Lisa Garbus, MA, PhD
Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #97051
I offer a warm, honest, and collaborative space within which we can explore issues that are troubling you. My aim is for you to feel more fully alive, to find the flexibility and resilience for stronger connections to others and a more vigorous pursuit of your goals and dreams.
Change is possible. Deep, long-lasting change comes from within and radiates out into the world.
Many of us feel blocked or confused as we approach the things we most deeply want. In my experience, this confusion can be the result of an important emotional cycle in our lives that has been interrupted. As children or young adults, many of us developed coping strategies under unique and sometimes difficult conditions. These strategies were necessary and helpful at the time, but now they are unconsciously getting in the way of relationships, career goals, creativity, or just the ability to be content and feel good about ourselves. We feel that something is off, and we frequently blame ourselves.
We will use the therapist-client relationship as a safe place to examine what you want in your life. We will gain a better understanding of patterns of thought and behavior that have kept you from knowing, revealing, and reaching for what you truly want. My goal is to help you become more of who you are, so you can be more fully alive. You will find the emotional flexibility to use your energy and creativity in ways that you choose, and the freedom to live a more satisfying life.
I welcome people of all ages, backgrounds, and experiences. Some of the areas I work with include depression, anxiety, trauma, intergenerational trauma and stress, life transitions, illness, grief, anger, and career, relationship, parenting, and self-esteem issues.
My work is relational and holistic. In addition to an MA in Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies, I have a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley, and years of experience teaching reading, writing, and literature. I’m interested in what artistic expression tells us about who we are as humans.
1996 Union Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, California 94123
- Individual Therapy
- Couples Therapy
- Family Therapy
- Child & Adolescent Therapy
My fee is $80-$130 for a 50-minute session. I reserve a number of slots for lower fee clients. Call me to talk about the fee.
I do not accept insurance, but I can provide a monthly receipt that can be submitted to health insurance companies for possible reimbursement.
If you are considering working with me, you can leave me a confidential voicemail at 415-330-5443. Please let me know some good times to call you back, and we can schedule a free 20-minute phone consultation to explore your interests and needs. Or reach me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will get back to you, typically within 24 hours.
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