. Our counseling services will connect you with a licensed professional that is ready to work with clients like you to form a helpful therapeutic relationship.

Whether you are here looking for a a child psychologist in San Francisco, couples counseling in San Francisco, family conflict therapy in San Francisco, or a marriage counselor open to working with individuals in you area... BetterHelp can assist you, possibly in new ways that you haven't tried using technology.

Are therapists covered by insurance?

Therapy with a clinical psychologist is often NOT covered by health insurance. While only some health plans in the USA cover counseling in San Francisco, this does not have to make your search for therapists in you area a challenge. The reason is our new ways of using technology like text, video, phone, and live chat options have made it easier for therapists working with individuals like you easier and much more affordable; as described above.

With that in mind, you can feel comfortable to look at the list of available therapists on our platform ready to both help and work with clients like you; all while building a healthy therapeutic relationship designed to assist you. When it comes to working with a BetterHelp therapist on our platform, it's important to keep in mind that the services offered here normally are not covered by health insurance, Medicaid or Medicare.

Therapists... what exactly do they do?

Therapy, aka psychotherapy and/or counseling, on the BetterHelp platform is basically the process of working and meeting with a licensed clinical psychologist online. Whether you're looking for a couples counseling session, or cognitive behavioral therapy... we have counselors that are actively working with individuals like yourself and are able to work with you.

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Emergency Situations:

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Other zip codes that therapists in or around San Francisco, California can serve:

94102, 94103, 94104, 94105, 94107, 94108, 94109, 94110, 94111, 94112, 94114, 94115, 94116, 94117, 94118, 94119, 94120, 94121, 94122, 94123, 94124, 94125, 94126, 94127, 94129, 94130, 94131, 94132, 94133, 94134, 94137, 94139, 94140, 94141, 94142, 94143, 94144, 94145, 94146, 94147, 94151, 94158, 94159, 94160, 94161, 94163, 94164, 94172, 94177, 94188