Fairley Parson MSW, LCSW, Clinical Social Work in San Francisco, California, 94110

Fairley Parson


Fairley Parson


Professions: Clinical Social Worker, Mental Health Counselor, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LCSW - 76624
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: I offer some reduced fee appointments based on need. I will help you work with your insurance provider if you have out of network options for reimbursement, typically a PPO insurance plan. I also offer a free consultation. I want you to find the right therapist for you, even if that's not me. Leave me a message here and we can chat to see if I am a good fit for you.
Free Initial Consultation
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Evening Availability


1640 Valencia Street
San Francisco
San Francisco, California 94110

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My Approach to Helping

I help clients who are feeling overwhelmed or stuck. Together we discover insights and make changes toward greater wellbeing. Warm, compassionate, and adaptive, I tailor my approach to meet your needs. In our sessions, I offer a welcoming space to come as you are. I am compassionate and nonjudgmental. My clients say I'm easy to talk to.

I am not the kind of therapist who sits silently in my chair. I am engaged. I listen and reflect back, ask questions, and offer interpretations. I pay attention. I care about my clients.

In therapy, I work with you to identify limiting beliefs and offer alternatives. Sometimes I will challenge your thoughts if I think they are harming you. That said, you are the expert on your own life. I offer support where you want it so that you can feel more at peace in your life.

I integrate of a range of therapeutic approaches depending on clients' needs and interests. I work with my clients every step of the way to make sure that we are on the same page. Therapy is YOUR time. If you are interested in working on a particular issue or trying out a particular modality, we will discuss and explore what makes sense for you.

My work draws on Acceptance Commitment (ACT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (CBT), as well as Harm Reduction, Mindfulness-based therapies, relational, feminist, and multicultural frameworks. The reality is that no one approach works best for all people or all problems. A therapist can be trained in every modality in the book but the most important element of effective therapy is a good clienttherapist relationship.

More Info About My Practice

I love this work. I have witnessed incredible transformations and powerful breakthroughs. I have supported folks when things seemed at their worst. I welcome my clients to bring the hardest parts of themselves and the most difficult emotions to the table. I feel honored to make space for healing. I work hard to help my clients get "unstuck." Together we develop goals toward greater happiness, and peace of mind.

One of my goals in our sessions is to help you develop greater psychological flexibility. Psychological flexibility allows for meaningful experiences and equanimity, even in the midst of difficult feelings, pain, and loss.

I have two locations in San Francisco, offer therapy in-home and online. You can leave me a phone message or send me an email here. I am happy to offer you a free phone consultation. This is a chance for me to hear a bit about what you're dealing with, and what you're looking for, and for me to share my ideas and answer any questions. It's a good chance for you to see if we might be a good fit. Leave me a message here and I will get back to you!

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

I work with all kinds of people on a range of issues. I have worked in the LGBTQ community for over ten years in the San Francisco Bay Area. Below are some areas where I have particular expertise. I invite you to check out my website for more information on my work in these areas.

Depression (Acute and Chronic) and Loneliness
Grief & Loss
Hoarding & Cluttering
WorkLife Challenges
Aging & Life Transitions

I look forward to hearing from you.

Services I Provide

  • Consultation
  • Home-Based Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    People seeking therapy in San Francisco, CA including:
    LGBTQ community members
    LGBTQ older adults
    Professionals in high-pressure jobs
    People experiencing grief and loss
    People experiencing loneliness
    Clients living with anxiety and trauma symptoms

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Body Image
  • Borderline
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Hoarding
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Self-Love
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worthlessness

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
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