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Vanessa Wolter Therapy offers experiential and holistic psychotherapy to clients in the Bay Area who are seeking to reclaim their voice, assert their self-worth and embody the most natural expressions of who they really are. Specializing in social anxiety and sensitivity. 


Integrative psychotherapy for healing, transformation, and empowerment

Vanessa Wolter Therapy offers holistic psychotherapy for individuals, couples and children. She specializes in treating social anxiety, sensitivity, depression and intimacy issues.  Her mission is to help clients reclaim their self-worth and embody their truest, most natural expression of themselves. Located in San Francisco.


Whatever you are Going through, you don't have to do it alone.

Life can be challenging sometimes, and it’s vulnerable to seek help and support. I understand this because I’ve been there myself. Whatever you are going through, you don’t have to do it alone. We can meet where you are together, and transform your pain or challenge into an opportunity for self-discovery, healing, transformation, and empowerment.

I hold a compassionate place for those who feel silenced or feel that they don’t belong and for people who have experienced bullying, emotional or physical abuse or neglect. I specialize in and have experience working with social anxiety, general anxiety, depression, trauma, emotional regulation, body image issues, low self-esteem, and grief. I help individuals find relief and freedom from harsh inner critics and oppressive self-images. I also co-facilitate a therapy group for people with Social Anxiety, Shyness, and/or Sensitivity. I work with adults, adolescents and children. With children I use play therapy, an engaging and effective way to help children heal and regain self-confidence. 

I welcome diversity of all kinds. I am multicultural and understand the complexities that arise with many identities. I love nature and draw on her wisdom constantly in my therapeutic work as well as my personal life. I am also a musician, and I deeply enjoy helping individuals access their unique creative potential, whether through the arts or by embodying their truest expression of self in their everyday life. My approach is warm, intuitive and creative, and my therapeutic perspective is sex-positive, inclusive, holistic, and informed by neurological research and evidenced-based therapeutic modalities.

I have a Masters in Integrative Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. I have extensive training in Gestalt Therapy, Transpersonal Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and I am affiliated with the Bay Area Gestalt Institute. I have experience working with individuals and couples from many different cultures and ethnicities, ages and sexual orientations.

In addition to working with adults, I have also worked as an elementary school counselor with Bay Area Community Resources in San Rafael and offer therapy to children and teens in my private practice.

I also provide therapy in Spanish. Proveo terapia en español.

More personally: my own healing and transformative journey is what has made therapy my deep calling in life. I know what it's like to need support and with it, move towards the light at the end of the tunnel. It was through this profound process that it became very apparent to me that my purpose and passion are to humbly share with others the healing and empowerment I myself have received.

If you would like to know more about me, contact me to set up a free 15-minute phone consultation. I would love to hear from you.

Therapeutic Modalities:

  • Gestalt

  • Emotion Focused Therapy

  • Transpersonal Therapy

  • Psychosynthesis (Guided Imagery)

  • Somatic Therapy

  • Mindfulness

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

  • Expressive Arts

  • Sandplay Therapy

  • Ecotherapy

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I remembered that the real world was wide, and that a varied field of hopes and fears, of sensations and excitments, awaited those who had the courage to go forth into it’s expanse, to seek real knowledge of life amidst it’s perils.
— Charlotte Brontë