The clinic itself is fine. The building is in a convenient location on Cal Ave and there's usually parking. Wish they'd leave the bathroom door unlocked, tho.
What I'm more interested in is recommending therapist Rachael Little to anyone hoping to feel better or at least know that someone out there cares.
I ended up with Rachael mostly by luck. I just wanted someone close to my house. I think I originally ended up with Abbey because of their ADHD program, and I may still try that when I have more free time, but Rachael was who I met and quickly it became apparent to both of us that I had more pressing issues to work on.
One of the hardest moments in my life was when I realized that no one wanted to hear about my problems anymore. I tend to rant about my problems when I get upset, and over years I had burned my friends and family out. I started bottling things up, which only made everything worse.
I find the biggest value of therapy to be less the 50 minutes I spend on the couch each week, and more the dozen times elsewhere that I have a thought or feeling that scares or upsets me. Previously, I had to then decide if I would talk to someone and risk upsetting them or to force my emotions back down and hope they didn't come back up. Now, I can tell myself "It's ok. Put this aside for now and tell Rachael next week. She will help you". And then she does.
The best thing I can say about Rachael is that I truly believe she cares about me. As a patient and as a fellow human. Maybe this should be standard for every therapist, but if that were the case I wouldn't have gone through so many in my life and we wouldn't need Yelp.
I look forward to seeing Rachael each week, less because I expect her to have all the answers, but more because I know I'll be able to say what I need to say, be heard, and be listened to. She's just a really nice person and a really good therapist.
I do hope if you're reading this, that you decide to get help. Abbey isn't cheap, and I'm sure there are a lot of other wonderful clinics and therapists in the Bay Area that can work with your financial/insurance situation. Put the effort in this one time and then let them help you with everything else. I care about people, too. So I hope you make the effort to feel better.
But ya, I recommend you give Rachael a call. I had already decided to forgo therapy a day after I messaged her, only for her to spend 15 minutes on the phone with me. She didn't try to up-sell me on anything or force me to show up. She just wanted to know how I was doing.
And now I'm doing better.