James Richard Norwood
Dr. James Norwood is a Psychologist located in the Cow Hollow district of San Francisco, CA. Dr. Norwood works with individuals, couples, and families.
Dr. Norwood is an existential psychoanalytic therapist. His approach is grounded in the progress made by philosophy and psychoanalysis since the 19th century. Dr. Norwood's therapeutic approach is influenced by the existential philosophies of Jean-Paul Sartre, Martin Heidegger, Friedrich Nietzsche, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Hannah Arrendt, and others, as well as the psychoanalysts, Sigmund Freud, Wilfried Bion, Donald Winnicott, and most of all by Michael Guy Thompson and R.D. Laing. His existential-psychoanalytic sensibility emphasizes the aspects of life that are most personal to us, our relationships, choices, desire, and experience as well as how these dimensions often become the location of our greatest struggles. His approach to therapy endeavors to understand what if anything has gone wrong in the patient's life and what they need in order to live the life they want. Patients who see Dr. Norwood often find work with him to be pragmatically helpful very quickly because his approach addresses the problems immediately present in their lives, but patients also usually find that the work is "deep" because it exposes aspects of their experience and themselves that were not obvious to them prior to starting therapy.
Dr. Norwood earned his PsyD from the California Institute for Integral Studies. He has extended post-doctoral existential-psychoanalytic training with Michael Guy Thompson, PhD and Free Association Inc. Dr. Norwood currently serves as the Associate Director of the New School for Existential Psychoanalysis. His doctoral dissertation, "What is The Lived Experience of Fully Integrating the Benefits of MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD?" explores the therapeutic applications of psychedelics and he is prepared to talk with patients about psychedelic experience as part of their therapeutic work.
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love
Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Existential crisis & challenges - Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of existential anxiety, dread, and feelings of meaninglessness
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
Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
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Years of Experience: 9 years
New School For Existential Psychoanalysis, Associate Director, 2022 - Present
Gnosis Retreat Center, Program Director, 2016 - Present
Berkeley Therapy Institute, Psychological Assistant, 2020 - 2022
Association of Transpersonal Psychology, Treasurer, 2019 - 2022
Berkeley Therapy Institute, Psychotherapy Intern, 2017 - 2020
Psychological Services Center, Psychotherapy Intern, 2015 - 2016
Momentum for Mental Health, La Selva, Psychotherapy Intern, 2013 - 2014
California Institute of Integral Studies, PsyD in Clinical Psychology, 2020
California State University of Los Angeles, B.A. in Communication Studies with a specialty in Rhetoric and Social Change, 2012