— Laura Perls
Whether you're dealing with a specific disorder or simply need a sounding board for the issues you've been struggling with, therapy may help you to get back on track. As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist my approach is non-judgmental, compassionate, engaging, authentic, and supportive. When working with me, you and your experiences are the focus of treatment, which is completely tailored to your individual needs. I am striving to provide you with attentive care in a safe environment, designed to help you better understand, work through, and manage the issues and problems that trouble you.
I draw from a variety of psychotherapy theories including Gestalt Therapy, Psychodynamic Theory, Humanistic and Holistic approaches, Family Systems, current research in psychology, neuroscience, mindfulness, and EMDR, as well as my 25+ years of extensive training and experience. I believe in the dynamic interrelatedness of body, mind, and spirit.
If you are looking for additional support and guidance through a challenging situation or you are just ready to move in a new direction in your life, I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals.
- Coming Out Group for gay and bisexual men: Sometimes it can be quite difficult to accept ourself the way we are. And then there is the question "Whom do I tell? Do I tell anyone? How to deal with this? What to say to my parents, my friends, my colleagues? How do I tell my wife? And what to say to my kids? Can I really dare to come out?" To talk with somebody who has experience in dealing with these issues can help you in finding your answers to those questions. The group offers a safe space to talk about everything around your coming-out. Here you can explore your feelings, concerns, fears or insecurities, exchange your experience with others who are in the same situation, talk about HIV and safer sex - and quite possibly make new friends.
- Early Recovery Group: an outpatient substance abuse treatment group for all those who see their addiction as the symptom of their underlying problem(s) rather then the problem itself. This group approaches addiction by saying that alcohol and drugs are not the problem but rather they are what people are using to help themselves cope with their problems, the crutch they need to get thru their lives. Once the underlying problems are uncovered and successfully treated the crutch will no longer be necessary.
- Drug Diversion Group for everybody who is mandated by court to attend a 6-12 months substance abuse treatment.
- HIV & AIDS Support Group for straight men and women (this is a process oriented ongoing psychotherapy group)
- Age Differently - A support group for gay and bisexual men: While open to all ages, the support group "Age Differently" particularly serves older gay and bisexual men who want to jointly encourage and support themselves. The group will touch on a variety of issues centered around growing older more gracefully, lively, and confident. Topics include, but are not limited to: love and friendship; being home alone; sex and aging; health and aging; Internet dating; cultural activities; etc. This group can also provide a framework for further activities. Participants can get to know each other, find support, make new friends, or simply plan their leisure activities together.
Accepted Insurance Plans:
- Anthem Blue Cross: Out of Network / PPO Plans only
- Blue Shield of California
- Coventry Health Care
- First Health
- Health Net
- Magellan Behavioral Health
- Mental Health Network (MHN)
- SFPPN / Healthy San Francisco
- Out of Network