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Ann Parsons is a marriage and family therapist who has extensive experience in working with children, adolescents and their families. She often combines skills-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) with mindfulness-based education.

Parsons earned her master's degree in counseling at San Francisco State University, where she focused on attachment theory and the role of neuroscience in relationship and social development. She is certified in early childhood education and development, and she trained in parent-child interaction therapy at the University of California, Davis Children's Hospital.

Prior to joining UCSF, Parsons worked at the NW Anxiety Institute, where she specialized in individual, parent and family therapy for anxiety and mood disorders, using CBT with a method called exposure and response prevention therapy. She has more than a decade of experience in private practice, serving individuals, couples and families in San Francisco and Marin County. She trained in community mental health for several years at the Family Service Agency of Marin, where she supported families through pregnancy and early parenting. She gained expertise in family systems at Networks Family Counseling Center, working with families that included children and teens.

Parsons has also provided clinical supervision to interns training in marriage and family therapy.

  • Education

    San Francisco State University, MS, Counseling, 2008

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