Betsy Kassoff PhD, Psychologist in San Francisco, California, 94102

Betsy Kassoff

PhD

Betsy Kassoff

PhD

Professions: Psychoanalyst, Clinical Psychologist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Clinical Psychologist - PSY9807
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: My sliding scale is 150-225/session. I have some openings for low fee clients (50-100), but those openings are filled at this time.

Offices

414 Gough St
Suite Four
San Francisco, California 94102

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My Approach to Helping

Congratulations on your search for more meaning, more health, more intimacy, or a more vibrant life! I have been a psychologist for over thirty years and am grateful every day to do this work. I have been doing it long enough that I am good at what I do, and know what I can't do. I like to meet with people and assess together whether we are a good fit. I am direct, perceptive, intuitive, and straightforward. I have worked with many different kinds of people with different kinds of problems over the years and especially enjoy working with couples, women, therapists, people from minority cultures or orientations, and people who want to use the therapy relationship to heal. For people who are interested, I also do psychoanalysis, which is a more intensive form of therapy multiple times per week. I am a mother of an adult child, a lesbian, a gardener, and a long-term resident of San Francisco. Give me a call if you feel I might be a fit.

More Info About My Practice

I also teach at various graduate programs and community mental health clinics, write poetry and professional articles, and read deeply in a number of subjects. I'm always happy to make book recommendations, but I've learned there are many ways to learn other than books! Feminism, social justice, and gender issues also inform my work. Mindfulness and spirituality are ways of being that I am happy to discuss and share if wanted.

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

I'm quite good at assessing quickly, creating a plan, and being transparent. I don't have magical powers, but I can talk about the variables that affect an outcome and dialog with you about your openness to trying different things.

Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist

I strongly encourage you to follow your intuition regarding whether you connect with a therapist. I encourage people to choose a few people and meet with all of them to have some options. Across all psychotherapy research, the experience of the therapist and the relationship with the therapist are the most positive predictors of a good therapy experience. Whether or not they are trained in various modalities with multiple initials is not necessarily important unless that is a consideration for you.

Services I Provide

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

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders

Languages

  • English

Groups I Work With

    GLBT folks, people from non-majority groups, therapists, couples of all orientations

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy

Types of Therapy

  • Depth Therapy
  • Developmental Model of Couples Therapy
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Psychoanalysis / Modern Psychoanalysis
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy

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