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Elizabeth Sullivan, MFT

Elizabeth Sullivan, MFT, is a psychotherapist and consultant in private practice in downtown San Francisco where she helps working parents and professionals with anxiety, depression and relationship issues. She is the Editor of Psyched Magazine and in a two-year Fellowship at the San Francisco Psychoanalytic Center. She is also currently researching and writing a book on an integral approach to treating PMS. She lives in San Francisco with her partner of 21 years and her two sons.

Fear and Consciousness: What I Learned from a Bike Accident

Posted by Elizabeth Sullivan, MFT on 5/9/14 - 1:50 PM
"Smile, breathe, and go slowly." — Thich Nhat Hahn   I got doored on Saturday night. I was riding my bike out to dinner with my husband and a guy in a big SUV opened his car door into the bike lane without looking and knocked me over. My face hit the pavement, I still don’t really know how my teeth weren’t knocked out, but my lips were cut and bleeding and my forehead was gashed and scraped. It happened so quickly...

Technology and Psychotherapy

Posted by Elizabeth Sullivan, MFT on 8/20/13 - 2:57 PM
A recent article on a study from the University of Zurich offered the headline, "Psychotherapy Via Internet as Good as If Not Better Than Face-To-Face Consultations." It does not surprise me when I think about many of my clients’ everyday lives in the Bay Area: technology tends to be seen for the most part as a fun, useful and normal part of life. It also makes sense when I think about the ways that technology, if wielded strategically, can sometimes...

Self-Care for Therapists

Posted by Elizabeth Sullivan, MFT on 4/9/13 - 12:20 PM
There’s a beleaguered mom on the couch in my office, and she’s feeling skeptical about my idea that she needs to “double-up on self-care.” She shakes her head—tosses it—and says, half-pitifully/half-defiantly: “Even if I had a few minutes alone, I don’t even know what to do to take care of myself. All I want is to sleep. Creativity is not even really a need right now—it’s like wishing for the moon. I just want to work, pick my kids up...
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