Kathryn Hirt, MFT
582 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94104
Kathryn Hirt, MFT
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. The central focus of my practice is working with anxiety disorders and related issues, including social anxiety, panic, agoraphobia, specific phobias, generalized anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder and PTSD- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
I also work with older adolescents, families, and couples, and work with adult individuals around a variety of different issues such as depression, low self-esteem, assertiveness training, body-image, anger management, major life transitions, crises of mid-life, grief and loss, and other issues as well.
My work as a therapist is proactive and engaged, and simultaneously based on the deep belief that real change comes from moving out of self-judgment, towards the compassionate acceptance of who we are right now, in all that we may be experiencing. In that spirit I create a space that is supportive and non-judgmental, while gently challenging belief systems and patterns of thinking and behaving that hold you back from becoming your most vital self.
Marriage & Family Therapist
I have advanced training in EMDR, used for working with anxiety and trauma, and have training from the Gottman Institute in couples counseling and Emotionally Focused Therapy as well. I also have over 22 years experience in mindfulness practices and Buddhist psychology, Gestalt therapy, somatic practices such as Hakomi, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), and have trained in Non-Violent Communication (NVC) as well as various Native American healing practices.
I have a special love for working with adolescents and young adults as they find their authentic voices and vision, and emerge into their unique, empowered selves. Transitional times of life such as these, while often challenging and difficult, are a rich opportunity to find one's truth, and to explore the greater existential questions that give meaning to our lives on Earth. As such I also work with people in mid-life, who wish to embrace the second half of their lives with greater insight and meaning.
My other areas of interest include working with family members of adults with mental illness, combat veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan and their families, and survivors of sexual abuse and domestic abuse, based on my 15+ years of combined experience in the fields of mental health and domestic violence.
anxiety, PTSD, depression, grief/ loss, transitions, relationships, mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy