Ava  Henderson

Ava Henderson

She/Her/Hers

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
California Accepting Online
Presidio Heights Accepting In-person
Updated November 25, 2023

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Attachment issues
  • Communication issues
  • Self-esteem
  • Couples counseling
  • Trauma

Professional statement

Ava Henderson is a licensed psychotherapist working in-person in San Francisco and virtually in all of California. Ava works with teens, adult and couples. In her work with individuals Ava has a great deal of experience working with anxiety, shame, childhood trauma, grief and relationship issues. In her couple work Ava helps couples identify and understand the negative cycles they get caught, how their attachment styles are effecting the relationship and how to communicate vulnerably and effectively with their partners.

Ava's work is grounded in psychodynamic theory with a strong holistic emphasis that is tailored fit the needs of my clients. Her approach is depth oriented which means that she will not only help you with alleviating painful symptoms and patterns--such as critical self-talk, over indulging in substances and relationship conflicts to name a few--but also get to the root of what is causing you suffering and distress so that lasting change is possible.

Ava believes that healing comes through relationship and that through her relational approach--meaning client and therapist examine what is happening in the room between us to better understand your relationships in the world--we can improve the quality of your relationship to yourself and others.

Ava's style is warm, collaborative, non-judgmental and tailored to meet the needs of each individual client.


Message to clients

If you are here you might be feeling lost in some way or have a sense that you are not living life to the fullest. It is vulnerable and brave to seek out help and it's big that you're here beginning your journey towards a more fulfilling life.

Our hope in working together is to give you a reparative experience around relationship where all the parts of you are welcome and make sense. As your therapist, I will hold both the light and the shadow sides of you—to honor the ways you’ve learned to cope with the inherent challenges of life, as well as to celebrate the innermost and hidden parts of your Self that may have gotten lost for lack of attention or for reasons of survival.

I look forward to being a non-judgmental and empathic companion on your journey towards living a more whole and authentic life in whatever way feels good for you. I trust that each of us has deep inner wisdom and an innate vocation towards self-healing. I feel honored to be your partner and witness in uncovering what that looks like for you.


Specialties

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Attachment issues - Development of effective relational and communication skills; insight into family attachment patterns;fostering healthy family relationships.

Communication issues - Developing effective interpersonal skills in relationships withpartners, families, and co-workers; using healthy methods of communication to convey needs and respond to others

Self-esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, shame, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect

Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

Ava Henderson is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $185 (50min)
  • Initial session: $185 (50min)
  • Couples sessions: $200 (50min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Venmo
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Multiple times a week

Location(s)

Online Sessions (California)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 9am - 5pm
  • Wed 9am - 5pm
  • Thu 9am - 5pm
  • Fri 9am - 2pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Presidio Heights practice
3632 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, California 94118
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 10am - 6pm
  • Tue 10am - 6pm
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 6 years

SF Marriage and Couples Center, Associate Couple Therapist, 2017 - 2020
Louise Brodie (private practice internship), Associate Therapist, 2018 - 2020
Pierce Street Integral Counseling Center, Associate Therapist, 2015 - 2017

California Institute of Integral Studies, MA Counseling Psychology, 2018


Licensure

California: 119510


Languages

English