Erica Mainshine MFT, Counseling in San Francisco, California, 94114

Erica Mainshine


Erica Mainshine


Professions: Counselor, Marriage & Family Therapist, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: MFT - 48994
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

Free Initial Consultation


563 Castro Street
San Francisco, California 94114

My Approach to Helping

Meeting you with compassion, respect, and warmth, I can help you to identify and learn more about the issues you are struggling with, helping you to come to a deeper understanding and acceptance of yourself. I hold a deep respect for the courage it takes to seek help, and I am committed to providing a safe, non-judgmental space for you in our work together.

I help people to feel more alive, deepen self-understanding, and create more balance and fulfillment in their lives.

More deeply understanding and accepting yourself and your inner world can help you to cope better with life's challenges, and to lead a richer life. In our work together I will be paying close attention to your thoughts, feelings, and unconscious process. This helps to identify patterns and obstacles that are outside of your everyday awareness, and can lead to meaningful, lasting change.

More Info About My Practice

I also provide couples therapy. Relationships often activate intense feelings and past wounds within each partner. Couples therapy can help you both in developing greater awareness of when and how this is happening, and to discover new tools to better manage these stormy feelings when they do arise.

I encourage couples to consider therapy not just as a last resort, but as a chance to grow and explore together when problems arise. Doing this may not only help resolve issues, but also create more commitment and intimacy. Small issues may develop into opportunities for greater closeness and growth, rather than growing into larger problems.

Sadly, sometimes relationship issues cannot be resolved, and in such cases I work with separating couples to help navigate this difficult period with more compassion and grace, maximizing the potential for healing and meaning in the process.

Some issues that I can provide help to couples are:

Improving communication, especially around sensitive topics
Navigating intimacy, closeness, and sexuality
Family issues/parenting
Commitment and infidelity
Entrenched patterns
Anger and conflict
Life transitions

Working through issues together with the support of a trusted therapist can bring about powerful change and healing, and often brings a renewed level of commitment, passion, and love into a relationship.

Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist

While you can get a general sense of someone you find online through his or her profile, by far the best way to find the right therapist for you is to speak to the therapist by phone. From there, if the phone call feels promising, I recommend just making an initial appointment. There is no substitute for that first meeting, where you will not only get to talk about what is challenging you, but also get a sense of the therapist and how he or she works. If you are considering me as a therapist, I welcome your email or phone call.

Services I Provide

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

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Bullying
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Panic
  • Phobias
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sex Addiction
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Women's Issues
  • Worry
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Holistic Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Psychoanalysis / Modern Psychoanalysis
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy
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