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Jay P. Paul, PhD
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109 Scott Street San Francisco, CA 94117 USA
(415) 630-0213
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Personal Statement

Personal Statement:
With all clients, my concern is that you have a safe place to work on your issues and move ahead with your life. I can offer my experience in assisting you with your own process of discovery, emotional deepening, and defining of potential solutions. The challenges that face us today are easier to address when we can stop feeling pressured by our past, and see new opportunities emerging. With individual clients, I encourage you to explore your personal patterns and situations, with the aim of better understanding these patterns. I provide you an opportunity to learn to become more compassionate with yourself and others in your life, to communicate your needs and desires more effectively, to grow as an individual and to achieve your personal goals. Much of my practice involves working with couples on relationship issues. Having gone through an extensive Gottman Institute training, I draw upon aspects of their model, which begins with an assessment of the strengths and deficits in the couple relationship, providing a strategic perspective on the work we do. This assessment then helps in defining the methods we use to strengthen your relationship and work through the problems that brought you to counseling. I also draw upon the perspectives of other clinicians, such as Dan Wile and Sue Johnson, in my couples work. I have had a private psychotherapy practice since 1983, working with individuals, groups and couples. I have worked for over two decades at UCSF in HIV prevention, and published a variety of professional articles and book chapters. I have been elected a Fellow in Division 44 of the American Psychological Association (Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues).

About My Practice

Office Hours
Mondays through Fridays, evening hours available.
Individual and Couples Psychotherapy Both Long-term and Short-term Specializing in Working with Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual Clients
Credit Cards Accepted
MasterCard, Visa
Free Initial Consult
Offers Teletherapy


PhD: U.C.Berkeley, 1986 MA: U.C. Berkeley, 1981 BA: Harvard, 1967

Area of Specialty

Career Stress and Changes
Childhood Trauma
CoDependant/Adult Children of Alcoholics
Communication Skills
Depression/Clinical Depression
Grief/Loss Terminally Ill
HIV Related
Life Transitions/Mid-Life Issues
Sexual Dysfunction
Self Esteem/Personal Growth
Working With Therapists


Theoretical Orientation
Brief/Solution Focused Therapy
Eclectic (Many Therapies)
Self Psychology
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
Languages Spoken
Caucasian (Non-Hispanic)


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