As a narratively informed, culturally sensitive, psychologist, I work collaboratively with clients to find solutions to the problems that are negatively impacting their lives and relationships. My approach to therapy is interactive and solution-focused.
I integrate complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized experience that is tailored to each client or family's needs. With compassion and understanding, I work with individuals, couples, and families to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth and interpersonal relationships they are committed to achieving.
I primarily work with couples and families dealing with a wide range of problems including family conflict, parenting, couple relationship issues, sexual and gender identity issues, anxiety, trauma, eating disorders, addictions, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and child/adolescent behavioral problems.
Futhermore, I am an active member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health and specialize in the treatment of gender identity issues in children, adolescents and adults, as well as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender couple and family issues.
In addition to my clinical expertise, I have presented at national conferences and to general audiences, as well as written on the topics of emotional intelligence, lesbian and gay parenting, psychotherapy with transgender clients, and working with trangender youth and their families.
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Licensed Clinical Psychologist,
|Gender Specialist, WPATH|
|EMDR Level III
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
|Gottman Couples Therapy Level II
Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT)
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Associate of Arts: Fresno City College
|Bachelor of Arts: University of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA: Psychology Major/ Performing arts minor: with honors in Psychology,
Summa Cum Laude
|Doctorate of Philosophy/Clinical Psychology:
California School of Professional Psychology
San Francisco, CA: Clinical Psychology PhD Program
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6/09 - Visiting Assistant Professor, Lecturer, Alliant International University, San Francisco and Fresno Campuses, CA. Teaching graduate level courses in Chemical Dependency, Psychotherapy with LGBT Individuals, Couples & Families, Supervision, and Transgender Issues in Psychology.
9/08 - Coordinator of Training, Rockway Institute: San Francisco, CA. A National Center for LGBT Psycholoty, Research, Education, & Public Polcy, California School of Professional Psychology
5/06 - Associate Researcher, Rockway Institute: San Francisco, CA. Research on the mental health and welfare of LGBT individuals and their families.
2015- Present American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT)
2015- Present Redwood Psychological Association
2015- Present San Francisco Psychological Association
2006- Present World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)
2006- Present American Family Therapy Academy
2003- Present Association of Family Therapists of Northern California
Co-chair of AFTNC 2005/2006 Annual Conference
Treasurer 2006 to 2009
President Elect 2009 to 2011
President 2011 to 2013
Council Member/Past President 2013 - present
2002- Present California Psychological Association
2001- Present Gay and Lesbian Therapists Association (GAYLESTA)
2000- Present American Psychological Association (APA)
Memeber of Division 43, 44, and 53
2010 -2014 SF Bay DBT Collaborative
2003 – 2009 Journal of GLBT Family Studies (Haworth Press)
Member, Editorial Advisory Board
1995- 2006 Western Psychological Association
1995- Present Psi Chi, National Honor Society in Psychology
1990 -Present Phi Theta Kappa, National Honors Fraternity
2008 Interpersonal problems, interpersonal solutions:
Understanding and treating women’s depression
with Valerie I. Whiffen, Ph.D.
2007 Family Play Therapy: Engaging young families in
creative and metaphoric therapeutic play,
with Eliana Gil, Ph.D.
2006/07 Dialectical Behavior Therapy/ Kaiser Permanente, SRO
2006 Transforming Conflict and Building Love: Integrative
Problem-Centered Couples Therapy
with Bill Pinsof, Ph.D.
2006 Brief Structural/Strategic Family therapy
with Daniel Kusnir, Ph.D
2005 Training in Narrative Therapy: Masters Level Class.
with David Epston
2005 The Treatment of African American Clients and Families:
Nancy Boyd Franklin and Anderson J. Franklin
2005 Transforming Trauma Through Family Narratives:
Multicultural Family Institute, NJ
2004 Building Solutions with Complex and Difficult Families:
with Insoo Kim Berg.
2004 Transforming Lives through EMDR Levels I, II, & III:
with Laurel Parnell, PhD
2004 Narrative Maps and Outsider Witness Practices:
with Michael White
1998 Cognitive Neuroscience, University of California, Berkeley
5/09 - 5/11 Adjunct Faculty, Argosy University - SF Bay, Alameda CA. Teaching courses to Clinical Psychology graduate students in treatment issues with the LGBT population, Supervision, and live one-way mirror reflecting teams.
7/09 - 7/11 Clinical Supervisor, The Pacific Center, Oakland, CA
9/09 - 5/11 Clinical Supervisor, The Family Insitute of Pinole/Richmond, CA
5/98 -12/10 Information Technology Director & Database Project Manager San Francisco Suicide Prevention, San Francisco, CA.
9/08 – 11/08 Psychological Assistant, Kaiser Permanente, Santa Rosa Psychiatry Department. Provided family therapy for the Adult/Adolescent Eating Disorder Program and the Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program.
2/08 – 9/08 Associate Professor, Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency Program, Univeristy of California, San Francisco, Psychological precepting with medical residents and their patients seen in the clinic.
9/06 – 09/08 Psychologist Resident, Kaiser Permanente, Santa Rosa, Psychiatry Department, Provide direct counseling and assessment services to adult, child and family Kaiser members.
• Psychiatric Preceptor for
UCSF Family Medicine Clinic
• Cognitive Behavioral Group Treatment
• Dialectical Behavior Therapy
• Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program
• Teen Eating Disorder Program.
• Group Treatment:
Teen Eating Disorders Parent group
Children's Anxiety Group
High School Group
Adult OCD Group
Social-Skills Group for boys.
8/04 - 8/06 Psychologist Intern, Family Institute of Pinole, Pinole, CA, Direct counseling and assessment services to primarily low SES, multi-stressed individuals, families, and couples in West Contra Costa County, utilizing a trauma-based, multi-systemic model with an integrative emphasis.
9/05 – 5/06 Clinical Supervisor, Bay Area Community Resources: Gateway Project, Richmond, CA
6/03 – 5/06 Teaching Assistant, Argosy Graduate School, Richmond, CA. Training clinical psychology graduate students to work with LGBT clients, suicidal clients, and the use of Narrative techniques, Observer/Outsider Witness interviews, and One-way mirror reflecting teams during live supervision.
9/02 – 6/03 Psychologist Intern, Bay Area Community Resources: Gateway Project, Richmond, CA. School based counseling services to adolescents and their families in the West Contra Costa County School district.
Boys Anger Management Grief Group
9/00 – 8/02 Psychologist Trainee/Extern, Alternative Family Institute, San Francisco and Oakland, CA. Direct counseling services to LGBT individuals, couples, and families
LGBT considering parenthood group
Lebian Moms & Gay Dads parenting group
6/98 – 1/01 Research Assistant: Paul Ekman, PhD-Human Interaction Lab, University of California, San Francisco, CA. Facial Action Coding System coder. The study of emotions. Production of Facial Action Coding System Manual and stimulus film.
8/96 – 5/97 Teaching/Research Assistant: University of San Francisco, General Psychology, Statistics, and Brain and Behavior
Jan. 1997 Research Assistant: The Brief Psychotherapy Conference, Maureen O’Sullivan and Paul Ekman. Assisted in the collection and preparation of data on 1200 psychotherapists for the deception research project
May 2008 Student Speaker for 2008 graduating class, California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, San Francisco Bay Campus.
May 2006 Connell Persico Scholarship for Outstanding Scholarship & Leadership in the LGBT Community, Alliant International University, San Francisco, CA.
December 2004 Fahs-Beck Scholar: recipient of the doctoral dissertation research grant, Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation, the New York Community Trust, New York.
May 2003 Outstanding Progress on the Clinical Proficiency Progress Review, California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, San Francisco Bay Campus.
May 1997 Fred Minnegerode Memorial Award for Outstanding Student, College of Arts and Sciences, Psychology Department, University of San Francisco.
1995 & 1996 Fr. William Dunne Scholarship, Awarded annually for academic excellence and community service, University of San Francisco.
April 1995 Psi Chi Chapter Award. Poster presented at Psi Chi Chapter Exchange at WPA, San Jose.
Sineath, R.C, Woddyatt, C., Sanchez, T., Giammattei, S. V., Gillespie, T., Hunkeler, E. Owen-Smith, A., Quinn, V. P., Mapel, D. Stephenson, R., Sullivan, P., Tangpricha, V., Goodman, M. (2016). Determinants of and barriers to hormonal and surgical treatment receipt among transgender people. Transgender Health. 1(1): 129-136. doi:10.1089/trgh.2016.0013
Giammattei, S. V. (2016, July 8). Unpacking & contextualizing gender for professionals. Presented to Gender Spectrum Professional Conference, Moraga, CA
Giammattei, S.V. (2015) Beyond the Binary: Trans-negotiations in Couple and Family Therapy, Family Process. 54(3), 418-434. doi: 10.1111/famp.12167
Giammattei, S. V. (2015, November 15). I’m here too! Supporting siblings of gender expansive youth. Presented to Gender Conference East Family Day, Baltimore, MD
Giammattei, S. V. (2014, August 16). Unpacking & contextualizing gender, Part 1 & 2. Presented to Gender Odyssey Professional Family Conference, Seattle, WA
Giammattei, S. V. (2014, August 15). Early transitioning: Gender transitions in pre-pubertal children, where's the research? Presented to Gender Odyssey Family Conference, Seattle, WA
Giammattei, S. V. (2014, August 14). Unpacking & contextualizing gender, Part 1 & 2. Presented to Gender Odyssey Professional Seminar, Seattle, WA
Giammattei, S. V. (2014, June 2). Competency with gender non-conforming/transgender people. Presented to the Kaiser/VA Research Team Meeting, Atlanta, GA
Giammattei, S. V. (2014, May 16). Working with adolescents and their families: Assessment for hormones and surgery. Presented to the Kaiser Permanente Pediatric Transgender Care Conference, Lafayette, CA
Giammattei, S. V. (2014, February 27). Working with gender non-conforming/transgender clients across the lifespan. Presented to the Kaiser Permanente Research Team Meeting, San Francisco, CA
Giammattei, S. V. (2014, January 23). Adult transgender clients. Presented to the Alliance Health Project, San Francisco, CA
Giammattei, S. V. (2014, Feberuary 13). Early transitioning: Gender transitions in pre-pubertal children. Presented to the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, Bangkok, Thailand.
Giammattei, S. V. (2013, April 12). Working Clinically with LGBT Youth and Families in the Coming Out Process. Presented to Richmond Area Multiservices, San Francisco, CA
Giammattei, S. V. (2013, April 11). Applying the collaborative helping model. Presented to A Better Way, Berkeley, CA
Giammattei, S. V. (2013, March 21). Working systemically and collaboratively with families in the child welfare system. Presented to A Better Way, Berkeley, CA
Giammattei, S. V. (2013, March 14). Working with Gender Creative/Transgender Children, Adolescents and their families. Presented to the Contra Costa Psychological Association, Lafayette, CA.
Giammattei, S. V. (2013, Feb 14). Beyond the Binary: Transgender Clients and Substance Abuse. Presented Kaiser Permanente, Chemical Dependency Recovery Program, San Francisco, CA.
Giammattei, S. V. (2012). Transgender Identities: Moving beyond the binary. PstcCRITIQUES, 57(31). American Psychological Association, doi:10.1037/a0028984.
Ehrensaft, D., Giammattei, S. V., Rees, J.,& Schreier, H. (2012, July 12). Professionals Workshop. Presented at the Gender Spectrum Family Conference, Berkeley, CA.
Giammattei, S. V. & Rees, J. (2012, July 13; 2011, July 30). Talking about gender for transgender teens. Presented at the Gender Spectrum Family Conference, Berkeley, CA.
Giammattei, S. V. (2012, March 16; 2013April 22). Helping LGBT Youth Navigate the Coming Out Process. Presented to Richmond Area Multiservices, San Francisco, CA
Giammattei, S. V. (2012, February 25). Affirmative Treatment of Gender-Variant or Transgender Children, Adolescents, and their Families. Presented to the Center for Community Engagement at Lewis and Clark University, Portland, OR
Giammattei, S. V. & Green, R-J (2012). LGBTQ Couple and Family Therapy: History & Future Directions. In J.J. Bigner & J. L. Wetchler (Eds.), Handbook of LGBT-Affirmative Couple and Family Therapy. New York, NY US: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group.
Giammattei, S. V. (2012, January 19). Helping LGBT Youth Navigate the Coming Out Process. Presented to BATSA, San Francisco, CA
Giammattei, S. V. (2011, November 10). Integrating DBT into Family Therapy with Self-Harming and Suicidal Adolescents. Association of Family Therapists of Northern California Workshop. [Audio Podcast]. Retrieved from iTunes store/podcasts/Education/Higher Education/Association of Family Therapists of Northern California
Giammattei, S. V. (2011, June 25). The inclusion of LGBTQI in Family Therapy Training. Presented at the 33rd Annual Meeting of the American Family Therapy Academy, Baltimore, MD
Angello, M. & Giammattei, S. V. (2011, June 24). Supportive therapy for transsexual parents and their children. Presented at the 33rd Annual Meeting of the American Family Therapy Academy, Baltimore, MD
Giammattei, S. V. (2010, November 13). Working with gender-variant/transgender children, adolescents, and their families in family therapy. Association of Family Therapists of Northern California Workshop. [Audio Podcast]. Retrieved from iTunes store/podcasts/Education/Higher Education/Association of Family Therapists of Northern California
Giammattei, S. V. (2010, June 26). Deconstructing Heteronormativity: Helping Clinicians Recognize, Understand, and Respond to LGBTQ Microaggressions. Presented at the 32nd Annual Meeting of the American Family Therapy Academy, Boulder, CO
Hudak, J. & Giammattei, S. V. (2010). Doing Family: Decentering Heteronormativity in ‘Marriage’ and ‘Family’ Therapy. AFTA Monograph Series: Expanding Our Social Justice Practices: Advances in Theory and Training, (Winter). American Family Therapy Academy, Washington, DC.
Giammattei, S. V. & Green, R-J (2008, June). Family relations and emotional intelligence of children raised by lesbian or heterosexual parents. Presented at the American Family Therapy Academy, Philadelphia, PA.
Giammattei, S. V., Heidenreich, S. (1998, April). Music effects on judgments of emotional states for filmed sequences. Presented at the Western Psychological Association, Rocky Mountain Psychological Association Joint Convention, Albuquerque, NM.
Giammattei, S. V., Carney, D., Balahadia, D., Johnson, A. (1997,April). Personality, social skill, and sex role orientation. Presented at the 26th annual Western Psychology Conference for Undergraduate Research, Santa Clara, CA.
Carney, D., Giammattei, S. V., Johnson, A., Balahadia, D. (1997,April). Relation of sex role orientation to social and emotional skill. Presented at the 26th annual Western Psychology Conference for Undergraduate Research, Santa Clara, CA.
Giammattei, S. V., Stephenson, T., Sethi, S. (1996, Dec) Computer related stress and a report of somatic complaints. Presented at the University of San Francisco Psychology Department Biannual Student Research Poster Session, San Francisco, CA.
Giammattei, S. V., DeGere, D., Veal, M., Biagini, R., Pan, G. (1996,April). Development of a chapter newsletter: realizing the Psi Chi purpose Presented at the Psi Chi poster session (Chapter exchange) at the 76th annual convention of the Western Psychological Association, Seattle, WA.
Giammattei, S. V., Schmidt, S., Van de Kamp, B. (1995,April). The effect of timbre on the perception of loudness. Poster. Presented at the Psi Chi poster session at the 75th annual convention of the Western Psychological Association, San Jose, CA.
Varadi, S. Giammattei, S. V., Gorski, W. (1995,April). The effectiveness of advertising on increasing membership. Presented at the Psi Chi poster session (Chapter exchange) at the 76th annual convention of the Western Psychological Association, San Jose, CA.