About Me


| Certifications | Education | Professional Activities | Affiliations | Experience | Training |

| Awards | Publications & Presentations |


shawn

I am a Clinical Psychologist specializing in individualcouples and family therapyI maintain a private practice in both San Francisco, CA and Santa Rosa, CA. 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.

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 transgender youth and their families.


License, Specializations, & Certifications

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of California: PSY 22570

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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Education

2007

Doctorate of Philosophy/Clinical Psychology: California School of Professional Psychology
San Francisco, CA: Clinical Psychology PhD Program

1997

Bachelor of Arts: University of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA: Psychology major/ Performing Arts minor: with honors in Psychology, Summa Cum Laude

1993

Associate of Arts: Fresno City College
Fresno CA. Recording Engineering & Liberal Arts, with highest honors

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Professional/Clinical Activities

6/2009

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

9/2008

Coordinator of Training, Rockway Institute: San Francisco, CA. A National Center for LGBT Psychology, Research, Education, & Public Policy, California School of Professional Psychology

5/2006

Associate Researcher, Rockway Institute: San Francisco, CA. Research on the mental health and welfare of LGBT individuals and their families

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Professional Affiliations

2015-Present

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT)

2015-Present

Redwood Psychological Association

2015-Present

Redwood Psychological Association

2011-Present

Child & Adolescent Gender Clinic, UCSF

2007-Present

Collaborative Consultations Group

2006-Present

World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)

2006-Present

American Family Therapy Academy - Board Member

2003-Present

Association of Family Therapists of Northern California

Co-chair of AFTNC 2005/2006 Annual Conference
Treasurer 2006 to 2008
President Elect 2008 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)
Member of Division 43, 44, and 53

208-2014

SF Bay DBT Collaborative

2003-2008

Journal of GLBT Family Studies (Haworth Press)
Member, Editorial Advisory Board

1885-2006

Western Psychological Association

1885-Present

Psi Chi, National Honor Society in Psychology

1880-Present

Phi Theta Kappa, National Honors Fraternity

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Additional Training

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

Brief Structural/Strategic Family therapy with Daniel Kusnir, Ph.D.

2008

Transforming Conflict and Building Love: Integrative Problem-Centered Couples Therapy with Bill Pinsof, Ph.D.

2006/7

Dialectical Behavior Therapy/ Kaiser Permanente, SRO

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

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Professional/Clinical Experience

7/2009-7/2011

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.

7/2009-7/2011

Clinical Supervisor, The Pacific Center, Oakland, CA

9/2009-5/2011

Clinical Supervisor, The Family Institute of Pinole, Richmond, CA

5/1998-12/2010

Psychological Assistant, Kaiser Permanente, Santa Rosa Psychiatry Department. Provided family therapy for the Adult/Adolescent Eating Disorder Program and the Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program

2/2008-9/2008

Associate Professor, Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency Program, University of California, San Francisco, Psychological precepting with medical residents and their patients seen in the clinic

9/2006-9/2008

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
  • EMDR 
  • 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
8/2004-8/2006

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

9/2005-5/2006

Clinical Supervisor, Bay Area Community Resources: Gateway Project, Richmond, CA

6/2003-5/2006

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

9/2002-6/2003

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

  • Groups:
    Boys Anger Management Grief Group
9/2000-8/2002

Psychologist Trainee/Extern, Alternative Family Institute, San Francisco and Oakland, CA. Direct counseling services to LGBT individuals, couples, and families

  • Groups:
    Boys Anger Management Grief Group
    Lesbian Moms & Gay Dads parenting group
6/1998-1/2001

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

8/1996-5/1997

Teaching/Research Assistant: University of San Francisco, General Psychology, Statistics, and Brain and Behavior

1/1997

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

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Awards

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

Dec 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.

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Publications and Presentations

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, February 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; 2013, April 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.

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