Welcome to the Website for My Private Psychotherapy Practice in San Mateo, California!
My name is Kathryn Steinbaugh, and I'm a licensed marriage and family therapist who's been providing psychotherapy services for individuals, couples, families, and groups in the San Francisco Bay Area for well over 20 years.
As you're reading this, it's likely you're considering whether or not therapy can help you or someone you know.
For many people, deciding to see a therapist is a last resort. Most of us are accustomed to trying to solve our own problems, or relying on the assistance and advice of family members and friends.
However, resolving emotional and relationship issues often takes specific skills that aren't taught to us when we're growing up.
Whether you're struggling with anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, eating disorders, or body-image issues — or you find yourself in a relationship that seems to be a source of constant conflict or, even worse, lifeless — working to overcome these issues usually requires professional assistance
The kind of assistance a licensed marriage and family therapist can provide.
How Can You Find a Therapist Who's Right for You?
If you've never been to therapy before, the best place to begin your search for a therapist to work with is to ask your physician, massage therapist, or another health professional you trust for a couple of referrals. If you're comfortable doing so, you may also ask friends or family members.
That having been said, even after receiving a referral from someone you trust, you still need to speak with a few therapists before making a choice. Just because one person had a good experience with a particular therapist doesn't necessarily mean you will as well.
Finding the "right" therapist is a very individualized process. The trust and rapport you develop with your therapist will be one of the most important determinants of your therapy's success. Therefore, you need to do everything you can to choose a therapist who feels like a good "fit" for your unique personality and needs.
To find out if you and I may be able to work together successfully, I encourage you to contact me at 650-376-3845 or at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you have, to request referrals, or to schedule a free, initial phone consultation.
Can Therapy Really Help?
In a world of "quick fixes" and the widespread use of clichés to explain human behaviors, psychotherapy is a commitment to a deeper understanding of yourself and your relationships with others.
Therapy is about successfully navigating the changes in our lives and about creating the changes you desire. It's about letting go of behaviors and beliefs that aren't bringing you the results you desire, and learning new ways to interpret and respond to life.
This is the life we're given, and it's up to each of us to make the most of it.
Emotional pain is a natural part of life and need not be avoided. In fact, when faced with honesty and courage, emotional discomfort can be turned into opportunities for learning, growth, and personal fulfillment.
If you feel discouraged, stuck, or defeated, you need to know that confidence and optimism are attainable. Pain can be managed and you can make the most of change.
Therapy is not easy. It requires commitment and work. However, if you're ready and willing to put in the effort required, therapy can be one of the most positive, life-changing, and rewarding investments you ever make!
Please feel free to contact me at 650-376-3845 or at email@example.com with any questions, to request referrals, or to schedule a free, initial phone consultation. I look forward to speaking with you and helping you select the best therapist for you.