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At the Pathways Institute we treat people suffering from the devastating effects of addictions and out-of-control behaviors; such as:

Compulsive shoplifting, stealing, sex addiction and love addiction,substance abuse, anger, compulsive shopping, compulsive spending, hoarding, trichotillomania and other BFRBs, eating disorders, paraphilias, and other impulse disorders.

We also treat partners and families of people in relationships with addicts, offenders, and people with behavioral problems, and have a great deal of experience working with survivors of trauma. We offer general psychotherapy on a sliding scale.

We are unique as a treatment program because we provide thorough assessment of each person we treat.  This provides us with key information about the origins and contributors of the behaviors, such as unmet needs, trauma, learning and attention differences, co-addictions, substance abuse, eating disorders, codependency, and/or mood disorders.

Our treatment methods are evidenced-based, not based simply on theories, a single method of treatment, or a single recovery program. Our team is cross-disciplinary and highly experienced in a multitude of interventions, and we keep abreast of the latest research, as well as conduct research of our own.

We tailor treatment to the person’s specific needs, ensuring the highest likelihood of success. Understanding the person and their unique presentation of symptoms and issues is the single best way to ensure that treatment will target and address the presenting cluster of problems. We offer a range of intensity of treatment, from weekly individual and/or group, to intensive outpatient (IOP) or partial hospitalization/day treatment, depending on the need.

At Pathways Institute, we offer practical tools and new pathways for people, and their partners and families, to gain control of their lives and become free to create a life of choice, and ultimately of deeper meaning.

We provide psychotherapy, treatment groups, training and consultation, community education, interface with the legal system, and licensing and sale of our products.


If you are seeking help
for yourself or a loved one, or are thinking of referring someone to us for treatment,
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If you are interested in finding out about other services
such as assessments, forensic work, consultation, or training,
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If you are interested in purchasing or licensing our materials
to provide treatment for people struggling with compulsive stealing or to work our program from outside of California,
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¿Habla usted Español? Todos nuestros servicios están disponibles en español.

All of our services are available in Spanish. We also offer treatment via phone or internet for California residents who live too far away to come in for sessions. We also offer intensive treatment for those who need a more immersive program or who live too far to come to us for ongoing treatment.

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The Shoplifters Recovery Treatment Program (SRTP) is part of the Pathways Institute. The Pathways Institute is proud to serve the greater Bay Area: our San Francisco office is centrally located for East Bay, South Bay, North Bay and all of San Francisco. Out-of-area consultation also available.

We cannot change anything until we accept it. | Carl Jung


Recent Articles by Pathways Staff

at Psychology Today, the San Francisco Examiner, CCOSO, Bay Area Sex Addiction Therapist’s Blog, and, as well as various newsletters and magazines, such as the San Francisco Police Department and Sante Center for Healing’s professional newsletters.