- Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Master of Arts, Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Somatic Psychotherapy
“You’re perfect just as you are...and you could use a little improvement.”
-Shunryu Suzuki Roshi
I believe that life is full of paradoxes and that therapy can be a place to explore the complex, and sometimes contradictory, thoughts and feelings in your internal and external world.
I also believe that we each possess a great deal of wisdom that offers guidance in simple (though not necessarily easy) ways for us to embody. Therapy can offer time and space to be heard, seen, and supported exactly as you are, so that you may find a way to move towards where you would like to go.
If you’re feeling stuck, lost, stressed, down, or searching for some form of greater meaning and connection in life, seeking counseling can be a courageous gift to yourself.
I work with individuals, couples, and groups of all ages and stages of life. Some of my areas of interest and experience include: life transitions, existential questions, grief counseling, anxiety and depression, trauma, self-doubt/self-criticism, spiritual yearning, struggles in relationships, finding joy, and searching for life goals/directions.
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
$140 for 50 minutes, $210 for 75 minutes
Due to COVID-19, all sessions are currently being held via telehealth (video/phone)
- Tuesday Morning
- Tuesday Afternoon
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