Counselor / Therapist in San Francisco, CA

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Kay Goldstein, MA, MFT

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Couples Counseling - Be Your Best Selves
Self-Management Tools to Optimize Your Relationship
In individual work, I am interactive and work concretely with goals and how to achieve those goals.
I offer specific tools for improving areas you are struggling with or just want to improve:
- creating clear communication,
- how to disagree in a non-divisive way,
- how to clarify expectations, wants and needs, disappointments and resentments, etc.
I am also mindful of the effect that a person's childhood has on how a person acts as an adult and where she/he gets "stuck", so I can "unstick" those places with specific skill-building.

My specializations include:
depression, anxiety,
all relationship issues,
eating disorders/bingeing,
chronic illness (especially CFIDS and diabetes), and
problems with sex/sexuality,
childhood history of abuse (intermittent/chronic/severe),
and PTSD, including single incidents to severe dissociative processes.

In couples work, I support each person’s process and direction.
I am fair and balanced with each partner in a couple; I am directive and create new ways of communicating and safe experiments within the session.
I work with many different kinds of couples and a large variety of issues.
Focus is often on:
issues of improved communication,
fair fighting,
unequal/inhibited sexual desire,
abuse history affecting intimacy,
separation decisions,
clean divorce.

I have thirty-two years licensed experience working with individual women, men and couples.
I have been in private practice since 1980, when I received my license to practice Marriage and Family Counseling.

I just completed a three-year part-time position with UCSF as a Behavior Medicine Specialist for CDAPP (California Diabetes and Pregnancy Program). I trained health care professionals in psychosocial issues in their Sweet Success (pregnancy and diabetes) programs. Before that I worked directly as a Social Worker with pregnant women who had diabetes; I screened them for depression and provided education and support regarding a wide range of psychosocial issues.

It also has a number of articles about when a person might need therapy, how to find a therapist and information about couples counseling. There are links to organizations as well as book lists and other useful information.
I have lived in California since 1968.
I have lived in the Bay Area since 1976.
My office has been on Irving Street since 1982.
I have a second office in the East Bay on Claremont Avenue in Oakland.
Practice Areas
 Counseling / Therapy  Loneliness
 Anger Management  Marriage & Family Therapy
 Anxiety and Panic  Marriage Counseling
 Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
 Body Image Issues  Online / Video / Teletherapy
 Caregiver Issues  Pre and Postpartum Mental Health
 Chronic Illness  Relationship Issues
 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Issues  Self Esteem Issues
 Couples Therapy  Seniors and Elder Care Issues
 Depression  Stress Management
 Divorce  Trauma and PTSD
 Eating Disorders  Women's Issues
 Grief and Loss  Work and Career Issues
 Life Transitions
 Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
MA in Counseling Psychology at Antioch/West, San Francisco 1978

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Levels 1 and 2, 1994

Monthly Study Group in Dissociative Disorders, since 1999
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
San Francisco Chapter of Calif. Assn. of Marriage and Family Therapists
East Bay Chapter of CAMFT
ISSTD - International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation
Payments Accepted
cash and check
Hours:Monday-Thursday noon-8pm
Cost/Session:Sliding Scale $100-$160
License:CALIF MFC15293
Helpful Links
527 Irving Street
Additional Location
6097 Claremont Avenue
OaklandCA 94618
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