About Dr. Charlotte Tilson

I'm a clinical psychologist in private practice in San Francisco, California. 

My practice focuses on the psychological health and well-being of women and children. I serve women, children, teenagers and parents. 

I draw on over two decades of experience guiding children and adults toward emotional well-being. 

Let's get started. Contact me today to schedule an appointment or an introductory phone call. 


Committed to the Well-Being of Women and Children

Do you want more peace of mind? Would you like to feel better about how your child or teen is doing? I'd like to hear about how you'd like things in your or your child's life to evolve. 

As people, we are curious. We want to make sense of our experiences. We organize our thoughts and connect with others through words. Counseling leverages all of  these to help people heal, grow and better manage challenges.

People do best in an atmosphere of kindness, interest and respect. I limit my practice to a select number of clients to give each person the focus she or he deserves.  

Therapy for Bay Area Women

I help women with:

  • relationships
  • stress
  • moods/emotions
  • life transitions and changes
  • the pursuit of life satisfaction and well-being

My adult clients include professionals, young adults and parents. Some women I work with are looking to deal more effectively with feelings such as unhappiness or nervousness. Others want to better manage stress and multiple life demands. Personal growth and enhancement of quality of life are primary goals for many people. In working with me you can gain access to professional input in a private and encouraging context.

Counseling & Consultation for San Francisco Children, Teens and Parents

The other focus of my practice is child and adolescent psychology. I serve elementary, middle and high school students (ages 5-18) and their parents. I provide child therapy, therapy for tweens and teens and parent consultation. 

As a child and adolescent psychologist, I encourage kids and teens to speak up, express their thoughts, manage difficult feelings and try out new ways of behaving. I help parents try to better understand their children and support their  psychological health. I consult with teachers, medical doctors and other professionals working with young people to contribute to a community of care. 

My young clients come for help with a range of:

  • social
  • emotional
  • behavioral
  • family and
  • school or learning related issues

Therapy is an investment in your child's healthy development. It helps children and adolescents through family changes and challenges like separation, divorce or joint custody. It can strengthen your child's ability to cope with stressors like learning differences, difficulties with friendships, or issues with confidence and moods. 


My experience joins two complementary disciplines - clinical psychology and developmental psychology. Clinical psychology is the study of mental health. Developmental psychology is the study of processes of change through the human lifespan.  

I've devoted over 20 years to efforts to improve people's lives and better understand human behavior. Along the way I've contributed to schools, websites, public health initiatives, corporate work/life services, counseling, child care and training programs and educational films. I previously worked at and currently consult to the Center for Child and Family Studies at WestEd.


Professional Affiliations


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Have questions about my practice, services or policies? Be in touch. I look forward to speaking with you.