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Counselor / Therapist in San Francisco, CA

Renee Spencer, MFT

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Psychotherapy, Couples Counseling & Psychoanalysis
San Francisco - Laurel Heights
You've likely tried everything, even procrastinated, before considering therapy. I find that emotional suffering is often rooted in relationship patterns, hidden contradictions and emotional blind spots that are hard to recognize and resolve on your own. My work involves facilitating self-exploration and helping you understand your personality tendencies so that you can have greater emotional flexibility and satisfaction in your life.

I am a highly trained psychotherapist providing individual therapy, couples counseling and modern psychoanalysis for a wide range of difficulties such as anxiety, depression, relationship problems, self-esteem or just wanting more out of life.

My approach is direct and collaborative and my style is thoughtful, warm and practical. I will share my thoughts and ideas about what contributes to or has led to your difficulties and together we'll determine if how I'm thinking is useful.

I appreciate that it takes courage to look at yourself more deeply. I do my best to bring compassion and encouragement to helping you explore your difficulties.

I offer a free phone consultation to help assess your situation and determine if we should meet.
Bio
I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) with over fourteen years of experience working in mental health.
Practice Areas
 Counseling / Therapy  Loneliness
 Adoption  Marriage & Family Therapy
 Anger Management  Marriage Counseling
 Anxiety and Panic  Men's Issues
 Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
 Body Image Issues  Online / Video / Teletherapy
 Caregiver Issues  Pre and Postpartum Mental Health
 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Issues  Psychoanalysis
 Chronic Illness  Relationship Issues
 Couples Therapy  Self Esteem Issues
 Depression  Seniors and Elder Care Issues
 Divorce  Stress Management
 Eating Disorders  Trauma and PTSD
 Grief and Loss  Women's Issues
 Life Transitions  Work and Career Issues
Certifications
 Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)  Member, American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA)
Education/Training
Specialized Post-Licensure Training

I am currently undertaking formal, post-licensure training in modern psychoanalysis. This specialized training is the most selective, rigorous and comprehensive clinical education that mental health clinicians can undertake. It greatly deepens a clinician’s understanding of people including their emotions, thinking, behavior and relationship patterns. I have found that my training in psychoanalysis has improved the quality of all of my work. Whether you choose to see me for psychotherapy, couples counseling, or psychoanalysis, you’ll receive the benefit of my training.
Memberships
San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis (SFCP)
Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology (NCSPP)
American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA)
American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), Member of the Mental Health Professional Group
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF
License:MFC 40511, CA
Location
3236 Sacramento Street
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