EMERALD THERAPY
I will take care of your emotional pain!
"All the green of nature is concentrated within the Emerald." Representing youth in the age of man, the power of this lush crystal stirs the soul like the heart of spring, symbolizing hope and the future, renewal and growth"


St. Hildeard of Bingen, the noted lithologist
ELVIRA KITRAR, MS, LMFT
My approach to psychotherapy is holistic. I not only treat the obvious, "tip of the iceberg," problems, but also address the deeper, "bottom of the ocean," issues. I treat the whole person and honor the mind-body-spirit connections, taking into account the client's cultural, religious and ethnic background, ancestry, race and immigration history.
I choose to see the person beyond the diagnosis, and I am happy to "peel that label off "and recognize the unique person behind it. I often remind my patients that they are not merely their diagnosis, they are much more than that. I recognize the complexity of each person's history and circumstances and employ a wide variety of techniques to guide my clients in their self-discovery.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Over 20 years of experience working in Ukraine and America, treating people from different cultures with love and respect.
Received an award in 2016
HAPPINESS IS A CHOICE

"Good or bad, everything we do is our best choice at that moment."
William Glasser, MD
This quote is not just a motto or a therapist's attempt to positively influence their client. It represents a very real opportunity for you to change your life for the better. We make routine choices every day: what am I going to wear, what am I going to have for lunch, what book should I read next? Those choices are concrete and tangible. Have you ever considered that you could also choose how you want to feel? It is easier said than done, but only at first. And with practice and dedication, your efforts, time and motivation will be rewarded with feelings of inner peace and happiness...
This quote is not just a motto or a therapist's attempt to positively influence their client. It represents a very real opportunity for you to change your life for the better. We make routine choices every day: what am I going to wear, what am I going to have for lunch, what book should I read next? ...
Tilda Publishing
Book 30 min consultation with Elvira for FREE
Here are some signs to help you recognize a toxic relationship:

  • Lack of trust.
  • Hostile atmosphere.
  • Constant judgment.
  • Persistent unreliability.
  • Loaded with negative energy.
  • Lack of communication.
  • Continuous disrespect.
  • Insufficient support.
  • Ceaseless control issues.
RELATIONSHIPS
Symptoms of PTSD:

  • Recurrent, unwanted and distressing memories of the traumatic event
  • Reliving the traumatic event as if it were happening again (flashbacks)
  • Upsetting dreams or nightmares about the traumatic event
  • Trying to avoid thinking or talking about the traumatic event
  • Difficulty maintaining close relationships
  • Feeling emotionally numb
  • Being easily startled or frightened
  • Self-destructive behavior, such as drinking too much or driving too fast
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Trouble concentrating
POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS
Get help with:
Symptoms of PTSD:

  • Recurrent and distressing memories of trauma
  • Reliving the trauma
  • Nightmares
  • Avoiding trauma thoughts
  • No close relationships
  • Feeling emotionally numb
  • Being easily startled
  • Self-destructive behaviors
  • Trouble concentrating
Most common symptoms:

  • Feeling sad, hopeless
  • Frequent crying
  • Worrying or feeling anxious
  • Lack of appetite/overeating
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Difficulty functioning
  • Withdrawing from social support
  • Suicidal thoughts or behavioral
  • Trouble sleeping
ADJUSTMENT & IMMIGRATION
Common psychosomatic symptoms:

  • Stomach pain
  • Headaches
  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Limb pain
  • Back pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Worry about health
PSYCHOSOMATIC
Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression:

  • Excessive worrying
  • Feelings of worthlessness and/or hopelessness
  • Excessive guilt
  • Fatigue
  • Changes in sleep and appetite
  • Anger and irritability
  • Persistent sadness
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Suicidal ideation
DEPRESSION & ANXIETY
Signs of low self-esteem:

  • Saying negative things and being critical about yourself
  • focusing on your negatives and ignoring your achievements
  • thinking other people are better than you
  • not accepting compliments
  • feeling sad, depressed, anxious, ashamed or angry
SELF-ESTEEM
Why chose Emerald Therapy
Everyday we make life of our clients better and happier
Problem solving
We begin the journey from your past to discover the root of the problem, we treat and resolve it in the present, and prevent it from happening in the future.
Personal Involvment
I always work on self-improvement and share my happiness to light the path for my clients
Insurance
I work with insurance companies, advocate on behalf of the client and negotiate with them. For those, who don't have any insurance, I offer a sliding scale.
Cultural sensitivity
As a bilingual speaker (English & Russian) and having lived in two countries, I have a deeper understanding of immigration and adjustment issues
Flexibility
In the trying times of pandemic, I utilize all available means of communication with clients: phone, video and in-person session (San Francisco)
Creative approach
Creativity and intuition are the best tools that help me resolve clients' problems and help them find solutions
Tilda Publishing
Gestalt
Gestalt therapy is an experiential, evidence-based approach originally developed by Frederick Perls (1893–1970), Laura Perls (1905–90), and Paul Goodman (1911–72) as a revision of psychoanalysis.

Gestalt psychology is most developed in perception and cognition, while gestalt therapy is concerned with personality, psychopathology, and psychotherapy.

Gestalt therapy can help clients with issues such as anxiety, depression, self-esteem, relationship difficulties, and even physical ones like migraine headaches, ulcerative colitis, and back spasms.

Organismic self-regulation leads to integrating parts with each other and into a whole that encompasses the parts. The field is often differentiated into polarities: parts that are opposites that complement or explicate each other.

Start
Dream Analysis
Dream analysis is the interpretation of dreams to determine their underlying meanings. Freudian dream analysis relies on symbolism. It is based on the notion that your unconscious mind protects you from your repressed desires by expressing those desires in dreams and hiding them away from your conscious mind.

Carl Jung saw dreams as the psyche's attempt to communicate important things to the individual, and he valued them highly, perhaps above all else, as a way of knowing what was really going on. Dreams are also an important part of the development of the personality – a process that he called individuation.
Start
CBT (cognitive-behavioral therapy)
CBT is based on the concept that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected, and that negative thoughts and feelings can trap you in a vicious cycle. CBT aims to help you deal with overwhelming problems in a more positive way by breaking them down into smaller parts, setting smart goals and removing negative thoughts.
Start
Meditation
Meditation therapy is "a method of relaxation and consciousness expansion by focusing on a mantra or a keyword, sound, or image while eliminating outside stimuli from one's awareness." The mental health benefits of meditation include better focus and concentration, improved self-awareness and self-esteem, lower levels of stress and anxiety, and fostering kindness. Meditation also has benefits for your physical health, as it can improve your tolerance for pain and help fight substance addiction.
Start
Art
Art therapy is a technique rooted in the idea that creative expression can foster healing and mental well-being. Art, either creating it or viewing others' art, is used to help people explore emotions, develop self-awareness, cope with stress, boost self-esteem, and work on social skills.
Start
Relaxation
A type of therapy that helps reduce muscle tension and stress, lowers blood pressure, and controls pain. It may involve tensing and relaxing muscles throughout the body. It may be used with guided imagery (focusing the mind on positive images) and meditation (focusing thoughts).
Start
Guided visualization
Guided imagery has many uses. You can use it to promote relaxation, which can lower blood pressure and reduce other problems related to stress. You can also use it to help reach goals (such as losing weight or quitting smoking), manage pain and promote healing.

Studies show that visualization increases athletic performance by improving motivation, coordination and concentration. It also aids in relaxation and helps reduce fear and anxiety. In the words of one researcher, "visualization helps the athlete just do it and do it with confidence, poise, and perfection.
Start
Sand Tray
Sand tray therapy is a combination of play therapy and art therapy. The therapist provides the client with a tray or box filled with sand as well as a variety of miniature toys to create a play world. Toys/ figurines may include anything from farm animals and dinosaurs to people and cars.

Sand tray therapy allows a person to construct their own microcosm using miniature toys and colored sand. The scene created acts as a reflection of the person's own life and allows them the opportunity to resolve conflicts, remove obstacles, and gain acceptance of self.
Start
Tea Ceremony
A Tea Ceremony represents harmony, respect, purity and tranquility which we must embrace in order to achieve the main purpose of our lives. Traditionally, tea drinkers were regarded as the 'academic' and 'cultural' elites' of the society. The practice of drinking tea was considered to be an expression of personal morality, education, social principles, and status. Nowadays we incorporate the ancient cultural traditions into our everyday life.
Start
Couples' & Family Therapy
The therapist will want to know the main problems you are experiencing, and what causes most of your stress within the relationship. Some aspects of relationship stress that may be discussed include parenting conflicts, intimacy issues, and communication issues. Couples should seek therapy long before they think they "need" to. Most experts believe that therapy can be an important part of your relationship. "If couples don't work their relational and emotional 'muscles,' they become un-toned, weak and create more of a chance of damage being done to their relationship."
Start
Tilda Publishing
Therapy descriptions
To best help you with your issues, I employ a variety of therapeutic techniques, both traditional and holistic.
Gestalt therapy is an experiential, evidence-based approach originally developed by Frederick Perls (1893–1970), Laura Perls (1905–90), and Paul Goodman (1911–72) as a revision of psychoanalysis.
Gestalt
Dream analysis is the interpretation of dreams to determine their underlying meanings. Freudian dream analysis relies on symbolism.
Dream Analysis
CBT is based on the concept that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected, and that negative thoughts and feelings can trap you in a vicious cycle.
CBT
Meditation therapy is "a method of relaxation and consciousness expansion by focusing on a mantra or a keyword, sound, or image while eliminating outside stimuli from one's awareness."
Meditation
Art therapy is a technique rooted in the idea that creative expression can foster healing and mental well-being.
Art
A type of therapy that helps reduce muscle tension and stress, lowers blood pressure, and controls pain. It may involve tensing and relaxing muscles throughout the body.
Relaxation
Guided imagery has many uses. You can use it to promote relaxation, which can lower blood pressure and reduce other problems related to stress.
Guided visualization
Sand tray therapy is a combination of play therapy and art therapy. The therapist provides the client with a tray or box filled with sand as well as a variety of miniature toys to create a play world.
Sand Tray
A Tea Ceremony represents harmony, respect, purity and tranquility which we must embrace in order to achieve the main purpose of our lives.
Tea Ceremony
The therapist will want to know the main problems you are experiencing, and what causes most of your stress within the relationship.
Couples' & Family Therapy
Read more
Tilda Publishing
Fill out the form and get 30 min FREE consultation
Fill out the form and get your first 30 min FREE consultation
Thank you! We will contact you within a day
Choose your language
Additional comments
Do you have an insurance?
Insurance
Preferred consultation method
Contact us
+1 415-735-7370
psych.help@mail.com
1801 Bush St, suite 300, San Francisco, CA, United States
All photo and video materials belong to their owners and are used for demonstration purposes only. Please do not use them in commercial projects.
Made on
Tilda