At mindfulSF we are committed to utilizing evidence-based practices in the field of mental health and wellness in order to help people live meaningful and fulfilling lives. All of the services we provide are grounded in collaboration, curiosity, and compassion.
We are an out-of-network provider offering both individual and group therapy sessions for a range of mental health conditions. For more details on out-of-network coverage, see our coverage + costs page.
Areas of Specialty
We provide treatment to adolescents and adults suffering from wide range of conditions. For a more in-depth overview of each of the areas we treat, click here.
At mindfulSF we are committed to helping people move towards what is most meaningful to them in life. Through a detailed assessment process (1-3 sessions) we work to understand how specific thought patterns and behaviors may be getting in the way for you. We work collaboratively to establish treatment goals and to introduce strategies for coping that are aimed at increasing quality of life. Movement towards goals is supported by practicing skills both during and in between therapy sessions.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) are considered the gold-standard of OCD and anxiety treatment. CBT helps people identify the connection between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and learn new ways of responding when difficult thoughts and feelings arise. ERP is a CBT technique that involves gradual and repeated exposure to situations that trigger anxiety. Repeated exposure practice can help people embrace doubt and uncertainty and break cycles of OCD and anxiety that get in the way of living life fully. At mindfulSF, we work collaboratively with clients to face their fears in a gradual and supportive manner. All treatment is approached at a pace that feels manageable for the individual. For more information about ERP take a look at https://iocdf.org/about-ocd/treatment/erp/.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an evidence-based treatment developed by Dr. Steven Hayes in 1982. It teaches people ways to acknowledge and allow difficult thoughts and feelings, while committing to values-based behaviors. ACT focuses on enhancement of quality of life at the forefront of treatment. We integrate ACT with ERP by supporting people to identify values-based reasons for engaging in exposure practices. After all, if you’re willing to make a commitment towards facing your fears, shouldn’t there be a good reason for it? ACT methods can assisted you with clarifying your values and identifying concrete and manageable steps for moving towards what is important to you in life. Since trying to get rid of difficult thoughts and feelings often exacerbates symptoms, ACT supports people with developing new ways of relating to difficult experiences so that they no longer get in the way. To learn more about ACT visit https://contextualscience.org/act.
We often notice that people who struggle with OCD and anxiety-related disorders also experience high levels of self-criticism and shame. Self-criticism and shame can add additional layers on top of already difficult situations. Have you ever experienced a stressful situation that was already painful and then blamed yourself for it? Did it help? Mindful Self- Compassion assists us with tapping into the innate human capacity for kindness towards ourselves and others. What if rather than blaming ourselves in the face of suffering, we could learn ways to be our own greatest supporters? Research has shown that Mindful Self-Compassion can assist with decreasing rumination and self-criticism, which are predictors of anxiety and depression (Neff 2003a; Raes 2010).
Check out www.self-compassion.org for more information.
Have additional questions? Send an email to info@mindfulSF.com