Michael Bader is a clinical psychologist with nearly 40 years of experience as a psychotherapist and psychoanalyst. He has contributed widely to psychoanalytic theory in major journals and has written two acclaimed books about sexuality–Arousal: The Secret Logic of Sexual Fantasies and Male Sexuality: Why Women Don’t Understand It and Men Don’t Either. He has also written over 50 articles for major magazines and websites on the interaction of psychology, culture, and politics. His writing can be found on his website, michaelbader.com. He currently lives in Grass Valley, CA.
John Bugas, PhD was the interim training director of the SFPRG clinic and is currently a clinical supervisor. He previously worked at the California Medical Facility developing a psychotherapy program for inmate/patients in the mental health program. Dr. Bugas has a private practice in Davis.
Marshall Bush, PhD is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis and is the interim director of the SFPRG psychotherapy clinic. He has a private practice in San Francisco and in San Rafael.
Victoria Lemle Beckner, PhD is a clinical psychologist and partner with the San Francisco Group for Evidence-Based Psychotherapy, and Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSF Department of Psychiatry. She obtained her doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin with a specialty in anxiety disorders and the neurobiology of stress and memory, completed her research fellowship at UCSF in Behavioral Medicine, and is the lead author of the book Conquering Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. While she has extensive experience with various cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness approaches (CBT, ACT, DBT, FAP) and experiential emotion-focused therapies (AEDP, EFT), Dr. Beckner has a keen interest in understanding the common and divergent processes across psychotherapy approaches (including Control Mastery). Dr. Beckner currently conducts workshops on common mechanisms of change in psychotherapy and research on improving psychotherapy effectiveness in clinical practice.
Heather Clague, MD is a psychiatrist in practice in Oakland and supervises trainees at the SFPRG psychotherapy clinic.
John T. Curtis, PhD is a clinical psychologist in private practice in San Francisco and a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. He has been involved in research on psychotherapy for more than 35 years and has published numerous journal articles and book chapters on this topic.
Steven A. Foreman M.D. is board certified in Child and Adult Psychiatry and has been in practice for over thirty years in San Francisco. He has conducted research on the process and outcome of psychotherapy with adults and children. Dr. Foreman has published numerous clinical and research papers and has lectured internationally on the subject of psychotherapy. He has written a Control Mastery informed parenting book for parents and clinicians, Breaking the Spell, Why Kids Do the Very Thing That Drives You Crazy. He is past president of the San Francisco Psychotherapy Research Group
Erik Gann, M.D. is a Training and Supervising Analyst, Faculty member, Past-President and Past-Chair of the Board of Trustees at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis. The primary focus of his teaching and writing over the past four decades has been on major issues in psychoanalytic theory and its relation to clinical process and the impact of unconscious dynamics in group and organizational functioning. He is a member of the Working Party Research Group on Comparative Clinical Methods, an international group studying various aspects of the clinical situation. He is also a Principal in the Boswell Group, which is comprised of psychoanalytically trained and oriented practitioners who consult to businesses and organizations from a psychodynamic perspective. He maintains a private practice in San Francisco and lectures widely on a variety of topics related to psychoanalytic thinking.
Suzanne Gassner, PhD is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis who has published numerous research and clinical papers on psychotherapeutic change processes. She has a private practice in Sausalito and Berkeley.
Francesco Gazzillo, PhD is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist with a private practice in Rome. He is Assistant Professor in Dynamic Psychology at the Department of Dynamic and Clinical Psychology, “Sapienza” University of Rome, member of the board of directors of the Italy Area Group of the International Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR), the Psychoanalytic Research Consortium, the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the public sector (EFPP), and of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP). He is the founder and president of the Control Mastery Theory – Italian Group (CMT-IG). Prof. Gazzillo teaches and supervises in several training programs in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and cognitive psychotherapy. He is the author of several scientific papers published in international journals and of two recent books: Internal Saboteurs (2011) and Trusting patients: An introduction to Control-Mastery Theory (2016).
Michael Lowenstein, MD is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst practicing in San Francisco and the East Bay since 1989. He is a long standing member of SFPRG and has been interested in aspects of psychotherapeutic technique since attending Dr. Hal Sampson’s case conference in the 1980’s and 1990’s. He has offered his own case conference since 1998.
Kathryn Pryor, PhD is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Menlo Park
Paul Ransohoff, DMH is a member of the Faculty of the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, where he teaches and is active on committees. He practices in Menlo Park, California
Tom Richardson, PhD teaches and supervises candidates and interns at the C G Jung Institute of San Francisco. His current project is the Self Speaks, which focuses on listening to the narrative derivatives as an avenue to being with the unconscious relationship between the patient and the therapist. He has a continuing interest in the writings of Thomas Ogden, Antonio Ferro, and Giuseppe Civitarese. He is in private practice in San Francisco. He also paints and writes poetry.
Joan Sarnat, PhD, ABPP, is a psychologist in private practice in Berkeley, California. She is a personal and supervising analyst and a member of the faculty at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, San Francisco. Dr. Sarnat co-authored, with Mary Gail Frawley- O’Dea, The Supervisory Relationship: A Contemporary Psychodynamic Approach (Guilford Press, 2001). Dr. Sarnat recently published Supervision Essentials for Psychodynamic Psychotherapies (APA Books, 2016), and Relational Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Supervision (APA Videos, 2016).
George Silberschatz, PhD is a psychologist and Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, and a past president of the international Society for Psychotherapy Research (2012-2013). He has published extensively in professional journals and books and has presented at professional meetings and workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia (some of his papers can be found on his website, www.georgesilberschatz.com ). He currently divides his time between a private practice in San Francisco, teaching and supervising psychotherapy, and writing clinical and research papers. His book, Transformative Relationships, has been widely acclaimed for the clarity of its theoretical foundations, the rigor of the research presented and its clinical relevance.
John Snyder, PsyD is a Clinical Psychologist, Research Director, and Supervising Psychologist at the San Francisco Psychotherapy Research Group’s Training Clinic. He also maintains a private practice in San Francisco specializing in psychotherapy with adolescent and adult males, anger management, substance abuse, and relationships. Dr. Snyder’s research focuses on the Patient’s Experience of Attunement and Responsiveness (PEAR) during therapy sessions, and the use of measure-based feedback during therapy as a means of monitoring patient progress, identifying clinical errors and therapy alliance ruptures, and enhancing therapist training. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Dr. Snyder attended the University of Washington and Pacific University. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at the University of California, Merced. He currently lives in San Francisco with his wife.
Molly Sullivan, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist with offices in Berkeley and San Francisco. Her fascination with how psychotherapy actually works led her to Joe Weiss’s and Hal Sampson’s Case Conferences in 1990 — which she attended for many years. Since then she has been very actively involved with SFPRG in many capacities.