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Rainer Geissler, MA, MFT

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Rainer Geissler, MA, MFT - Psychotherapy
“If we want to help our clients to realize themselves as more complete true human beings, we must ourselves have the courage to risk the dangers of being human.” –Laura Perls-

If your life isn’t what you’d like it to be, if you are burdened by feelings of unhappiness, or if you are just not happy, then therapy can help you to feel more supported and better understood. My approach is to provide you with a safe and respectful environment where you can be yourself, your true self.

Therapy is about growth and realizing your idea of a complete and satisfying life. Get to know the many different sides of yourself, learn to appreciate all of yourself and explore the risk of taking new steps in order to heal old wounds.

I specialize in working with LGBTQ youth and adults, people in the coming out process and those who are dealing with difficulties with their family due to the different choices they made in their life’s. My goal is to help you face the pain and struggles you hide from. Let’s address them together and start the process towards a life full of abundant happiness you deserve.

I am fluent in English, German, and Dutch.

Free 20 minute initial consultation upon request.
Rainer Geissler is a psychotherapist with over 23 years of experience. He started out in 1987 as a facilitator of Coming-Out Groups in the Gay and Lesbian Center in Berlin, Germany. In 1988, he began his studies in Psychology at the Free University in Berlin, and in 1991 continued them at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, finishing with a Master of Science in Psychology. During the time in which Rainer studied at the University of Amsterdam, he also attended a four-year training program at Gestalt Education Network International in Frankfurt, Germany, that earned him a certificate of completion in Gestalt Therapy.

In Amsterdam Rainer worked as a counselor at the gay and lesbian center “SAD-Schorerstichting” providing services to people with HIV and AIDS, including group therapy for people who worked with this population. During this time he also provided individual therapy for clients at the “Center for Socialization and Personal Growth” and in private practice in Cologne, Germany. In 1998, Rainer transitioned to work for the Dutch Department of Justice, providing therapeutic services to prison inmates in a clinical setting in the federal prison facility “The Single” in Amsterdam.

In 2001- 2002, Rainer came to the United States and attended the New College of California in San Francisco, completing a masters degree in clinical and social psychology. In 2004 Rainer started to work at the Haight Ashbury Free Clinics, providing individual and group therapy, and facilitating early recovery, drug diversion, gay men’s, HIV & AIDS, and dual diagnosis groups on an ongoing basis. In August of 2012, he went into private practice.
Practice Areas
 Counseling / Therapy  Grief and Loss
 Addiction / Drug Rehab  Life Transitions
 Anger Management  Loneliness
 Anxiety and Panic  Marriage & Family Therapy
 Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)  Marriage Counseling
 Bicultural Difficulties  Men's Issues
 Body Image Issues  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
 Caregiver Issues  Online / Video / Teletherapy
 Chronic Illness  Pre and Postpartum Mental Health
 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Issues  Problem Gambling
 Couples Therapy  Relationship Issues
 Depression  Self Esteem Issues
 Divorce  Seniors and Elder Care Issues
 Domestic Violence  Stress Management
 Eating Disorders  Trauma and PTSD
 Gay or Lesbian Issues  Work and Career Issues
 Gender Identity / Transgenderism
 Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
European Degree in Physical Therapy
European Degree in Psychology
Master of Art in Social and Clinical Psychology from New College in California, USA
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, California, MFC48467

Certification as Gestalt Therapist from Gestalt Education Network International, Frankfurt, Germany
Certification as Social Therapist from the Department of Justice, The Hague, The Netherlands
Other Languages
German, Dutch
Payments Accepted
Cash or Check. Insurance Plans: Blue Shield; MHN / Managed Health Network; Out of Network/PPO
870 Market Street
Suite 855
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