Pain is inevitable, but hope is possible.

If hope is beginning to feel elusive, it’s time to seek help.
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Genee Ramsay, MFT

Turning Hope to Progress

Hope is a powerful vehicle for change. It allows us to envision progress and it motivates us to pursue it. We generally seek therapy when we have something we need to improve in our lives.  Whether you’re coming to therapy in the hopes of making a positive change in your life or you’re coming because you’ve begun to lose hope that things will ever improve, this is a safe place to honestly explore the ways in which you want your life to change.

What is it that you want to improve in your life?  What obstacles are preventing you from achieving your goals?  How can you, with help, remove these obstacles so that progress can be made? Therapy is a relationship in which these questions can safely be explored and answered.

“What makes Genee special is her unique authenticity, integrity, and presence. You can tell immediately that she is totally engaged and present. That palpable feeling makes it surprisingly easy for clients to let down their barriers and open up to the therapeutic process.”

—Natalia El-Sheikh, LMFT

About Me

Born and raised in the Bay Area, I received my BS in Psychology with a minor in Human Sexuality Studies from San Francisco State University. After several years working in residential and school settings, I went on to earn an MS in Counseling from Cal State East Bay. I’ve been working in local family service agencies for over ten years. I have experience working with a broad range of issues including trauma, depression, anxiety, PTSD and family conflict. I also have experience doing behavioral work with children on the autistic spectrum. My focus for my private practice is on growth-oriented work and positive change.

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Answers to Common Questions

Common Questions answered here. Click on each topic to reveal the answer.

A common reason people come to therapy is that they feel “stuck.” Generally it’s because our usual coping mechanisms don’t seem to be working for our current struggle. It could be you’re facing a specific problem or transition you’ve never faced before or it could be more general feelings of sadness, irritation, anger, worry or disastifaction with yourself, your loved ones, your job or your whole life. Thinking about something endlessly, going over and over it in our minds, often leads to dead ends because we’re limited by our own thoughts, behaviors and learned coping mechanisms. Insight often requires the ability to look at your problems in a new light. Talking to someone who’s there to support, encourage and gently challenge you can be incredibly helpful.
Everyone has a unique set of strengths and weaknesses, challenges and triumphs, goals and obstacles. With this in mind, therapy can look different for different people. My theoretical orientation is eclectic, drawing insight and interventions from a variety of theories. I enjoy collaborating with my clients and finding the methods that work for each of them. Sometimes a clear, specific goal can be identified and achieved in a handful of sessions using tools from brief therapy models such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). At other times, a lifetime of thinking and behaving in particular ways has created patterns that require longer-term work to dissect, understand and improve. My goal is to provide a safe, nurturing environment in which to explore and make progress on each clients’ unique individual goals.
It will feel like sitting down with someone you’ve never met and getting to know each other a bit. There’s a bit of formal paperwork to review and sign prior to treatment and it’s best to get it over with at the beginning so that we can spend the rest of our time focusing on more important matters, like what brought you to therapy. I’ll ask you some questions in an attempt to begin to understand how I can best help you. And you’ll have the opportunity to ask me questions, too. Sessions last 50 minutes unless otherwise arranged in advance. If you’d like to minimize the time we spend reviewing paperwork, I can email you paperwork to sign and bring with you to our first session.
You and I will discuss your progress often. Ideally, therapy ends when you feel that you’ve achieved your desired goals.  
My usual rate is $140 per 50 minute hour. I currently only except Cigna insurance. I can also supply you with an invoice if your insurance company reimburses you for sessions with out-of-network providers.  I provide a limited number of reduced-rate spaces in my practice.  Please ask during our initial phone call if special circumstances apply. 
I’ve actually never had anyone ask me this question directly, but it’s certainly the first question I’d ask if I were looking for a new therapist! Progress in therapy is largely based on forming a trusting relationship with your therapist.  You’ll likely be talking about issues that can be uncomfortable to talk about. You want to choose this person with care. I suggest you call a few therapists and get a sense of their style and personality on the phone. Then follow your gut. 


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