Is Psychotherapy Right for You?

“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your own heart.   Who looks outside dreams; who looks inside awakens”

— Carl Jung

You find yourself having a hard time coping with life’s difficulties. Your emotions are running high — you’re angry or sad or stressed out — and you can’t seem to get them under control.

You want more out of life but aren’t sure how to go about getting what you want. You’ve noticed negative patterns in behaviors or relationships, but can’t seem to break them yourself.

You simply need some extra support or a place to talk through difficult matters.

Therapy can support you in painful times or help you understand what’s getting in the way of living a full and satisfying life.

Specializing in Relationship Transitions

Are you struggling in the face of a significant relationship transition — an ending, a beginning or a death? You might be wondering why this is so hard. Or maybe you believe you should be able to handle it on your own. But one of the most self-compassionate things you can do is ask for support. You don’t have to do this alone. Therapy can help you understand the range of complex emotions you’re experiencing. With time, you can begin to reconnect with your true nature, your joy, your capacity for love and connection.

In my San Francisco-based counseling practice, I work with individualscouples and families to support you during difficult transitions in your life and begin the healing process.

Working with Trauma and EMDR

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapy approach for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is very different from traditional talk therapy in that it is a set of standardized protocols which target past experience, current triggers and future potential challenges and which often results in the alleviation of symptoms, improved view of the self and resolution of present and future triggers. I use EMDR in conjunction with longer term depth therapy. I also offer EMDR to clients who already have a therapist and who wish to use EMDR to focus on specific events or issues as an adjunct to ongoing therapy.

Contact me for more information or to schedule an appointment.


Mary Beth Trail, MA, is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (MFT#53864)