Brian  Henderson
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Brian Henderson

He/Him/His

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, AMFT Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
California Accepting Online
Buena Vista Park (Ecotherapy Walks), Cow Hollow Accepting In-person
Updated February 7, 2024

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Chronic pain
  • Couples counseling
  • LGBTQIA, gender, & sexuality topics
  • Loss, grief, and bereavement
  • Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy

Professional statement

It's so common to struggle with making sense of where to go next. Some part of us knows that life should feel different. We might long for more peace with or within our bodies. Maybe it's the ability to have hard conversations with our families or deeper, more meaningful relationships with our partners. Or maybe we're just trying to figure out how to be less alone with our grief and our pain.

We live in a world that too often sends us the message that what we feel is too much. We come to believe that what makes us different, makes us a burden, and that we should learn how to deal with it on our own. It can be unthinkable, imagining that what we carry could ever feel lighter. And I can promise you that something mysterious and powerful happens when we speak about just how heavy that burden is. Something new emerges.

To need help is human. What makes us different, makes us powerful. We are not broken for suffering; what we feel does not need fixing. I believe that our hurts are signal flares from some deeper, more intact self. Our hurts light the way to a better relationship with the world around us. Therapy is the practice of learning how to follow these signals — but with someone walking alongside you, this time.


Message to clients

We heal in the presence of other humans, and as it turns out, I'm a human as well. To inform our work, I will call on my experience as a gay man who has grappled with unlocking his own life force and on my decade-long relationship with chronic pain. I am kink, gender, and poly-affirming.

I believe that the body and what we feel in the present moment carries some of the most important wisdom for what form our healing should take. I will often slow us down and reflect on what we notice together, including in our relationship as therapist and client. In the opening weeks of our work, we'll collaborate to figure out what feels best for you. Dreamwork, art therapy, mindfulness and meditation exercises, psychedelic integration, directed inquiry or free-roaming conversation; it's all on the menu.

I also know that the history and the health of the land we live on has so much to teach us about how to heal. I am a white cis man living on unceded Ohlone land. Part of my own journey toward wholeness involves consciousness of the ways that I embody forces that routinely rob marginalized folx of their lives, loved ones, and land. We don't heal in isolation. We heal as a societal body. If our healing comes at the expense of folx on the margins, it is not true healing. Our work will strive to make sense of what it means to heal while living in systems of oppression.


Specialties

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

Chronic pain - Managing the biological, psychological, and emotional aspects of pain

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

LGBTQIA, gender, & sexuality topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges

Loss, grief, and bereavement - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance

Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy - Working through areas of deep stuckness like depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, and suicidality by creating an expansive, meditative state of consciousness.




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Parents
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

Brian 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: $200 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $140 - $200

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 9:00am-7:00pm
  • Tue 9:00am-7:00pm
  • Wed 9:00am-7:00pm
  • Thu 9:00am-7:00pm
  • Fri 9:00am-7:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Buena Vista Park (Ecotherapy Walks) practice
173 Buena Vista Ave E, San Francisco, California 94117
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Tue 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Wed 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Thu 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Fri 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Cow Hollow practice
1738 Union St, San Francisco, California 94123
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 5:20pm-8:00pm
  • Wed 5:10pm-8:00pm
  • Thu 5:10pm-8:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 1 year

Life Coaching, Psychedelic Integration Coach, 2019 - 2023

California Institute of Integral Studies, Masters in Counseling Psychology, 2023


Licensure

California: 141611


Languages

English


Therapy Groups

Brian  Henderson
Chronic Pain & Illness Support Group

We each find our own ways of dealing with the isolation, the limitations, and the challenges of living in bodies that pain us. But we don't have to do it alone.


Publications