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About Cheryl

Cheryl Leong offers psychotherapy services in the Mission District SF & Downtown SF. She believes in paying close attention to every client’s need and finding an approach that best fits. A marriage of depth, compassion and evidence-based pragmatism are the elements that drive her therapeutic approach.

Her training and experience allow for a unique blend of transactional analysis,  the gottman method, expressive art therapy and cognitive-mindfulness.

Cheryl Leong has a Masters in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and is a California State Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #52417 under the Board of Behavioral Sciences. She has 17 years of psychotherapy training and experience in both San Francisco and Singapore.

Her experience includes psychotherapy with individuals, families and couples/poly relationships. Her experience includes work with relationship challenges, childhood issues, general anxiety and depression, drug and alcohol use disorders, adult ADHD, eating disorders and trauma work. She has a special interest for working with inter-cultural relationships, the LGBTQ community, women of color and immigrant population.

As an Expressive Arts Therapist she is an associate of The Living Arts Counseling Center. She is on the organizing committee for the United States Transactional Analysis Association.

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Therapeutic Approaches

“Central to expressive arts therapy is the belief that the process of making art — in any media — is as important as the content it expresses. Awakening to the innate creativity within themselves, clients bring the wisdom of a deeper self into the light of day. They reignite the creative spirit, see their lives in new ways, and tap powerful new resources for confronting life’s challenges. Even when one is dealing with painful or frightening issues, the experience of expressing oneself through a creative process can provide fresh perspectives and a sense of hope and empowerment.” (Living Arts Counseling Center)

I am an associate of the Living Arts Counseling Center with an MA in Counseling psychology (Emphasis in Expressive Arts therapy). I use mediums such as paint, music and poetry along with traditional psychotherapy.

Cognitive Mindfulness is an approach that combines evidence based therapies with meditation and mindfulness attitudes. It is especially useful for depression or chronic unhappiness. Learn more about Cognitive Mindfulness:

Transactional Analysis (TA) is an approach that facilitates a process where therapist and client work on a mutually agreed upon goal. It encourages a gentle reflection on the conclusions/decisions one has made in the past. These early decisions may or may not serve you in the here and now. Therapy supports you to re-decide these outdated conclusions. The goal of TA therapy is autonomy, spontaneity and freedom.

The Gottman Method is based on 40 years of research to help couples with the following:

  • Increase respect, affection, and closeness
  • Break through and resolve conflict when they feel stuck
  • Generate greater understanding between partners
  • Keep conflict discussions calm

To learn more about The Gottman Method for Couples: The Gottman Institute

Appointments and Fees

Initial 30 Minute Complementary Consults can be made online. This initial session allows for us to figure out if this is a good therapist-client match and for you to ask any questions for clarification.

Appointments are made by email or leave a confidential voicemail at 415-810-2833 with your name, contact info and some good times to reach you.

Individual 45 minute session
$150
Individual 80 minute session
$180
Couples Initial 3-hour Gottman Assessment
$360
(1 X 90 minute joint session + 2 X 45 minute individual sessions)
Couples 90 minute session
$180

Locations

MISSION DISTRICT
Activspace Building
3150 18th St, Unit 343, Mailbox 209, San Francisco, CA 94110
The building is at the corner of 18th and Treat Avenue. Entrance is on Treat Avenue. Dial (arrow up) 343 at the entrance door to be buzzed in. Take elevator or stairs to 3rd floor. There is a waiting area by the single-stall bathrooms. At the time of your appointment proceed down the hall and make a left at the end of the hallway. Unit #343 will be on your left. Knock before entering.