Psychologist in San Francisco, CA

Preferred Member

Lisa Shields, Ph.D.

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20 Years in Private Practice with Adults and Couples.
Invite my expertise to assist you with your journey.
Making the decision to begin therapy can be a difficult one. Whether it is to enter into therapy for the first time or to resume the process after a hiatus, I commend you for seeking assistance, counsel, and a compassionate ear. Most of us are in need of additional tools at some point in this wonderful yet often baffling course through life. Congratulations for giving yourself permission for seeking assistance to facilitate your personal journey.

Finding your therapist can be a frustrating process. Psychological studies show that the best outcomes for therapy are when the client likes their therapist and when the therapist likes the client. Therapy is a relationship and can be an extremely important relationship for you. I deeply respect the process of finding your right therapist, which is why I offer a free initial consultation.
Therapy is your journey. If you invite me to walk along beside you on this path, I will offer to you my best critical thinking, understanding, compassion, the most up to date scientific findings and theoretical knowledge based on my 20 years of working in this field. I am adept at pointing out signposts, synchronicities, other paths and directions that you may not have noticed along the way. Sometimes we need another set of eyes to tell us when we are just about to step in something gooey and stinky. And at other times we need help getting it off the bottoms of our shoes so that we can continue onward.

The art of therapy is knowing when to listen quietly and compassionately, when to offer up practical advice and tools, and/or when to bring up an unconscious dynamic that is unduly influencing the course of your direction. After 20 years of studying and practicing this art, I feel I can offer you this subtle yet profoundly important expertise.
Practice Areas
 Counseling / Therapy  Life and Wellness Coaching
 Addiction / Drug Rehab  Life Transitions
 Anger Management  Loneliness
 Anxiety and Panic  Marriage & Family Therapy
 Bicultural Difficulties  Marriage Counseling
 Body Image Issues  Men's Issues
 Caregiver Issues  Online / Video / Teletherapy
 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Issues  Pet Therapy
 Couples Therapy  Premarital Counseling
 Depression  Problem Gambling
 Divorce  Relationship Issues
 Domestic Violence  Self Esteem Issues
 Eating Disorders  Sexual Dysfunction
 Gay or Lesbian Issues  Stress Management
 Gender Identity / Transgenderism  Trauma and PTSD
 Grief and Loss  Women's Issues
 Clinical Psychologist
Mindfulness, gratitude, compassion, and acceptance are the foundation of my therapeutic practice and my personal life. Mindfulness is the cornerstone of these teachings. Mindfulness strengthens the part of you that observes yourself. As the muscle of this observing and compassionate part of the mind begins to strengthen, we become more adept at being at the helm versus being at the whim of our impulses, old habits, and unconscious motivations.

Under the umbrella of mindfulness, I have an extensive array of tools and techniques that I utilize in therapy. I have training & experience in:

guided meditations
CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
dream interpretation
Object Relations
mindfulness meditations
DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy)
depth therapy
relaxation and stress reduction methods
ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)
American Psychological Association (APA), California Psychological Association (CPA), Association of Transpersonal Psychology (ATP), San Francisco Psychological Association (SFPA) and Santa Clara County Psychological Association (SCCPA).
Payments Accepted
PPO insurance, credit cards, paypal, cash
Hours:M-Thurs, 12-10 p.m.
License:PSY15368, California Licensed Psychologist
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1445 20th Street
Additional Location
4546 El Camino Real, Suite 234
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