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Zak Forrest, LMFT

San Francisco

‘21 Certificate of Excellence

Hello, I work with San Francisco professionals who struggle with anxiety, depression, panic disorder, self esteem issues, relationship problems, barriers to intimacy, codependency, trauma, recovery, and general uncertainty around life and career. There are many reasons to begin therapy. No issue is too small or unworthy of consideration and care. Sometimes the stated reasons for seeking therapy are beacons for something deeper. Together, we can focus on alleviating distress in the short term while beginning the more in-depth process of addressing issues at their core. In this process, many of the people I work with discover what is most important to them, and what can be actualized within their relationships and career.

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What do you love most about your job?

I love how I get to have deeply meaningful experiences with people who I genuinely care about. I also think the therapy hour is a very unique time. When there are established and trusted boundaries in a consistent setting, it affords the possibility for so much to be said and felt. Old wounds can have a chance to heal and new aspect of self can come forward.

What inspired you to start your own business?

Being a business owner means that I get to structure my work in ways that ensure my own wellbeing so that I can provide the best possible care for my clients. It's like the oxygen mask in the airplane, make sure that you are secure before helping others.

Why should our clients choose you?

You should choose me only if you feel we are a good fit. A good fit between therapist and client is critical. You should feel like your therapist is right there with you, understanding your experience while also capable of offering a little something more or different. If you are curious about yourself and willing to enter unknown places for the longterm goal of healing, getting clarity or creating more of the life you want, I encourage you to reach out. I'd be happy to hear about your situation. If I'm not the right person, I can try and connect you with someone more suited to you.

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This will vary according to the level of experience and training that the therapist holds.

This will depend on where you live, what level of training your therapist has and what they specialise in (whether they are a counsellor, psychotherapist or psychologist) and also how many years of working experience they have.

Your professional therapist will be able to advise you on the full range of therapies available and will be able to help you select the best one to suit your needs. They will also be able to answer any questions you may have. Use Bark to get free quotes and find a trusted therapist today.

You need to devote some time to finding the right therapist as the connection you have with your therapist is essential. You need someone who you can trust, someone you feel comfortable talking to about difficult subjects and intimate secrets, someone who will be a partner in your recovery. Therapy will not be effective unless you have this bond, so take some time in the beginning to find the right person.

It is worth talking to a few potential therapists and asking questions. Therapists also have special areas of focus, such as depression or eating disorders. For some issues, such as trauma or PTSD, seeing a specialist is absolutely essential.

Everyone’s treatment is different. How long your therapy lasts depends on many factors.

You may be offered a single session of counselling, a short course of sessions over a few weeks or months or a longer course that lasts for several months or years.

It can take a number of sessions before you start to see progress but you should gradually start to feel better with the help and support of your trusted Bark therapist.

Professional counsellor training takes three to five years and can be a diploma or degree level. Qualification requires a minimum number of client hours acquired through a work placement.

You may also want to ask for testimonials of their recent work. You could also look at their profile page on Bark and Bark can show you reviews from past customers who have used their therapy.

Therapy has repeatedly and consistently helped patients with a whole host of issues. It can help with mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety or an eating disorder. Or it can help with an upsetting physical health condition such as infertility, a difficult life event such as a bereavement or a relationship breakdown. It can also be used to tackle difficult emotions such as low self-esteem, anger or sexual identity issues. Therapists also offer couples therapy. Therapists can also help with anxiety issues deriving from the coronavirus.

Absolutely! Many therapists offer sessions over the phone or through an online video chat platform, so you can have a session from the comfort of your own home - all you need is a strong internet connection and you're good to go.



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The average rating for Bark Therapists in San Francisco is 4.99, based on 430 reviews.

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