Welcome to my practice. 

My name is Rachael Butler and I am a San Francisco-based psychotherapist who has been working with individuals and couples since 2009. 

I help people overcome emotional barriers to restore healthy self-image and intimacy in relationships.

“We need to see ourselves as basic miracles.” - Virginia Satir

I've met many ambitious professionals in the Bay Area who pour their energy and devotion into their work but are silently struggle with feelings of loneliness, anxiety and emptiness underneath. My clients are wonderful, gifted people who've fallen into the traps of busyness, burn out, imbalance, and reliance on digital intimacy. I work with everyone from tech company professionals to entrepreneurs, doctors, mothers, engineers, ministers and artists and discovered that we all long for authentic and deep connection with ourselves and others. 

If you are someone who desires more love and connection in your life but are struggling to overcome internal obstacles such as anger, shame, fear, low self-worth, distrust, trauma or hopelessness, then you've come to the right place.

To read stories of hope and transformation, visit the Testimonials section.

My style is compassionate, playful and heartfelt. I work with both men and women. I’m experienced in working with adult attachment issues, codependent relationships, adults from neglectful or abusive families, victims of sexual abuse, eating disorders, social anxiety, spiritual abuse, issues related to identity and problems with emotional intimacy. 

Whether you're working toward relational readiness or in a relationship and working on relational enrichment, contact me to find out how therapy can help you with your problem.

Please explore my website to learn more about me and my services.  

Schedule a free phone consultation on my Simple Practice Client Portal. (Select “I am a New Client” and Service Type “New Client Phone Consultation” for available times.)

Everyone is accepted here: all orientations, cultures, walks of life and spiritual beliefs. At the end of the day we are all human beings who have inherent value and desire for richer connections.

Hope to connect soon.

Updated July 15, 2019: I currently have a wait list of 3-6 months for new clients. If you would like to be notified as space opens up, please feel free to contact me at RachaelButlerMA@gmail.com.

Rachael Butler, MA | (415) 894-9476 | RachaelButlerMA@gmail.com

Painting by Michael Koller

Painting by Michael Koller

"Rachael is one of the most compassionate and nonjudgmental people I’ve met. I enjoy her sense of humor and her presence, I value her empathy, and I depend on her wisdom and intuition. I feel our time together is one of the most spiritual and grounded moments of my week."                              - E.S., early 30's


“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” - Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

“Wholehearted living is about engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness. It’s about cultivating the courage, connection and compassion to wake up in the morning and think, no matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough. It’s going to bed at night thinking, yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable and sometimes afraid, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am brave and also worthy of love and belonging.” - Brené Brown