ERICA SPARTOS, MA, LMFT
PSYCHOTHERAPY FOR ADULTS, ADOLESCENTS AND FAMILIES
I work with adults to help resolve issues associated with anxiety, substance use/misuse, interpersonal relationships, attachment, mood disorders, trauma, life transitions, and finding life's passion once again.
I can help with:
--Increasing coping skills.
--Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for the resolution of trauma and other problems talk therapy has not helped.
--Improving overall functioning and life satisfaction.
--Connecting you with the right level of care to address your substance use.
--Supporting you in identifying and resolving underlying issues driving substance use.
--Exploring life transitions and reigniting your passion.
--Increasing your interpersonal effectiveness in personal and professional & relationships.
I welcome every sort of family with the goal of increasing understanding and balance, improving communication and exploring difficult dynamics and issues.
I can help with:
--Exploring and coming to terms with the demands and challenges of new / expecting parenthood.
--Therapy with children and parents to help navigate and resolve conflict.
--Learning how to reconnect with your life passion as your children mature and leave the home.
--Family therapy to open channels of communication that may have been lost / forgotten.
--Identifying and understanding family dynamics that support or block connection.
--Healthy communication skills
ADOLESCENTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE
I provide therapy to adolescents trying to find their way through difficult family dynamics, peer / school relationships, behavioral issues, low self worth/esteem, poor academic achievement, trauma, issues associated with coming out as GLBTQI, bullying or being bullied, anxiety, depression and substance use.
I can help with:
--Supporting adolescents and youth to find their voice.
--Navigating the transition from middle and high school to college.
--Increasing independent living skills.
--Collaboration with additional helpers and providers to maintain a continuum of care.
--Identifying positive, pleasurable activities to help increase self worth.
--Parent/child therapy to open channels of communication in a safe environment.
--Connecting you with the right level of care to address substance use.
Insurance: I am not contracted with insurance companies but am happy to provide you with a monthly superbill so you may request out-of-network reimbursement from your insurance company directly. I encourage my clients to fully understand the terms of their insurance policies.
Fees: Please call for a free 30 minute phone consultation to discuss the type of service that may be appropriate to fit your individual situation. This conversation will help us determine the service and the fee recommended for your individual or family needs.
Cancellation Policy: I require a minimum of 24 hours notice for all cancellations. You will be charged the full fee for the missed service if you do not provide adequate notice.
Reduced Fee Services: I reserve a few reduced fee spots for those in need of reduced fee services. Please inquire by calling or sending a message on the form below.
Payment: I accept checks, cash and credit cards at the time services are rendered. I am happy to provide you with a receipt upon payment.
Session Length: Individual sessions are 50 minutes. Conjoint, parent/child or family sessions will range from 60-90 minutes, depending on the problem and number of people attending the session. Fee and session length will be agreed upon before the session.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, CA License #81057, with 15 years of clinical and counseling experience. I graduated with a B.A. in English from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ, and received an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University in Alameda, CA. I also completed graduate level courses at New College of California in San Francisco toward my degree. I began my counseling career through volunteering at the GLBT National Help Center in 2006. Over the course of my career I provided psychotherapy and clinical case management to low-income youth and families in nine SFUSD public schools. I worked as a Case Manager to adults managing complex diagnoses in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco. Most recently, I worked at an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) in San Francisco helping individuals and their families recover from addiction and mental health disorders. I am currently a Clinical Supervisor for the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ) and have a private practice in San Francisco, CA. I have training, education and experience providing the following:
--Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
--Pyschoeducation & Process Therapy Groups
--CBT / DBT Skill Based Therapy
--Crisis Counseling and Intervention
--Play Therapy / School Based Support
--Family Systems Theory / Family Therapy
--Attachment Focused Therapy
--Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation
--Various Modalities to Treat Substance Use
--Meditation and Mindfulness
--Clinical Case Management
--Mediation and Conflict Resolution
My approach is warm, compassionate, focused & practical. I will meet you 'where you are at.' I will support you and your loved ones to resolve symptoms, meet goals, and live happier, fulfilled and satisfied lives. I am exceptionally passionate about working with young people, adolescents, adults, parents and families. I welcome the GLBTQI community, especially queer parents / families of all persuasions.
Substance Use, Recovery and Trauma Resources
What is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy: click here
Foundations Recovery Network San Francisco Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program: click here
Find an AA Meeting in San Francisco or Marin: click here
Smart Recovery: click here
Life Ring: click here
Find a Refuge Recovery Meeting: click here
Support for Family and Friends: click here
The Stonewall Project in San Francisco (for men who have sex with men and struggle with substance use): click here
You Rule Therapy: Harm Reduction Groups, Individual, and Couples Therapy for the treatment of issues related to sex and substance use/misuse: click here
Families, Children, Youth
Edgewood Center for Children and Families: click here
San Francisco Council of Parent Participation Nursery Schools: click here
Hand in Hand Parenting: click here
San Francisco Comprehensive Child Crisis: (415) 970-3800
Talkline Family Support Center in San Francisco: click here
Comprehensive List of Support Services in San Francisco for Children and Families, published by Support for Families of Children with Disabilities: click here
SF Kids (Fun activities for children and families): click here
Parents Place: click here
Natural Resources in San Francisco: click here
Janet Lansbury, RIE inspired parenting guidance: click here
Mental Health & Wellness
Mobile Crisis Team, San Francisco (if you need help to assess if an adult you care about may need to be hospitalized due to a psychiatric crisis, harm to self/others): (415) 970-4000
San Francisco Suicide Prevention: (415) 781-0500
San Francisco Department of Public Health Community Behavioral Health Services: click here
San Francisco Psychiatric Emergency Services: (415) 206-8125
List of Diagnosis: click here
North American Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI): click here
Mental Health Association of San Francisco (MHASF): click here
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT): click here
Community Boards, San Francisco, Resolving Community Conflict Through Mediation: click here
Self-Compassion: click here
If you would like to know more about my services, I am happy to provide a free 30 minute phone consultation to see if it is a good match between us. I look forward to hearing from you. Please use the form below or call: