Martha Borja Acacio, LMFT

I hold over 25 years of experience working with youth, adolescents, young adults and families. After earning my master’s degree in Counseling at San Francisco State University, I accepted a position with Family Service Agency of San Francisco, then with the City and County of San Francisco Department of Public Health, Community Behavioral Services. In this position, I helped to create the Transitional Youth Service Program. In 2000, I received a Certificate of Honor award from the Mayor of San Francisco.

I hold years of experience working in the areas of mood disorder, anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, Domestic Violence, Grief and Loss.

I established my private practice in order to continue working with youth, adolescents, adults and families as a private therapist in South San Francisco.

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Therapy for Children

Being highly trained in child mental health allows me to guide children of all ages through the development of healthy coping mechanisms.

Adolescents and Young Adults

Offering a safe environment, teens are encouraged to express themselves while learning self-management techniques and successful ways to communicate.

Family Therapy

Family therapy can help the individuals involved to develop goals they want to achieve and empower them with skills to live happier lives.

Play therapy is a form of therapy geared toward children. In this form of therapy, a child is encouraged to explore life events that may have an effect on current circumstances in a manner and place of the child’s choosing, primarily through play. This can help children communicate, explore repressed thoughts and emotions, address unresolved trauma, and experience personal growth.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy is a time-sensitive, structured, present-oriented psychotherapy directed toward solving current problems and teaching clients skills to modify dysfunctional thinking and behavior. CBT is a psychotherapy that is based on the cognitive model: the way that individuals perceive a situation is more closely connected to their reaction that the situation itself.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) treatment is a integrative model of therapy which combines Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy with principals of eastern Zen-Buddhist thought most notably; mindfulness, emotional regulation, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, middle path. This model emphasizes on the psychosocial aspects of treatment and the focus is on improving self-destructive behaviors, while increasing well-being and more positive moods.

Make an appointment by calling 650.267.0257. Open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, morning, afternoon and evening sessions are available. Weekly fifty minute sessions are typically scheduled for most clients, while more frequent sessions or longer session times can be arranged for dealing with crisis situations. Emergency sessions are also available.

Cancellation Policy

Your appointments are very important and they require a full 24-Hour notice in order to release your financial obligation.

My belief is that no one should go without the help they need. For more information regarding fees please call or email me.

We accept payment by check or PayPal. Have that ready at the beginning of each session. Individuals and families with very busy schedules sometimes use a monthly payment schedule to streamline the process even further.

My practice accepts San Mateo MediCal.