Jonathan Eli Herrick, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
34 Forrest Street, Mill Valley, CA
My experience practicing family therapy is magical: taking a positive view and seeing the family as a system seeking happiness, I have been able to radically improve a child's life and increase their family's happiness through simple changes to a family's interactions. One example was a 10-year old boy whose behavior was so extreme he was prohibited from public and private schools and headed to a permanent psychiatric institution. In 12 sessions he returned to total normalcy and public school. Since training at Ackerman Family Institute (with Olga Silverstein) and the Washington Family Institute (with Chloe Madanes & Jay Haley), I have practiced family therapy for over thirty-years.
John Snyder, Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
9 Funston Avenue, San Francisco, CA
I provide services that help families who are in distress and crisis, regain a sense of balance and sanity. I have more than 10 years experience working with families and teens who are struggling with substance abuse, anxiety, depression, anger, and trauma. I have worked with families involved in the special education and juvenile justice systems my entire career. The benefit of having a therapist who is familiar with these systems is that I am more aware of how they function, allowing me to collaborate and intervene more effectively on behalf of your child and your family. I am happy to provide a free initial phone consultation. Give me a call today!
Joanne Davis, M.A.
Marriage and Family Therapist
582 Market St., Suite 415, San Francisco, CA
I help blended families, couples, together, or separated work though issues concerning their children. So often the issue involves differing styles of discipling or dealing with a significant other. Cultural issues also crop up, especially with first generation Americans. The cultural differences between children of Immigrants can be taxing, and thus I help people recognize this, negotiate and update what works for themselves and their families.
Natalie M. Mills, LMFT
Marriage and Family Therapist
870 Market St., Ste. 1055, San Francisco, CA
The most frequent family issues I see are problems with parenting (agreeing on limits, consequences, either parent feeling supported by the other), difficulty with issues of adolescence (self injury, eating disorder, suicidality, substance abuse, abusive relationships, bullying), and arguing/ yelling at one another. Any one of these issues can be difficult to handle; often times they occur as a bundle of issues. This can feel overwhelming to both a parent and a child. The whole system suffers and feelings of fear, hopelessness, guilt, anger, and resentment are free-floating with no useful direction. We will find strategies that work for your family so that you can enjoy one another again.
Jayn Rajandran, LMFT, CGE, DTS, MA I/O Psychology
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
45 Franklin Street, San Francisco, CA
You will be taught to explore with each family member how they function in the midst of your family and when alone. This helps your family members focus less on one particular person and focus more on the impact it has on the family as a whole. As a team, we will identify the various roadblocks as a result of conflicts and the unnecessary anxieties that arise, as a result of. We will then develop strategies that helps to solve them. This helps to strengthen the family unit which helps family members work on their problems without assigning blame. We will also handle conflicts and changes arising within the family as a result of therapy. Your family's strengths are utilized at all levels
Asya Grigorieva, Ph.D.
350 Parnassus Ave, #601, San Francisco, CA
Family relationships, and especially early-childhood ones, affect mental health in many ways. I have helped my clients to identify past hurts, traumas, and regrets, and to heal them, as well as to manage present-time family relationships more effectively. After working with teens, young adults, adults, and elderly, I learned to be attuned to developmental cycles and needs of each person. While humans follow general lifespan cycles, each individual person’s timing, needs, and experiences at each stage are highly important.
Charis Khoury, MA, MFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #87389
1730 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Berkeley, CA
I particularly enjoy working with pairs within a family system—a mother and daughter for instance or siblings. Family members who are longing to be closer to each other and having trouble doing it, or wanting to better communicate. This isn't about trying to fix another person or convince them of our views. In therapy, getting to deeper levels of empathy and understanding with the people closest to us can solve a lot of issues on its own, building respect and tolerance for differences, and a gratifying sense of connection. It takes courage, effort, and the willingness to lay down our swords and shields, but it is worth it.
Bryan Newman, MA, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
2428 Dwight Way, Berkeley, CA
Families come to therapy feeling stuck in repetitive patterns of negative interaction. Oftentimes one or more families members feel like they have become the "scapegoat" for the family's problems and are fearful of entering therapy, concerned that doing so will only further cement that role for them. My approach to family therapy helps avoid that dynamic by not taking sides, but rather giving all members an equal voice, and helping each person feel respected and heard. At the same time, I understand that a parent's role is different than a child's, and I work to empower parents to have more "healthy authority" with their children. I am trained in Multi-dimensional Family Therapy (MDFT).
Cheryl Deaner, LMFT
Cheryl Deaner, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
842 Elizabeth Street, San Francisco, CA
Family therapy is perhaps the richest experience of therapy one can have - bringing a family together in a safe place where all points of view and perspectives can be examined is invaluable. It helps the individuals in a family, as well as the therapist, to understand how it is a family has gotten to the point where its problems can no longer easily be solved from within. In times of family stress or crisis, family therapy can be an amazing tool to help families find new and better ways of functioning.
Rachel Gibbs, MA, MFTI
Marriage Family Therapist Intern
2120 Market Street Suite 109, San Francisco, CA
Family therapy is the best way to increase communication and healthy relationships with each other. We learn much of our behavior from our parents and those around us in our family. The unconditional love given and expected in most families is sometimes present too much, sometimes not there and sometimes just confusing. Mom too overbearing? Teenage daughter self-destructing? Dad checked out after work?