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Testimonials

Read what some of my clients have to say…

Confronted with an overwhelming amount of stress at work and feeling stuck, I found myself walking into Esther’s office. I cannot be more happy with the guidance, advice, and results Esther provided. She was exceptional at listening and gave me an abundance of tools to deal with things. I really appreciated how she took the time to understand things, worked to see what would fit me, but also pushed me and held me accountable. As we explored topics, some of the questions she asked really stumped me and got me to think, which was very helpful. Once I got a bit of a better handle on work related things, Esther was also able to provide coaching on life, goals, and helping me develop as a person. I feel like I have a much better understanding of what I want and am on a solid path in that direction.

I also appreciated her prompt responses and timeliness. She was always ready at the exact time, and when I’d email or ask to reschedule received a response immediately. This was one of the small things that made the experience that much better.

I went from a bit skeptical about the whole thing initially to truly looking forward to the time as it had such positive results. Even if it’s nothing critical, I’d encourage anyone to go see her.

Ryan L. (San Francisco, CA)

When I first met Esther, I was dealing with stress, anxiety and depression that was negatively impacting my personal and work life. I was extremely unhappy and unsure of how to make a change.

Since my first session with Esther, things have completely turned around. She’s provided me with the tools needed to deal with stress and anxiety in a natural way, which include books, breathing exercises and apps for anything under the moon.

I’ve only worked with Esther for a couple months, but in that short period of time, I’ve grown so much.

Because of Esther, I feel prepared to take on anything that life has in store for me, including my upcoming move to London(!!)

Esther, thank you for all your help! I only wish I could take you with me to London.

Whitney S. (London, UK)

I spent several months working with Esther on personal and professional development. She’s easy to talk with and her guidance has been valuable in helping me think through my goals, ambitions, & future.

James H. (San Francisco, CA)

I didn’t have any major issues or trauma, but I had parts of myself and my quality of life that I wanted to improve. I went to see Esther, and she has been an incredible therapist and life coach to me.

She’s obviously a great listener, but also extremely thoughtful as we work through the various challenges to overcome in my life or within myself. She’s empathetic but not too easy on me – she helps me get there and at the end, gives it to me straight so I can really see some tangible improvements. She also very action oriented – we’re often doing worksheets during our sessions or I have work after to do on my own. Then, she holds me accountable by following up on it the next time!

She’s very in-tune to what I need personally, whether it’s be supportive of a tough time, help me diagnose a problem, ask the right questions, challenging my thoughts, or helping me get to the right answer on my own.

Esther is also extremely friendly – I feel very comfortable telling her every single thing in my life. Esther has made a huge impact on my life over the past 1+ years: I’ve grown a huge amount and am very proud of the person I am today.

Lastly, Esther is extremely reliable and responsive. If we need to move appointments, do remote video, jump on the phone, email, she’s there for me. I couldn’t ask for a better therapist, and I highly recommend giving Esther’s services a try!

Bradley J. (San Francisco, CA)

I’ve had sessions with Esther for the past few months and the sessions have been wonderful. She creates a very welcoming environment and I feel very comfortable sharing my experiences with her. I loved that she was receptive to what I wanted from therapy and was able to provide what I asked for. Overall, the guidance she’s given me from these sessions has been really helpful in my day to day life.

Iris W. (San Francisco, CA)

If I can give an infinite number of stars to Esther, I would.

Mental health is important and we shouldn’t overlook it – it impacts our emotional, psychological, social, and I’d say also physical well-being. We need to make sure we take ourselves seriously and have logical and scientific ways to work through challenges.

Real talk – Esther is amazing. I found Esther through Lyra Health via our work benefits program because I was going through some personal things, stressed at work, thinking about applying to school, and all-in-all, felt that I was running around without a clear goal, so I kept on finding myself drained and feeling unpurposeful at the end of each day. I also knew that I’ve always had challenges with confidence. When I found out about Lyra, and was becoming increasingly aware that we need to take our mental health seriously, I searched for a therapist coach and voila – found Esther!

Esther helped me learn more about myself via a series of exercises (these are the ones that really resonated with me – design your life, Ikigai, 5-min journal) and conversations that have really helped me understand myself, build a plan, and most importantly, gain confidence. She was there throughout my grad school application process, work transition, and personal transition. She saw how much I’ve changed and grew, the excitements, frustrations, and the ups & downs. At the end of our time together, she told me that she’s very proud of me and that I’ve accomplished a lot and changed a lot 🙂

Esther is a superb active listener and challenges my thoughts. She asks me questions that enable me to reflect and guides me through my thought process so I can arrive at conclusions on my own. She also keeps me accountable on things and checks in with me to make sure I’m building certain habits that’ll improve my emotional and psychological well being – I really appreciate that. She pushes me to go beyond my limits and think about what really matters (or not matter).

I am beyond grateful to have met Esther this year and gotten to know her, but honestly I think she’s gotten to know me so well (in some aspects more than I know myself) – she’s helped me get to know myself better.

I highly recommend Esther to anyone who feels a bit overwhelmed (don’t we all?), a bit confused about what our purpose is, or just want a push here and there to know ourselves better so we can be more intentional about the decisions we’re making in life.

Thank you Esther 🙂 I have so much more to say but I’ll leave it here for now…

Dana Z. (Berkeley, CA)

Esther is incredibly thoughtful, knowledgeable and compassionate. Our sessions were productive, and she provided solutions that have positively affected my life.

Sarah H. (San Francisco, CA)

Hi Esther, I just want to take a couple of minutes to thank you. You helped me through some of the lowest times of my life, over the last year or so. But more than that, you challenged me to identify and improve problem areas and things that could be better about myself. I wouldn’t be the person I am today, on the verge of getting married, without you. I am grateful for your presence in my life, and do not take it for granted.

Raj A. (San Francisco, CA)

As a coach, Esther is like a fierce advocate who will confront you with the truth when you need it most. She will also offer you support and encouragement to conquer your self-imposed limitations and to grow at your own pace.

I attended her sessions for a few months with goals of self-improvement and building relationships. Esther is such a great active listener and is so empathetic that at the beginning the experience felt uncanny. But, the more I learned about her approach I found out that this was a part of her authentic nature and that I could trust her and leave my skepticism at the door. Also, her flexibility and reliability via messaging or email is second to none! It really was a total game changer for me when she was willing to go the extra step to connect with me even in difficult situations to reassure or support me, or to just make me feel at ease.

Esther is always open to feedback and tries to implement a style that works best for the individual. In my case, she recommended apps, books, worksheets, and articles as supplements in the areas I was looking to improve in. Slowly but surely, she pushed me out of my comfort zone so that I could build upon my smaller wins and tackle bigger challenges with time. Esther sped up my recovery period when things didn’t work out and offered emotional and practical guidance and can tell it to me straight, which I greatly appreciate.

Thanks Esther, you have been an indelible part of my growth and I’m so grateful for all of your support and for always having my back!

Nicholas A. (San Francisco, CA)

Making the choice to go to therapy is not always as easy as it sounds. That being said, I am thankful I made the choice to attend and found Esther through Lyra Health. From my very first session with Esther, I felt incredibly comfortable and therapy with her was my safe space.

I made a lot of progress in a short amount of time and I really attribute this to Esther. She is attentive, patient, kind and encouraging. She constantly provided positive reinforcement on even the smallest of wins and made me realize/remind myself my own worth. She is soft-spoken and comforting but very targeted in her approach. I appreciate this as our sessions were organized and I left every session feeling better than I did before. In our sessions we were able to cover multiple topics or areas I wanted to improve on in my life. She helped me get organized – to truly understand what my values are and how to prioritize them. I also appreciate that she levels with me whether or not she has been through similar instances or not. This made me feel at ease when talking through my emotions no matter what they were.

I truly do not know if I would have been able to move forward as quickly or even at all had I not made the choice to try out therapy. Many thanks to Esther for all that she has done! Her contribution and impact in my life is immeasurable and I am so very thankful.

Pei J. (San Francisco, CA)