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Dr. Laura Petracek, Ph.D., LCSW

Expert Psychotherapist

Therapy Services in San Francisco, CA

Dr. Laura Petracek, Ph.D., LCSW

Expert Psychotherapist in San Francisco 

Dr. Laura Petracek is the best-selling author of The Anger Management Workbook for Women (New Harbinger Publications Press, 2004.) and DBT for Alcohol and Drug Addiction. (JKP Press 2023).

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Educational Background and Professional Training

Effective Evidence-Based Therapy

Dr. Petracek  received her Doctorate in Psychology from the California Institute for Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco and her Master’s in Social Work (MSW) from Yeshiva University in New York City. She has also held the position of Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, and Adjunct Professor at Bay Area Graduate Institutions such as Alliant University, Dominican University, and National University. 

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Psychotherapeutic Approach and Specializations

Dr. Petracek is trained in CBT, DBT, ACT, EMDR, and other evidence-based therapies. Feminist/Women’s Issues, Gender Issues, LGBT Issues (specifically drug and alcohol abuse in the LBGT community, suicidality in LGBT teenagers), and trauma (specifically complex trauma)—alcoholism/Drug abuse among women, Meditation, and Yoga. Dr. Petracek is a member of the LGBT community and ally who specializes in helping people with anger issues and recovery from alcohol and other addictions. She currently maintains a private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Therapy Sessions Structure and Objectives

Dr. Patterson is flexible in the format of his therapy sessions, offering everything from brief consultations to address immediate concerns, to short-term or extended therapy for more complex issues. His commitment to achieving measurable outcomes in therapy means that each session is designed to make significant progress in the client’s personal growth and mental health.

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How To Start Therapy

Your Path to Healing Begins Here.
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Free 15-Minute Consult

Book a no-cost consultation with our specialist to discuss your therapy goals.

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Therapist Match

We’ll match you with a therapist who fits your specific requirements.
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Schedule Your Session

Choose video, phone, or in-person for your first session.
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Start Therapy

Embark on your path to wellness with your therapist’s guidance.
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Couple and Family Psychotherapy Expertise

As a psychotherapist certified in Couple and Family Psychology, Dr. Patterson excels in navigating the complexities of interpersonal relationships within families and couples. His therapeutic sessions are aimed at uncovering and addressing the dynamics that impact relational well-being. Under his guidance, clients develop stronger connections and a better understanding of each other, leading to healthier and more satisfying relationships.

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Individual Psychotherapy Services

For individuals dealing with personal challenges such as depression or anxiety, Dr. Patterson provides compassionate and effective therapy. He goes beyond treating symptoms, exploring the root causes of these conditions to offer a comprehensive and healing therapeutic experience. His expertise also extends to helping individuals overcome phobias and achieve career goals, using therapy techniques that foster confidence and success.

Dr. Patterson's Commitment to Psychotherapy

Dr. Terry Patterson’s extensive training, strategic therapeutic techniques, and compassionate, client-centered approach make him an exceptional psychotherapist. His dedication to facilitating personal growth and enhancing relational health through therapy makes him a valuable asset to anyone seeking professional psychological support. His work is not only therapeutic but also deeply transformative, promoting improved mental health and enriched personal and familial relationships.

Our Promise

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Trusted, Licensed Therapists with Expert Training and Thorough Vetting

We’re a group practice of highly experienced mental health professionals and specialists in the field of cognitive behavioral therapy. 

We are empathetic professionals who truly understand what it’s like to feel disconnected from your own journey. We believe that your past should not be an anchor holding you back from a brighter future.

Innovative, Expert-Led Therapy Tailored Just for You

We customize and tailor our work with you to meet your specific needs. Our goal is to provide you with the skills that you need to feel better and cope more effectively in the shortest period of time. 

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