I approach my work with sensitivity and compassion to create a safe environment in which issues can be explored.  I have over twenty years of experience working with adults, couples, adolescents and children.

My approach is to help you to discover the unique person you are, whether you are a professional, an artist, a stay-at-home parent, a couple, or a child.  Whether your challenge is situational, chronic, or acute, my goal is to help you learn how to create a more meaningful and fulfilled life and enrich your relationships with others. To become more awake to pursue a life that mirrors who you are.

I work deeply and pragmatically, so that you gain both insight and practical knowledge, and I am always mindful of the deeper, spiritual aspects of what it means to change and evolve. My goal is to help you gain radical acceptance while actively creating the life that you want to be living.

I have worked with people on many issues including:

    • creating/maintaining healthy, intimate relationships
    • couples therapy
    • spiritual growth
    • creativity
    • life transitions
    • grief and loss (death, divorce, life changes, etc)
    • parenting issues
    • conflict resolution
    • infidelity
    • parenting a child with illness or disability
    • addiction
    • codependency
    • issues related to sexuality (including LGBTQI related issues, paraphilias, sex addiction, polyamory, open relationships) or sexual behaviors
    • infertility

My work is informed by Pscychodynamic Therapy, Acceptance and Committment Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as well as alternatives therapies and spiritual practices such as Transcendental Meditation, 12 step programs, and psychobiological interventions.


Taking the first step is often the most difficult. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or to set up a first appointment.

415-225-5028 or ssmithstein@gmail.com


Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes. | Carl Jung