James Richard Norwood

James Richard Norwood


Psychologist, PsyD Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
California Not Accepting Online
Cow Hollow Accepting In-person
Updated June 7, 2023

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Couples counseling
  • Depression
  • Existential crisis & challenges
  • Loss, grief, and bereavement
  • Relationship issues

Professional statement

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.

Message to clients

Therapy is one of the most challenging and yet rewarding things a person can do. It's challenging because it is designed to look into the problems that we least like to think about. All the parts of our lives that feel impossible, losses that we cannot bring ourselves to accept, relationships that do not satisfy, issues at work that disappoint and frustrate, not to mention the insidious problem of how we feel about ourselves which follows us into every experience. These issues are not only painful to think about, they are personal and sometimes private. No wonder starting therapy is something most people avoid!

However, talking with a good therapist is one of the most rewarding experiences imaginable. With a therapist, you can confront your fears with confidence, discover solutions to problems you thought impossible, grieve losses you could never accept before, find a way to enjoy your work, and sometimes even find more love and passion in life. Even though people usually start therapy because of a challenge, it can become a place where you can speak about anything that comes to your mind. Your therapist is someone who is on your team, you can confide in them, trust them to look out for your interests and provide a thoughtful perspective on your life.

Yes, therapy is strange. A new therapist is a stranger to whom you confide intimate details of your life. That is why starting therapy takes courage, but there is nothing more worth it!


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


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)


James Norwood 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: $300 (50min)
  • Initial session: $300 (50min)
  • Couples sessions: $300 (50min)
  • Family sessions: $300 (50min)
  • Long session: $450 (90min)

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
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • PayPal
  • Venmo
  • Zelle
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed


Online Sessions (California)
Not accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 10am-6pm
  • Tue 10am-6pm
  • Wed 10am-6pm
  • Thu 10am-6pm
  • Fri 10am-6pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Cow Hollow practice
2196 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 10am-6pm
  • Tue 10am-6pm
  • Wed 10am-6pm
  • Thu 10am-6pm
  • Fri 10am-6pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 11 years

New School For Existential Psychoanalysis, Associate Director, 2022 - Present
Gnosis Retreat Center, Program Director, 2016 - Present
Free Association Clinic for Psychotherapy, Clinical Director, 2022 - 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


California: PSY33379