Annalise Oatman

LCSW

Annalise Oatman

LCSW

Professions: Clinical Social Worker
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Clinical Social Worker
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Offices

45 Franklin St.
Suite 214
San Francisco, California 94102

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My Approach to Helping

My approach is holistic, integrative, warm, and highly collaborative. I integrate a number of evidence-based therapeutic modalities, from EMDR to trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy to control mastery approaches to depth psychology, to the clinical applications of deep imagination. I bring a trauma and attachment lens into all of my work, as well as internal family systems, and emotional literacy perspective. I draw on each aspect of my training intuitively in session, and I always hold my clients in warmth, genuine compassion, and non-judgment. Above all, I view each of my clients as a whole, not as a set of behaviors or symptoms -- I view each client as multi-faceted, layered, complex, and entirely worthy of love.

I try to be like an ideal family member, or a fairy godmother, to my clients in the sense that the very most important thing I can do is to become one of the most helpful members of their internal community. This is the gift of therapy that keeps on giving -- Years after our work together, you should still be able to conjure my voice in your memory, cheering you on and believing in you and validating you completely. The goal is to move you towards becoming this person for yourSELF, and bringing many more people into your life who also believe in you and validate you completely. Self-love and self-compassion are highly emphasized in my practice. I always have oracle cards and art supplies in my office as a way to help more visual clients get to the root of what is coming up in the session and in life.

More Info About My Practice

I am committed to creating a healing and non-judgmental space where you feel safe and you know that your internal life matters. I want the space to feel like a warm hug, a place to unplug and tune in. I also provide Psychedelic Integration for anyone who has had an entheogen-induced non-ordinary state of consciousness outside of my office, and prior to the beginning of our work together. These experiences can be profound and life-transformative, and they can also bring up a lot or alter the sense of self in a lingering way. This kind of integration work is actually really similar to trauma work, because it involves the integration of an experience that is incredibly difficult to put into words.

What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist

This process feels nothing short of sacred to me. It is sacred to hold a private, confidential space where anything can be shared in non-judgment, where vulnerability is skillfully held, and transformation occurs, for both of us. I love that I can be a positive force in so many people's lives, and that they can continue to remember me and my encouragement even after our work is done. Once in a while it hits me how many people I've helped and will continue to help, and the feeling is overwhelming. I am grateful beyond words.

Also, there is a magic that happens in the room in any kind of 1:1 healing or therapy session-- something transpersonal that I can't quite put into words, but I am reminded of it all the time in my work, and it reminds me of how precious each person is, and how much magic and mystery shimmers through each life, despite what can seem like a lot of pain and hardship. My clients remind me of this all the time, and it is an absolute privilege.

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Services I Provide

  • Art Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Home-Based Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Adults

Languages

  • English

Groups I Work With

    I work with 20- and 30-somethings who identify as makers, seekers and free-thinkers, who are looking for a spiritually-oriented and trauma-focused approach.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Self-Love
  • Women's Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Art Therapy
  • Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT)
  • Control Mastery Theory
  • Depth Therapy
  • Dreamwork
  • Family Attachment Narrative Therapy
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Holistic Psychotherapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Object Relations
  • Somatic Psychotherapy
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
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