Max DeFrain (he/him/his)

Masters of Science
Accepting Clients

I'm passionate about working with couples and those who struggle with Bipolar, Depression, or Anxiety disorders.

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Contact
  • Individual
  • Couples

About My Clients

We can all fall into the trap of struggling with our thoughts and emotions or let them completely control our actions, which often leads us away from the life we want. Reacting ineffectively to our thoughts and emotions is often the fuel that drives problems and suffering that we face. I'm excited to help you to get unstuck from your old patterns of dealing with your symptoms and relationships and help you to respond in new ways that pave the way to improved personal and relational wellbeing.

My Background and Approach

I have a Masters of Science in Counseling with a Concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy from SDSU. Throughout my career in mental health I have worked in various settings: inpatient, outpatient, a community counseling center, and in private practice and I bring all of these experiences to the work that I do. I am completely invested in helping you to live your best life and I use evidence based practices to help you on that journey. Through Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), I can help you and your partner to identify your pattern of conflict, connect with your and your partner’s emotions, and move you toward deep intimacy and connection with each other. I can use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help you unhook from the difficult thoughts and emotions that are connected to Bipolar, Depression, Anxiety, and many of life's challenges. This will help to open the way for you to act on what matters most to you.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

There are countless beliefs held by society, family, and friends about how to deal with challenging and uncomfortable thoughts and emotions. Through my own mental health journey, I can relate to how many of these approaches are conflicting, confusing, or simply do not work. EFT and ACT aren't just methods that I use and leave behind after work. They have created significant personal shifts that I live out in my life and relationships everyday. I'm excited to share these approaches with you. Let's connect for an initial conversation to see if we could make a great team to move you towards the life you want.

I offer online counseling in the following states:
I have experience with the following
  • Christianity

At A Glance

  • Experience: 7 years of practice
  • Languages: English
  • Rate: $150 - 200/session


760-206-3097 Email Max
Telehealth Only
San Francisco, CA 94122
Telehealth Only
San Diego, CA 92130

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