Renee Spencer LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapy in San Rafael, California, 94901

Renee Spencer


Renee Spencer


Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist, Psychotherapist, Psychoanalyst
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LMFT - MFC40511


700 E Street
Suite 210
San Rafael, California 94901
3530 Sacramento Street
Suite 7
San Francisco, California 94118

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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. Not only do you stand to gain, but your partner, children, friends, even co-workers benefit when you're bringing more of your best self to the table. I bring humor and compassion alongside extensive training and 20 years of experience in private practice to help you develop solutions as well as grow from your struggles. My approach is flexible and practical, tailored to meet your needs.

More Info About My Practice

My Marin office is less than a mile from Highway 101 with free parking. My San Francisco office is just a stone's throw from the Presidio in Laurel Heights.

I offer a free phone consultation to assess your needs and welcome your inquiry. Please see my website for additional information about my services, approach, background and fees.

My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy

Of course the purpose of therapy varies based on what you'd like to get out of it. Generally, for most folks that I see, the basic aim is to feel better. One way that I think of the goal of therapy it to help you be your best self more of the time - as a partner or spouse, parent, friend, etc.

Generally speaking, talk therapy helps you:
*Develop greater emotional capacity and resilience
*Communicate more effectively as a parent or partner
*Improve your relationships - by better understanding what you're feeling and how you're impacting others
*Let go of troublesome behavioral patterns, such as people pleasing, conflict avoidance, anger issues or self-sabotage.
*Understand and move beyond the impact of childhood trauma

Good therapy can also help you feel more alive and passionate within yourself, in your relationships and in your pursuits. It can also help you develop a greater sense of clarity and purpose in how you think, feel and act. At it's best, it offers a path to a better life!

Services I Provide

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

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • 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
  • Exercise Addiction
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fertility Issues
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Internet Addiction
  • Irritability
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • 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-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • 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

  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Object Relations
  • Psychoanalysis / Modern Psychoanalysis
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy
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