He/TheyLicensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT Specialties • Insurance & Fees • Locations
Erik Karff is Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist located in San Francisco, CA. Erik works with adults and children experiencing anxiety, social phobia, perfectionism, self-criticism, procrastination, nervousness, and persistent feelings of fear or doom. Erik’s clients often identify on the LGBTQAI2S+ spectrum and have been impacted by the challenges of immigration. Additionally, Erik provides treatment to children who have trouble handling their emotions and may express them through shutting down or tantrums.
Erik holds the belief that given the right conditions a person’s inherent capacity to heal, self-actualize, and grow will come forward. He approaches psychotherapy with curiosity and radical acceptance. Erik’s work is non-judgemental, trauma-informed, and draws upon rich psychodynamic, somatic, and mindfulness-based theories and techniques. Topics such as sex, spirituality, internet dating, and relationships that are often uncomfortable in our day-to-day lives, become easier to talk about in treatment. Erik gently challenges his clients so that their most feared parts become less threatening.
Erik holds two Master’s degrees in Integral Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and Education from the City University of NY, Queens. Erik received his initial training at the Pierce Integral Counseling Center and has pursued further training from PESI, the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, and the Trauma Research Foundation. Erik has had a meditation practice since 2012. Before working as a psychotherapist, in addition to his business background, Erik worked in Applied Behavior Analysis, supporting people with autism and their families. As a practice, Erik continues to pursue additional training in psychotherapy and mindfulness.
Erik sees clients in person at his conveniently located office in the heart of San Francisco’s Castro/Duboce district. He also provides virtual telehealth services across the state of CA.
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
LGBTQIA, gender, & sexuality topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges
Perfectionism - Coping with feelings of anxiety, stress, self-criticism, and procrastination; addressing unrealistic expectations of one’s self and negatively comparing self to others
Self-esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
Social anxiety - Helping clients increase confidence and ability to interact with others amidst fear of being judged, worry about embarrassment, or concern about offending others
Procrastination - Learning how to identify instances of procrastination and what one’s procrastination patterns are; practicing mental health strategies to decrease the occurrence of procrastination
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Years of Experience: 6 years
Private Practice, Associate MFT Supervised by Marty Mulkey, LMFT , 2019 - Present
StarVista, Program Coordinator & Psychotherapist, 2019 - Present
Pierce Street Integral Counseling Center, Training Psychotherapist , 2017 - 2019
PESI, Adanced Trauma Treatment for Children & Adolescents , 2020
Dr. Linda Cunningham , Introduction to Sandplay, 2020
Licia Sky and California Institute of Integral Studies, Coming to Your Senses, Somatic Healing of Trauma , 2020
San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with Queer & Gay Men, 2019
California Institute of Integral Studies, Master’s Degree, Counseling Psychology, 2018
California Institute of Integral Studies, Trauma and Somatic Experiencing with Peter Levine, 2018
City University of NY, Queens, Master's Degree, Education, 2007
State University of NY, Purchase College , Bachelor's of Arts in Sociology, Minor in Music, 2001