Therapists Specializing in Self Harm in San Francisco Bay Area

Self-harm, also called self-injury, is where someone deliberately injures themself in a way that is not intended to end their life. In many cases, people use self-harm as a way of coping with or expressing overwhelming emotions. However, it poses a risk and danger to the individual’s safety, and people often end up feeling worse. Self-harm is also associated with various mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, and psychotic disorders.

The therapists below can help individuals increase awareness of and understand the reasons for self-harm. In therapy, individuals learn to identify triggers, develop safer and healthier coping strategies, implement self-soothing techniques, and bolster communication skills. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) are probably the best-known, most effective treatment approaches for self-harm, although therapeutic approaches vary among therapists and depend on each individual’s specific challenges.

Find therapists in San Francisco Bay Area who specialize in self-harm below. Therapists have been vetted by the Zencare team for clinically rigorous, quality care. Visit their profiles to watch an introductory video and book a free initial call to find a good fit!


Maura  Merritt

Maura Merritt

Online Sessions, CA

Insurances: Optum
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $120 per session

Clients typically reach out to me when they're looking to find personal growth and make changes in how they think and feel. My goal is to have each client explore their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to help build insight to create the changes they want to see to design a life worth living. As a licensed marriage and family therapist, registered art therapist, and certified clinical trauma professional, I combine my specialties by taking a creative approach to tailor treatment to address each individual's unique needs. I am known by my clients for loving a good worksheet and a sense of humor. I always strive to create a safe place where you can feel comfortable being yourself and express anything without feeling judged. Whether you're experiencing anxiety, depression, burnout, or just want someone to vent to, feel free to reach out to me and we can get started!


Alyson  Lischer

Alyson Lischer

Online Sessions, CA

Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $180 per session

Thank you for checking out my listing and taking the bold step to find a therapist. This process can often feel overwhelming and I hope the information provided will be helpful in making it feel less daunting.

In therapy, I believe the therapeutic relationship is the essential to the healing process. One of the core values of my practice is authenticity. I am committed to showing up authentically and working collaboratively with you. I want my clients to feel like they are meeting with a real person who is going to laugh with them, cry with them and most importantly be present with them.

I want you to not only feel safe but also seen, heard and connected. I believe true healing happens in a space that honors all of you and allows you to fully show up.


Jennifer  Campoy

Jennifer Campoy

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $200 per session

Often my clients say they wished they didn’t need so much validation from others in order to have confidence or they want to be more assertive without feeling guilty. They feel strangely alone even in their relationships. Despite being capable & smart and having some degree of insight about how they were raised, people I treat know there is more to the story. Why do they have so much self-doubt or a harsh inner voice or look to others to say they're "okay”? This is where I come in. I help people dig deep into the stories & experiences that shaped them and how those influences sometimes hijack their way of thinking & sense of self.

We’ll look at expectations in relationships, we’ll likely catch some automatic negative thinking that has deep roots, & we’ll talk about experiences that perhaps have never been really heard, understood or validated. Because Life is hard … and complicated. Growing up is hard too. If you want to feel more at ease, to know what you want & need and be able to ask for it without guilt & with conviction, I'd love to help you get there.


Elle  Michel

Elle Michel

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $175 - $250 per session

Do you struggle with trauma, relationships, and anxiety, or worry that you might be beyond help? Give me a call--I've been there and, through my own healing, as well as extensive training and experience, I'm uniquely fit to help others. I specialize in healing trauma, depression, anxiety, and borderline personality disorder, using EMDR, DBT, Brainspotting, and TRM, to achieve tangible results quickly. My clients often tell me that no other therapist has helped them in the way that I have, and that they finally have the tools they need to let go of trauma thrive.

Because life happens outside the therapy office, I offer phone coaching free of charge to all my clients. This allows me to offer you support in your daily life, as challenges arise, and will help you implement what we work on in therapy quickly and easily.

In my approach to therapy I pull from cutting-edge neuroscience, using therapeutic modalities that are clinically proven to be effective. Additionally, I have in-depth training and experience helping people recover from sexual abuse, neglect, substance abuse, suicidality, self-harm, borderline personality disorder, anxiety, and depression.


Talyn  Olguin

Talyn Olguin

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 per session

Therapy is often a stigmatized term that causes many people to shy away from seeking out any additional support. But when you are feeling overwhelmed, overworked, tired and completely alone there is little that will have the same impact as proper support. Whether facing depression, anxiety, relationship stress or that unknown feeling that takes over every part of you therapy can help even if it is simply gaining an outside perspective. By working on the underlying feelings you will find a sense of peace in a sea of chaos.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions about what you may need or specialties that I have. I am happy to provide you with the support and guidance needed to make true long lasting changes in your life.


Ute  Zimmermann

Ute Zimmermann

Online Sessions, CA

Insurances: Medicare
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $80 - $200 per session

I'm often asked: "How do I know the therapist I choose is good?" There is no easy answer. The most successful component of therapy is the relationship that you and your therapist will build. Building this relationship in a safe non-judgmental environmental is crucial. I will provide this environment for you, such that you will have the freedom to express yourself. 

Together we'll take the journey of looking at what has brought you here and where to go from here. I will help you find and develop the path you want to take. We will utilize a variety of tools, tailored to your current needs, challenging at times, yet not impossible. 


Diana  Ali

Diana Ali

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $250 per session

If you are suffering from depression, anxiety, PTSD, borderline personality disorder, a chronic illness, burnout, or other sources of overwhelming emotions, I believe there is hope for you.

If you've tried traditional talk therapy and felt like you didn't make much progress, you may benefit from a different approach. I offer both trauma-specific treatment and practical, skills-based approaches to therapy like Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). DBT is aimed at helping you to build the life that you want, to move toward your values, and to change the behaviors that may be getting in the way of your goals. As a trauma and DBT specialist, I am dedicated to providing compassionate and evidenced-based treatments that empower my clients to heal and to learn practical skills to improve their lives. I view therapy as a collaborative, team effort, between the client and therapist.

Together, we will work on reducing your suffering and building your life. I realize that it takes great courage to face our challenges and ask for help. I invite you to message me directly to schedule a free, 15-minute phone consultation.


Hollie  Granato

Hollie Granato

Online Sessions, CA

Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $285 per session

My mission as a clinical psychologist is to help individuals reduce suffering and achieve purpose in their lives. I view therapy as a teamwork and when I commit myself to working with someone, I am dedicated to collaboratively helping them reach their goals. I strive to provide cutting edge evidence-based treatment, rooted in the latest scientific findings, within a safe and validating space.

My approach to therapy is rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I am committed to evidence-based practice and believe the best step to helping someone change their life is to thoroughly understand what is currently keeping them stuck. As a faculty member, consultant, and researcher, I am dedicated to staying abreast of the most current research. I am comprehensively trained in and currently offer Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (full model, including DBT Skills Group), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Prolonged Exposure, and Cognitive Processing Therapy.


Meredith   Levy

Meredith Levy

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $350 per session

My motto in therapy, and in life, is "whatever works!" What works for us in certain times of our lives no longer continues to works, and we need to shift gears. I'm casual and transparent with my clients. I believe that the relationship between client and therapist is the most critical part of therapy. If there isn't a connection, it won't work. I will always let you know if believe we aren't a good fit, or if I believe someone else would be better suited to helping you with your particular struggles.

I've had quite a unique life and believe that this is part of what enables me to relate to almost anyone. I am straightforward and honest - not something everyone wants or likes! I will work as hard as you will and be as committed to making changes as you are!


Katya  Kosarenko

Katya Kosarenko

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $175 - $250 per session

It takes a certain person to look for support, and I commend you on taking this first step. Life is challenging, and there are times when no matter how hard we try, things just don’t change. We often find ourself spinning out of control feeling overwhelmed, scared, sad and tired… beyond tired, feeling alone, stuck and in pain, dealing with distressing thoughts, feelings and body symptoms. And the list goes on.

I am here to support you in finding tools and getting to the roots of your challenges. Together, by engaging your mind and body, we will find ways for you to feel hopeful, in control and motivated to advance in life, whether it means taking a tiny baby step or making a big leap.


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