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 Info
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.
Bio
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
 Depression
 Divorce
 Eating Disorders
 Grief and Loss
 Life Transitions
 Loneliness
 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
Certifications:
 Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
Education
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
Hours
Monday-Thursday noon-8pm
Cost/Session
Sliding Scale $100-$160
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Nearby Cities:
 Belvedere Tiburon  Pacifica
 Brisbane  San Bruno
 Daly City  Sausalito
 Mill Valley  South San Francisco
 Oakland
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