psychotherapist & former practicing attorney

Darcie Spence, MA, JD

Psychotherapy, Consultation & Coaching in San Francisco       415-820-3250


Background & Education

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California (MFC 40060) and am in full time private practice in San Francisco.  I work with individual adults and teens, and facilitate groups. In addition to psychotherapy, my practice includes supervising psychology interns and trainees, teaching, consulting and coaching.

In 1998, after practicing criminal law exclusively for 12 years, I made the decision to change my career.  I moved to California from New Hampshire to study psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.  Though I had loved practicing law, I found myself more and more interested in the healing aspects of the work that I was doing with clients and those connected to them.  I received my MA in Counseling Psychology, with a concentration in somatics, in 2000. 

Before devoting myself to full time private practice, I worked extensively with teens in the San Francisco public schools, providing individual and group psychotherapy.  For four of those years I was the on site therapist at School of the Arts (SOTA), the performing arts high school in San Francisco.

I received my JD from Boston University School of Law and my undergraduate degree, (BBA), from the University of Notre Dame.  I am an inactive member of the bar in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts.    

What Informs My Work

My work as a psychotherapist is informed by having practiced for 12 years as an attorney.  What connects my work in both fields is a deep belief that everyone’s voice is important and needs to be heard.  Though I often was the voice as an attorney, I also worked with hundreds of clients and witnesses to assist them in working through their fears, so they could speak up and tell their story,

at a time when something critical was at stake.

My work as a psychotherapist continues in this vein.  Though the stakes are different in psychotherapy, in many ways they are the same.  When symptoms reach a threshold level, they often act as a catalyst, and force people to address issues that are critical to their future life and well being.  It is an opportunity for people to stop silencing themselves and to begin speaking up for who they really are, whether in their intimate relationships, careers or the larger community. 

San Francisco psychotherapist for adults & teens