Jonathan Lichtenstein, PsyD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist
San Francisco CA
There truly is an art and science to my work. Prior to receiving my training in psychedelic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, I devoted much of my life to the arts, creativity, and performance. My creative spirit greatly influences my work with my patients. In addition to describing my professional experience and qualifications in this profile, I feel it is important to give you a little window into my heart, mind, and soul. The poem below is about the therapy relationship and the way patients heal themselves through self-exploration, facilitated by a feeling of being emotionally held by their therapist. HOLDING, A POEM Holding is not healing, I may be seduced by the thoughts of a promise of power that I can bring healing to others, But I cannot heal others, Nor can I set them free or change them or bring them to their power or bring them to their gods even, You can only heal yourself, Only then can you fly with your brothers and sisters and sexual lovers, I cannot heal you my love, I will hold you deep deep in my heart, My heart that is vast, It runs deep into the earth like a well of infinite love and power and devotion, Your path is yours, My path is mine, And our arms must extend over and through the divine if we are to stay together and hold hands in this harsh difficult world and the difficult life that surrounds us, My hope is that my arms are long enough, That my hands are strong enough, And that my head and body and soul can hold and embody all that you have and can give and receive, I cannot heal you, I can only hold you, And I will.
My psychology training began years before I read my first science journal, as an artist. Prior to pursuing my doctoral degree in Psychology, I received a Master of Fine Arts degree. As an artist, I became fascinated by how human connection and creative expression can lead to individual growth. I devoted much of my life to the arts, creativity, and performance. My creative spirit greatly influences my work with my patients. MY PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE In addition to my psychoanalytic training, I have completed training in psychedelic psychotherapy at both the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (typically referred to as MAPS) and Polaris Insight Center. I have provided psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults since 2004 and I have been licensed as a clinical psychologist since 2009. I have developed and directed behavioral health programs since 2013 and I have supervised and trained over 75 therapists. Currently, I provide psychotherapy and Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy in San Francisco, CA.
Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy