Palo Alto Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program

The Palo Alto Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program (PAPPTP) is designed to enrich a clinician’s grasp of psychoanalytic concepts and to develop skills as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist. Through a variety of programs PAPPTP aspires to promote career and personal growth, enliven the experience of seasoned clinicians, and foster the development of early career therapists. Each entering student is assigned a faculty member who acts as their personal advisor, mentoring them throughout their participation in PAPPTP. All instructors, case conference leaders, supervisors, and advisors are experienced psychoanalytic clinicians and SFCP Faculty members. In addition, PAPPTP provides an invaluable opportunity to become part of the SFCP Community and to study with other psychoanalytically oriented clinicians in the Bay Area. PAPPTP offers three program options:

  • Two Year Program
  • Fellowship Year
  • Post-Seminar Case Conference

The PAPPTP Two-Year Program builds knowledge and skills in psychoanalytic psychotherapy for licensed clinicians at any stage of development. Studying psychoanalytic concepts with a cohort of colleagues over two years provides an opportunity to learn the contemporary and clinically relevant implications of psychoanalytic ideas. This is accomplished through an extensive, integrated curriculum (with courses in Theory, Human Development, and Clinical Technique) and individual supervision of several of the student’s cases. Courses integrate a variety of psychoanalytic ideas about (1) psychological development beginning in infancy, (2) current mental functioning in health and illness, and (3) models of therapeutic action — all taught in as experiential a format as possible. Classes meet on Friday mornings from 8:30 - 401 Quarry Road, Palo Alto (Stanford Psychiatry). Students in the PAPPTP Two-Year Program should be prepared to commit six hours a week to scheduled activities plus time for assigned reading.

The next class begins September 2019. Applications will be accepted for the class of 2019-2021 from January 15 to June 30, 2019, and will be considered in the order in which they are received. Class size is limited to a maximum of 10. There is a $50 application fee (refundable if applicant not accepted). Tuition is $2350 for Year I (2019-20) and $2420 for Year II (2020-21). Applicants must be licensed and will be expected to have the capacity to provide cases for supervision from their own practice settings. Thus, applicants must be seeing patients by the time they start the program.

Application requires the 2019-21 PAPPTP Two-Year Program Application Form, letters of reference, an interview, and the $50 application fee. Click here to download this form.

Please send your $50 application fee (payable to SFCP) to Nicole Lee, Education Program Coordinator, SFCP, 444 Natoma Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.

Not ready for a two year commitment?  Consider our Fellowship Year.

The PAPPTP Fellowship Year brings psychoanalytic ideas and methods to life. In three segments of seven weeks each, senior faculty present their work with adults and children, showing how different clinicians uniquely foster experiences that lessen suffering and promote growth. It is designed for students and interns, therapists newly in practice, and experienced therapists who want a rich and stimulating exposure to psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Classes meet Fridays, 10:00am - 11:30am, at 401 Quarry Rd., Palo Alto. Registrations will be accepted beginning January 15, 2019 for the 2019-20 program and will be evaluated in the order received. Class size is limited to a maximum of 12 students. The non-refundable registration fee is $50.00. The tuition fee is $550 for therapists who have completed a psychotherapy training program. Tuition is waived for students currently in psychotherapy training programs, which include:

Programs leading to MA, MSW, PhD, Psy.D, or MD degrees
Pre- and post-doc psychology internships
Master’s level internships
Psychiatry residency and fellowship

To register, click here to download 2018-19 PAPPTP Fellowship Year Registration Form.doc and follow the instructions for submission of the registration form. Please send your $50 registration fee (payable to SFCP) to Nicole Lee, Education Program Coordinator, SFCP, 444 Natoma Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.

The PAPPTP Post Seminar Case Conference: Graduates and post seminar students of the PAPPTP Two-Year Program are eligible to participate in a weekly case conference. Tuition fee is $ 1,130.00. Contact Nicole Lee, SFCP Education Coordinator, at 415-563-5815 for registration.

For Two-Year Program and Post-Seminar Case Conference, tuition covers the following:

  • Seminars and Case Conferences for the full academic year
  • Access to the Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing (PEP) and EZ-Proxy online databases of books and articles
  • Community Membership at SFCP: Community Membership is an entry into a diverse and vibrant community of clinicians, scholars, and educators united by their common interest in psychoanalytic practice and thought. Access to a broad range of educational and professional development activities is available to Community Members of SFCP, including free attendance at Scientific Meetings and reduced fees for other programs.
  • Access to the SFCP library’s extensive collection of psychoanalytic books and journals

Please note that supervision fees are additional to tuition and are arranged individually between supervisor and supervisee. Please also note that with few exceptions assigned readings are available from the online databases PEP Web or EZ-Proxy, access to which are included in tuition fees. Assigned readings which are not on PEP Web or EZ-Proxy will be available online for a small additional fee.  Please also note that CME/CE credits fee is separate from the tuition fee.


Tuition Refund Policy. Any courses / segments already attended would be charged as usual and any courses / segments that will not be attended will be handled as a pro-rated refund of the total tuition. Any course / segment in progress at the time of withdrawal will continue to be charged. There will be no refund of application fees. There will be a $ 300.00 non-refundable processing fee for all refunds.

PAPPTP Administration (Guidance Committee)

Elizabeth Biggart, PhD, Program Co-Chair
Neil Brast, MD, Program Co-Chair
Maureen Ruffell, MD, Program Co-Chair
Cheryl Goodrich,PhD, Curriculum Chair
Jana Kahn, PhD, Faculty Chair
Sharon Levin, LCSW, Admissions Chair
Ann Martini, LCSW, Student Development Chair
Catherine Phillips, LCSW, Special Events Coordinator
Celeste Berkhofer, Ph.D., Guidance Committee member at large
Jeffrey Yost, MFT, Case Consultation Chair
Michael Smith, PhD, Guidance Committee member at large and SFCP Co-President
Dena Sorbo, LCSW, Past Program Chair (ex-officio)
Richard Almond, MD, Past Program Chair (ex-officio)