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About My Approach

My approach is active and collaborative. I strive to provide a place of emotional safety where I listen to you carefully and respond honestly. I believe that understanding why a problem has become a problem is not enough. Actually “doing something about it” is what’s important. Therefore, my work is focused on eliciting behavioral changes that are based on your personal goals and values. I give honest feedback and actively develop strategies for change. My intent is to help you live more fully and joyfully.

While I have been extensively trained in many current evidence-based psychological interventions and informed by Eastern philosophies and practices, I believe no single modality can address the variety of individual presentations.  I blend a range of approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-Based Therapy, harm reduction, motivational interviewing, and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), to name a few. Since each client is unique, I tailor the therapy to each person’s particular situation.

I think mind and body are one and I use a strong mind/body focus to promote personal growth and to empower change. My ultimate goal is to help you remove obstacles that stand in a way of living a meaningful life and realizing your full potential. I believe the path to healing and wholeness requires total integration of all facets of the self: good, bad and ugly.

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  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

  • Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)

  • Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) Therapy

  • Mindfulness Based Therapies

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