Alexis López

My Work

Things may be tough right now, but this is just one chapter in the story of your life. My job as a therapist is to walk alongside you as you write the next one. 

I’m a goal-oriented therapist who can help you understand how a problem got started, what’s keeping you stuck now, and — most importantly — guide you towards new skills and frameworks for moving forward. We’ll work together to draw on your existing strengths while we address the areas you’re struggling. I’m equal parts collaborator, guide, and support for the journey.

My clients face a variety of challenges in their personal and professional lives, including anxiety, relationship issues, impostor syndrome, trauma, and identity development. Self-criticism and rocky confidence are common themes, and I support my clients to build a more self-compassionate mindset as they approach these struggles. Many of the people I work with are navigating complex expectations and acculturation issues as part of immigrant families or families of color. 

I also have a special affinity for working with geeks — sci-fi and fantasy lovers, cosplayers, gamers, comic book enthusiasts, and fans of all stripes. In therapy, the stories and characters that fascinate us can help to guide and inspire our work together.

If you’re curious to learn more about how I can help you meet your goals, feel better, or build a better relationship with yourself and others, I invite you to reach out to schedule a free consultation call today.

Photo of San Francisco psychologist Dr. Alexis Lopez. Alexis is a Latinx woman with dark hair, glasses, and a sleeveless blouse.

My Story

I have always been interested in stories that offer insight into the human experience, ranging from Greek mythology to the origin stories of superheroes. 

My therapist origin story started in college. I began school on a pre-med track, but soon found I was having difficulty grasping certain concepts. As a Latinx woman at a predominantly white institution, this was particularly difficult as I struggled not just with my coursework but with stereotype threat: that particular stress that comes with worrying about how our success or failure will play into others’ stereotypes about our race or gender. 

As I tried to carve out a new path for myself, I sought refuge by pursuing courses in my areas of strength, Romance Languages and Literature, and areas of interest, Classical Studies, where I got to study Greek and Roman mythology, architecture, and history. I also sought guidance from our university career center where I learned I had aptitude for psychology or social work. I took my first psychology course, Abnormal Child Psychology, and found myself fascinated by the interplay of child development and mental health. I graduated with a major in Classical Studies and minor in Psychology, and continued on to pursue a doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

As a therapist, I continue to be very interested in the human stories and experiences my clients share with me. And now, I have a variety of tools to help them make meaning from what’s already happened, and write new chapters moving forward.