Sara DeLong, MD
Board Certified Psychiatrist


A Little About Myself

For the past 15 years, I have focused on how to positively impact physical and mental health through understanding thoughts and emotions.  This fascination began while working at Dr. Herbert Benson's Mind/Body Medical Institute and Harvard Medical School in the mid 1990s.  Since then, I have been impressed by the growing body of evidence demonstrating the beneficial neuro-biological effects of balanced living, healthy relationships, and mindfulness practices.  Sometimes, medication can help people achieve this balance.

I completed psychiatry residency at the University of California, San Francisco where I had the opportunity to develop a well-rounded, integrative approach to mental health.  My practice focuses on supporting professionals as they navigate work, relationships, health issues, and family transitions.

I received my medical degree from the University of Utah and my Bachelor of Arts from Wellesley College.
   

FAQ

What is your approach to psychotherapy?
I integrate many different perspectives and is based on the individual needs of the person with whom I am working.  I draw from several theoretical backgrounds including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Control-Mastery Theory, Transpersonal Therapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Attachment Theory as it relates to adult relationships, and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy.  I see therapy as a collaboration between people in a mutual partnership.

How long with therapy take?

This depends.  Some people are looking for help with immediate symptom relief such as intense anxiety, depression, intrusive thoughts, or insomnia.  Some people are interested in exploring relationship patters, asking whey they find themselves making the same unhealthy choices, or are seeking to heal from childhood trauma.  Some people need help with current life transitions (moves, changes in relationships, birth of a child, death of a loved one, health problems, etc...).  The length of therapy depends on your goals.  Please feel free to discuss further questions in person or over the phone.

What are your fees?
Initial visit 50-60 minutes: $350
Follow up 50 min psychotherapy or in-depth medication management: $220
Follow up 15-20 minute medication management: $175

Do you have openings?

My availability changes frequently.  Please contact me directly to inquire.  If I do not get back to you within 48 business hours, it means I do not currently have availability.

Do you take my insurance?

I accept Anthem Blue Cross of California and Manged Health Network insurances only.  If you have a PPO plan  (the kind of insurance where you can pick your own doctor), I will provide receipts for you to submit.

Resources
Things to do to improve your mood right now

1. Put on your favorite upbeat music; this will activate the "pleasure" centers of your brain.
2. As you are reading this, start to smile.  Now, REALLY smile! Research shows that the simple act of smiling (even holding a pencil between your teeth) sends a message to your brain to create the emotion that does with the action.  Your body doesn't knew the difference.
3.  Exercise.  You've heard it before.  Exercise has been shown to help with depression, anxiety, and insomnia.
4.  Surround yourself with photos of supportive people in your life.  I strongly encourage including an adorable baby picture of yourself. 
5. Bring plants and flowers into your home and work space if possible.
6. Think about what you loved doing as a child and do it.  Ride a bike, dance, color, swing on a swing set, have an ice cream cone, build something from Legos.  Chances are you will still love it.
7.  Express your appreciation to someone through a note or email.  If this is too much, secretly wish the next person who crosses your path a peaceful.
8.  Get enough sleep.  If you fall asleep in less than 5 minutes you are probably sleep deprived.  If insomnia is a problem, learn more about sleep hygiene to naturally improve the chances you will feel rested during the day.
9.  Train your body to relax.  Explore this link to learn more about the relaxation response.      

Contact Me

saradelongmd@gmail.com

(415) 613-4994

582 Market Street Ste 1209
San Francisco, CA 94104

Where You Can Find Me

The office is located in the Hobart Building just by the Montgomery BART stop in downtown San Francisco.