Our Providers

Amy Wertheimer, PhD

Pronouns

she/her

Education

Post-doctoral Internship – UC Berkeley Counseling and Psychological Services

Pre-doctoral Internship – UCLA Counseling & Psychological Services

PhD in Counseling Psychology – University of Southern California

BA in Psychology – Stanford University

Special Interests

Depression, Anxiety, Attachment and relationship issues, Adjustment difficulties and life transitions, Infertility, Emotional distress during pregnancy and postpartum, Binge eating and body image

Therapy Style

My goal as a therapist is to develop a safe and respectful relationship with my clients. This can serve as a secure base from which distressing thoughts, feelings, and behavior patterns can be explored, understood, and changed.My style is active and direct, compassionate and attuned, and authentic and humorous (even irreverent). I focus on seeing the whole person in front of me – the multiple identities and systemic forces that influence their struggles.I balance empathy with challenge – listening closely and asking many questions to make sure I understand the issues at hand, then gently pushing clients to confront obstacles to change and accept certain realities. I motivate my clients to do work outside of session, so that they can practice and master the strategies we discuss.

Modality & Approach

I integrate theories and interventions from psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy. I allow the current needs of my clients to guide the tools I choose to help them, while attending to the influence of their past experiences on how they see themselves, relate to others, and cope with stress. I also use what I have learned as a parent to support clients in identifying, tolerating, and regulating their emotions.

What is your favorite restaurant in San Francisco?

Alice's

What is one thing you do daily that supports your mental and emotional well-being?

Running outside while listening to the Grateful Dead

License Number and State

21720 - CA