Counselor / Therapist
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Kay Goldstein, MA, MFT
Couples Counseling - Be Your Best Selves
Self-Management Tools to Optimize Your Relationship
527 Irving Street   
San FranciscoCA 94122
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Practice Information:
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
 Anger Management
 Anxiety and Panic
 Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
 Body Image Issues
 Caregiver Issues
 Chronic Illness
 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Issues
 Couples Therapy
 Eating Disorders
 Grief and Loss
 Life Transitions
 Marriage & Family Therapy
 Marriage Counseling
 Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
 Online / Video / Teletherapy
 Pre and Postpartum Mental Health
 Relationship Issues
 Self Esteem Issues
 Seniors and Elder Care Issues
 Stress Management
 Trauma and PTSD
 Women's Issues
 Work and Career Issues
 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
Payments Accepted:
cash and check
Monday-Thursday noon-8pm
Sliding Scale $100-$160
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Nearby Cities:
 Belvedere Tiburon  Pacifica
 Brisbane  San Bruno
 Daly City  Sausalito
 Mill Valley  South San Francisco