I create a warm, nurturing environment that enables you to grow. Building safety and trust is the foundation of my work. We will explore what is confusing, painful, and/or anxiety provoking for you and work towards identifying your strengths and overcoming what is overwhelming or challenging for you. I offer you an empathic, gentle, encouraging, and non patronizing presence in your journey towards healing.
After becoming a physician (I am a licensed Obstetrician Gynecologist), I discovered that my real calling is working with people and their emotions. As a therapist who is also a licensed physician, I bring knowledge and wisdom of the body, medicine, and the mind-body connection. With this background I offer you a seasoned, well-rounded provider.
I received a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Drama therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies. I work with couples, families, and individual clients of varying ages, from children to elders. I use action-oriented techniques to help clients develop fresh perspectives. I have a special interest in working with clients on relationship issues, anger expression, depression, anxiety, inner critic work, trauma, survivors of child abuse, and grief work. With regards to grief work, I work especially with those who have experienced a miscarriage, an abortion, a termination for a fetal malformation, or the loss of a family member.
I appreciate your courage, willingness, and trust.
Tessa Sugarbaker, MD, MA is a Marriage and Family Registered Therapist (#93444) at the Living ArtsCounseling Center.
Offices in San Francisco and Oakland.