Marina Bystritsky, Ph.D.

About me

My name is Marina Bystritsky and I am a psychotherapist with more than 20 years of experience in the mental health field. I find joy and fulfillment though my work and believe wholeheartedly that under the right conditions, anyone can heal.


My professional background includes a bachelor’s degree from NYU; a doctorate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, received in 1999 and specialized training in the treatment of anxiety disorders at the UCLA Anxiety Disorders Clinic.


Since that time I have gained extensive experience, working with patients in clinics and private practice. In addition to my private practice, I serve as adjunct faculty at UCSF. Before I moved to San Francisco in 2014, I provided weekly supervision to psychiatry residents at the OCD Clinic at Stanford for ten years.


Beyond my education and professional training, I bring my personal experience to my work. I grew up in St. Petersburg, Russia and moved to New York after high school. Over the years I moved from New York to Los Angeles, and from Los Angeles to the Bay Area. I have been living a reach and eventful life: I experienced joy and sorrow, achievement and loss; I have made good and bad decisions and learned from the consequences as best I could.


I have been practicing yoga for over 25 years and mindfulness meditation for almost 15. I am also an amateur artist and street photographer, world traveler and nature lover.


More recently, I am a graduate of the California Institute of Integral Studies post graduate program in Psychedelic Assisted Psychotherapy and Research. I have a strong interest in non-ordinary states of consciousness as a potential healing modality and means for spiritual development.

Marina Bystritsky, Ph.D. offers evidence-based psychotherapy to people struggling with anxiety, OCD, and stress-related issues as well as to people seeking personal development and fuller, more meaningful lives. With an office on  Street in San Francisco’s Cow Hollow neighborhood (between the Marina District, Pacific Heights, the Presidio, and Russian Hill), she serves clients from the city and from other San Francisco Bay Area communities including Sausalito, Tiburon, Mill Valley, Corte Madera, Marin City, and Larkspur.

2269 Chestnut St, Suite 

San Francisco, CA 94123

Tel: 415-458-2725