Tessa Addison,LCSW, FIPA

Tessa Addison,LCSW, FIPA

Not Accepting New Clients
Telehealth Available
Professions: Clinical Social Worker, Psychoanalyst, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LCSW - R069280
Secondary Credential: LCSW - 105703
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: The fee for once a week therapy is $250 for individuals and $350 for couples. More intensive work (2-5 sessions per week) may be discounted based on financial need and agreed upon session frequency.
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San Francisco, California 94102
New York, New York 10003

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My Approach to Helping

Please note:
--I am currently working exclusively via Teletherapy (video or phone) with Californians and New Yorkers.
--For the promptest response, please reach out via email rather than phone.

Perhaps your relationships, career, or creative pursuits are not going as you would like. Challenges around identity and sense of self may be plaguing you. You may feel bogged down by feeling frustrated, unmotivated, anxious, overwhelmed, guilty, ashamed, or sad. Whatever your struggles, together we can help you better understand what’s going on and what may be getting in the way of change. I take as a basic premise that you are more than a collection of symptoms or a problem to be fixed and believe that all you bring to the table deserves our full attention and exploration.

My approach is individualized and interactive with a focus on long-term, sustainable change. I bring to my work substantive training, many years of practice, and patience, empathy, curiosity, humor and reliability. I am dedicated to working with people of diverse backgrounds, experiences and identities, and am well-versed particularly in work with creatives, ex-pats, transcultural couples, adult children of immigrants and third culture kids, bi-racial men and women, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, and non-binary individuals and their families.

Areas of special interest to me include relationship difficulties, loneliness, identity issues, creative blocks, loss, struggles with self-compassion, and family estrangement.

Self-knowledge is good medicine. Therapy takes courage but can promote dramatic growth and help you attain a greater sense of well-being and a freer and more satisfying life. (For more information about my training, my philosophy, and how I can help, please visit my website.)

How Psychotherapy Can Help

Psychotherapy and psychoanalysis are uniquely rewarding endeavors. Both offer the opportunity to try on unfamiliar perspectives, to eliminate habits and attitudes that no longer serve you, and to learn to know and care about yourself in a very different manner. At the same time, to examine and reveal your inner world, to trust another to share in that process, and to make the inherently difficult effort to change these things each require considerable courage and are possible only in an environment of empathy, respect, and confidentiality where the delicate balance between encouraging growth and respecting limits is thoughtfully attended to.

You are not a collection of symptoms, not a problem to be fixed, not an aberration to be re-shaped into normalcy. You are a whole person with strengths and weaknesses, hopes and fears, joys and sorrows, all meriting considered attention and worthy of full exploration. Therapy and psychoanalysis ought always be geared toward helping you?whether as an individual or a member of a couple?better understand yourself, find more satisfaction in your life, and become the person (or partnership) you would like to be.

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Pansexual, Queer
    • Transgender, Non-binary, Gender non-conforming
    • Sex workers
    • Kink community
    • Artists, Creatives
    • Academics

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Narcissism
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness

Types of Therapy

  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Gottman Method
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Object Relations
  • Parent Work
  • Psychoanalysis / Modern Psychoanalysis
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy

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