Joshua Simmons, Psy.D.

Joshua Simmons, Psy.D.

Professions: Counseling, Psychology, Psychotherapy
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Psychologist - PSY 23334
Verified Credentials
1-800-651-8085 ext. 01710
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3821 23rd Street
San Francisco, California 94114 - United States
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Difficult feelings can be a gateway for personal growth. I work with many individuals struggling with depression and anxiety, trauma, problems in relationships, stress management, and life transitions. My approach is to help you explore those difficult thoughts, feelings, and past experiences which prevent you from being comfortable with who you would like to be, what you want in your life, and the kinds of relationships that you want to have with others.

In my San Francisco practice, I offer a collaborative, in-depth approach to psychotherapy that promotes meaningful change in character, felt experience, and behavior. By learning how to observe and engage with parts of ourselves, we can grow towards greater wholeness and satisfaction with our lives. Developing a relationship with our suffering and uncertainties can actually be in service of realizing our goals.

Therapy can be focused and together, we will identify potential areas of growth for you as well as ways to measure your progress. My style is a blend of compassionate, kind, direct and engaging.

Email or Call Joshua Simmons, Psy.D. at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 01710

More Info About My Practice

I am happy to meet with you for an initial consultation at no charge. After that time, If you wish to continue coming to therapy, we will discuss my current fees. I currently accept Aetna health insurance. I am also eligible as an out-of-network PPO provider and can provide you with monthly invoices so that you can seek reimbursement from your respective insurance company or FSA/HSA account.

My office is located in a comfortable Noe Valley Victorian, one block away from the 22nd Street stop on the J MUNI line and a short walk from the 24th Street BART station. My office is also convenient to the Peninsula by taking the Cesar Chavez exit off Highway 101.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

I am a licensed psychologist and have been working with individuals and couples for over a decade. In addition to working with clients both in California and internationally via Skype, I also teach and supervise graduate students who are in the process of becoming licensed psychotherapists. Currently, I am a candidate in analytic training, the most selective and highest level of post-licensure training any mental health provider can receive.

After graduating from Vassar College, I spent several years in New York City studying somatic therapies and treating individuals. After receiving my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, I opened my private practice as a psychologist in San Francisco. Throughout my career I have trained at community mental health agencies, local clinics, wellness centers, and institutes. My past clinical research has focused on cultural trauma and the intergenerational transmission of trauma among ethnic minorities.

My professional affiliations include:
American Psychological Association (APA)
California Psychological Association (CPA)
San Francisco Psychological Association (SFPA)

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Consultation
  • Clinical Supervision

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    I specialize in working with depression and anxiety, trauma, problems in relationships, stress management, and life transitions.

Client Concerns Within Your Scope of Practice

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Cancer
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Panic
  • Physical Abuse
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Post Traumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suspiciousness / Paranoia
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness

Types of Therapy

  • Psychodynamic

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