Bay Area Open Minds

San Francisco Bay Area psychotherapists and psychotherapy students who affirm that sexual, relational and gender diversity are natural expressions of the human experience.

Josie Valderrama


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Valderrama Psychological
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Accepting new clients
Biographical Info
The seed of Bay Area Open Minds came out of a personal experience of being Othered in grad school. It was 2009 and my first week at my psychology program. As an assignment for an intercultural diversity class, we were encouraged to go to Folsom Street Fair to "experience a different culture." Spurred by this microaggression, I stumbled upon an underground network of other altsex-positive folks within the field. This journey eventually led me to Dr. Keely Kolmes. After hearing about my experience, Keely decided to create Bay Area Open Minds. An organization of likeminded therapists, a directory for clients, and a space to promote psychoeducation and civic engagement.

In addition to being a founding member of Open Minds, I have been a private practice psychologist for 8 years. With over a decade of experience as a therapist, I also have prior experience as a coach and trainer. My clinical expertise and personal identification with ethical non-monogamy, kink/BDSM, pansexuality and gender fluidity allows me to bridge the gap between these worlds and the venue of therapy. Inhabiting a shared reality can be a vital component to the work, permitting you as the client to feel validated and more deeply understood. I work extensively within the intersection of BIPOC (I am Filipinx-American), LGBTQ+ and Ethical Non-Monogamy.

I utilize a mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral approach (Acceptance & Commitment Therapy) combined with Somatic Experiencing, parts work (Internal Family Systems, ACA reparenting, NLP) and transpersonal interventions (Dr Stephen Gilligan's Generative Trancework; Shamanic Journey).
ANNOUNCEMENT: GoddessCentric- Femme (cis, trans, nonbinary) GSRD, BIPOC+ Meditation & Trancework support group

Online group. Ongoing enrollment from Fall 2023. "GoddessCentric" support group will delve into mindfulness meditation and experiential trancework. The group is centered around femme-identified individuals (cis, trans, non-binary) within BIPOC communities. Most especially welcoming to GSRD (gender, sexual, & relationally diverse) communities. Within this intersectional reality, we respectfully explore meditation and trancework through East/West, scientific, and Indigenous shamanic perspectives. Fostering personal growth, consciousness expansion, community and collective healing. A transpersonal approach supporting creativity, actualization, eco-grief and adaptation. 60-90 minutes every other week plus in-person retreats. See dedicated page on my website to find out more.
My self-help book published May 2022 - Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Journal: Prompts and Techniques to Practice Acceptance While Building the Life You Want.
Pronouns: She/Her, or They/Them
[cisgender-presenting genderfluid femme]

Valderrama Psychological, P.C.
Professional Designation (Licensed)
  • PsyD
CA License Number
Professional Website
Offers Medication Evaluation and Management
Location of Practice
  • San Francisco (in person)
  • Telehealth in CA
Gender Identity
  • Cisgender female
  • Genderfluid
  • Non-binary
She or They (In Filipino there are no gendered pronouns)
Member provides clinical supervision/consultation
Types of Insurance Accepted
Areas of Practice
  • Adult Performers
  • Alternative Sexuality & Lifestyle
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety/Panic
  • BDSM/Kink
  • Bi/Multicultural Experience
  • Codependency/ACA
  • Creativity
  • Depression
  • Ecological/Climate Grief Therapy
  • Fetishism
  • Grief & Loss
  • Integration of Expanded States of Consciousness
  • Intercultural Relationships
  • Polyamory & Alt Relationship Configurations
  • Phobias
  • Questioning/Exploring Orientation
  • Race/Ethnicity & Culture
  • Sex Work
  • Spirituality
  • Tantra/Sacred Sexuality
  • Trans & Gender Expansive Experience
  • Women's Concerns
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Culturally Responsive
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Existential-Humanistic
  • Exposure Therapy
  • Feminist
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Mindfulness Based
  • Positive Psychology
  • Relational/Interpersonal
  • Somatic Psychotherapy
  • Transpersonal Psychotherapy
Other modalities not listed above:
Shamanic Trancework
Race or Ethnicity
  • Filipino/Filipino American
  • Southeast Asian
  • White/European American
Languages Spoken
  • English
Office Address: Street
Valderrama Psychological, P.C.
Office Address: Street 2
2489 Mission Street, Suite 10
Office Address: City
San Francisco
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Gender Diversity/Transgender Care Knowledge Level
LGBTQIA Knowledge Level
Kink/BDSM Knowledge Level
Polyamory/Consensual Non-Monogamy Knowledge Level
Sex Work(er) Knowledge Level

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