Philip M. Alex, Ph.D.
License:   PSY12556   

Jungian and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in a General Practice for Adults

Central Marin County / San Rafael

Philip M. Alex, Ph.D.
1330 Lincoln Avenue, Suite 304-B
San Rafael, CA 94901-2143

tel: 415.457.6234



Welcome to my psychotherapy practice.

I conduct a depth-oriented psychotherapy practice for individual adults in central San Rafael. I work with people who seek help for a wide range of personal problems such as depression, malaise, anxiety, loss, and difficult life transitions, who have experienced disruptions, constrictions, or impasses in relationships or in functioning in the world, or who seek a seasoned and empathic ally when meaning or purpose have become elusive or lost from view.

I also provide consultation for licensed mental health professionals who are working with people who have more severe psychological problems such as forms of psychosis, anomalous symptoms/experiences, or other deeply-rooted patterns of difficulty adapting to the challenges of life.

I have provided direct psychotherapeutic services in various clinical and hospital settings since 1981 and have been serving clients in independent practice since 1992.


My approach is guided centrally by, but not limited to, Jungian and contemporary psychoanalytic perspectives. Essential to my integration of these approaches is a great respect for the power and influence of the deep layers of our psyches, their potential to harbor wounds, to disrupt us, as well as to inspire and inform us about how we might heal. I maintain that emotional suffering points us toward the landscape of our private struggles, emotional injuries, and vulnerabilities, but vitally also toward intrinsic pathways toward self-restoration. I invite my clients to listen with me to these communications from within, to take courage from them, and discover ways to translate them into guideposts for change toward greater resilience, balance, authenticity and confidence in encountering the ever-challenging ebbs and flows of life. Old narratives born of duress or trauma can be invested with new meaning and no longer felt to be oppressive predictors of the future. It strikes me as always useful to hold in mind that to heal means to become whole (again, or in some cases for the first time).

I emphasize self-reflective exploration, intrapsychic and interpersonal process, thoughtfulness, emotional depth, and a search for meaning beyond problem-solving alone. I listen keenly to what my clients' symptoms of emotional and related physical suffering are trying to communicate -- often with the help of analogy, metaphor or symbol. I attend closely to the therapeutic relationship that forms between my clients and myself as an important source of understanding and guidance along the way, and I encourage the integration of dreamwork where appropriate. I tend to be comparatively active in therapeutic style and highly flexible in adapting to my clients' psychological needs and interpersonal rhythms.

I feel strongly that trust, respect, safety, and integrity are fundamental elements of a successful psychotherapy, and, crucially, that in the heart of psychic pain lie the seeds of restoration.

-Psychoanalytically Informed Psychotherapy for Individual Adults
-Contemporary Jungian and Psychoanalytic Perspectives
-Long-term Exploratory and Time-Limited Approaches
-Consultation for professionals, including cases involving complex mental states and processes

Areas of Expertise
Individual Psychotherapy for Adults:
-Problems with relationships and intimacy
-Problems with social adaptation
-Distress associated with life-transitions
-Personal growth and self-exploration
-Anomalous symptoms/experiences and their potential communicative and restorative meanings

Office Information:

I accept payment by cash, check, PayPal, Zelle, or major credit card. I do not accept payment by insurance in order to maximize the confidentiality and independence of the psychotherapeutic work that you and I do. Our first appointment will only incur a charge if you and I decide to continue working together.

Upon request, I will provide you with an insurance-ready document (statement or superbill) for you to send to your health insurance provider to obtain out-of-network reimbursement if that is included as a benefit on your plan.

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Free parking is available in the on-site lot and on adjacent streets.

Marin Transit Bus (Line 35) stops 2 blocks away (approx. 4-min. walk). The San Rafael Transit Center and the SMART Rail Downtown San Rafael Station are 5 blocks away (approx. 10-min. walk).

My office is wheelchair accessible in an ADA compliant professional building.

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I strongly encourage having an initial conversation together by phone prior to setting up a first appointment. This helps to ensure that I am able to provide the service that you are looking for and it gives you a direct opportunity to ask me any preliminary questions that you may have.

PHONE: 415.457.6234

I welcome your inquiry and thank you for your interest.