What is Somatic Psychotherapy?

All that we experience, we experience bodily. While responding emotionally to, and forming ideas about these experiences, we develop patterns of muscle tension, movement, and breathing. Somatic psychotherapy respects the central role of the body in the development of, and ongoing lived experiencing of, our emotions, beliefs and relationships.

Reflecting on our beliefs, our needs, and our patterns through embodied self-awareness—using body sensing and methods like supportive touch—reduces stress, promotes clarity and the discovery of new options, and supports an enhanced sense of vitality and wellbeing.

How do I make an appointment?

To speak with a member of the Center's clinical staff and to arrange for an appointment, please call +1 (415) 217-8895.

When you call, you will be given general information, and we will ask you some questions so that we are able to match you with a therapist. In most cases, following this brief phone conversation, you will be contacted by your therapist within two business days at which time you and your therapist will schedule your first meeting.

Where are you located?

Our Center is located at 312 Sutter St., Suite 410, San Francisco, CA 94108

What are your hours?

We are open seven days a week (except for a brief closure during the winter holiday season) between 8am and 9pm. Appointments are scheduled based on availability.

What services do you offer?

The Center offers high-quality, body-mind-spirit psychotherapy. We welcome individuals, couples and partners, youth, and families of all ages, genders, racial and cultural backgrounds, bodily expressions, and sexual orientations.

To read more about our specific services, see Our Services.

What are your fees?

We believe that everyone should get the care they need, at rates they can afford, for as long as they need counseling. That's why our fees for counseling sessions slide on a scale. Our fees are determined by your income, expenses, and specific life situation. During your phone intake, you will be asked questions about your financial situation and your fee will be determined.

If you are in need of no-cost services, we will provide you with referrals. Everyone pays something, but we work hard to make sure everyone can afford the care they need for as long as they need it.

Do you take insurance?

The Center does not accept insurance, however our fees are set according to a sliding scale so services can be affordable. Upon request from a client, one of our clinicians is happy to provide the client a "superbill" that the client may then submit to their insurance company or other program in order to receive reimbursement.

How long are sessions?

Unless otherwise arranged in advance between client and therapist, sessions begin on the hour and last 50 minutes.

How do you determine who the best therapist is for me?

When you call the Center, you will have the opportunity to tell us what interests you about therapy, the kind of therapist you are hoping to work with, and the times you are available. Our clinic manager carefully reviews that information to match you with a clinician who might best suit your needs.

I work full-time during the day. Can I get an appointment?

Yes, the Center is open seven days a week, from 8am to 9pm. Appointments are scheduled based on availability.

What can I expect from my first session?

In the first meeting, you and your therapist will take time to introduce yourselves to each other. Your therapist will provide you some logistics regarding agreements and guidelines, but primarily, this is an opportunity for you to have your therapist hear about your experiences, as well as your goals and vision for your work together.

How long will I be in therapy?

It is difficult to estimate the length of psychotherapy because each person's situation is unique. You and your therapist will work together to determine how long your counseling will last. Some concerns can be resolved in a short period of time; others can take longer. There is no limit to the number of sessions you may receive during your course of therapy at the Center.

Do you differ services in other languages in addition to English?

Typically, we do offer therapy in many languages; however, availability depends on current staffing. This will vary from year to year. Throughout the years, our clinicians have offered therapy in English, Spanish, Mandarin, French, Hebrew, Portuguese, German, Japanese, Turkish, and Farsi, among additional languages. Please call our Center to find out what languages we are currently offering.

Will I be seen by a licensed counselor/therapist?

Our therapists are advanced pre-licensed therapists enrolled at California Institute of Integral Studies. They are actively studying with highly trained and experienced clinical psychologists, psychoanalysts, and other mental health professionals. They are carefully supervised by licensed therapists in accordance with California state guidelines for clinical, legal, and ethical excellence. All Center clinicians are carefully selected and conscientiously trained to work with a range of psychological, emotional, and relationship concerns.

I am a clinician and would like to refer to the Center. Who do I contact?

We welcome referrals! Please call us at  +1 (415) 217-8895 and one of our therapists will be happy to discuss our services with you to determine if our Center is the best fit for your referral.

Want to contact the Center for Somatic Psychotherapy directly instead?

If you prefer to contact Center for Somatic Psychotherapy directly for questions or to make an appointment with one of our therapists, contact us instead:

Phone: +1 (415) 217-8895

Email: csp@ciis.edu