John Brown, PsyD

Licensed Psychologist, PSY27587

I work regularly with clients who find themselves struggling with problems relating to work/life balance, stress, depressive and anxiety symptoms, and low self-esteem (especially as it relates to what may feel like ‘imposter syndrome’). Often, clients present a variety of interconnected problems, and it is our task in therapy to untangle and address each issue. My clients come from a wide variety of backgrounds and have their own unique perspectives. I work to identify each person’s strengths and build from there in order to decrease feelings of distress and increase a sense of agency (a feeling of awareness and ability to create change in your life).

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Individual Psychotherapy with Adults

  • Anxiety & Panic
  • Depression
  • LGBT Issues
  • Professional Issues & Career Development
  • Relationship Problems
  • Stress Management

B.A. in History: Portland State University

Pre-doctoral Internship: Community Institute for Psychotherapy

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology: The Wright Institute

Post-doctoral Training: California Department of Corrections


50-minute in-person sessions are available in the San Francisco-FiDi and Nob Hill locations.

Online sessions are available at varying times throughout the week via a secure, HIPPA-compliant portal but clients are required to meet with me in-person for the initial session.

All appointments must be scheduled in advance.


San Francisco-FiDi Office


My approach

In my work with clients, I integrate evidence-based therapeutic approaches drawn from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, and Solution Focused Therapy. These techniques help focus the therapy to provide some immediate relief from each client’s presenting problems. After that, it is my aim to tailor the therapeutic approach to each client’s individual needs. I am also trained in psychodynamic therapy approaches and at times will encourage patients to explore how their past affects their current patterns of behavior and thinking.

Why I love this work

It seems like I’ve always been the type of person that people feel comfortable talking with. A key task of mine when working with a new client is to make sure I earn their trust and to be open to their unique experience. It’s an honor to stand with them as they face whatever challenges lay ahead.

What I want for you

I want my clients to feel more in control over their lives and the choices they make. My work focuses on increasing personal awareness and developing tools for self-care and problem solving.

My specialties, background, and personal interests

It is my intention to honor each individual’s uniqueness and I respect each client’s perspective in my approach to the issues they bring to therapy. I regularly work with clients who may identify with non-traditional relationships, gender identities, and/or sexual orientations. I also have experience working with clients who have experienced severe trauma and am sensitive to the difficulties that can come up when working towards healing.

In addition to my work at the Center, I work as a Clinical Psychologist with UCSF at the Faculty & Staff Assistance Program, which provides confidential therapy and consulting services within the University. In my role at UCSF, I supervise post-doctoral fellows who are completing their training as Psychologists. I also develop and provide trainings to different work groups around wellness, communication, conflict resolution, as well as other mental health related topics.

Outside of my clinical work, I am active in the performing arts and enjoy hiking, running, museums, traveling, and spending time with my nieces and nephews.


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