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San Francisco Couples Counseling & Individual Therapy

Welcome! Finding a couples or individual therapist that you feel connected to and trust is a very important step.  I truly value the courage it takes for you to take this step and ask for help.  Seeking a therapist is not easy and sometimes it takes a few tries to find the right fit.  I invite you to explore my website so you can get a sense of who I am and my approach to therapy.

I believe that each one of us is unique in our emotional make up and no one is broken or defective.  However, often the authentic parts of ourselves gets stuck or shadowed by feelings of self-doubt, anxiety, old fears, behaviors and beliefs that are counter intuitive to our growth and true happiness.  Having a therapist that is empathic and present to hear what you are struggling with can help these hidden parts come alive.  Therapy can help you become more connected to yourself and relationships in your life, and improve your level of happiness and satisfaction. Feeling more connected to yourself and your closest relationships can improve our overall well-being.

 Specialty Areas:

  • Marriage and Couples Issues
  • Pre-Marital Preparation
  • Relationship Issues
  • Trauma
  • Addiction
  • Loss
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Infidelity

 Therapeutic Approach

My approach is engaging, warm, and attentive.  My intention is to help you feel freedom from painful and negative emotional patterns while feeling more connected to yourself and others.  My hope is that through more awareness and healing of past hurts your life will improve significantly.  Although I specialize in marriage counseling and couples therapy, I also work with individuals who are having challenges or issues in their relationships.

In my approach, I use emotionally focused therapy and attachment theory as a lens to help heal issues in couples and individuals.  When needed, I work with each person somatically (body oriented), mindfully, and relationally to help support the regulation of your nervous system so that you can feel more supported.  I also focus on each person’s inner relationship with themselves and the therapeutic relationship that comes forward in our work together.  Meeting and overcoming challenges in your life with compassion and understanding is an essential part of the path to living a full, more authentic life. Here are some modalities that inform my approach:

EFT (Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy):  A highly effective form of therapy that focuses on emotions and attachment needs.  The goal is to help clients identify, explore, experience, make sense of, and manage their emotional experience.

AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy) for Couples:  The goal is to restore access each person in the couple’s full ranges of emotions that play a powerful role in one’s relationships.

Gestalt Therapy:  The goal is focusing on whatever arises in the here and now including bringing awareness to the many parts within you. The belief is that healing happens in present moment awareness between therapist and client.

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy:  Significant events that happened in past relationships with important people in our lives tend to find its way into our current relationships, including the relationship between you and your significant other; and also between client and therapist. Understanding and becoming aware of the influences of past relationship can significantly improve unhealthy patterns in your current relationships.

 

Please call 415-713-9519 to schedule a free 20 minute phone consultation or email me at karen.mcmahan@gmail.com to set up an appointment.

All appointments located at The San Francisco Marriage and Couples Center 254 Church Street @ Market St.