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Tricia Ace, MFT - Psychotherapy
San Francisco (San Francisco)
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist,  #MFC34714
220 Montgomery Street, San Francisco
(510) 353-3398
email: [email protected]
Specializations

I provide a safe, supportive, therapeutic relationship as a context in which to work through a variety of concerns, including:

  • Family-of-origin issues; effects of childhood trauma and neglect
  • Depression 
  • Anxiety, worry, panic, emotional overwhelm, stress management 
  • Relationship problems 
  • Communication problems 
  • Grief & loss (recent or delayed)*
  • Life transitions/adjusting to change 
  • Bicultural difficulties 
  • Academic concerns, career choice
  • Changing self-defeating thoughts and behaviors 
  • Self-esteem 
  • Values clarification, life purpose/meaning 

I might be able to help if you:

  • experience difficulty making or sustaining relationships or are repeatedly drawn into unhappy partnerships
  • find it hard to come to terms with a life change such as leaving home, relationship loss, a change in physical health, marital or economic status, or place of residence 
  • lost a loved one, recently or long ago, and are feeling stuck in your grieving process or in another, seemingly unrelated, aspect of your life
  • feel anxious and sometimes unable to cope or pursue certain activities
  • feel unmotivated, and unable to find enjoyment in interests or social activities
  • experience an underlying sense of sadness or dissatisfaction 
  • lack confidence or feel you are not adequately fulfilling your potential 
  • experience conflict as a result of being bicultural, or living in a culture other than your family’s 
  • are experiencing doubt, conflict, or distress about something you don't wish to discuss with people you know ​

Approach:

I use a combination of methods to help with immediate stressors and work toward deeper personal growth. These include:

  • Psychodynamic therapy:  looking at the possible impact of your past experiences on your current problems 
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy:  to help you become aware of and learn to modify dysfunctional thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors 
  • Direct coaching:  active guidance and practical help with life and relationship skills, career concerns, effective communication 
  • Mindfulness:  to help you to better cope with stress and difficult emotions, even physical pain

​*Certificate of Completion, Professional Program in the Study of Loss & Grief, University of California, Berkeley, 2004.