Chay  Tanchanco

Chay Tanchanco

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT
California Waitlist Online

Currently Full

Updated July 26, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Perfectionism
  • Communication issues
  • Relationship issues
  • Adjustment difficulties & disorders
  • Race & cultural identity

Professional statement

Chay is dedicated to empowering anxious giver-perfectionist women to live an authentic life. If anxiety is taking over, her clients may say things they don't mean, they'll feel frustrated, irritated, anxious, jealous, or stressed and, on a deeper level, very much alone. When perfection comes into play, then it can feel like nothing is ever good enough, that they are constantly chasing something elusive that they can never quite pin down, and/or they simply feel out of control.

Chay's approach is three-fold: solution-focused, client-centered, and culturally humble. Solution-focused is not an "easy fix" but rather an emphasis on strengths and finding what can be done, instead of what can't. Client-centered means that each person has walked a different journey of life, no one solution can be applied to everyone and make the changes they seek. The client is the expert of their lives, and it is important for everyone to experience that in therapy. Last but not least, cultural humility--not just "competence"--is essential to mental health, especially true of the POC community seeking support.

Chay is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) in the San Francisco Bay Area and taking remote sessions only.

Message to clients

This work is personal and a passion for me. As a fellow anxious perfectionist, I know how the people pleasing and anxiety can feel suffocating. Trust me, I’ve been there. I am a UC Berkeley grad and have worked in many high pressure environments, including start-ups; I know what it’s like to work in a fast paced environment that needs you at your best.

Working with me will help you learn how to set healthy boundaries so you can manage stress at work and at home as well as develop strong interpersonal communication skills. You will feel compassion in every session we have together. In addition I am a natural problem solver and resource-gatherer. I’ll share tools and findings throughout our time together to solve your greatest mental health challenges.

If you have been feeling overwhelmed, you're not alone. Therapy is a journey that we walk through together, deepening your understanding of yourself and those around you, and stops the tug-of-war between what you want and what you feel like you have to do.

You may be experiencing stress in unique ways, often invisible to the rest of the world. With solution-focused and relational-cultural approaches, I will provide you the space and resources to reconnect with your authentic self. I am honored to work with you.


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

Perfectionism - Coping with feelings of anxiety, stress, self-criticism, and procrastination; addressing unrealistic expectations of one’s self and negatively comparing self to others

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

Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Adjustment difficulties & disorders - Support around adapting to new and/or challenging life circumstances; skill-building for improved stress management and reduction of anxiety.

Race & cultural identity - Exploring topics of racial, cultural, and ethnic background as it relates to one’s family origins and personal identity


  • Adults (24+)


Chay Tanchanco is not in-network with any insurances.

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

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $160 (45min)
  • Initial session: $210 (60min)

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
  • Credit Card
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • Every other week
  • As needed


Online Sessions (California)
Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 2-6
  • Wed 9-6
  • Thu 9-6
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 5 years

Zyla, Mental Health Clinician, 2021 - Present
Foresight Mental Health, Clinical Lead, 2019 - 2020
Shore Acres Elementary School, School Counselor, 2016 - 2019

Saint Mary's College of California, MA, Counseling, 2016
University of California, Berkeley, BA, Cognitive Science, 2011


California: LMFT #115493