Smadar Salzman, MA, MFT, Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco
I specialize in the treatment and resolution of Complex Trauma and Developmental Trauma Disorder. These terms refer to chronic or prolonged traumatic events of an interpersonal nature, including childhood neglect or abuse (physical or emotional), domestic violence, sexual abuse and assault, immigration trauma, traumatic loss, vicarious trauma (compassion fatigue), or growing up in a home with mentally ill or substance abusing caregivers. This type of trauma can significantly influence one's ability to manage emotions, to self-soothe, and to connect with others in a secure way.
I view the manifestation of individual trauma symptoms as a lens into the brightest parts of the person. Responses to trauma are adaptive and necessary at the time in order to survive, but become problematic when they interfere with the ability to form satisfying and secure relationships.
As a therapist, my role is to help clients reestablish safety in interpersonal relationships. My approach is steadfast and consistent. I ensure that skills to manage difficult emotions are in place prior to deeper trauma work. I approach trauma survivors from a perspective rooted in optimism, safety, compassion, and respect.
Call or Email Smadar Salzman for a free phone consultation now - (415) 702-0360


  • Years in Practice: 11 Years
  • School: University of San Francisco
  • Year Graduated: 2007
  • License No. and State: 47213 California


  • Avg Cost (per session): $150 - $180
  • Accepts Insurance: Yes
Accepted Payment Methods: American Express, Cash, Check, Discover, Health Savings Account, Mastercard, Visa

Accepted Insurance Plans

  • Out of Network
Verify your health insurance coverage when you arrange your first visit.

Additional Credentials

  • Certificate: Domestic Violence Counselor / California Certification
  • Certificate Date: 2007


  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem


  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Codependency
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Domestic Violence
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Infertility
  • Infidelity
  • Life Transitions
  • Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum
  • Self-Harming
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Stress
  • Transgender
  • Women's Issues

Mental Health

  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Impulse Control Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Thinking Disorders


  • Bisexual
  • Gay
  • Lesbian

Client Focus

Ethnicity: Hispanic and Latino and Other Racial or Ethnic Background
Alternative Languages: Spanish
Religious Orientation: Jewish


  • Adults


  • Bisexual Clients
  • Gay Clients
  • Heterosexual Clients
  • Lesbian Clients
  • Transgender Clients

Treatment Approach

Treatment Orientation

  • Attachment-based
  • Emotionally Focused
  • Existential
  • Family / Marital
  • Humanistic
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational
  • Trauma Focused


  • Individuals


  • Video Counseling
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2017
Smadar Salzman, MA, MFT, Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco

Smadar Salzman

Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT