Whitney Richards, MFT  MFT 100482

Psychotherapy for Children, Teens, Families, & Individual Adults


Individual Therapy for Children, Teens, & Adults

Family Therapy

Practice Areas

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Self-esteem issues

  • Family communication issues

  • Parenting Stress

  • Life Transitions

  • Post-traumatic Stress (PTSD)

  • Women’s issues

  • LGBTQ issues

  • Relationship issues

  • Survivors of Domestic Violence

  • Stress Management

Therapeutic Modalities

  • Expressive Arts Therapy

  • Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT)

  • Mindfulness

  • Attachment Based Theory

  • Psychodynamic

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

  • Family Systems Therapy

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

  • Play Therapy

  • Sandtray Therapy

  • Client Centered Therapy

  • Nonviolent Communication (NVC)

Whitney (she, her, hers) is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in Expressive Arts Therapy for children, teens, families, and individual adults. She has experience providing psychotherapy in a variety of settings within the Bay Area, including hospitals, community mental health clinics, and elementary, middle, and high schools. She has facilitated parent support groups and designed and presented workshops for parents on teen alcohol and drug prevention, mindful parenting, and nonviolent communication for families.


Whitney has a deep respect for those she works with. Using an attachment-based and emotion-focused approach, Whitney works with kids and their families to give them the tools to reduce conflict, improve relationships, deepen connections, and develop effective communication styles. For her individual clients, she strives to validate their experiences and to help them feel seen, heard, and understood. She offers mindfulness techniques and other evidence-based approaches that assist in making lasting change.


When appropriate, she incorporates Expressive Arts Therapy into her practice. For children, play and making art connect to how they inherently communicate, express feelings, regulate emotions, and learn and cope with their inner and outer experiences. For teens and adults, creative expression can invoke curiosity, provide new insight and solutions, and can help clients move through an issue that is not easily accessible through conversation alone.


Find out more about Whitney by visiting her website: www.whitneyrichardsmft.com


B.A., Fine Arts, Minor in Special Education, San Francisco State University

M.A., Counseling Psychology, Emphasis in Expressive Arts Therapy, California Institute of Integral Studies

Training & Presentations

  • Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) Externship Training Program, 2018

  • “UNIQUE—Understanding Issues in the Queer Experience: Working with and Supporting LGBTQQ Youth,” Behavioral Health & Recovery Services San Mateo, 2016

  • “Respect! 24/7 Conference: Inclusive and Resilient Communities”, San Mateo County Office of Education, 2016

  • Co-presented at the International Expressive Arts Therapy Conference (IEATA) on the EXA and socio-emotional learning groups at Glide, 2013

  • Certified in Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) Assessment 


Member, San Francisco Chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (SFCAMFT)