I’m Rachel Ganz and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with nearly a decade of experience working with youth, young adults, and families in the San Francisco Bay Area. I view the therapeutic process as grounded in a relationship between equals: you bring the expertise on yourself and your life experiences, while I bring expertise on how to create a safe space for you to be vulnerable, open, and able to learn concrete skills and strategies to move forward in ways that better serve you.
I believe lasting change can only occur when we learn how to ground our goals in the values that nourish our true selves, and create the path to those goals by behaving in ways that move us towards what we find sustains us, rather than away from what we find to be causing us pain. My practice is grounded in a relational, client-centered approach: on building an authentic connection that allows you to reflect and explore yourself and your experiences with honesty and compassion. I flexibly incorporate evidence-based principles and skills that resonate with you from a variety of treatment modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, to collaborate in helping you create meaningful and lasting change.
MA - Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley
I am inherently curious and open-minded around how other people experience life, and have found genuine connection with others to be what makes my own life meaningful.
Most recently, Brandon Sanderson's The Stormlight Archive series - because these epic fantasy novels each span over 1,000 glorious pages and I craved a refresh before the most recent release!
The non-profit One Simple Wish, because it allows people uninvolved in the foster system to participate in restoring some measure of hope & happiness to those who have been impacted by the trauma of foster care and childhood crisis.
Connecting with nature, immersing myself in the limitless worlds of books, and snuggling with my large dogs.
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