San Francisco Couples Therapy & Individual Counseling

 

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Welcome to my practice! I offer professional mental health service with a priority in providing progressive treatment for mood, emotional disorders, and relationship issues. I provide a holistic and integrative approach to treatment offering Western talk therapy and high recommendations for Eastern therapy including meditation, yoga and qigong. Also, I work closely with physicians, naturopaths, and acupuncturist in order to provide you with the most beneficial treatment.

Therapy can be the most effective method for overcoming mood issues, emotional challenges and difficulties in relationships. If you are having problems with anxiety, depression, or problems in in your relationships, therapy can be an effective treatment for you.

Counseling with a therapist that you feel connected to and trust is a very important for successful treatment.  Finding the right therapist is not easy and sometimes it takes a few tries to find the right fit.  I invite you to explore my website or call me for a free consultation so you can get a direct feedback about who I am and my approach to therapy.

We all have the desire to improve our emotional and mental wellness .  However, our determination for optimal health gets stuck or shadowed by feelings of self-doubt, anxiety, depression and relationship complications. Having a therapist, can help you develop tools to overcome these patterns and promote long lasting change.

 

 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 provide an integrative approach in order to provide the best treatment for all my clients. 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.