Christina Papanestor, LCSW, BCD, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in San Francisco
Many of us hold on to what is familiar, routine and predictable, even when what we cling to is no longer serving us. Letting go of what is known is one of the hardest parts of growth. Change and growth are possible when a sense of security, safety, and genuine understanding is present. I provide individualized, culturally-attuned and effective psychotherapy. You might have tried psychotherapy before, and perhaps it brought you through a stormy time, but ultimately left you to find yourself repeating well-worn patterns and holding the same insecurities that led you to seek help initially.
I specialize in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, an approach that offers you the opportunity to look more deeply at longstanding fears and hopes, so that lasting change is possible. In session, I am engaged, transparent and empathic. I view the therapeutic process as one marked by curiosity, courage, and collaboration.
Treatment is tailored to your unique needs and goals. Though change is not comfortable, it can provide the momentum necessary to help you move closer to increased freedom and flexibility. If you would like take the first step, please contact me to schedule a free phone consultation.
Call or Email Christina Papanestor for a free phone consultation now - (415) 295-1561


  • Years in Practice: 15+ Years
  • School: Smith College School for Social Work
  • Year Graduated: 2005
  • License No. and State: 24952 California


  • Avg Cost (per session): $190+
  • Sliding Scale: Yes
  • Accepts Insurance: Yes
Accepted Payment Methods: Cash, Check

Accepted Insurance Plans

  • Insurance superbill provided for PPO.
  • Out of Network
Verify your health insurance coverage when you arrange your first visit.

Additional Credentials

  • Certificate: Stanford University / Post-Graduate Fellowship
  • Certificate Date: 2006
  • Certificate: American Board of Examiners / Board Certified Diplomate
  • Certificate Date: 2016


  • Relationship Issues
  • Depression
  • Anxiety


  • Chronic Illness
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Infertility
  • Life Transitions & Personal Growth
  • Marital and Premarital
  • Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum
  • Self Esteem
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Women's Issues

Mental Health

  • Mood Disorders


  • Bisexual
  • Gay
  • Lesbian

Client Focus


  • Adults


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

Treatment Approach

Treatment Orientation

  • Attachment-based
  • Modern/Contemporary Psychoanalytic
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational


  • Individuals
  • Couples
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2017
Christina Papanestor, LCSW, BCD, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in San Francisco

Christina Papanestor

Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, BCD