Julia Lehrman, LCSW, RYT

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
San Francisco CA
You are a unique individual and I want to get to know you on an in-depth and personal level. Your experiences are important and your story matters. I also believe that everyone deserves to be treated with respect and dignity. The concept of common humanity can be useful in healing work. It is the idea that we are not alone in our pain. We are actually more similar than we are different. As human beings, no one is immune to suffering. To be born is to suffer. But we also have the universal capacity to experience a wide range of positive emotions. And we want many of the same things – to be seen, heard, and understood, just to name a few. Often, working with psychedelics involves learning how to be with both the light and the dark. Psychedelics can help us to identify and embrace our shadow – all that we have come to hate and disavow about ourselves. This is deep and confronting work that is also ripe with rewards. Once we come to accept and love the parts of ourselves that we have historically relegated to the far away corners of the unconscious, life becomes more rewarding and enriching. The relationships in our lives play an integral role in our emotional well-being. I help people evaluate, asses, and improve upon the relationship they have with themselves and the relationships they have with others. I aim to help people live authentically and find more confidence, vitality, and freedom. Psychedelics are one tool that can aid in the continually unfolding process of self-discovery. Psychedelics can also cause intense emotions, memories, questions and insights to surface. Some experiences bring about pure joy and elation, while others can induce terror and confusion. I am here to help you effectively prepare for any journey into the depths of your psyche and navigate the varied terrain of integrating the content that arises. My goal is to help you foster and utilize your own innate inner healing intelligence while providing a space of safety, compassion, and grounding.
I have always had deep sense of compassion for others. I love listening to and helping people. These factors, plus my own quest for personal growth and self-inquiry, are what eventually led me to become a licensed psychotherapist. My passion is empowering people to understand who they are and embrace their true selves. Every day, I am motivated by the joy of seeing others actualize their potential. I am constantly inspired by the transformations I have the privilege of witnessing in the people I work with. I feel lucky to be a part of every client’s path to fulfillment. I have a perpetual thirst for knowledge. I am an eternal student of psychology, human behavior, philosophy, and the many other fascinating subjects that pique my undying curiosity. I’m also a big music, travel, and nature enthusiast. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Psychology. I attended graduate school at New York University where I was awarded the highest academic honors designation upon completion. I am trained through Stanford University in cultivating compassion for the self and others through mindfulness and meditation. I am actively involved in study groups and case conferences at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California. I also hold a certificate in Psychedelic Assisted Therapy and Research from the California Institute of Integral Studies.