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Mario Sandoval, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

A Strength Based Approach to Improving Your Life and Relationships

My guiding principle in psychotherapy is grounded in assisting you to access and develop your existing strengths and inner wisdom, to improve your quality of life and relationships.


I have extensive experience helping couples, individuals and families address issues such as work/life balance, stress management, high-functioning autism, depression, anxiety, substance use and other addictions, coping with chronic illness, self-esteem, social and other phobias, trauma and LGBTQ-issues.

My approach is one of integrated modalities, from deep psychodynamic work, to a host of evidenced-based therapies, and mindfulness-based modalities. I integrate the modalities best tailored to suit the needs and wants of each client. The goal is that of achieving measurable and observable improvements in your internal and external life and relationships.

I am bilingual and bicultural and also conduct culturally-sensitive psychotherapy in Spanish.

About Me


A Strength Based Approach
to Improving Your Life and Relationships

I provide psychotherapy services to adults, couples, families and groups, in private practice in San Francisco and Sausalito. I assist my clients in facing challenges from a strength-based approach by helping them harness their own inner wisdom and internal resources.


I have a great deal of experience in helping clients address alcohol and substance use and other addictions, depression, anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and grief/loss stressors. In my work with couples and families, my goal is to help individuals find common ground with each other to improve communication and achieve more gratifying relationships.  I utilize Gottman Method and Emotionally Focused Therapy in my work with couples. I also have a considerable experience in coaching neurotypical and high-functioning autism dyad.

Fundamentally, my work is to assist clients gain a sense of agency in increasing their quality of life by utilizing and building their own strengths. The bedrock of my approach is developing a warm and empathic connection with my clients in the therapeutic alliance.


With over 25 years experience working in community based organizations, the University of California San Francisco, and the City and County of San Francisco, I have provided direct services to very diverse populations with a broad range of issues.


I completed my PhD in Clinical Psychology in 2010, and received a master's degree in clinical psychology in 2005. I have a Bachelors Double Major in Molecular Cell Biology and Psychology, Pre-Med from the University of California Berkeley.


Contact Me

Although it is advisable to start with weekly therapy, session frequency can change over time if it is clinically sound to do so.

Tel: 415-439-3795


Union Square

870 Market Street

San Francisco, CA 94102


3030 Bridgeway,
Suite 206

Sausalito, CA 94965

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