BROOKE POMERANTZ, LCSW | THERAPIST IN CALIFORNIA

Individual Therapy In San Francisco and Online Therapy For California Residents

You deserve the positive changes you desire.

My primary services include individual therapy in San Francisco or Telehealth (online session) for California residents. I am committed to making therapy easily accessible and value diversity in all aspects of life. Having a foundation of a strong therapeutic relationship rooted in safety and security is when your psychotherapy experience is the most effective. Having that core foundation allows us to identify, explore, and work through your core struggles from a non-judgmental, curious, and collaborative space.

Diagnoses

If you’ve been diagnosed with a particular mental health disorder or illness, a combination of treatments works best. Incorporating psychotherapy has been known to be exceptionally beneficial.

Life Situations

There are times in life when we are faced with situations that are challenging to get through. With the support of therapy, you can become equipped to overcome many curveballs life throws your way.

My Approach

You’re unique, therefore, your treatment plan is too. I am trained and skilled in utilizing a combination of the following: psychodynamic psychotherapy, relational psychotherapy CBT, DBT, and MCBT.

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Mental Health Diagnoses

There are millions of people who are affected by mental health illnesses and disorders. According to NAMI Statistics, one in every five individuals has a mental health diagnosis. Therapy has proven results in people people who are dealing with a wide range of mental health diagnoses such as mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorder, bipolar disorders, post traumatic stress disorders, and more. Here are the most common diagnoses that I treat in my private practice.

Anxiety

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness and affect 40 million adults in the United States over the age of 18. People with anxiety experience intense feelings of fear and worry in their daily lives. Psychotherapy helps treat anxiety disorder and overall well-being.

Depression

There are many types of depression, but ultimately it is when intense emotions are persistent and ongoing. Depression can manifest in intense and ongoing feelings of hopelessness, sadness, anger, and even digestive issues, body aches and pains. Therapy helps with treatment. 

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

A mental health disorder that is centered around the inability to manage emotions effectively. In most cases, all relationships are affected by this disorder. People who have BPD have trouble regulating their emotions and thoughts. They often have impulsive and reckless behavior. Consistent therapy has be known to be successful.

Bipolar Disorder

There are three different types of bipolar disorder. The common theme amongst them all is an unusual shift in your mood, energy, and activity levels. People who have bipolar disorder experience extreme intensity in their moods. Medication management and mental health therapy treatment has been proven to be successful.

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Life Situations

I see individuals struggling with a broad range of issues and life stressors. Here are a few life situations that I help treat:

Life Transition

Change at any level can cause stress, depression, suppressed appetite, and even loss of sleep. Even positive life transitions can lead to some of the same struggles. Some examples of life transitions are: having a baby, moving, starting a new job, getting married or divorced, buying a new home, and more. People who have gone through life transitions have had success with therapy.

Parenting

Being a parent is a very difficult job. This is true whether you’re married with children, separated and coparenting, a single parent, or a foster parent. Mom guilt and Dad guilt is real. The thoughts of “am I doing this right” can be overwhelming. Whatever the situation is, a treatment plan centered around your child and your goals has been helpful for many clients seeking parenting therapy.

Relationships

Individuals seek out relationship help when they are struggling with relationship issues such as: conflict, not getting their needs met, communication, sexual intimacy, coping with infidelity or are having feelings of doubt or questions about staying in the relationship. Other individuals are single and are interested in finding relationship intimacy and are wanting help navigating the world of dating and finding deep connections. These are just some examples of the many relationship issues that individuals can seek therapy for.

Identity

Struggling with the various aspects of your identity is common, especially in our culture and the times we are living in. We are all holding multiple identities as human beings, some parts which need more space to develop and other aspects that we may be trying to shed. When a person doesn’t have a strong sense of self or identity, it can lead to anxiety, depression, codependency, and challenges with self-esteem, confidence, worth, and respect). Therapy has been effective in helping people who are struggling with identity issues.

Setting Boundaries

Boundaries are important for any relationship and when we don’t have them set resentment can take over. Boundaries can be emotional, physical, intellectual, financial, and sexual. Therapy can help if you are someone who struggles with setting boundaries, keeping boundaries, or respecting boundaries of others.

Imposter Syndrome

This is common for many overachievers who seem to have it all together and yet feel a tug of unfulfillment in life. With the support of a licensed therapist you can gain tools and skills to overcome and cope with imposter syndrome (and maybe even have the courage to do that thing you’ve always wanted to do).

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Therapy Approaches & Modalities I Use

Relational Psychotherapy

The overarching meaning behind Relational Psychotherapy is that the relationships in your life play a big role in your overall emotional well-being. It is those experiences, relationships, thoughts, or beliefs that have an impact on life satisfaction. This approach is especially beneficial when working on challenges that you have with relationships in your life such as family, friends, intimate relationships, school and in the workplace. It can help you understand how you express your emotions and establish a healthier relationship with your emotions and can also help you gain insight on the relationship.

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

When it comes to psychodynamic psychotherapy, the therapeutic relationship is the core foundation. As a result, the terapist is able to help clients uncover patterns that have been developed and how they affect their day-to-day problems. Insight can come from emotions, thought patterns, mindset, belief systems, and life experiences. Through uncovering the patterns, it will help clients gain insight into how they develop defenses or even avoid emotions or situations. It is through learning these patterns that you will be able to develop new ones that are more fulfilling.

Attachment-Based Psychotherapy

With an attachment-based approach to psychotherapy, we would gain insight into how you connected with your primary caregivers in your early childhood and how it has influenced your emotional and physical relationships in adulthood. This approach has been known to help individuals recover from troubled relationships and experiences. It helps treat anxiety, depression, trauma, self-harm, and suicide ideation. This approach works in both an individual and family setting.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT helps to bring awareness to the connection between your thoughts and your behaviors and how they affect your mood. It has been effective in helping to break negative thought patterns and destructive behaviors which results in an overall healthier mindset and improved quality of life. It is highly effective in treating anxiety, depression, mood disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse, and other serious mental illnesses.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that contains four core areas (core mindfulness,  distress tollerance, interpersonal effectiveness and emotional regulation). I always recommend clients compliment their individual therapy with group therapy in order to strengthen the DBT skills. While I don’t offer DBT Groups within my practice, I do collaborate with other providers and notify my clients when any come up. DBT is helpful for those who have PTSD, suicide ideation, eating disorders, substance use disorders, bipolar disorder, and borderline personality disorder.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MCBT)

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy is a combination of cognitive therapy, meditation, and mindfulness. Mindfulness is a technique that allows you to be present-oriented and detached from your thoughts in order to feel a sense of calmness and clarity. It is great for treating any mood disorder (especially anxiety or depression) to develop coping strategies that align with positive behavioral and emotional responses.

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Ready to create a richer and more satisfying life?

Perhaps you’ve been considering therapy for a while and something has held you back. No matter how you landed here, I’m grateful you found me and am confident that support from a licensed therapist will create a positive impact. It is important that you find a therapist that you connect with, and that will equip you with skills and tools to overcome what is holding you back. Together, we can create the fulfilling life you desire.