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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. 


Individual Therapy

Vanessa Wolter, MA provides holistic psychotherapy for social anxiety, sensitivity, body image issues, trauma, and depression and co facilitates a social anxiety therapy group. Therapy also available in Spanish.

my aim is to offer clients a uniquely Supportive relationship that can resolve old painful patterns and support New, choiceful, and Fulfilling Ones.



  • Social Anxiety and/or Shyness

  • General Anxiety/Panic

  • Emotional and/or Sensory Sensitivity

  • Harsh Inner Critic

  • Negative Body Image

  • Depression

  • Self Esteem Issues

  • Career and Life-Purpose

  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement

  • Relationship Issues

  • Existential Crisis/Issues

  • Trauma

  • Multiculturalism

  • LGBTQQI Concerns

  • Life Transitions

  • Spirituality/Existential Issues and Exploration

  • Creative Blocks

  • Child Therapy (Play Therapy)


What I Help Clients With

My therapeutic mission and passion is to understand you as a whole person and help transform your pain or challenge into an opportunity for self-discovery, healing, and empowerment


  • I specialize in helping individuals find freedom from self-judgment and depression...

...that voice that we've internalized that finds so much fault with who we are, causing us to feel paralyzed in life, or worse, causing us to find relief in unhealthy behaviors so that we can escape this painful "inner critic". These types of negative thoughts about ourselves and our capabilities often come from a young age and/or from trauma and give rise to symptoms that manifest as social anxiety, general anxiety, panic, depression and negative body images.

I help clients deconstruct these painful and distorted narratives about themselves that create disconnection from self and others. I offer a more accurate reflection of who they are so that they can regain confidence and find freedom in embodying their most natural expression of self.


  • I also have extensive experience helping clients with emotional and sensory sensitivity...

...assisting them in appreciating this aspect of themselves as a profound gift. In our therapy I offer ways to ground and channel this unique experience in supportive and fulfilling ways.


  • Supporting clients who find themselves in an existential crisis… another focus of my practice. I guide clients inwards to reconnect with what is true and essential to them and support them in taking steps towards what they find meaningful.


  • In addition I also work with clients seeking help with healing trauma, life transitions, finding purpose, grief and loss, multicultural identities, sexuality, creative blocks, and navigating relationships.



My Approach

  • My approach is first and foremost relational. I want to understand you a whole and unique person.

I don't use one-size fits all techniques.  Depending on your needs, goals, and personality, I draw from various modalities to tailor a treatment for you. Essentially, I offer practical exercises and tools to ease symptoms and shift perception and patterns while also gently bringing awareness to the source of the challenge or discomfort to promote a new, authentic experience and nurture long-term healing instead of only symptom management. I provide holistic psychotherapy that addresses the emotional, familial, cultural, and existential/spiritual levels of your experience.  My approach is grounded in Gestalt Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Transpersonal Psychology, mindfulness, and neurological  research.

  • The type of therapy I provide is not only geared towards helping you find freedom from painful, frustrating patterns and nurturing inner healing, many of my clients also experience it as an exciting and profound journey of self-exploration, self-reconnection, clarity and new purpose!

In doing work together I often hear my clients express that they have a new appreciation for themselves as they uncover or reconnect with their unique talents and strengths. I believe that your potential for inner healing, empowerment, and wisdom is already in you. My mission is to help guide you back to these essential, indestructible aspects of your true self and support their expression.

There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
— Anaïs Nin