Contact Me

(415) 255-6181
License: MFC34280

Fear is the cheapest room in the house.

I would like to see you living in better accommodations.

— Hafiz

About Me

Scott Balderson, San Francisco PsychotherapistI have been working as a therapist in private practice in the Castro District of San Francisco for over 15 years. I came to become a therapist after working as a staff person on Capital Hill in Washington, D.C. and then later working in business after earning an MBA degree.

I am a graduate of the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco which honors and values different ways of knowing and healing from various cultures and traditions. In addition to being well trained in traditional western psychotherapy, my work is also informed by various spiritual traditions including Buddhism and shamanism. I also value and maintain a personal practice of mindful meditation and yoga.

You don’t have to be good,
You don’t have to walk across the desert on your knees;
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
Love what it loves

—Mary Oliver

How I Work

I describe my therapy style as collaborative and personable. Based on what brings you to therapy, we can strategize together what you need and how therapy can help meet those needs. Further I see my therapeutic approach as directive, experiential, and engaged in a way that clients find very helpful and supportive. I encourage and welcome feedback throughout our work together.