Annalise Oatman


Annalise Oatman


Professions: Clinical Social Worker
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Clinical Social Worker
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45 Franklin St.
Suite 214
San Francisco, California 94102

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My Approach to Helping

My approach is holistic, integrative, and highly collaborative. I integrate a number of evidence-based therapeutic modalities, from trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy to control mastery approaches to feminist therapy to somatic approaches to depth-informed approaches, 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.

Many of my clients are very creative or very sensitive people, and many of them are womxn, though I am open to working with all gender expressions and identities. Many times they come to me with depressive symptoms, symptoms of anxiety or dissociation, panic attacks, or past trauma that they would like to work on. I am a great therapist for people who are interested in unpacking, exploring, and expanding their awareness of what is underneath their symptoms, and who feel ready to embrace a more self-compassionate way of living. 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 am always open to feedback about how I am doing in those areas so that I can continue to improve and hone the feeling of my space. The most important thing is how people are feeling when they come in, and how I am making them feel. I want the space to feel like a warm hug, a place to unplug and tune in.

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. That is the hallmark of successful therapy: that one more truly, deeply supportive person has been integrated into the internal community. In this way, I want my therapy to be a lifelong gift, even if we only work together a short time.

Services I Provide

  • Creative Arts Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Creatives, artists, activists, womxn, those who identify as trauma survivors, and those who identify as simply going through a rough time right now, for whatever reason.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Borderline
  • Breakup
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Self-Love
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Women's Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Art Therapy
  • Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT)
  • Authentic Movement
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Coherence Therapy / Depth-Oriented Brief Therapy
  • Control Mastery Theory
  • Depth Therapy
  • Dreamwork
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Family Attachment Narrative Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Holistic Psychotherapy
  • Logotherapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Object Relations
  • Somatic Psychotherapy
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
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