Tamara Joy Lipton

Tamara Joy Lipton


Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
California Not Accepting Online
Castro District Not Accepting In-person

This therapist is currently not accepting new clients. Find available California therapists on Zencare.

Updated February 1, 2024

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Couples counseling
  • Life transitions
  • Relationship issues

Professional statement

Tamara Lipton is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT #123190) based in the San Francisco Bay Area, working remotely with clients throughout California. Tamara works with diverse adults who have an interest in better understanding their sense of self and their relationships. In working with individuals, Tamara takes a relational, psychodynamic, and trauma informed perspective. Tamara considers the impact of a person's life context, including their early childhood experiences, lifelong relationships with family members, caregivers, partners, peers, and the larger social and cultural contexts in which they have lived as important aspects of their experience for exploration and understanding. Tamara has many years of experience supporting individuals in navigating relationship issues, life transitions, trauma, grief and loss, and mental health concerns such as anxiety and depression. Tamara's approach is collaborative, warm, empathetic and strength based.

In addition to working with individuals, Tamara has worked with many couples. Tamara supports partners to enhance their understanding and admiration for one another. Tamara provides a safe and calm environment, and supportive guidance for communicating through challenging topics in ways that preserve the relationship and deepen emotional intimacy between partners. Tamara is level 2 trained in Gottman Method Couple Therapy, which is a research-based approach to working with couples. This approach includes identifying relationship sustaining patterns of interaction within a relationship and building upon or fostering those interactions, while identifying and mitigating patterns of interactions that are deleterious to healthy and sustainable relationships.


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

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

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
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)


  • Aetna
  • Loyola Marymount University Student Health Insurance (Aetna)
  • Occidental College Student Health Insurance (Aetna)
  • Optum
  • Oscar Health
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Pomona College Student Health Insurance (Aetna)
  • United Healthcare
  • University of Southern California Student Health Insurance (Aetna)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $180 (55min)
  • Sliding scale: $120 - $180
  • Couples sessions: $200 (55min)

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
  • IvyPay
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly


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 9am to 4pm
  • Tue 10am to 4pm
  • Wed 10am to 4pm
  • Thu 10am to 4pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Castro District practice
4326 18th Street, San Francisco, California 94114
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 9AM to 4pm available in person
  • Tue Remote only: 10am-4pm
  • Wed Remote only: 10am-4pm
  • Thu Remote only: 10am-4pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 8 years

San Francisco State University, M.S. Counseling, MFT specialization, 2016


California: 123190