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Peggy Handler, MA, MFT

Peggy Handler, MA, MFT

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy

Age groups I work with: Adults

"Psychotherapy is a collaborative exploration that can help you connect more deeply with yourself and with others. Together we will explore whatever is trou..." read more

San Francisco, CA 94114

Peggy Handler, MA, MFT Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 01430

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Korrie Kashuba, MS, MA, MFTI

Korrie Kashuba, MS, MA, MFTI

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy, Marriage & Family Therapy, Counseling

Age groups I work with: Teens, Adults, Elders

"The wisdom to build a thriving life resides within each of us. My job is to help you uncover obstacles to your unique flow of wisdom and to help you experi..." read more

San Francisco, CA 94114

Korrie Kashuba, MS, MA, MFTI Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 19377

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Alissa DiFranco, MA, MFT

Alissa DiFranco, MA, MFT

Verified Credentials

Marriage & Family Therapy

Age groups I work with: Teens, Adults, Elders

"My style is warm, direct and collaborative. I strive to understand the unique concerns of each individual and create a safe environment where people can di..." read more

San Francisco, CA 94123

Alissa DiFranco, MA, MFT Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 09074

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Susan Allen, LMFT

Susan Allen, LMFT

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy, Marriage & Family Therapy

Age groups I work with: Teens, Adults

"Therapy can encourage exploration of who you authentically are and what you genuinely want in your life or relationships. My work is to help you develop a ..." read more

San Francisco, CA 94115

Susan Allen, LMFT Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 08180

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Vanessa B. Tate, MA, MFT

Vanessa B. Tate, MA, MFT

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy, Other

Age groups I work with: Adults

"I embrace exploration of the whole person - behavior, psychology, mind, and spirit - and know that this holistic approach is a necessary prerequisite to u..." read more

San Francisco, CA 94105

Vanessa B. Tate, MA, MFT Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 09826

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Lutfiah Milhem, Ph.D.

Lutfiah Milhem, Ph.D.


Psychology, Coaching

Age groups I work with: Adults, Elders

"aspire to confidently provide a service that is: humane personal forthright respectful thorough safe supportive professional..." read more

San Francisco, CA 94102

Lutfiah Milhem, Ph.D. Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 04473

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Jeffrey Mool, MA, LMFT

Jeffrey Mool, MA, LMFT

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy, Counseling, Coaching

Age groups I work with: Children, Teens, Adults

"I support people to connect with their innate capacities for satisfying relationships and fulfilling lives. Healing and growth occurs optimally in caring, ..." read more

San Francisco, CA 94118

Berkeley, CA 94705

Jeffrey Mool, MA, LMFT Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 20420

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Samantha Smithstein, Psy.D.

Samantha Smithstein, Psy.D.

Verified Credentials

Psychology

Age groups I work with: Children, Teens, Adults, Elders

"At the Pathways Institute for Impulse Control, we provide help for people suffering from the devastating effects of impulse disorders, process addictions,..." read more

San Francisco, CA 94102

Samantha Smithstein, Psy.D. Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 12967

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Lauren Somers, EDD, LPCC, NCC

Lauren Somers, EDD, LPCC, NCC

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy, Counseling Psychology, Coaching

Age groups I work with: Adults

"My goal as a therapist is to help you to overcome dysfunctional habits, eradicate negative emotions, and shed unhelpful emotional baggage, so that you can ..." read more

San Francisco, CA 94123

Alameda, CA 94501

Lauren Somers, EDD, LPCC, NCC Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 17111

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Renee Dean, LMFT

Renee Dean, LMFT

Verified Credentials

Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Mental Health Counseling

Age groups I work with: Children, Teens, Adults, Elders

"There is a reason why you are here. Whatever your own unique reasons for being here now I deeply believe that making the choice to enter a therapeutic rel..." read more

San Francisco, CA 94108

Renee Dean, LMFT Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 19988

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San Francisco, California is filled with cultural, artistic, and historical attractions, including the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, and the infamous Alcatraz. With a population of over 800,000 people, the city offers a range of services that aid in meeting the financial, living, and healthcare needs of its citizens. Mental healthcare is a top priority in the city, and with the institution of the Mental Health Services Act, Proposition 63, which was enacted in 2005, funding has been designated to increase prevention, treatment, and education for those living with mental illness1.

 

Mental Health Statistics
According to the California Department of Mental Health, an estimated 7.2% of youth under the age of 18 in San Francisco County had a serious emotional disturbance in the year 2000, and5.3% of all adults had a serious mental illness2. Further, over 5,000county residents were admitted to a hospital or psychiatric facility for a 72-hour hold from 2008 to 20093, underscoring the need for adequate mental health services in the city.

 

One of the most prevalent mental health issues that affects citizens of San Francisco is substance abuse. Recent estimates from 2005 through 2010 put drug use among those over the age of 12 at nearly 22%, which is significantly higher than the state prevalence of just over 16%. Of all adults in San Francisco, 5.7% had experienced a major depressive episode in the previous year4, again underscoring the importance of intervention and treatment throughout the city.

 

Mental Health Programs
A leader in change, San Francisco prides itself on embracing differences and working hard to create an environment of tolerance, acceptance, and above all else, positive well-being. With that goal in mind, several programs have emerged to meet the varying needs of the citizens, from workplace issues to obsessions and compulsions. These programs include the Suicide Attempters Group;Workplace Wellness;the Center for Dignity, Recovery and Stigma Elimination;the Institute on Compulsive Hoarding and Cluttering (ICHC);and SOLVE (Sharing Our Lives, Voices and Experiences)5.

 

Striving to Eliminate Mental Illness Stigma
SOLVE6 was designed to eradicate mental illness stigma. SOLVE works with citizens who live with mental health challenges and trains them to become peer educators, encouraging them to share their experiences so that social barriers to treatment can be reduced. Members of the SOLVE Speakers Bureau openly discuss their mental health experiences and the struggles they have faced in the past. They share the hope and the victories they have achieved with those still battling mental illness stigma. The mission of SOLVE is to reduce the shame associated with mental illness and the isolation that results from that shame. By raising community awareness and reducing discrimination, every citizen of San Francisco can find an easier path to mental health treatment.

 

1 Mental Health Association of San Francisco. (2013). Mental Health Services Act. Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthsf.org/about-us/mhsa/#sthash.YG3QB58Z.dpuf

2 2California Health and Human Services Agency, Department of Mental Health. (2004). Original prevalence data based on the 2000 census, Estimates of prevalence of persons with serious emotional disturbance (SED) and serious mental illness (SMI), San Francisco county. Retrieved from http://www.dmh.ca.gov/statistics_and_data_analysis/docs/Prevalence_Rates/San%20Francisco/Table1.pdf

3 California Health and Human Services Agency, Department of Mental Health. (2011). Adult 72-hour evaluations and treatments by county fiscal year 2008-2009. Retrieved from http://www.dmh.ca.gov/statistics_and_data_analysis/docs/InvoluntaryDetention_FY08-09/Rep0809_final_rev_21oct11.pdf

4 SAMHSA, Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. (2012). National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2005 and 2006 to 2010. Substance Use and Mental Disorders in the Metro Brief San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont MSA. Retrieved from http://www.samhsa.gov/data/NSDUHMetroBriefReports/NSDUH-Metro-San-Francisco.pdf

5 Mental Health Association of San Francisco. (2013). Programs. Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthsf.org/programs/#sthash.v8WeHMaL.dpuf

6 Mental Health Association of San Francisco. (2013). Mental Health Association, San Francisco. Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthsf.org/