Nick Parsons


Nick Parsons


Professions: Psychotherapist, Marriage & Family Therapist, Counselor
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LMFT - LMFT 35484
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

Weekend Availability
Evening Availability


2140 Sutter Street
Unit 7
San Francisco, California 94109

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My Approach to Helping

** Please note: due to the coronavirus pandemic, I'm only offering online and phone sessions at this time. **

I am a psychotherapist and clinical hypnotherapist in San Francisco, and I have been working with clients from a wide range of backgrounds and lifestyles since 1993

My style of working is warm, thoughtful, and interactive. I believe in providing a place that is private, where there is no judgment, so that an individual or a couple can get help with their personal difficulties in a safe environment in order to bring about change, healing, and growth.

I offer three kinds of work. traditional psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, and couples counseling. It's a bit of a challenge to describe my work partly because I work somewhat differently with different people. Sometimes, a short-term, practical, problem-solving focus with specific strategies or relationship advice is what what's called for. Other times, especially when there are multiple issues involving difficult relationship patterns and painful emotional states, a longer process is needed. Either way, I am very open about my thought process and the approaches I use. I consider our work to be a collaboration.

At the bottom of this page is a list of the approaches that inform my work with people, but if you have a specific question about how I work, feel free to call. There is no obligation to schedule a session.

Also, on the lower right of this page is a list of issues I work with, but in addition to those issues, I also see people who just need to discuss a situation or who are simply feeling overwhelmed, without support, or somehow empty and stuck in their lives.

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

A few words about hypnotherapy are probably in order since there is a lot of misunderstanding about it in the popular culture.

In my practice, hypnotherapy is a lot like psychotherapy except it uses hypnosis as an important part of the process. Hypnotherapy is guided inner work done in a relaxed and focused state usually with eyes closed. This state is called "trance," and it is a natural state of mind we all enter regularly. An example of a naturally occurring trance state is daydreaming while staring out the window. It can be a wonderfully helpful method for deep healing and healthy empowerment.

Working in trance is a gentle way of engaging more directly with deeper levels of yourself. It is also deeply respectful and entirely collaborative process. The person can shift out of trance whenever they want. I think of therapeutic hypnosis as a way of developing an active, constructive and creative partnership with a larger intelligence within us.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Adults


  • English

Groups I Work With

    I work with adult individuals and couples. All ethnic and sexual identities welcome.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Fear
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Inadequacy
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Panic
  • Phobias
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness

Types of Therapy

  • Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)
  • Depth Hypnosis
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Focusing
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Psychodynamic
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