Erma  Kyriakos
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Erma Kyriakos


Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, AMFT
California Accepting Online
Inner Sunset Not Accepting In-person

Currently accepting couples clients only :)

Updated May 19, 2023

Specialties & Expertise

  • Couples counseling
  • Family issues
  • Life transitions
  • Trauma
  • Emotion regulation
  • Mind-body connection

Professional statement

Erma Kyriakos is a psychotherapist and Associate Marriage and Family Therapist in the Bay Area of California. She specializes in helping clients with couples counseling, affect/emotion regulation, trauma and (c)PTSD, surviving sexual assault/abuse, and life transitions and/or burnout. She works well with clients who may be trying to piece together a chaotic childhood or make sense out of family dynamics.

Erma pulls from a variety of modalities including mindfulness, Gestalt Awareness Practice and Parts Work, Feminist theory, Liberation Psychology, Psychodynamics and Attachment theory, and is Trauma-Informed using polyvagal theory and the mind-body connection. Erma's therapeutic style is client-centered, warm, and direct. She believes that clients deserve a therapist who can listen, be with, and hold space for emotions that may arise, as well as give feedback in a compassionate, thoughtful, and meaningful way. Erma understands that we all have the innate ability to heal ourselves and will encourage the inner wisdom of her clients. Although there is much that can be learned from our past, Erma's therapeutic work is rooted in the here and now. She often will apply what we know in our minds to how it feels in the body, fostering a holistic awareness of the self.

In her practice, Erma has experience, training, and a passion for navigating couples work, infidelity, and trauma work, and well as facilitating therapy groups. As a graduate of the California Institute of Integral Studies, she incorporates a holistic framework that takes our white supremacist, capitalist, patriarchal society into account when seeing clients of any gender identity, sexual identity, race, or religion and finds it important to have cultural humility when sitting across clients who identify differently than her.

Erma is offering therapy through telehealth only at this time.

Message to clients

You're here and that's a huge first step! Welcome. :)

In my own experience as both a client and a therapist, I understand that the relationship between client and therapist is so important because it can be a catalyst for the healing process. I have a strong interest in how humans relate to and communicate with each other and I am interested in working with clients who are curious and engaged in the process of self-growth, even if resistance is also present. Although the process of therapy is not always comfortable, I strive to make it a place where anything expressed is met with compassion and non-judgment. We are all in this human experience together.

Before becoming a therapist, I made a career out of being a full-time musician and music teacher. My main instruments are the violin and my voice. I value mindfulness, nature, activism, cultural humility, non-violent communication, consent, community, creative expression, humor, movement, rest, and trying my best to live in a way that is authentic to my values.

I take a genuine interest in the lives of my clients and am privileged to sit with those dealing with challenging life experiences. I believe I can help you build a new relationship with the source of your suffering and create space for your true self to come through.

Please reach out for a free 20 minute consultation. I'm happy to answer any questions or concerns you might have and look forward to meeting you.


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

Family issues - Promoting communication and supporting family members to address challenges and reduce conflict and distress

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

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

Emotion regulation - Learning how to effectively manage the ups and downs of intense emotions; developing coping skills to use in a variety of settings to calm oneself and to give an appropriate amount of space to emotions

Mind-body connection - Practicing mindfulness to draw together how the body feels physically and how the mind feels mentally; healing both physically and mentally


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


Erma Kyriakos 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: $150 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $125 - $150
  • Couples sessions: $175 (50min)
  • Family sessions: $250 (75min)

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
  • As needed
Therapist's note

I operate with a sliding scale. Please reach out if you are experiencing financial hardship.


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 12pm, 5pm, 6pm
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed 10am
  • Thu 3pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Inner Sunset practice
1276 7th Avenue, San Francisco, California 94122
Not 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 Closed
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 1 year

Center for Mindful Psychotherapy, AMFT, 2022 - Present
Liberation Institute, MFT Trainee, 2022 - 2022
Pierce Street Integral Counseling Center, MFT Trainee, 2021 - 2022
SFAIDS Foundation, Outreach Volunteer - harm reduction group therapy for men who have sex with men , 2018 - 2019

National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine, Racial Confrontations, Systemic Racism, and Vicarious Trauma: How to Help Clients Navigate Them, 2023
National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine, Working with the Painful Legacy of Intergenerational Racial Trauma, 2023
Relational Life Institute , Trauma and Opportunity: The RLT Approach to Working With Infidelity, 2023
California Institute of Integral Studies, MA, MFT, 2022
Gottman Method Couples Therapy Training, Level II, 2022
Pacific Gestalt Institute , “Being With What Is” Workshop Series, 2022
Stanford Contemplation by Design Summit, Trauma-specific Treatment Interventions including Contemplative Practices and Other Non-pharmacological Methods and Activities, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk., 2022
Stanford Graduate School of Business, T-Group Introductory Seminar, 2021


California: 137020