We are a non-profit organization whose mission is two-fold: to improve the effectiveness of psychotherapy by conducting research and by providing continuing education for mental health professionals; and to offer affordable, quality mental health services to individuals and families through our low-fee Presidio Clinic in San Francisco.
The San Francisco Psychotherapy Research Group (SFPRG) was founded in 1972 (initially as the Mt. Zion Psychotherapy Research Group) by Joseph Weiss, MD, and Harold Sampson, PhD., in order to rigorously and systematically study the therapeutic process. The outcome of the efforts of the research group included the development of a theory of how psychotherapy works called Control Mastery Theory (CMT).
Our gratitude to these remarkable men is huge. Our organization was created by their careful study of the therapeutic process and commitment to discovering lawful principles which govern the practice of psychotherapy. They devoted endless hours to researching and further developing Weiss’ theories of how the mind works. Hundreds of clinicians have studied under them and countless patients have benefited from their incredible talents as teachers. Joe Weiss, the developer of Control Mastery Theory and co-founder of SFPRG, died on Sunday, November 7th, 2004. Harold Sampson, his long-time collaborator and co-director of SFPRG, retired on January 15, 2005 and died on April 23, 2015. These pages are tributes to them. They are surely missed and we will be forever in their debt.
Susan Landes, PsyD, MFT – Board President
John Gibbins, PhD – Board Secretary
John Curtis, PhD – Board Treasurer & Chair of Operations Committee
Camerin Ross, Chair – Advancement Committee
George Silberschatz, PhD – Chair, Education Committee
Robert V. Tobin, MPA – SFPRG Interim Executive Director
Sara Ortega Roliz – Operations Director
Marshall Bush, PhD – Clinic Director
John Bugas, PhD – Training Director
John Snyder, PsyD – Research Director
Helga Fasching, PsyD – Administrative Director
Larry Hetrick, MD – Psychiatric Consultant
What We Offer
9 Funston Avenue,
San Francisco, CA 94129