Licensed Psychologist

415-321-9171     •

3641 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA 94118


Copyright © Carolyn Swearingen, Ph.D.. All rights reserved.

I am a Licensed Psychologist and have been practicing psychotherapy with individuals and couples for several years. I was drawn to this profession from a young age out of a strong desire to connect with people in a meaningful way and use my natural skills and abilities to help individuals and families live more fulfilling and balanced lives. The work that I do and the progress I witness clients make each day continues to inspire me deeply.

I earned my Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology from Smith College with a concentration in Clinical Psychology. I went on to study at the University of Oregon where I earned a Masters of Science (MS) in Counseling and Human Services and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Counseling Psychology.

​During my graduate education I received training in university counseling centers where I had the opportunity to work with undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds. I was trained as an Eating Disorders Specialist and worked as part of a multidisciplinary treatment team providing individual and group psychotherapy to students struggling with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating and body image disturbances. Throughout my predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship I supported individuals and couples in addressing a wide variety of issues, including: anxiety, depression, relationship and family problems, trauma recovery, codependency, grief and loss, and sexuality. I also led groups on Coping with Depression and Assertive Communication Skills, where I helped individuals develop skills to improve their self-esteem and self-care as well as enhance their communication skills and interpersonal relationships with others. 

​Since becoming licensed I have continued my path of learning by training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), in which I am now Certified. In conjunction with continuing to develop and enhance my skills in EFT Couples Therapy I am also focusing on learning and becoming certified in EMDR, a powerful trauma therapy. As a licensed clinician and lifelong learner, I am continually working on enhancing my knowledge base through continuing education, peer consultation, certification courses and professional community involvement. For more on my approach to working with clients, see my Individual Therapy, 

Professional Memberships:
  • International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Northern California Community for Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • ​EMDR International Association
  • ​Parnell EMDR Institute
  • Association of Professionals Treating Eating Disorders
  • National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Eating Disorders
  • American Psychological Association
  • California Psychological Association
  • San Francisco Psychological Association


Licensed Psychologist, PSY 21657​