Amy Wertheimer (Octave) (she/her)


My goal as a therapist is to develop a safe and respectful relationship with my clients.

Psychologist in San Francisco, CA

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About My Clients

My goal is to develop a safe and respectful relationship with my clients. This can serve as a secure base from which distressing thoughts, feelings, and behavior patterns can be explored, understood, and changed. I focus on seeing the whole person in front of me – the multiple identities and systemic forces that influence their struggles.

My Background and Approach

I balance empathy with challenge – listening closely and asking many questions to make sure I understand the issues at hand, then gently pushing clients to confront obstacles to change and accept certain realities. I motivate my clients to do work outside of session, so that they can practice and master the strategies we discuss. I integrate theories and interventions from psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy. I allow the current needs of my clients to guide the tools I choose to help them, while attending to the influence of their past experiences on how they see themselves, relate to others, and cope with stress. I also use what I have learned as a parent to support clients in identifying, tolerating, and regulating their emotions.

Insurance Plans Accepted
  • Out of Network
  • Blue Cross of California

At A Glance

  • Experience: 13 years of practice
  • Languages: English


415-360-3833 Email Amy
100 Bush Street
Suite 900
San Francisco, CA 94104

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