Myrna L. Klassen

My Background
For more than 30 years, as a Marriage & Family Therapist, I have been walking alongside and helping clients as they pursue their goals of improving their relationships and healing from painful life experiences.

My Specialties
I have experience working with adults with relationship issues, depression, childhood abuse, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, life transitions, and with couples at all stages of their relationships. In recent years I have come to especially enjoy working with pre-engaged, engaged and early married couples to provide help before ineffective patterns get established in the couple relationship. Almost every client can benefit from improving communications skills and that is often a practical part of the therapy work I do with clients.

How I Work with Clients
Healing from past wounds and discovering new ways of coping and relating to others are parts of the process of change. My part is to walk alongside and support you as you discover more about yourself and help you find ways to navigate life more effectively. I want to create a safe relationship and space for you to grow and heal.

Individuals: We will first discuss your goals and current concerns and explore your history. Some of the interventions I use are from the approaches of Object Relations, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Communication Theory and Family Systems, and Family-of-Origin dynamics.

Couples: Helping couples usually require a more directive approach, yet integrates interventions from the above mentioned therapeutic approaches. I integrate communication skills as an important component in improving couple relationships. With many couples I use the PREPARE/ENRICH Inventory.

Spiritual Matters
I am sensitive to your desire to integrate your faith into your therapy. You are free to integrate your faith as much as is comfortable for you.

Personal History
I am a native San Franciscan and love the cultural diversity of our city. My contact with people of many different cultures has brought an element of understanding of many cultural issues that are brought into the counseling room.

I have been married for more than 50 years, have two sons, one daughter-in-law, and two grandsons.

Myrna L. Klassen, M.A., MFT
(415) 990-0429


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