Lorenzo Ramos, PsyD
Lorenzo Ramos, PsyD
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Impulse-control disorders (out of control behaviors — substances, porn, food, stealing, infidelity)
Marital/relational concerns of all varieties
Positive psychology (the science of thriving)
Sexual dysfunction (physiological and interpersonal)
Specific mood disorders, life imbalance (anxiety, depression, depletion, stress, episodes)
Systems (relationship troubles of every variety, boundaries, work/home/social)
Transpersonal psychology (spiritually-integrated approach to psychological work)
Trauma (deep processing of traumatic memories and content)
California School of Professional Psychology, San Francisco
Alliant International University (PsyD, Clinical Psychology)
Pepperdine University, Seaver College (BS, Biological Psychology)
50-minute in-person sessions are available in the San Francisco location (longer sessions are available by clinical necessity)
Phone and teletherapy sessions are available for established clients.
All appointments must be scheduled in advance.
San Francisco Office
I work with individuals, couples, and families from a broad spectrum of backgrounds and demographics. My personal specialty is in romantic relationships, making use of the entire spectrum of interpersonal intimacy to create an upward-spiral of relational harmony and success, but I can see you for most individual concerns. I am trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and similar evidence-based, medical models of treatment, and have also pursued competence in experiential and interpersonal models, meaning that our work together can range from a very contained and scientific approach to an integrated appraisal of more foundational factors in one’s experience. Whether you’re an individual with immediate life-adjustment issues and dissonant emotional cycles, persistent problems ranging from addictions to secrets, traumas, or intrusive emotions or thoughts interfering with daily life and functioning, or a couple/family with most any concern, I can help you get to where you need to be in a healthy, sustainable way. My distinctly humanistic approach helps me to balance between what makes us unique, and what we all have in common; therefore, I work with clients of all ages, backgrounds, and orientations in a way that is open and very responsive to specific demographic factors while also remembering that the deeper we go within ourselves, the more similar we are in our essence.
I hold fast to the notion that treatment should be brief, and that all change comes from one’s own efforts to integrate and assimilate the fruits of treatment. My approach is very client-centered, and is focused on giving you all that you need in the shortest amount of time possible, so that you can make the changes you need to make, establish a foundation of transformative and sustainable personal growth, and terminate treatment when you are successfully maintaining this new order in your life or lives.
WHY I LOVE THIS WORK
I consider the ‘Work’ to be an inherent aspect of our human nature; it is something that we are all involved in, all of the time, whether we are conscious of it or not, whether we confront or avoid it. This makes the psychological work an essential aspect of living life to your personal best; it is far more than one hour in the office, it is your every waking moment. Our work can focus on specific and acute issues by necessity, but I make distinct efforts to move past pathology into the farther reaches of human nature. I therefore do not focus on symptom-reduction alone, but on a holistic return of the client to their own life-path—we are human beings, much more than a diagnosis! Let us begin from here. Additionally, my own research into transpersonal healing modalities has allowed me access to inner-technologies that have been used throughout the world from time immemorial to effect the same changes that conventional psychotherapy seeks to make in the therapeutic relationship. This has been a major aspect of my doctoral research, and I am happy to bring such insights into our work, should you be interested in them. Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy, for example, is one such modality that has gained substantial traction in our field, but there is, of course, much more we can work with.
WHAT I WANT FOR YOU
My professional services are completely tailored to your personal needs—I want you to rise from the ashes of your previous concerns and know in the depths of your being that you have overcome that which used to trouble you, no matter what ‘that’ might be. Many therapies in vogue today have reevaluated the nature and role of emotions in the human experience. I work with the specific notion that we are not in control of our emotions, but that they arise naturally as a result of the rest of our human experience in any given moment; the realities of self-knowledge can help us to forgive ourselves and have compassion for our own limitations, and likewise strive to push beyond them and evolve. Therefore, I seek for you to begin to live in a way that will naturally evoke a sustainable, tangible sense of joy in your life, to move beyond your presenting issues and live in the way that you know you should, down in the depths of your being. I want you to be an optimally-functioning human being, and in my own scope of this work, this means tapping into the marvelous potentials we all carry within ourselves—potentials that are sometimes overlooked by classical models of psychotherapy, and as a result, are minimized or underutilized. We must approach the human being through the mechanics of matter, but our objective is to access and cultivate the innermost reaches of our human nature, which is, paradoxically, beyond ‘words’ and ‘talk therapy’—an ineffable source of personal power.
MY SPECIALTIES, BACKGROUND, AND PERSONAL INTERESTS
I have been extensively trained throughout my clinical rotations, previous positions, and professional pursuits to treat a variety of psychological issues, from impulse-control disorders to crisis-interventions and existential ‘birthquakes’, mood disorders, personality disorders, neurological disorders, trauma, family problems, domestic upset/violence, sexual dysfunctions, marital issues, practitioner-relationship counseling, career counseling, and even early childhood and learning disorders. I can conduct therapy in both English and Spanish, and seek to bring my professional efforts back to my family’s native Cuba as the situation continues progressing.
My specialty, however, is in the integration of couples work and clinical sexology, making specific use of the relationships between intimacy, partnership, and sexual paradigms to optimize romantic relationships and create ‘upward-spirals’ of mutual growth for all parties involved. This work makes use of the neurophysiology of sexuality, desire, and attachments, turning couples work into a Magnum Opus of interpersonal triumph between oneself and one’s partner. That is, it turns a simple couple's concern into a therapeutic modality that heals and exalts not only the relationship, but all parties involved as well. It is both individual and couples therapy at once, and is geared on crafting a relationship that fosters growth as opposed to stasis, structure, and stability.
I am a student and initiate of various spiritual traditions from all over the world, which has always been an undercurrent of my professional work. I have conducted extensive research, including my doctoral dissertation and a lifetime of contained and specific spiritual practice, to shed light on the psychological healing modalities of various spiritual traditions, and can help you access the power of your entire being to make you thrive on your own personal path of body, mind, and soul, in tandem with your core values. I consider health-cultivation to encompass all aspects of the being and to be synonymous with ‘enlightenment’, in a very humanistic sense—the foundations of basic health are necessary to ultimately reach the heights of peak experiences.
In my free time, I work toward publishing and further research, practice my own arts of music, meditation, theater, and writing, enjoy nature, fine arts, observe pilgrimages to sacred sites around the world, and attend various gatherings, conferences, and forums dedicated to sexuality, the relationships between humanity and nature, and the awakening of consciousness, which has always been at the core of all psychotherapy and accordingly, my practice as well.
American Psychological Association (APA)
American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)
San Francisco Bay Area AASECT Chapter Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS)
Association for Transpersonal Psychology (ATP)