Sara Swan


Sara Swan


Professions: Psychotherapist, Counselor
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
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4112 24th street
San Francisco, California 94112

My Approach to Helping

Therapy is fundamentally the endeavor of curious exploration facilitated by relationship. The capacity for healthy relationship and intimacy is one of the most precious aspects of being human.

For many people the development and growth of this capacity has been thwarted and replaced by habitual attitudes and postures of mistrust, fear, low self-worth and other compensatory behaviors that rob us of our full potential to be in relationship with ourselves and others. I believe the unique, collaborative relationship of the therapist-client dyad can offer a way to safely explore and understand self-defeating patterns and rigidly held beliefs. My approach to psychotherapy is grounded in psychodynamic/psychoanalytic theory and incorporates the wisdom of transpersonal psychology and cognitive-behavioral techniques. I am interested in the overlap between psychology and spirituality and am currently studying issues of addiction as an expression of dissociation from traumatic experience.

I am deeply inspired by the way intimate relationships can support, challenge and reveal our truest longings.

More Info About My Practice

I offer some sliding-scale fee slots as part of my commitment to making therapy affordable for those who otherwise would be unable to receive services. I am happy to provide invoices for services should you choose to be reimbursed by your insurance company.

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

I have many years of experience helping people with depression and anxiety as well as helping clients to confront and challenge the deep beliefs they have about themselves and the world. By unraveling some of these beliefs together in an alliance of mutual respect and trust, new possibilities for experiencing both self and others may unfold.

My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy

I believe the purpose of psychotherapy is to allow us to become who we really, really are. As children, many of us were in touch with this but have somehow lost our connection to this essential way of being. I think the work of psychotherapy can help us attend to the wounds that have attributed to the loss of this connection. As such, psychotherapy seeks to provide a light in the dark.

Services I Provide

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

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Adults, Teens, Children

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Depression
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Fear
  • Habits
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Parenting
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Pregnancy and Birthing
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Esteem
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Holistic Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Object Relations
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Self Psychology
  • Transpersonal Psychotherapy

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