I think of therapy as like sanctuary - a place where there aren't distractions, where there is an opportunity to pay attention to what is important, in a spirit of kindness. Because of this, many individuals and couples find it to be enjoyable, and very relieving. Of course, since people do therapy to work on painful things, therapy itself isn't always easy. But at least things can be approached thoughtfully and skillfully, in a safe context, and this itself brings great benefits.
I work to help you to settle in with yourself, so that you can relate to your life from the deepest, most genuine place possible. Together, we can consider how you relate to yourself and to others - after all, our relationships with ourselves and with others are central to the quality of our lives. I find that from this kind of conversation skillful responses to inner concerns and relationship difficulties arise.
I am very experienced at helping people with relationship problems or lack of relationships, anxiety, sadness and depression, with patterns of self-criticism and difficulty relaxing, history of trauma.
Call or Email Arlene Bermann for a free phone consultation now - (415) 574-0962


  • Years in Practice: 15+ Years
  • School: University of California, Berkeley
  • Year Graduated: 1991
  • License No. and State: 17299 California


  • Avg Cost (per session): $160+
  • Sliding Scale: Yes


  • Anxiety
  • Relationship Issues
  • Depression


  • Addiction
  • Adoption
  • Chronic Pain
  • Divorce
  • Eating Disorders
  • Grief
  • Infertility
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Parenting
  • Spirituality
  • Substance Abuse
  • Trauma and PTSD

Treatment Approach

Treatment Orientation

  • Family / Marital
  • Mindfulness
  • Psychoanalytic
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational


  • Individuals
  • Couples
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2015
Arlene Bermann, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in San Francisco

Arlene Bermann

Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW