The decision to begin therapy, is a profound act of self-care.

I SPECIALIZE IN HELPING INDIVIDUALS FIND FREEDOM FROM SELF-JUDGMENT, ANXIETY, AND DEPRESSION... 

...that voice that we've internalized that finds so much fault with who we are, causing us to feel paralyzed in life, or worse, causing us to find relief in unhealthy behaviors so that we can escape this painful "inner critic". These types of painful, limiting thoughts about ourselves often come from a young age and/or from trauma and give rise to symptoms that manifest as social anxiety, general anxiety, panic, depression and negative body images. I help clients deconstruct these painful and distorted narratives about themselves that cause a sense of disconnection from self and others. I offer a more accurate reflection of who they are, so that they can find freedom in embodying their most natural expression of Self.

In my therapy practice I also support individuals who find themselves in existential crisis or in difficult life transitions due to loss, grief, or a sense of dissatisfaction or emptiness. I also have extensive experience helping clients with relational difficulties, whether intimate or social. And as a musician and artist, I have great appreciation for helping individuals dissolve blocks so they can access their unique creative potential and expression.

Another focus of my therapy practice is working with clients who are immigrants or multicultural. Being the daughter of immigrants and having been born outside of the U.S. I understand the social and emotional difficulties that surround immigration and having a multicultural identity. I have extensive experience helping clients who are faced with these challenges.

I work with individuals of all ages, across the full range of gender and sexuality and with people from many different cultures and ethnicities. My therapeutic perspective is sex-positive, inclusive, holistic, and influenced by feminist and queer perspectives and is grounded in Gestalt, Psychodynamic, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Transpersonal and neurological research.

In addition I co-facilitate a therapy group for people with Social Anxiety, Shyness, and/or Sensitivity. If you are interested in joining this group, please let me know or visit my website.  

I also provide therapy in Spanish. También proveo terapia en español.

For more information or to book a free consultation via my online calendar, please visit my website or send me a message. I am open to any questions you might have on how I might be able to help you. Thank you.

vanessawoltertherapy.com

Specializations

  • Social Anxiety and/or Shyness

  • General Anxiety

  • Emotional and/or Sensory Sensitivity

  • Depression

  • Self Esteem Issues

  • Career and Life-Purpose

  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement

  • Relationship Issues

  • Trauma

  • Existential Issues

  • Multiculturalism

  • Life Transitions

  • Spirituality Issues or Exploration

  • Creative Blocks

  • Child therapy (play therapy)

Office Locations

  • 14 Precita Ave. (Mission/Bernal)

  • 459 Fulton St. (Hayes Valley)

Telephone: (415)-763-7728


Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #85783
Supervised by Gieve Patel, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, MFC #47196