The Psychotherapist Association for
Gender & Sexual Diversity

Susan Sidel


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I am an interactive psychotherapist. I find that my clients are more comfortable and able to build a trusting relationship when communication is fluid. My theoretical practice of Self-Psychology emphasizes empathy, genuineness, relationship building and trust. My skills in Cognitive Behavioral techniques can bring about immediate relief of symptoms, such as those commonly experienced in anxiety and depression. I feel that a combination of both therapeutic techniques can be useful in promoting resolution of most interpersonal problems. I truly believe that therapy can be interesting, informative and growth enhancing. This can be done in an environment that is supportive, safe, professional, respectful and when necessary may be confrontative. Therapy does not have to be humorless and it need not always involve pain.
If you feel hesitant to enter into therapy or come from a culture that may even discourage therapy, please consider calling for a consultation or to set up an evaluation to see if therapy is right for you. Establishing a good fit with the right therapist is one of the most important steps you can take towards developing a positive relationship with yourself and others.
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I recognize that the healthcare system can be frusterating to contemplate and I am available for assessments in order to determine which course of treatment best suit a persons individual needs. I know that even beginning to look for a therapist can initi

Main Office

Work phone
Office #1: Address
1603 Church St.
Office #1: City
San Francisco
Office #1: State
Office #1: Zip
Office #1: Disability access?
Office hours
11 a.m.-8 p.m. M-F
Office directions
Noe Valley: Church Street at 28th.

Demographic info (optional).

Gender designation
  • Female
Sexual orientation
  • Lesbian
  • White/Euro American
  • Jewish

Credentials (required)

Prof. degree
  • MA
Prof. degree concentration
  • Clinical Psych.
  • Feminist Psych.
  • Feminist Therapy
  • MFCC
  • Marriage/Family Therapy
  • Mental Health
  • Psychology
  • Social/Clinical Psych.
Year degree obtained
Educational institution
New College of California
License type
  • LMFT
Year originally licensed
License number
MFC 33190
License expiration date
December 31, 2019

Background and practice info

Theoretical approaches to my work
  • Client Centered
  • Cognitive Behavioral
  • Feminist
  • Humanistic
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational
  • Self Psychology
Clinical techniques
  • Dream Work
  • Guided Imagery
  • Relaxation Training
Clinical specializations
  • ACA / Codependence
  • Addiction / Substance Use
  • ADHD
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • BDSM / Kink Aware
  • Bisexual Issues
  • Class Issues
  • Coming Out
  • Couples / Relationships
  • Depression
  • Ethnic or Cultural Issues
  • Gender Identity / Trans / Gender NC
  • Married:GLBT in Hetero
  • Mentally Ill Family Members
  • Self Esteem
  • Sexuality
  • Stress / Burnout
Types of therapy
  • Brief (Time-Limited) Therapy
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Consultation
  • Counseling
  • Couples / Relationship / Marriage Therapy or Counseling
  • Individual Therapy
  • Long-Term Therapy
Languages (used in therapy)
  • English
Client ages
  • Adults
Sliding scale
Low fee
Private insurance plans
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Behavioral Health Services
  • Blue Cross PPO
  • Blue Shield
  • Choice Care Network
  • Corp Health Inc
  • EAP EAP Conn
  • Employee Network EAP
  • Healthnet
  • Humana
  • Magellan Behavioral Health
  • Pacificare Behavioural He
  • Pacificare Behavioural Health
  • UBH United Behavi
  • UBH United Behavioral Health
  • United Healthcare
Available 24 hrs?

Additional Offices

Office #2: Disability access?