Renee Spencer LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapy in San Francisco, California, 94115

Renee Spencer


Renee Spencer


Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist, Psychotherapist, Counselor
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LMFT - MFC40511
Billing and Insurance:
Free Initial Consultation


3530 Sacramento Street
Suite 7
San Francisco, California 94115
1000 4th Street
Suite 420
San Rafael, California 94901

My Approach to Helping

You may be educated, even successful, but struggle to feel good about yourself, have difficulties with close relationships or just want more out of life. I believe it's human to struggle and that we all can benefit from self-exploration. I'm adept at engaging you in a unique conversation about who you are, how you want to live and what's getting in the way. I bring a human, non-pathologizing approach alongside extensive training to help you develop solutions as well as to grow from your life struggles.

I'm trained in holistic psychotherapy, psychiatry as well as psychoanalysis - examining how thoughts and feelings just outside of our awareness can be holding us back. My style is direct, warm and practical. I do my best to bring compassion, humor, encouragement along with my years of training and experience to helping you explore your difficulties and grow.

More Info About My Practice

My San Francisco psychotherapy office is located just a stone's throw from the Presidio, convenient to southern Marin. My office in San Rafael is in the heart of downtown, less than a mile from Highway 101.

I work with individuals and couples and offer a free phone consultation to help assess your situation and determine if we should meet.

Please see my website for additional information about my services, approach, background and fees.

My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy

The purpose of therapy varies based on what you'd like to get out of it. But the basic aim is to help you feel better. Overall I believe therapy helps people be more alive in the full spectrum of human experience, with all of its ups and downs.

Generally speaking, talk therapy can help you:
*Develop greater emotional resilience
*Improve your relationships
*Let go of troublesome patterns and past traumas

Effective therapy can help you feel more alive and passionate within yourself, in your relationships and in your life endeavors. It can also help you develop a greater sense of clarity and purpose in how you think, feel and act. In short, it can help you have a better life.

Services I Provide

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

Ages I Work With

  • Adults


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Body Image
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fertility Issues
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Internet Addiction
  • Irritability
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Narcissism
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Phobias
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Pregnancy and Birthing
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sex Addiction
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Somatization
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Object Relations
  • Psychoanalysis / Modern Psychoanalysis
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy
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