We currently offer individual (one-on-one) therapy via video or phone (i.e., telehealth)*.
Therapy is a professional relationship focused on creating a greater understanding of ourselves and the way we function in our relationships, work and social environments, and the world at large. Therapy generally focuses on reducing distress while also working through difficult past and even current experiences while building hope for a bright personal future.
Our providers are highly qualified to work with clients struggling with psychological and interpersonal distress of many types. Psychological distress is experienced and expressed differently by every individual person. Some examples of what distress can look like includes feeling overwhelmed by negative emotions like anxiety, sadness, anger, or disgust to the point you struggle to complete your daily activities and obligations; thinking “in circles” where you may think about a situation (one which occurred int eh past or one you fear could occur in the future) over and over again without feeling like you can find a good way out it; having difficulty getting out of bed because of feelings of depression, hopelessness, or anxiety and worry; trouble sleeping; feeling interrupted by unwanted thoughts or memories related to a traumatic experience (including experiences of discrimination); trouble making decisions or feeling like you cannot trust yourself or others. Sometimes, people start to use substances like alcohol and drugs more often and/or in greater quantities as a way to deal with these types of distress. Our team can help with any number of these issues. Please look at what our team members expertise is on the “About Us”.
If you are currently feeling in crisis and need to speak with a provider within a few minutes in order to remain safe, we encourage you to use the resources listed at the bottom of this page to speak with a supportive person more quickly. V.I.A. providers are not available at all hours and cannot provide crisis care.
If you or a loved one is in immediate danger, call 911. As suggested by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, notify the operator that it is a psychiatric emergency and ask for an officer trained in crisis intervention.
Below are resources we encourage you to access as needed:
- If you have thoughts of hurting yourself or others, please contact a crisis hotline
- SF specific: (415) 781-0500
- National Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
- If you are struggling with substance abuse, please call the SF Drug information line at (415) 834-1144 or the SF Relapse line at (415) 288-7160. You can also call SAMHSA’s National Helpline, which is a free, confidential, 24/7 treatment referral and information service for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders, at 1-800-662-4357 [TTY: 1-800-487-4889].
- If you experience distress related to feeling depressed or down, please contact the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance at 800-826-3632
- If you would like a referral to specific mental health services or support programs in your local community, please contact Mental Health America at 800-969-6642
- If you experience distress related to experiences of sexual assault, please contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-4673 for free help 24/7.
- If you are experiencing violence from your intimate partner, please contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233 to speak to a trained advocate 24/7.
*There is a wealth of research demonstrating that therapy delivered via telehealth is as effective as in-person therapy while also having the benefiting of allowing for greater flexibility in when and where providers and clients can meet as well as eliminating the need to travel to an office. [1,2]