Smadar Salzman


"We cannot selectively numb emotions, when we numb the painful emotions, we also numb the positive emotions.”" ~Brene Brown

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Contact
  • Individual
  • Couples

About My Clients

​My primary area of focus is healing Relational Trauma and Complex PTSD resulting from neglect, abuse, or betrayal by those whom we love and depend upon. My clients are individual adults and couples where one or both have been in abusive relationships or whose parents/caregivers were mentally ill, substance abusing, or otherwise emotionally neglectful. For California residents who prefer to meet remotely, I offer HIPAA compliant online therapy via secure video conferencing.

My Background and Approach

I hold a deep passion and commitment to providing the environment, the support, and the tools for my clients to create meaningful, fulfilling lives. Over the past decade and a half I have worked extensively with trauma survivors in private practice and community mental health agencies, and have gained additional training and expertise in treating complex, developmental, and interpersonal trauma. I'm a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco. I am also a California Certified Domestic Violence Counselor. My work draws upon trauma-informed Interpersonal Neurobiology and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT). I have advanced training in EFT and have trained with Sue Johnson, the founder EFT, as well as Bessel van der Kolk, an expert in the treatment of Complex PTSD. I'm also certified in TeleMental Health and Digital Ethics by the Zur Institute.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I welcome diverse populations in my therapy practice, including all sexual orientations, genders, and relationship structures. My therapeutic style is calm, deeply caring, and respectful of each person's unique goals, struggles, and strengths. I practice insight-oriented depth therapy, which means I help you gain awareness of your internal and external obstacles in order to promote deep and lasting changes in your life. I also provide the practical tools you need to express yourself fully and to communicate and get along with the people in your life. I draw from multiple schools of therapy including psychodynamic, existential, family systems, attachment theory, and interpersonal neurobiology.

Insurance Plans Accepted
  • Out of Network

At A Glance

  • Experience: 13 years of practice
  • Languages: English, Español
  • Rate: $190 - 260/session


415-702-0360 Email Smadar
870 Market Street, Suite 1186
San Francisco, CA 94102

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