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Navigating Coverage and Reimbursement for Therapy

Let’s be real -insurance is confusing, and trying to figure out if your therapy sessions will be covered while you’re in a time of need can be overwhelming! We’ve created this short guide to demystify what each option means for mental health coverage in a clear and digestible way. Whether you have No Benefits, HSA / FSA, PPO / POS,...[ read more ]

The Effects of Having an Alcoholic Parent

Childhood is a time when we are learning about the world and coming to understand our role in it. It’s difficult enough to do this even under the best of circumstances.  If alcoholism is part of the family dynamic, the chaos and unreliability that typically follow impact our ability to do so successfully. As I’ve mentioned in other posts, such...[ read more ]

Growing Up with a Narcissistic Parent

Do you worry that you grew up with a narcissistic parent?  Do you consistently feel minimized or devalued when you are with a parent?  Do you have a deep worry that you’ll never be good enough in their eyes?  This article talks about the effects of narcissism and what it means to be narcissistic.  It also talks about how change...[ read more ]

Attachment Theory: Understanding Your Needs in Relationship Part 1

Attachment Theory Are you familiar with attachment theory?  With books such as Attached coming out, this theory is being spoken about in popular culture more and more.  Since the late 1960s, attachment theory has come to be the bedrock idea of how we view child-rearing in the United States.  We are coming to appreciate that the environment in which we...[ read more ]

Attachment Theory: Understanding Your Needs in Relationship Part 2

The “Strange Situation” and Types of Attachment Our understanding of the types of attachment comes in large part from a series of experiments known as the “Strange Situation.”  In the Strange Situation, researchers observed an infant in the presence of a caregiver and a stranger in an environment unfamiliar to the infant.  The caregiver and the stranger came and went...[ read more ]

Accessing Affordable Mental Healthcare in the Bay Area

Self-Massage as Emotional Regulation

We hear more and more about mindfulness as a way of staying present and regulating emotion.  But finding an inviting way to connect to your own body can be a great tool to add to your toolbox.  Staying connected to our bodies can help us maintain calm, move away from distracting thoughts, and feel good. Self-massage can be a great...[ read more ]

Somatic Gratitude: A Practice with the Hands

Expressing gratitude has been shown to improve our overall mood and mental health.  We are creatures oriented toward survival, which sometimes mean that we orient towards things to be wary of.  Practicing gratitude can help you to feel more present and joyful. Sometimes it is easy to be grateful and sometimes it is more difficult. This practice involves using the...[ read more ]

Conversations with Clinicians: Chris Swayne

Where is your office located? ? FiDi in SF and Pill Hill in Oakland. I also offer video sessions for clients located anywhere in California. What is your therapeutic orientation? I’m a somatic psychotherapist, meaning I understand emotions as physical experiences, or that physical, emotional, and mental factors are crucially interrelated. In a nutshell, I listen. Deeply. And I share...[ read more ]

Conversations with Clinicians: April Snow

Offerings, Recommendations, Inspirations                     What neighborhood is your office located in? Downtown San Francisco What is your therapeutic orientation? My orientation is very relational and intuitive meaning that I approach the work slightly different with each client.  Overall, I find the most important element of therapy is creating a space for...[ read more ]