Founding Members trained with the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships in London. Graduate Members trained with PCPG.
Founding Members (see below for bios)
Leora Benioff, Ph.D
Rachel Cooke, Psy.D
Julie Friend, LCSW, BCD
Shelley Nathans, Ph.D
Milton Schaefer, Ph.D
Sandra Seidlitz, LCSW
Members, 2010 Group
Candis Cousins, Ph.D
Shawnee Cuzzillo, Ph.D
Nancy Kaplan, Ph.D
Craig Levine, Psy.D
M.J. Myatt, LCSW
Ana Noles, Psy.D
Elizabeth Weisz, Ph.D
Members, 2012 Group
Dori Dubin, Psy.D
Dana Iscoff, MFT
Marian Joycechild, Ph.D
Ortal Kirson-Trilling, Psy.D
Jane Reingold, MFT
Judith Sachs, Ph.D
Laurette Schiff-Gennis, Ph.D
Leora Benioff, PhD, is a couples therapist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Berkeley and San Francisco. She has completed the Tavistock Relationships Advanced Training in Psychoanalytic Couples Therapy and is a founding member of the Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy Group. She has taught and been a supervisor of psychoanalytic couples and individual therapy at numerous Bay Area training institutions, and is currently teaching in the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis (SFCP) . She is the chair of post - graduate education at SFCP, and also is a member of the IPA working group on couple and family psychoanalysis. She has a particular interest in using literature and poetry to deepen clinical understanding.
Rachel Cooke, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Oakland and San Francisco. She sees couples and individuals and provides consultation to therapists on working psychoanalytically with couples. She has completed the Tavistock Relationships Advanced Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with Couples and is a founding member of the Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy Group (PCPG). In addition to teaching for PCPG, she has taught courses in psychoanalytic couple therapy at Access Institute, the Northern California Society of Psychoanalytic Psychology and other training programs in the Bay Area.
Julie Friend LCSW, BCD, is the Program Chair and faculty member of the Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy Group's Intensive Study Program in psychoanalytic psychotherapy with couples. She has completed the Tavistock Center for Couple Relationships Advanced Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with Couples, and has served on the teaching and/or supervisory faculty at Contemporary Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy of New York, California Pacific Medical Center, Access Institute, The Psychotherapy Institute and SF-CP’s Yearlong Extension Program. She has published in Couple and Family Psychoanalysis, Fort Da, and Viewpoint, and has presented her paper “Love as Creative Illusion and Its Place in Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy” at Tavistock Relationships in London, the New Center for Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles, and at SF-CP Dialogues. She is a member of Section VIII of Division 39 of the American Psychological Association and a member of the British Society of Couple Psychotherapists and Counselors. She has a private practice including individuals, couples, and consultation in Berkeley.
Shelley Nathans, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in both San Francisco and Oakland, California. She is a member of the teaching faculties of the California Pacific Medical Center and the Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy Group training program and has taught in many other venues including The Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, The Northern California Society of Psychoanalytic Psychology, and the Contemporary Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy Program in New York City. She has completed the Tavistock Center for Couple Relationships Advanced Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with Couples and is on the International Advisory Board for the Journal, Psychoanalytic Couple and Family Psychoanalysis. She is the director and producer of the film, Robert Wallerstein: 65 Years at the Center of Psychoanalysis. Her publications include, “ "Whose Disgust is it Anyway?: Projection and Projective Identification in the Couple Relationship, in Psychoanalytic Dialogues (2016) and “Infidelity as Manic Defense", in Couple and Family Psychoanalysis (2012). She is co-editor (with Milton Schaefer) of Couples on the Couch: Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy and the Tavistock Model (Routledge, 2017).
Milton Schaefer, PhD, is a psychologist and psychoanalyst in practice in San Francisco where he sees adults and couples. He is on the faculty of the San Francisco Center of Psychoanalysis where he has taught courses on Relational and Intersubjective approaches to psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with Couples. Dr. Schaefer has presented and published papers and discussions on the effects of high conflict divorce on children, ethical issues, curiosity in couples work and the intersection of psychoanalysis and the arts. Dr. Schaefer is a founding member of PCPG.
Sandra Seidlitz, LCSW, is in private practice in Berkeley and San Francisco, where she sees individuals and couples and offers consultation and supervision. She is a founding member of the Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy Group and has completed the Tavistock Centre for Advanced Training in Psychoanalytic Couples Psychotherapy. She serves as the Student Coordinator and is the Admissions Committee Chair for the PCPG Study Program. She has a longstanding interest in the psychological impact of illness, disability, and lifecycle events on couples and families, and is a member of the British Society of Couple Psychotherapists and Counselors.
Carl Bagnini, L.C.S.W., B.C.D. is a founding and senior faculty of the International Psychotherapy Institute (IPI) in Washington, DC and former National Chair of the Child, Couple and Family Therapy Program. He is on the clinical faculties at the Adelphi University Derner Institute for Advanced Psychological Studies Postgraduate Programs in Couple and Marital Therapy and Supervision, New York University post-Master Certificate Program in Child & Family Therapy, and the New York Psychotherapy Training Institute. Carl has presented papers and workshops at conferences in the US, Toronto, Canada and Montreal, Quebec, in The Republic of Panama, at the Tavistock Centre in Great Britain, Edinburgh, Scotland, and Paris, France. Carl’s publications include book chapters, journal articles, and book reviews that focus on child, adolescent and stepfamily treatment, dream work, supervision and narcissistic issues in marriage to name a few. His new book, Keeping Couples in Treatment: Working from Surface to Depth was published by Jason Aronson in 2012. Carl’s private practice is in Port Washington, New York where he offers in person individual and group supervision and by Skype and telephone.
Andrew Balfour qualified in clinical psychology at University College London and went on to train and work as an adult psychoanalytic psychotherapist at the Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust. He subsequently trained as a couple psychotherapist at Tavistock Relationships (formerly Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships) where for 10 years he was Clinical Director, and he is now Chief Executive there. He has a research interest in the area of dementia care and has written and taught widely both in Britain and abroad. He is the co-editor (with Mary Morgan and Christopher Vincent) of "How Couple Relationships Shape our World: Clinical Practice, Research and Policy Perspectives" (Karnac, 2012).
Christopher Clulow PhD is a Senior Fellow of the Tavistock Center for Couple Relationships, founder member and Vice Chair of the Society of Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists, honorary research psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic, and a Fellow of the Centre for Social Policy at Dartington. He is a patron of Hertfordshire Central Relate and a trustee for several charitable bodies working in the field of family support. He is the author or editor of many books and papers that consider marriage, partnerships, parenthood, and couple psychotherapy, most recently from an attachment perspective. He is currently on the Editorial Board of the new journal Couple and Family Psychoanalysis, and was Therapies Editor of the international journal Sexual and Relationship Therapy,1996-2008. He has also served as Chair of the International Commission for Family and Interpersonal Relationships, 1987-1994. He has a private couple psychotherapy practice in St. Albans, England.
Lynne Cudmore works as a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic in London, where she is the Clinical Lead for Couples and Parents. She previously worked for 28 years at the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships where for a time she was the Organising Tutor of the Professional Doctorate in Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Her research interests have included the impact of infertility on the couple relationship and the impact of the death of a child on the parental couple.
Virginia Goldner, PhD, is the Founding Editor of the journal Studies in Gender and Sexuality, an Associate Editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues, and a former founding member of the Board of Directors of the International Association for Relational Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. Dr. Goldner is on the faculty of the NYU Post-Doctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, the Stephen A Mitchell Center for Relational Psychoanalysis, and the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at CUNY. She is the co-editor of two books, Gender in Psychoanalytic Space, (Other Press, 2002), and Predatory Priests, Silenced Victims, .(Routledge 2007)j. Dr. Goldner has received awards for her distinguished contributions to psychoanalysis by Division 39 of the APA, and to family therapy by the American Family Therapy Academy. She is the author of numerous papers on marital therapy/theory and on gender, and is at work on a book on gender and relationality. Dr. Goldner practices in New York City, and teaches and supervises nationally and internationally.
Francis Grier is a Member of the British Psychoanalytical Society and a Full Member of the Society of Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists. He has also been a Senior Marital Psychotherapist, Clinical Lecturer, then Visiting Research Lecturer at the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships. He has a private practice for individuals and couples. He has edited Brief Encounters with Couples: Some Analytical Perspectives, published by Karnac Books in 2001, and Oedipus and the Couple, published by Karnac Books as part of the Tavistock Clinic Series in 2005, as well as several other papers, including, most recently, “Lively and deathly intercourse”, in Sex, Attachment and Couple Psychotherapy: Psychoanalytic Perspectives, ed. C. Clulow, Karnac Books 2009.
David Hewison is a senior clinician and Head of Research at the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships, London UK. He holds a Doctorate in Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and is currently involved in a Randomized Controlled Trial of a mentalization-based intervention for conflicted separated parents. He is a developmentally-trained Jungian analyst and has a specialism in the commonalities between psychoanalytic and Jungian thinking, particularly around creativity and film. He is interested in the challenges of research in psychotherapy, particularly that of practice-based evidence. He has taught in North America, Europe, Australia and East Asia and has published some 20 chapters and articles. He is currently working on a book integrating behavioural, systemic and psychodynamic approaches to treating depression through couple therapy.
Liz Hamlin MA, PG Dip, is a Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council. Formerly Chair of the British Society of Couple Psychotherapists and Counsellors, she now serves on the BPC’s Professional Standards Committee. She trained with the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships where she is a Visiting Clinician working with couples, supervising practitioners and delivering training. Liz is a member of the Divorce and Separation Consultation Service and is a student on Tavistock Relationships' Professional Doctorate Programme looking to research the experience of couples going through the process of divorce and separation. Liz has worked with couples since 1990. She was involved in setting up a service in Relate in the South East for adolescents whose parents were going through divorce or separation. Liz is an IAPT Couple Therapy for Depression Consultant, Trainer and Supervisor having been involved in Tavistock Relationships development of the training since its inception in 2010.
Fabio Monguzzi is a psychologist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice in Milan, Italy, providing consultation and psychotherapy with individuals and couples. He collaborates in different Institutes and courses teaching psychoanalytic couple psychotherapy. He has been working with various health institutions in the public sector for 15 years, and he was Honorary Judge at the Milan Juvenile Court. He is member of the Tavistock Relationship (UK), the International Association of Couple and Family Psychoanalysis (IACFP) and the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP). He is member of the International Advisory Board of the journal Couple and Family Psychoanalysis and author of several contributes and paper on couple psychotherapy and parenting issues. In English he is co-author of the book Talking with couples (Harris Meltzer Trust, Karnac, UK, 2015).
Mary Morgan is a Psychoanalyst and Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society. At the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships she is the Reader in Couple Psychoanalysis. She has a particular interest in the psychoanalytic understanding of couple relationships and the technique of couple psychoanalytic psychotherapy, about which she has published many papers and is currently completing a book. She is a member of the IPA’s Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Families and Couples Committee studying similarities and differences in the analytic understanding of couples and families around the world. She is on the Board of the International Association for Couple and Family Psychoanalysis (IACFP), the editorial board of the journals Couple & Family Psychoanalysis and Interatzioni. She has developed and led couple psychotherapy trainings in several countries and lectures internationally.
Stanley Ruszczynski, BSc is a Consultant Adult Psychotherapist and Clinical Director of the Portman Clinic (Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, London), an NHS forensic psychotherapy clinic. He is a psychoanalyst (British Psychoanalytic Association and the International Psychoanalytic Association), a psychoanalytic psychotherapist (British Association of Psychotherapists), and a psychoanalytic couple psychotherapist (British Society of Couple Psychotherapists and Counsellors). He was previously Deputy Director and Clinical and Training Coordinator at the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships. In addition to his clinical practice, he teaches, lectures and undertakes organizational consultancy in the UK and abroad. He is also the author of over 30 book chapters and journal articles and has edited and co-edited five books, including Psychotherapy with Couples (Karnac Books, 1993), Intrusiveness and Intimacy in the Couple (Karnac Books, 1995) with James Fisher, and Lectures on Violence, Perversion and Deliquency (Karnac Books, 2007) with David Morgan. He has a private practice as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, psychoanalyst and teacher.
Christopher Vincent is a psychoanalytic couple psychotherapist registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council. He is a Visiting Lecturer at Tavistock Relationships, and maintains a private practice in Hayling Island, Hampshire. He has a special interest in the interface between psycho-social research methods and psychoanalysis particularly as this applies to the support and treatment of couples where one partner has a chronic illness. He has a broad interest in all psychoanalytic approaches but aligns himself most clearly with the Independent School within the British tradition. He worked at Tavistock Relationships until 2002 when he left to work for four years as a Consultant Couple Psychotherapist in a psychiatric hospital. He has been in private practice since 2006. Currently he is completing a research project for an M.Phil dgree at Southampton University: he is exploring the impact of a diagnosis of Huntington's disease on couple relationships.
Monica Vorchheimer, M.A., is a training and supervising analyst from the Buenos Aires Psychoanalytical Association (APdeBA) in Argentina, full member of the IPA, member of the European Federation of Psychotherapy (FEAP) and honorary member of AAPPIPNA (Spain). She is a member of the IPA Committee on Psychoanlysis with Families and Couples. She isprofessor at the University Institute of Mental Health in Argentina. She has been awarded the prizes Bleger (1998) and Storni (2001) by the Argentine Psychoanalytic Association, the prize Liberman (1999), by the Buenos Aires Psychoanalytic Association. She has a long experience treating individual patients, families and couples. She has published different papers in Argentina and in Spain where she had also worked as a psychoanalyst, supervised and taught.