I am a licensed psychologist in San Francisco and have been practicing, teaching, and doing research on psychotherapy for some 40 years. In addition to my private practice, I am a clinical professor in the department of psychiatry at University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, a past president of the North American chapter of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, and a past president of the International Society for Psychotherapy Research. (Click here to see my complete CV)
The topic that has most intrigued me throughout my career as a psychologist is the fundamental question of how psychotherapy works. I began addressing this question in my doctoral dissertation research by framing the inquiry in terms of how patients work in psychotherapy and how therapists help (or hinder) their patients’ efforts. I have been studying, teaching, and writing about this topic ever since. Having a firm footing in practice, research, and teaching has been enormously beneficial: my practice keeps my research grounded in clinical reality, research keeps my practice grounded in scientific evidence, and teaching leads to greater clarity and precise thinking in both arenas.