San Francisco Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program

San Francisco Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program

September 2015 -June 2017


John Jemerin, M.D., Chair
The mission of this two-year program is to teach ways of thinking and working that will help each trainee to become a more fulfilled and effective psychoanalytic psychotherapist. This is accomplished through didactic courses, case conferences, mentorship, and supervision. All instructors, case conference leaders, and supervisors are experienced psychoanalytic clinicians and members of the SFCP faculty.

Applications for the September 2015 entering class will be accepted starting January 1, 2015. The program is offered Tuesday evenings at SFCP in San Francisco.

Foundations of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy is an option that allows trainees to participate in the first year coursework (didactic seminars and case conferences) of the PPTP, without undertaking the supervised psychotherapy component.  Students who enroll in Foundations may later decide to apply to the PPTP if they wish to engage in the second year of didactic courses and begin seeing psychoanalytic psychotherapy patients under the guidance of PPTP supervisors.


Trainees in PPTP and Foundations of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy attend courses on Tuesday evenings from 6:15 to 9:30 p.m. in San Francisco.  Courses are held 36 weeks per year.  Each evening is comprised of a 90-minute didactic seminar, a 15-minute break, and a 90-minute case conference.

Trainees enrolled in the Foundations of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy program take first-year coursework, only.  PPTP trainees take both first-year and second-year coursework.

The PPTP's innovative, comprehensive and challenging didactic curriculum involves seven seminars: three in the first year, and four in the second year. These courses are carefully organized around the aim of deepening each trainee's understanding and practice of psychoanalytic psychotherapy. There also are four case conferences per program year, each facilitated by a seasoned psychoanalytic clinician. Case conferences provide a forum for in-depth consideration of trainees' clinical work and for the application and further extension of ideas explored in the didactic seminars.




What changes in psychoanalytic psychotherapy? 
(12 weeks)
Introduces a range of models of mental disturbance and change in psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

Beginning treatment (9 weeks)
Presents the fundamentals of conducting an initial evaluation, making a treatment decision, and arranging a treatment frame.

Introduction to psychoanalytic technique
 (15 weeks)
Introduces principles of psychoanalytic psychotherapy technique through close reading of major psychoanalytic writers, including Freud, Klein, Heimann, Racker, Bion, and Winnicott.

Four case conferences (9 weeks each)




Conceptualizing the patient’s inner world (9 weeks)
Offers a deeper investigation of clinically-relevant psychoanalytic models of the mind, building upon and extending models introduced during the first year.

Conceptualizing the psychoanalytic psychotherapy situation (9 weeks)
Presents principles of understanding and working with transference, countertransference, and other psychological processes at play when patient and therapist engage in psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

Clinical challenges in psychoanalytic psychotherapy (9 weeks)
Presents principles of understanding and working with obstacles to change in psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

Creative technique in psychoanalytic psychotherapy (9 weeks)
Explores innovative approaches to engaging with patients in psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

Four case conferences (9 weeks each).


Weekly individual supervision with experienced faculty is fundamental to the PPTP training experience.  Each trainee completes at least eighteen months of supervision and, over time, presents at least two patients.  At least one year of supervision is devoted to the same patient.  All supervision focuses on work with patients who are attending psychotherapy at least once per week, and at least six months of supervision are focused on a patient attending more often than once per week.

Supervisors are chosen from the PPTP faculty, which includes clinicians throughout the Bay Area and the Sacramento and Davis areas.  Supervision occurs in supervisors’ private offices.   Supervision fees are separate from tuition and are determined on a case-by-case basis in response to each trainee’s ability to pay.

The PPTP is dedicated to providing individual mentorship and interactive feedback to each trainee.  The goal of mentorship and feedback is to support each trainee in pursuing his or her individual psychoanalytic interests and capacities; in developing as a professional; and in finding a professional home at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis.

Personal psychoanalytic psychotherapy or psychoanalysis is fundamental to a psychoanalytic clinician’s development and learning.  While the PPTP does not require trainees to engage in treatment during training, it is strongly encouraged, and faculty is available to make referrals for trainees seeking personal treatment.

When there are more applicants who are accepted to PPTP or Foundations than there are spaces in the class, a group of clinicians is deferred. For these trainees we provide a year-long case conference in which experienced psychoanalytic instructors and SFCP faculty members teach the basic principles of psychodynamic practice through detailed, collaborative discussion of process material presented by the trainees and instructors. In addition to hands on learning about psychoanalytic approaches to treatment, the seminar provides an introduction to the SFCP community and psycho-therapy training, and an opportunity to get to know some of our faculty and other psychotherapy trainees. The seminar meets bi-weekly through the academic year and is provided at no cost.

For trainees who have completed the two year seminar sequence of the PPTP, we offer an optional third year, weekly seminar called Integrations. Taught by some of our most experienced faculty, Integrations is a case conference and focused reading seminar. As trainees present their clinical work, articles are selected from the psychoanalytic literature that illustrate or illuminate key clinical problems raised by the material. The papers are read closely and considered in relation to the case under discussion.

To enroll in either Foundations of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy or the PPTP, a clinician must have had experience practicing psychotherapy during graduate training.  In addition, applicants to the PPTP must expect to be practicing psychoanalytic psychotherapy with adults while enrolled.  Each applicant must either (a) be licensed to practice psychology, marriage and family therapy, social work, nursing or medicine and carry professional liability insurance, or (b) working under a supervisor’s license and covered by that supervisor’s professional liability policy.  Please note: While we welcome applications for Foundations, in years where the number of applications exceeds spaces available for enrollment in PPTP/Foundations, priority will be given to students who have applied to PPTP.

Applications for Fall 2015 will be accepted beginning January 1.  Applications will not be considered to have been submitted until the primary application and all supporting documents have been received.  All applicants who submit completed applications by April 1 will be guaranteed consideration for matriculation in 2015.   Those who apply after April 1 will be considered only after earlier applicants have been offered admission.  In recent years, there have been more applicants than positions.  Qualified applicants who are not offered 2014 admission will be offered a position on the 2015 waiting list, as well as guaranteed matriculation in 2016 should 2015 matriculation prove impossible.   In addition, the admissions committee will consider applications from those who wish to apply early to matriculate in 2016.

To apply to the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program, please download one of the following two files:

Application (.pdf - print, fill out by hand, and send to SF-CP by U.S. Mail)
Application (.doc - fill out in Microsoft Word and email to SF-CP)

To apply to Foundations of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, please download one of the following two files:

Application (.pdf - print, fill out by hand, and send to SF-CP by U.S. Mail)
Application (.doc - fill out in Microsoft Word and email to SF-CP)

All documents sent by email should be sent to  All documents sent by U.S. Mail should be addressed to the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, ATTN: PPTP, 444 Natoma Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.


To apply to the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program, please download one of the following two files:

Application (.pdf - print, fill out by hand, and send to SF-CP by U.S. Mail)
Application (.doc - fill out in Microsoft Word and email to SF-CP)

To apply to Foundations of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, please download one of the following two files:

Application (.pdf - print, fill out by hand, and send to SF-CP by U.S. Mail)
Application (.doc - fill out in Microsoft Word and email to SF-CP)

For PPTP and Foundations and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
The tuition is $ 2,110.00. Yearly tuition covers the following:


Access to the Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing (PEP) online database of books and articles

Course readers

Community membership at SFCP

Community membership is an entry into a large, diverse, and vibrant community of clinicians, scholars, educators, and researchers united by their common interest in psychoanalytic practice and thought. Access to a broad range of educational and professional development activities is available to members of SFCP.

As community members, trainees have access to the SFCP library’s extensive collection of psychoanalytic books and journals.

Supervision fees are separate from tuition and are based on the trainee’s ability to pay

For Integrations
The tuition is $ 1,100.00.

A certificate of completion of a two-year program in psychoanalytic psychotherapy will be awarded upon graduation.



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Continue to check this webpage for updated information about the PPTP and Foundations of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.   Those with questions about applying may contact Nancy Beckman, Ph.D. at (415) 346-9446.  Those with other questions may contact Beth Steinberg, Ph.D. at (415) 441-5302 or Adam Goldyne, M.D. at (415) 826-9639.

2014-2015 PPTP/Foundations Incoming Students Bios

KNUTE AYHENS-JOHNSON, PhD, is a San Francisco based clinical psychologist licensed in December of 2013. He first met SFCP during a yearlong Peninsula Psychoanalytic Student Seminar which he attended in 2010-11 in order to satisfy an interest in psychoanalytic thinking lacking at his graduate program at Palo Alto University. This was important as it helped Knute learn to work relationally with clients, using counter transference and psychoanalytic theory to wonder together with patients about their ways of relating within their world. Continuing this interest Knute trained at La Familia in Hayward and completed a psychodynamically oriented internship at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx. Returning to San Francisco for a postdoctoral residency at Kaiser with children/families Knute became acquainted with SFCP through talks and events. Knute is currently starting a local private practice focused on relationship distress and working as a consultant with local clinics.

On a personal note, Knute grew up in San Francisco within an artistic and therapy positive family in San Francisco.


MATTHEW BROCKWELL, MD, is curious about everything, especially the nature of curiosity, which is why he loves to be in a profession that is all about asking questions. During his training as a psychiatry resident at CPMC, a psychiatry residency that happens to share an outpatient clinic with a psychology training program, he discovered that dynamic talk therapy has the power to bring people back to their most fully valued selves. He currently works as an outpatient psychiatrist in Berkeley. In his spare time he explores dance, social dance, and music, all of which provide rich fields of metaphor for talk therapy.

ERIC CHAN, MD, is currently in his fourth year of residency training in the UCSF Department of Psychiatry. He is originally from Omaha, Nebraska, but completed undergraduate at the University of Chicago and attended medical school at Northwestern University before coming to San Francisco. He became interested in psychoanalytic training after exposure to the concepts during residency, and hopes to use the principles learned in PPTP in the treatment of a variety of patients, including the LGBT and forensic populations.


RENEE DEAN, MFTI, recently opened a private practice in San Francisco. Prior to that, she has close to ten years experience working in various clinics and agencies in San Francisco, including RAMS and Westside Community Services. She became interested in psychoanalytic thought while in practicum at the McCauley Institute, finding the rich psychoanalytic training she experienced there both fascinating and highly applicable to the work she was engaged in. She is looking forward to PTTP and a deepening of thought, practice and community.

TESSA FISHER, LCSW, graduated from Simmons College in Boston in 2007 before moving to the Bay Area where she worked at the Palo Alto VA. Her interest in psychoanalytic psychotherapy dates back to her undergraduate years at the University of Cape Town, where, unfortunately, behaviorism was in the ascendant. This lead to a career as an advertising copywriter instead. She is now returning to her lifelong interest in how people find ways — however functional or dysfunctional — to be in the world, with the hope that by helping people connect with themselves, they will be able to connect better with others, and lead more satisfying lives.

NICHOLAS FREUDENBERG, MD, is currently in his fourth year of psychiatry residency training with the UC Davis Department of Psychiatry. He made the decision to pursue psychiatry during medical school at University of Southern California. While there, he became fascinated with the influence that psychological processes can effect on disease and quality of life in general. Third year of residency training has brought longitudinal experience with therapy, and a deeper appreciation for the value of a psychodynamic approach. In his off time, he enjoys spending time outdoors, cycling and music.

CHARLES FRITZ, PsyD, is a recently licensed psychologist in private practice in Hayes Valley who treats adults, teens, and children. He also works at the City and County of San Francisco and conducts disability evaluations. He earned his degree at CSPP-San Francisco and completed an internship at Access Institute. He is excited to join the PPTP Program to have a stronger connection with the analytic community and continue to grow analytically and personally. Most importantly he is excited to make more contact with patients.

MARK GILLOGLY, LCSW, Mark has been a hospital based clinical social worker since 1987. Mark works with Emergency Department medical teams and Psychiatry at UCSF Medical Center. Mark is interested in psychoanalytic thought processes and the practical intersect between individuation, and self-expression. A social work lecturer at CSU Fullerton for 8 years, and a geriatric long-term care consultant in Los Angeles, Mark is a lifelong Californian. In 2003 Mark also lived abroad in the Republic of Moldova, where he learned to speak Russian at age 50. "Over the hill doesn't mean broken" Mark says.

SOUDABEH GIVRAD, MD, is a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist in practice in the San Francisco Bay Area as a member of the BayWell Psychiatry group. She finished her psychiatry residency at Yale University and her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Columbia and Cornell Universities. She is also a graduate of the Parent Infant Psychotherapy program at the Columbia Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. She is very interested in psychodynamic psychotherapy and has a particular interest in the perinatal and early childhood periods as well as dyadic dynamics.

MICHAEL HIPOLITO, MD, is currently a 4th year psychiatry resident at UCSF. He received a BS in Biological Sciences and a B.A. in Psychology at Stanford University, then pursued neuroimaging research on acute psychosis at Yale University for 2 years before attending New York Medical College. During residency, he discovered his passion for therapy and is a candidate in UCSF’s newly implemented Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Area of Distinction Track. Additionally, he has had the privilege of co-facilitating a Psychodynamic Group for HIV+ Gay Male Veterans, a Multi-Family DBT Group, and a Substance Abuse Support Group. Outside of work, he enjoys distance running and traveling, and is approximately 1/3 finished in his quest to run a marathon in all 50 states.

ALISON HOWARD, MFTI, is a psychotherapist with a private practice in San Francisco. Ali's practice focuses on in depth therapy to people across all ages, races, socio-economical backgrounds, and genders. While Ali is driven by psychoanalytic thinking, she also incorporates other modalities into her work with patients. After three years of intensive training, Ali is certified as a Somatic Experiencing (SE™) Practitioner and, as such, has a deep understanding of early childhood and adult trauma. Ali has also worked as a school therapist with adolescents in middle school through the San Francisco Unified School District.MONIQUE JAMES, MD, is currently in her fourth year of the Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program at UCSF. She found that preparing for and participating in her psychotherapy supervisions in 2nd and 3rd year opened up a great intellectual curiosity. This along with taking a seminar at SFCP on promoting depth and analytic process in psychotherapy cemented her interests in studying the psychoanalytic approach more in depth. Monique is originally from Miami, Florida, then went to Harvard for an undergraduate degree in Biological Anthropology. After a few years attending a post-baccalaureate program and doing psychiatric research in New York, she made her way to Case Western Reserve University for medical school. She continued to make her way west, coming to San Francisco for her psychiatric residency training. She is looking forward to developing her psychoanalytic approach and study through the PPTP program.

YUNNIE LEE, MD, is an Adult, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatrist who works for a private group practice with offices both in San Francisco and San Mateo. She attended undergraduate school at Stanford University and completed medical school at UC Davis. She subsequently did her residency and child fellowship training at UCSF. She is deeply interested in a psychoanalytic approach to her patients and is excited to expand upon her learning and become a more effective clinician.

MARTY MULKEY, LMFT, spent many years as a political activist, community organizer, and theatre artist before coming to the field of psychotherapy. He earned his MA in Counseling Psychology with a Concentration in Drama Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies. From his first class in Object Relations, Marty has had a strong pull towards the richness and depth of psychoanalytic theory and has sought out work and learning environments where he could deepen his understanding of psychoanalytic thought. He worked for several years at Boyer House (a psychoanalytically-oriented therapeutic community) where he was thrilled to be able to collaborate on a multidisciplinary psychoanalytic team. For the past 6 years he has worked at the UCSF Partial Hospitalization Program and has been building a private practice on the side. As he begins the PPTP Program, Marty is also excited to be launching his full time Private Practice.

KELLY NGUYEN, MFT, owns a private practice in San Francisco. Her work focuses on grief and loss, healthy relationships, and cultural integration--including bicultural identity. She also has a special interest in the ways that trauma can inhabit the body as well as the processes that enable psychic pain to be brought from the body to the mind. Kelly earned her Masters in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies

RICHARD NIZZARDINI, LCSW, graduated from Smith College School for Social Work in 1998 and began a Soros Justice Fellowship immediately afterwards at the San Francisco Rape Treatment Center where he started the Men’s Sexual Trauma Program: the first clinical, research, training, and advocacy program in the nation for male survivors of sexual abuse and trauma based out of a county rape crisis center. He is currently Clinical Counselor-Faculty in a tenure track position at San Francisco State University’s Counseling & Psychological Services Center. Rick teaches human sexuality at UC Berkeley, CSU-East Bay, and with the National Association of Social Workers. He also has a private practice in the Castro District of San Francisco where he sees individuals and couples. Rick has grounded his work in the basics of psychodynamic thinking learned at Smith and is excited to delve deeper into the ways in which such thinking can inform his work.

NICOLE PARDO, MD, is a 4th year psychiatry resident at UC Davis. Although she enjoys working in a variety of settings, she is particularly interested in the depth of treatment possible with psychoanalysis and psychodynamic psychotherapy. She began training in psychodynamic psychotherapy as a 3rd year resident; input from experienced clinicians, teachers, and mentors has been invaluable in her sessions with therapy patients. She hopes to continue to grow in her understanding of psychotherapy through PPTP and to pursue a career as a therapist following graduation.

CHARLES PRIMICH, PMHNP, is involved with both Mental Health and Research nursing at the San Francisco VA. In addition to his primary role with a multi-site study evaluating the efficacy of rTMS for depression he is engaged in his passion, individual psychotherapy. A 2011 alumnus of Yale’s graduate entry program, he comes to psychiatric nursing from the world of pipe organs--having served 20 years as design director for a nationally recognized builder. While on the surface an unlikely career change, the fundamental skill, listening within an individual context, has remained a constant, a joy and an always fascinating challenge.

PERNILLA SCHWEITZER, MD, is currently a fourth year resident in psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco. She grew up in the Bay Area, went to Harvard University for college and Columbia University for medical school. She is looking forward to starting PPTP where she hopes to pursue her interest in psychotherapy beyond residency training.

K. WHITNEY SMITH, MD, is a psychiatrist in private practice in San Francisco. She graduated from Brown University with a degree in history and attended UC Davis School of Medicine prior to completing residency at San Mateo County. She feels very fortunate that her residency encouraged her to develop an interest in therapy. She is looking forward to expanding her theoretical foundation and building a community with fellow providers.

JENNIFER TOTA, MD, is currently finishing her fourth year of adult psychiatry training at UC San Francisco. Originally from Florida, she completed her undergraduate training at University of Florida and attended medical school at Florida State University. She hopes to go on to complete a child and forensics fellowship after residency training. Improving patient's quality of life originally drew her into psychiatry and continued to draw her into additional psychotherapy training. She has found her therapy cases in residency to be some of the most rewarding and educational interactions during her training. She is interested in learning more about psychoanalytic concepts to further her understanding of the human experience and develop deeper relationships with her patients. She’s excited to be joining PPTP and the community at SFCP.MARY BETH TRAIL, MFT, has a private practice in the Castro and sees workman's comp clients in Oakland. Her roots are in psychoanalytic theory, but she integrates additional modalities, such as EMDR, Gestalt, mindfulness and brief therapy, into her work. She has recently begun to experience a profound shift with clients and is excited to use the PPTP to continue to deepen her work within the psychoanalytic context. She is also looking forward to expanding her professional community and creating new connections with colleagues.


2013-2014 PPTP/Foundations Incoming Students Bios

Steven Allison, M.D., found that exposure to psychotherapy and mindfulness practice helped shifted his interest to mind-brain science after graduating from Stanford with a degree in earth systems, spending two research seasons in Antarctica, and a year as a high school biology teacher. He joined the UCSF Memory and Aging Center where he used neuroimaging to map brain-behavior relationships in dementia patients. From there, he went to medical school and psychiatry residency, both at UCSF. Now as a fourth year resident, he remains connected to neuroscience through Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) work with patients, but ultimately he has found working directly with his patients’ subjective experience through psychotherapy to be one of the most rewarding parts of his training.

Emilie Bhe, M.D., is currently in her fourth and final year of residency training in the UC Davis Department of Psychiatry.  She is originally from the suburbs of Chicago, went to undergraduate at Duke University, attended medical school at UC Davis, and stayed for residency.  She is interested in psychoanalytic training after observing the potential impact of dynamic therapy on patients during her 3rd year of residency. She finds the concepts and experiences to be intellectually fascinating, emotionally resonant, and rewarding.  She is looking forward to starting PPTP and expanding her perspective to incorporate new and different points of view.

Daniela Carollo, Ph.D., received her PhD in clinical psychology and is in the process of becoming licensed.  She has a private practice in Hayes Valley and works at an outpatient clinic for eating disorders.  Since beginning her training, she has been intrigued with psychoanalytic concepts and specifically how they are applied in community and cross-cultural settings.  She is excited to begin the PPTP program to help make deeper connections with her patients and to have a community with which she can share my work.

Jeffrey DeVido, MD, MTS, recently moved to the Bay Area after completing adult psychiatry residency and addiction psychiatry fellowship at Massachusetts General and McLean Hospitals at Harvard Medical School. Jeffrey begins his appointment as an assistant professor of psychiatry at UCSF this year, serving as a consultation-liaison psychiatrist.  This marks the natural evolution of an academic training experience that has taken Jeffrey through University of Virginia for undergraduate studies, India for cultural anthropologic work, Harvard Divinity School for further studies of ethics and theology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons for his medical degree and research in functional imaging at The National Institute of Mental Health.  A common thread through these training experiences has been an interest in how people make sense of themselves in the context of crisis, whether that's medical, spiritual, or psychological.  Jeffrey is looking forward to better incorporating psychodynamic principles into his work with patients with addictive disorders and those patients he works with in the general hospital at UCSF.

Mara Dubey, M.F.T.I., is a recent graduate of CIIS and is currently working as a therapist at The Integral Counseling Center at Pierce St. where she sees individuals and couples.  Her interest in psychoanalytic thinking began in graduate school and continues to be ‘brought to life’ within her clinical work.  She finds the most meaning and depth in working through a contemporary analytic lens.  She is also interested in horticulture therapy and the way in which psychoanalytic thinking can be embodied using ecological metaphors.

Elise Geltman, L.C.S.W., has a private practice in Oakland in addition to being a Clinician and Training Supervisor at Westcoast Children's Clinic. Elise studied psychodynamic clinical social work at Smith College and is interested in applying psychoanalytic thinking in varied settings and with diverse populations. Elise is drawn to psychoanalytic theory for its capacity for intrigue, creativity, and play.  

Helena Hart, M.D., M.P.H., is currently a fourth year psychiatry resident in the UC Davis Psychiatry residency program.  She received her undergraduate degree with a Bachelor's of Science in Biology and minor in Neuroscience. After graduating from college, she landed in the tech world, working for a computer-aided design software company. After 3 years working in that field, she served in the Peace Corps as a Rural Community Health volunteer in Benin, West Africa for 2 years.  She then came back to the US and got her Master's in Public Health.  She found her way back on the path to medicine and graduated from UCSF with her MD in 2010. Her interest in psychotherapy blossomed in her third year of residency when she began to appreciate the dynamics at play in individuals' lives that so greatly impact their mental health and overall well-being. She is excited to begin PPTP to help enhance her therapeutic skills and make her a more effective provider for her patients.

James Henry, M.D., came to San Francisco for psychiatry residency in 2010.  He received his BA in Psychology from Harvard University, and his medical degree from the University of California San Diego.  As a research track resident at UCSF, James is conducting a clinical trial to test smartphone-based mindfulness training for chronic pain.  He is drawn to psychoanalytic thinking to better understand the building blocks of therapeutic presence.

Sara Heron, M.D., was born and raised in San Diego. She did her undergraduate training at Yale, where she majored in psychology, followed by medical training at Case Western Reserve University. She completed her adult psychiatry residency at UCSF and her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Stanford. Prior to training, she thought she would spend her career on an inpatient unit or as a consult psychiatrist in a hospital setting, but was pleasantly surprised by how much she liked doing therapy. She has particular interests in working with adolescent females with depression, teenage mothers, and patients with prodromal schizophrenia, and she also enjoys doing couples therapy and group therapy.  She recently started her first job in "the real world," working for Bay Area Children's Association in San Jose and she loves it!

Ben Hidy, M.D., is a fourth year psychiatry resident at UC Davis Medical Center.  He is originally from Oklahoma, and obtained his MD degree from the University of Oklahoma.  He moved to California for residency and became interested in psychoanalytic thinking during his outpatient psychiatry year and didactics.  He is excited to join PPTP and see where this opportunity will lead.

Michael Haberecht, M.D., has been a psychiatrist at Stanford University for nearly two decades.  He is currently the Associate Director for Clinical Services at the university counseling center. Trained as a child and adolescent psychiatrist, he has developed an expertise in working with college-aged students within complex community systems.  He also has a part-time private practice in Menlo Park where he works with adults with a variety of presenting issues; his specialties include sexual identity, individuation from family and community, as well as phase of life problems. He approaches his work from a depth perspective with psychoanalytic underpinnings.

Alice Huang, M.D., MS., is in her last year of training in general adult psychiatry at UCSF. She came to be interested in psychotherapy during her psychiatry residency through a roundabout path that included prior studies in cognitive science, sociology, and public health. Her current interests include psychotherapy, collaborative mental health care in primary care, geriatrics, Asian-American populations, dystopian literature, and poetry.

Elona Michele Marrus, M.F.T., came to realize through her own exploration in psychotherapy that with some understanding of her behavior and thinking, she could make changes in her life, her emotional states and her behavior. It was after this (albeit rather late in life) that she sought an MFT with the hope of being able to work with other people in this area. The bit of theoretical material she has learned made her curious for more and the PPTP seems like it will be an excellent place. Her background in theatre has been very helpful in that both psychotherapy and theatre share a need and importance for 'active listening.'

Anna Molofsky, M.D., Ph.D., became interested in psychoanalytic thinking during her psychiatry residency at UCSF. She also had both of her children during that time, and watching them develop really brought these concepts to life for her (not all of them: "bad breast," for example, still does not speak to her!)  She has an MD as well as a PhD in cell and molecular biology. She currently divides her time between basic science research in brain development and a small group of psychotherapy patients. She is looking forward to deepening her psychotherapy practice through the PPTP. 

Senadhi Parakrama, Psy.D.,is a recent graduate of the Wright Institute where he obtained her doctorate in clinical psychology. He currently works full time doing inpatient and outpatient work for a drug and alcohol rehab center in Sonoma county. He also sees a few private practice patients in Oakland and San Rafael and has a long-term child case through the "A Home Within Program."

Kelsey Parker, M.F.T.I., currently splits her time as a therapist at the Integral Counseling Center at Pierce Street, where she works with a variety of patients in a private practice setting, and as the clinic manager for The Well Clinic, an integrative psychiatry and psychotherapy clinic.  Her interest in psychoanalytic thinking began with her undergraduate studies of visual communications and critical theory at New York University, but she didn't fully recognize it as such at the time!  The combination of certain coursework and community in graduate school as well as the development of her personal analysis has truly fostered her interest in this shared language.  She is thrilled to further her training at SFCP and is hoping to find more community among her peers in PPTP.

Erick Rizzotto, M.D.,worked as a graphic designer in New York for many years until returning to school at State University of New York in Syracuse to complete a Doctor of Medicine degree in 2010. His interest in the connection between the physiological and the psychological led him to pursue a residency in psychiatry at California Pacific Medical Center for its emphasis on psychotherapy training. He continues to be intrigued by psychoanalytic thinking, in particular as it informs a psychodynamic approach to  theraphy.

Jacob Sacks, M.D., grew up in Seattle, and then his medical training took him to Denver and then to New York where he spent four years working at Bellevue Hospital as a psychiatry resident at NYU.  There he developed an interest in psychoanalysis as well as public and emergency psychiatry. He completed the UCSF Public Psychiatry Fellowship in June 2013 and now works part time as an attending in the Psych ER at SFGH in addition to supervising 1st year residents. He is excited to start private practice and further develop his interest in psychoanalysis!  He is also interested in the fashion, food, concert, and yoga scenes in San Francisco.

Sweta Shah, M.D.’s interest in psychoanalytic psychotherapy started over a decade ago at her first job out of college as a domestic violence  counselor. There she was fortunate to work with many seasoned clinicians whose insight into unconscious processes fascinated her. She graduated from U.C. Davis School of Medicine in 2008 and completed her psychiatric residency at California Pacific Medical Center, where her interest in psychoanalytic theory and practice was further fostered, just last year. For the past few months she has been working with patients in private practice and she is very excited for the opportunity to further develop her clinical acumen and collaborate on clinical cases with colleagues at SFCP. 

Sara Sheriff, M.D., is a recent graduate of CPMC's Psychiatric Residency Training Program and a soon-to-be practicing psychiatrist. She chose CPMC in large part because of its focus on psychodynamic training but did not realize the extent to which psychoanalytic principles can be applied to and permeate nearly every therapeutic encounter. Now, as the mother of two small children, she also appreciates in a new way the profound influence of early childhood experience and the power of unconscious drives in dictating behavior.

Robyn L. Stukalin, M.S., L.C.S.W., has been working in community behavioral health and medical programs in San Francisco (Westside Crisis and Outpatient Clinic, UCSF, SFDPH) since completing her MA in Counseling and her MSW at SF State in 1998. Since 2001 she has been working at Tom Waddell Health Center with adults impacted by trauma and addiction and also extensively with trans and gender non-conforming people. She looks forward to deepening her understanding of psychoanalysis to bring to both her public sector and private practice work. 

Elizabeth Sullivan, M.F.T., has a degree from the California Institute of Integral Studies and also trained in 2012-2013 at the Palo Alto Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program Fellowship Year. She writes for several blogs on psychotherapy matters including "Psyched in San Francisco" and "," and she is part of the team putting together Senti, a new app for personal emotion-tracking. She has a private practice in San Francisco, specializing in the problems of mothers and parent couples

Andrew Sussman, M.S.W., attended Smith School for Social Work and trained at McAuley Institute, Oakes Children's Center and Kaiser Psychiatry. Currently he is in private practice under supervision of a psychologist and one of his interests is psychoanalytic approaches to substance use and addiction.  When not in the office he spends time rock climbing, cycling, sharing food and friendship.

Jade Zapata, M.D., Jade Zapata, MD is currently a fourth year psychiatry resident at California Pacific Medical Center.  She is originally from Arizona and was excited to move to San Francisco for residency training. Prior to that, she attended Arizona State University and then earned her medical degree from the University of Arizona.  Her psychotherapy training and work with patients at CPMC has sparked her interest and desire to learn more about analytically oriented.


2012-2013 PPTP/Foundations Incoming Students Bios

Tanya Aly, Psy.D
I received my doctorate from CSPP, LA in 1992. I was drawn to working in community mental health settings, and I worked at UCSF and Westside Services. Recently I became disillusioned with the state of affairs of community mental health and jumped over to the private sector. I am currently in the midst of building a full time private practice.


Kristina Antonson, M.D.
I am originally from Alexandria, Virginia.  I got my PhD in cell biology from The Rockefeller University and my MD from Cornell. During my time in graduate school I became interested in psychiatry and psychoanalysis.  I live with my husband Paul who is an illustrator, our dog, and two cats.


Alexis Armenakis, M.D.
I am a 4th year psychiatry resident at UCSF. I completed my MD at UCSF as well. I am currently the chief resident at the San Francisco VA Hospital, and I split my time between there and Langley Porter seeing patients and teaching trainees.  I’ve been curious about psychoanalytic thinking since my undergraduate degree in psychology, but my interests have really solidified during residency training while seeing therapy patients and working with analytically oriented supervisors. I’m also interested in geriatrics, women’s health, and end of life care.


Flávio Casoy, M.D.
I am a PGY4 psychiatry resident at UCSF.  My clinical interests center on public sector psychiatry, particularly caring for homeless populations, and psychoanalytic thought.  Currently, I serve as Chief Resident at San Francisco General Hospital.  My main interest for PPTP is to learn how to think more deeply about my patients, deepen my theoretical knowledge base and apply psychoanalytic thinking in community settings.  I have had a taste of this at the General’s Infant Parent Psychotherapy and Child Trauma Programs.  In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with my friends; attending plays, movies, concerts; and engaging in political activism.


David Capitolo, MFT
I have a private practice in downtown San Francisco and in San Rafael. I am one of eight men in the United States that is a Certified Teaching Member of the Sandplay Therapists of America. Even though I have a Jungian background (having seen a Jungian analyst for 13 years), I have now been seeing a Bionian Psychoanalyst multiple times a week for the past seven years. That ongoing work plus two SFCP yearlong courses have drawn me to expand my interest and understanding of the foundations of psychoanalysis.


Flora Chan, Psy.D.
I am a graduate of the Wright Institute in Berkeley.  I will be officially receiving my degree in Clinical Psychology in September 2012 upon completion of my pre-doctoral internship at Richmond Area Multi-Services, Inc. (RAMS).  I will be collecting my post-doctoral hours at Outpatient Services at RAMS as a staff therapist.


Jan Chess, PhD, MFT.
My current work setting is in private practice in Davis and Sacramento although I am a Bay Area transplant.  I have been enamored of relational analytic (including Kohut and Stolorow) for over two decades.  To date, my learning has been self-directed and supplemented within a collegial context.  Trauma treatment is an area of specialization where I've been influenced by the work of Bromberg and Donnel Stern.  I'm excited about the professional camaraderie  PPTP offers and look forward to meeting everyone.


Anne Fleming, M.D.
I am an Associate Professor at UCSF, and work part-time on the San Francisco General Consult-Liaison Psychiatry Service and part-time in my faculty psychotherapy practice.  I've been at UCSF for 12 years and have kept up an active outpatient practice and psychotherapy supervision throughout that time.  As I expand my practice, I am very excited to deepen my psychoanalytic training through PPTP.


Bartholomew Hatler, MFTI
I am a recent grad of California Institute of Integral Studies' Integral Counseling Psychology (MA) program and currently an MFTI. I have a 10+ year practice in bodywork/massage therapy and bring an interest in both analytic and depth psychotherapy and somatic influences in therapy. I live in the city and practice aikido and enjoy swimming outdoors... where it's warm enough to do so (typically Marin & East Bay).


Josie Howard, M.D.
I was raised in Austin, Texas and received a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology with a focus in Medical Anthropology from Princeton University.  While doing research for my senior thesis on Dr. Dean Ornish's program for treating heart disease patients, I fell in love with San Francisco, eventually finding my way back to the Bay area for medical school and residency at UCSF.  I currently have a private practice in General Adult Psychiatry with a subspecialty in Psychodermatology located in Union Square.  Additionally, I am on the medical staff for Hastings School of Law Student Health Services, serve on the Medical Advisory Board for Clinic by the Bay, and am on volunteer faculty at UCSF in the Departments of Psychiatry and Dermatology.


Kathy Marshall, M.D.
I am a 4th year general psychiatry resident at UC Davis. I have a husband, a baby boy named Axel, and a cat.


Jonathan Moss, MA, MFTI
I see individuals and couples in private practice internship in Noe Valley. I am interested in the intersection of psychoanalysis, depth psychology, attachment theory, and relational approaches to treatment.


Anna Neary, M.A., MFTI
I am currently completing my M.F.T. Internship at the Marina Counseling Center, where I work with a variety of patients in a private practice setting. I received my M.A. in Counseling Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies, after finishing my practicum at Pierce Street Integral Counseling Center, a place in which I first became exposed to, and interested in, psychoanalytic thought. Recently, I worked as a summer "camp therapist" for junior high and high school aged campers in Yosemite, one of my favorite places in the world! I also hold a Master's Degree in English Literature from a previous academic life, and continue to get inspired by works of fiction and poetry. I'm looking forward to going deeper into my psychoanalytically oriented training, and to getting more involved in the SFCP community.


Brooke Pomerantz, LCSW
I am in private practice with adolescents and adults in downtown San Francisco. Prior to working in private practice full-time, I was a clinical social worker at Langley Porter-UCSF in the Partial Hospitalization Program for five years.  I was inspired to learn more about psychoanalytic psychotherapy through my own treatment and through my clinical internship on the Adolescent Inpatient Unit at McAuley Institute-St. Mary's Medical Center.


Blake Rawdin, MD, MPH
I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, attended Yale College, where I studied Ethics, Politics, and Economics, and have since been in the Bay Area.  After 2 years in management consulting, I decided to pursue medicine.  As a fourth year psychiatry resident at UCSF now, I'm researching inflammation and oxidative stress in depression. My clinical and research interests are in yoga, mindfulness, Ayurvedic medicine, and psychodynamic and somatic psychotherapies.


Nicholas Rosenlicht, M.D.
I was raised mainly in Berkeley, but travelled extensively as a child. After College (UC Berkeley) I worked in environmental biology (and as an auto mechanic) for a few years. I attended Case Western Reserve University for my M.D., and UCLA for my psychiatric residency.  I have been on faculty at UCLA, UC Davis, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson, and (finally) UCSF for the past 15 years. I work out of the SFVA splitting time between general outpatient work and C-L. My research and publications have been mainly in the areas of basic sleep research, pharmacological treatment of mood disorders, and evidence based medicine/conflicts of interest. My current research is in memory function in sleep and insomnia, treatment resistant depression, and rTMS. In addition, I have maintained a small private practice for most of my career, a combination of therapy and psychopharmacology. I am looking forward to learning about the advances in psychoanalytic theory/practice of the last 20 years!


Sally Sharrock, MFT
I am an English transplant.  I grew up in the UK, and found a home in the Bay Area in 1994.  I hold a Bachelor of science in Psychology from University of London and a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University.  In 2003 I became a licensed MFT.  My post graduate training has been at a number of community mental health clinics in LA and San Jose, including Didi Hirsch, Child and Family Guidance Center, and Center for Survivors of Torture at AACI.  I recently began my private practice in the south bay working primarily with children, adolescents, and young adults. My interest is in British Object relations theory.  I have taken several courses and seminars at SFCP, and I am excited to now be part of SFCP’s PPTP. 


Margaret Shirley, M.D.
I am currently in training as a fourth year psychiatric resident at UCSF. I have always been very curious about psychoanalytic thinking, have enjoyed Adam Goldyne's theories of mind course through the program, and am eager to learn more through PPTP.


Judith Street, M.D.
I received my MD from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, then completed Psychiatry residency at UCSF in December 2011, where my interest in psychoanalytic thinking and attachment theory first blossomed.  I now work part-time at Richmond Area Multi-Services (RAMS)where I provide medication management for primarily Russian-speaking clients, and have started my own part-time private practice in order to focus on dynamic psychotherapy.  I am particularly interested in the treatment of anxiety disorders and of peripartum mental illness.


Emily Watters, M.D.
I am a psychiatrist in San Francisco and split my time between community psychiatry and private practice.  I trained at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago where I also served as chief resident. Much of my training there had a psychodynamic focus and I have found it invaluable to my work. I am also on faculty at UCSF where I supervise medical students in facilitating a women's group at a local homeless shelter.  In my private practice, I mainly work with undergraduate students.  I love working with this age group and the challenges it brings.  I am greatly looking forward to this program and hope to keep growing as a psychotherapist.


Grace Yan, Psy.D.
I was born and raised in China. I completed the Psy.D. program at California Institute of Integral Studies and the pre-doctoral internship at Richmond Area Multiservices Inc. (Rams). I was drawn to psychoanalytic theories very early on, and after two years at Rams, I became very interested in exploring its application cross-culturally. I am currently getting my post-doctoral hours at Rams. My plan is to continue work within a community mental health setting while building a small private practice. My other interest in life is Buddhism, which I have been studying and practicing for many years. The intersection of the two disciplines is always fascinating to me.


Amy Yang, M.D.
After completing a psychiatry residency at Brown University, I went on to do a one-year fellowship in public psychiatry at Columbia University.  Now as I return to full-time clinical practice in San Francisco, I'm looking to sharpen my understanding and skills in providing therapy.  My particular interests include systems-focused therapy (including family work); identifying and promoting strengths; and maintaining engagement even during difficult transferential interactions.


Michael Yap, Psy.D.
I am currently a fourth-year doctoral student at the Wright Institute, working on my dissertation and applying for internships.  I came to the Bay Area from Honolulu, Hawaii to see if psychotherapy might captivate to me.  It did, and I enrolled in a graduate school program which resulted in a change of career trajectory.  Previously, I had extensively studied traditional Chinese medicine in China.


Susanne Zago, MFT
I currently work for the San Francisco Department of Public Health doing psychotherapy with uninsured young adults.  Having grown up with immigrant and working-class parents in the Italian side of Switzerland and seeing their struggles, I am committed to supporting low-income and marginalized populations.  I have always worked in community mental health settings including trauma clinics, treatment centers for youth involved in criminal justice system, and in school related services for low-income and homeless youth.

I am looking forward to attending this 2-year course and continue deepening my psychoanalytic knowledge and engage in stimulating collective learning as well as examining the influence of family, gender, ethnicity and class on subjectivity and on unconscious processes. I began my investigation into human behavior at the University of Amsterdam, where I studied and obtained a B.A. in Social and Cultural Anthropology.  When I moved to the US I shifted my focus towards mental processes and studied clinical psychology at a Masters level at New College of California.


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