NOTICE: Sessions are offered through secure video and audio telehealth calls, in accordance with COVID-19 public health measures.

NSAC Louisville, also known as the Kentucky Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (KY-CARDS) is located in Louisville, KY directly behind the Paddock Shoppes (formerly known as “The Summit”).

NSAC San Francisco, also known as Pacific CBT, is located in the Pacific Heights region of San Francisco in the Healing Arts Building at 1801 Bush Street. NSAC-SF offers a full range of therapeutic services to treat social anxiety disorder. Treatment begins with a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation by one of our experienced therapists. Services offered include individual CBT therapy, cognitive-behavioral group therapy, alumni aftercare groups, and social skills coaching.


Contact National Social Anxiety Center
San Francisco

Pacific Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
[email protected]
(415) 689-4131
1801 Bush Street, Suite 205
San Francisco, CA 94109


Staff at the National Social Anxiety Center
San Francisco

 John R. Montopoli, LMFT, LPCC.  John is a licensed marriage and family therapist and a licensed professional clinical counselor

John R. Montopoli, LMFT, LPCC


John treats adults with a variety of concerns, including—

  • Anxiety Disorders including social anxiety, shy bladder, panic attacks, phobias, generalized anxiety, and worry
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Body Dysmorphic Disorder
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Relationship challenges including conflict and/or dissatisfaction and breakups/divorce
  • Work stress
  • Insomnia
  • Depression

John is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor who has worked in the mental health field for more than 20 years helping college students and adults, of all ages. He uses a combination of empathy and evidence-based therapies to help his clients who live with anxiety disorders, depression, work stress, obsessive compulsive disorder, specific phobias, life transition issues, and sexual identity issues.


20+ Years


  • Young Adults
  • College Students
  • Adults (18+)

John started working with clients in 1996, and he received his license in 2003. One year later, he opened his own practice. He has dedicated his career to working in the field of mental health and helping his clients overcome barriers to achieving their goals and, ultimately, helping them to improve their quality of life. John enjoys working with those who live with anxiety disorders, such as social anxiety, panic disorders, specific phobias, and generalized anxiety. Other areas of special interest to him are depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), life transition issues, and work stress.

As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, John sees working with his clients as a privilege where he is welcomed into their inner experiences. He appreciates the opportunity to help people who struggle with solving issues on their own and finds it rewarding to see people make positive changes and learn new life skills. He enjoys sharing the journey with his clients who are on paths to improving their lives.

John uses a combination of empathy and evidence-based treatments, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and elements of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Mindfulness. He practices compassion to ensure that his clients feel respected and understood while working to be goal-oriented, skills-based, and structured.
Outside of his work with clients, John loves to travel, go to indie films, hike on the beach, and try new restaurants.

Education and Professional Affiliations:

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology – University of San Francisco

Bachelor of Science in Psychology – Fordham University, New York

Post-Graduate Training – Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Post-Graduate Advanced Training (OCD Treatment) – International OCD Foundation Behavior Therapy Training Institute

Certified Diplomate – Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies


David A. Ruth, NCC, LPCC


  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Career and Work Issues
  • Relationship Issues
  • Life Transitions

David is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and National Certified Counselor who has worked in the field for more than five years. He works with adolescents, young adults, and adults who live with anxiety, depression, and issues related to relationships, life transitions, work, and career. David particularly enjoys working with young adults who are experiencing a range of life changes.


5+ Years


  • Adolescents (14+)
  • Young Adults
  • Adults

For more than five years, David has dedicated his career to helping clients with anxiety, depression, life transitions, relationship issues, and career and work issues. He uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and mindfulness. David particularly enjoys his work with young adults dealing with a range of stressors, such as relationships, professional identity, and work-life balance, all while exploring their own identities and questioning some of the beliefs they developed earlier in life. He finds that young adults are particularly open to therapy and making changes.

As a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and National Certified Counselor, David sees his work as a therapist as an extraordinary opportunity to see the uniqueness of each individual, their experiences, and how they relate to their world. Because therapy draws from a wide range of evidence-based solutions, David has the opportunity every day to collaborate with his clients to find the solutions that have the potential to make real differences in their lives.

David uses an approach based upon openness and acceptance with each client to explore their unique story and what it might mean to their lives today. He maintains a commitment with his clients to use every session as an opportunity to look for solutions and help the client move ahead.

David came to the field of therapy having had a professional career, a family, and a lifetime of cross-cultural experiences that he finds helpful in connecting with people from various backgrounds and experiences.

Education and Professional Affiliations:

Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling – Fairfield University (2016)

Master of International Affairs – Columbia University (1979)

Bachelor of Arts in International Relations – University of Wisconsin (1977)

Northern California Cognitive Behavior Therapy Network (NCCBT)

Dorinda A. Woodley, LMFT


  • Social Anxiety
  • Health Anxiety
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Body Image

Dorinda is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has worked in the mental health field for more than seven years helping adults, teenagers, and children. She uses a combination of mindfulness and compassion exercises during her sessions to help her clients with social anxiety, body image, depression, health anxiety, and general anxiety.


7+ Years


  • Adults
  • Teens
  • Children

Dorinda began her first internship in 2013. Five years later, she received her license and started training in cognitive behavioral therapy which she finds effective for social anxiety, health anxiety, and other mental health issues. Dorinda uses results-oriented therapy and passes along effective tools to her clients while building a rapport and connection. She believes in therapy as an important part of maintaining mental health.

As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Dorinda uses cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness with a focus on psycho-education to empower her clients and help them understand what is happening. She integrates mindfulness and compassion exercises in her sessions.

In her personal time, Dorinda enjoys writing, reading, and traveling.

Education and Professional Affiliations:

Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley (1990-1993)

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, The Wright Institute (2012-2014)

Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society (NCGPS)

California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)

Northern California Cognitive Behavior Therapy Network (NCCBT)

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)

The National Social Anxiety Center (NSAC) exists solely to promote
evidence-based treatment for social anxiety, and education about social anxiety.
NSAC is not a group psychotherapy practice, and does not provide any psychotherapy services.
NSAC assumes no liability for it’s regional clinics’ work or practices.