- Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Master of Arts, Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Somatic Psychotherapy
Currently only accepting couples and families.* Ready to break free of frustrating and confusing patterns in your relationships? What would a life filled with meaning, fulfillment and joy look like for you? I understand that our relationships can be both some of the most valuable and most challenging aspects of our lives. I welcome all formations of relationships including romantic relationships (monogamous, open, polyamorous) and familial relationships (siblings, parent/child, etc.). My aim is to help identify and shift dynamics which are causing stress in relationships as well as recognize the strengths and connections which sustain them.
I enjoy working mindfully and somatically to explore communication and relationship patterns, slowing down at points of tension or avoidance, and expanding and celebrating moments of connection and understanding. This can include deepening understanding of the ways we are explicitly communicating as well as bringing awareness to some of the more implicit or unconscious messages we are sending and receiving.
I grew up in Portland, Oregon and later lived in various parts of Colorado before moving back to the west coast, settling in the Bay Area. I have many interests and passions outside of the therapy room, including: music, hiking, running, biking, yoga, animals, cooking/baking, and various forms of arts and crafts. I am often balancing my drive to be active and explore, with my appreciation for the serenity of stillness. Similarly, I find myself most engaged in life when striking a balance between facing challenges and feeling comforted. Those who know me well describe me as gentle, intuitive, practical, and compassionate.
I am drawn to my work as a therapist as it calls me to be constantly curious about what it means to be alive, present, and thriving. In my undergraduate degree, I studied philosophy and psychology, humbled by the age-old question of “what does it mean to lead the good life?” I continue to hold this question as a central tenant in my life and work, considering this from a practical, ethical, and deeply personal perspective.
My interests and studies led me to become a professional bodyworker (Licensed Massage
Therapist and Certified Personal Trainer), later arriving at my current practice as a somatic
therapist. I am influenced by humanistic, relational, psychodynamic, mindfulness, and trauma- informed approaches.
From personal experience, I believe in the power of looking inward and finding ways to feel “at home” in your body as well as feeling “at home” in the world. My relationships with family, friends, and spouse serve as a primary source of inspiration for me to continually cultivate personal growth as a way to deepen connection and intimacy with others.
I am passionate about welcoming the whole human experience (mind, body and spirit) into how we work together. I will follow your lead and guide the therapeutic process as we explore your current experience in a warm, mindful, nonjudgmental way.
With a background in philosophy and massage therapy, I bring both an open, thoughtful mind and an intuitive, body-based grounding awareness. I’m also very curious, pragmatic, and creative. I deeply acknowledge the serious impact of challenging situations, while also at times bringing humor and lightness into one’s perspective.
- Youth: 12-18
- Young Adult: 18-25
- Adults: 25-65
- Seniors: 65+
- Premarital Couples
- Persons in Polyamorous Relationships
Perfectionism and Harsh “Inner-Critic”, Stress-Management, Self-Esteem, Self-Compassion, Social Anxiety, Life Transitions, Athletes, Highly Sensitive People, Body Image, Connection and Intimacy
- Humanistic Therapy
- Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
- Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
- Relational Psychotherapy
- Somatic Psychotherapy
Grief Counseling, Rosen Method, Licensed Massage Therapist
- Credit Card
$160 for 50 minutes, $240 for 75 minutes
Due to COVID-19, all sessions are currently being held via telehealth (video/phone)
- Tuesday Morning
- Tuesday Afternoon
- Tuesday Evening
- Wednesday Morning
- Wednesday Afternoon
- Wednesday Evening
- Thursday Morning
- Thursday Afternoon
- Thursday Evening
I honor that entering into a therapeutic relationship is a personal and important decision. With
this in mind, I offer a free initial 20-minute phone consultation to allow us to get to know each
other and see if we may be a good fit. In this consultation, I can answer any questions you have
about myself and the therapeutic process, find out what brings you to therapy, and any goals you
may have. This consultation can be conducted via phone or video.
If you are interested in working together, please call me at 415-656-8052 to leave a confidential
voicemail. I will return your call within one business day.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Vanessa Tate, LMFT #48163