Kelsey Parker, MFT

Psychotherapy for adults, adolescents, and families

Psychotherapy for adults, adolescents, and families in San Francisco, specializing in the treatment of eating disorders. Advanced training in relational psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

Individual Therapy

People enter therapy for a variety of reasons, from unfamiliar anxieties to enduring sadness and lethargy to troubling relationship patterns.

Using a mix of methods and styles, I always begin with you, your unique self, and your particular set of circumstances and goals, as the genesis of our work together. I believe that a supportive relationship is key. It's my aim to create a safe and empathic environment for you to express feelings, recognize obstacles, identify your desires, and ultimately use the therapeutic process as a springboard for a more liberated life.

Some therapeutic approaches I’ve studied and draw from include:

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: a model for therapy based on the idea that symptoms are rooted in underlying, often longstanding psychological conflicts that can be discovered in part through close examination of the patient-therapist relationship.

Relational Psychoanalysis: a therapeutic modality that focuses on the emotional contact between the therapist and the patient, and provides an exploratory space to gain insight into relational patterns.

Some periods of our growth are so confusing that we don’t even recognize that growth is happening…Those long periods when something inside ourselves seems to be waiting, holding its breath, unsure about what the next step should be, eventually become the periods we wait for, for it is in those periods that we realize that we are being prepared for the next phase of our life and that, in all probability, a new level of the personality is about to be revealed.
— Alice Walker

My training and experience enable me to address a range of issues, including:

  • profound grief due to the loss of a loved one or relationship
  • eating disorders, including struggles with binge-eating
  • general anxiety or specific phobias
  • substance abuse
  • infertility and/or difficulty conceiving
  • childhood sexual and/or physical abuse
  • sexuality and gender identity
  • depression (great sadness, feeling that it's hard to experience pleasure or get things done, trouble sleeping, etc.)
  • professional/career dilemmas and transitions
  • obstacles to achieving success in work or school

© 2012 Kelsey Parker, MA, MFT
California Lic. No. MFC 98490