Katharina Sandizell, LMFT

Katharina Sandizell, LMFT

Professions: Psychotherapy, Marriage & Family Therapy
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: MFT - 44404
Verified Credentials
1-800-651-8085 ext. 15180
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1703 5th Avenue
San Rafael, California 94901
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Sometimes life can feel a little like groundhog day, where similar patterns keep popping up, leaving feeling you confused, frustrated, or at a loss.

There may be anxiety that you were able to cope with until recently, or you are noticing repeating patterns that feel destructive. Therapy can help by providing you with concrete tools while jumpstarting a process of discovery and change. Once you begin to uncover and understand different facets of repetitive patterns, you can begin to turn things around. The byproduct of this work often includes new confidence, better relationships, and more joy in your life.

For couples, who form a significant part of my practice, I am certified in and use Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT), which has been well researched and is correlated with high success rates. The focus is to get at the root of negative cycles that tend to be repetitive and snowball. I support both partners in understanding their unique communication and attachment styles while changing old patterns and practicing new ones. Trust and increased openness tend to build naturally throughout the process.

Though classically trained, my approach is down to earth and human - I don't sit back and nod or make you feel uncomfortable. I work actively with you - giving you tools that feel both concrete and more in-depth.
My degrees are from Columbia University in New York and CIIS San Francisco and I have over 15 years of practice as a clinically trained therapist.

Email or Call Katharina Sandizell, LMFT at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 15180

Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist

Find someone that you "click" with, someone you feel comfortable with quickly and that you feel that you can talk to easily. You want to find a therapist that you feel very safe with, but who will also challenge you. If you feel uncomfortable, intimidated, or don't feel natural just being yourself, you may not have found the right person for you. As far as theoretical orientation, it helps to find a therapist whose approach makes sense to you. If you walk away from the first session feeling that you have gotten something accomplished - gained a new insight or are looking at things differently than from before, this is a good sign.

Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed

I believe that everyone has hard times and burdens to bear and it takes someone who is courageous and thoughtful to seek therapy. There is nothing weak about looking honestly at yourself, and being willing to make changes. The work that you do in therapy should help you to become generally more fulfilled as well as happier in your relationships - there's nothing flawed about that.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Family Therapy
  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • French
  • German

Client Concerns Within Your Scope of Practice

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Body Image
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Fear
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Parenting
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia

Types of Therapy

  • Anger Management
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy /REBT
  • Depth-Oriented Brief Therapy
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Humanistic Psychology
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Non-Violent Communication
  • Object Relations
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Self Psychology
  • Systems Theory /Therapy

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