The Faculty at PSP

Virtually all of the faculty members at the Professional School of Psychology have published major books or articles, while also serving full time as “working” professional psychologists. We attract an exceptional faculty in large part because of our student body and because these faculty members can continue their other work. All of our programs allow for the rich interaction that most theorists, researchers and practitioners seek in their professional lives. In many cases, our faculty members were themselves mature adults when obtaining their doctorate. They fully appreciate the challenges faced by their students and know how to bring the exceptional experiences and expertise of their students into the PSP community — just as they bring their own experiences and expertise into this unique community.

Following is a brief description regarding the rich background each PSP faculty member brings to the classroom.

Maatisak Amenhetep, M.S.W.,L.C.S.W.

Maatisak earned her Master of Social Work degree from California State University, Sacramento, graduating Suma Cum Laude. Because of her academic excellence, Maatisak was selected for the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship for overseas studies. She has been licensed by the Board of Behavioral Sciences since 1999, and she has maintained a private practice in midtown Sacramento since 2003. Maatisak Amenhetep brings over 23 years of clinical experience with her to PSP. Her clients range from ages 3 to 93, and are diverse in ethnicity, culture, language, and sexual preference. Maatisak has worked in schools, universities, prisons, residential facilities, psychiatric hospitals, clinics, geriatric facilities, corporations, non-profit and private sectors, county governments, communities, and churches. She has also provided clinical supervision for interns preparing for BBS exams.

Maatisak specializes in the treatment of trauma, and has had extensive training and experience, particularly in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), which is the treatment of choice for combat veterans with PTSD. Maatisak has successfully used this technique with private practice clients, geriatric patients, and traumatized prison inmates. Other specialties include Depression, Anxiety, Phobias, and Peak Performance. She is also a credentialed Spiritual Life Coach, a Meditation Teacher, both an NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) and an NDR (Neurological Deprogram to Reprogram) Practitioner, and a certified Ericksonian Hypnotist.

Additionally, Maatisak is CISD (Critical Incident Stress Debriefing) certified, and has several certifications through the American Red Cross as a disaster relief mental health provider and supervisor. In this capacity, she has been a first responder to suicides, homicides, and natural disasters. She received special awards and was recognized by FEMA and the American Red Cross for valuable service to Hurricane Katrina/Rita evacuees.

Kathleen Ayers Psy.D.

Kathleen Ayers, Psy.D., is a licensed psychologist in California. She has worked in the mental health field since 1991, with individuals of all ages and groups of adults. She received her doctorate at the Professional School of Psychology in Sacramento, California. Prior to that, she received an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Dayton, in Ohio and an M.S. in Medical Psychology from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, in Bethesda, Maryland. Her B.S. degree in Psychology/Biology is from Chatham College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Her orientation is cognitive-behavioural. She works with people who have chronic conditions, such as pain and physical conditions. She has personal experience in helping people cope with celiac disease and food allergies. She works in a physician’s office in Marin County and has a private practice. Kathleen teaches at PSP and The Adler Graduate Professional School in Toronto. She also taught at the McMaster University DeGroote School of Medicine in Hamilton, Ontario, worked as a Certified Canadian Counsellor and taught at UC Davis School of Medicine. She has recently begun working on a certificate in Telepsychology. In her private practice, she works online and makes home visits. In addition to writing CME courses at UC Davis, she has recently written a chapter called “The Neuroscience of Coaching,” with Miles Bowman, Joan C. King, and Linda J. Page. The chapter has just been published in The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of the Psychology of Coaching and Mentoring, eds. Jonathan Passmore, David Peterson, and Teresa Freine.

William Bergquist, Ph.D.

As author of more than 40 books and 50 articles, William Bergquist writes about profound personal, group, organizational and societal transitions and transformations. Dr. Bergquist has conducted research and scholarship in North America, Europe and Asia to establish the foundation for his written work. His publications range from the personal transitions of men and women in their 50s and the struggles of men and women in recovering from strokes, to the experiences of freedom among the men and women of Eastern Europe following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

His book, The Postmodern Organization, has been identified as one of the 50 classics in organizational theory and has been translated into both Italian and Mandarin. In Our Fifties (with Klaum and Greenberg) was featured on Good Morning America and in several metropolitan newspapers. The Vitality of Senior Faculty (with Carole Bland) received the annual research award in 1998 from the American Educational Research Association. The Four Cultures of the Academy, Engaging the Six Cultures of the Academy (with Ken Pawlak), Designing Undergraduate Education (with Gould and Greenberg), and A Handbook for Faculty Development (three volumes) (with Steven Phillips) have been widely acknowledged and cited as seminal publications in the field of higher education.

William Bergquist has served throughout the world as a consultant, coach and/or trainer to leaders in more than 1,000 corporations, government agencies, human service agencies, college and universities, and churches over the past 35 years. He co-founded (with John Lazar) the International Journal of Coaching in Organizations, co-founded the International Consortium for Coaching in Organizations (ICCO) and currently is co-owner of the digitally-based Library of Professional Coaching. Dr. Bergquist has served as professor and educator in the fields of psychology, management, public administration, organization development and public policy at more than two dozen colleges, universities and graduate institutions. The postsecondary institutions in which he has taught range from the University of California in Berkeley, California to the Tallinn Polytechnic Institute in Tallinn, Estonia.

Jesus Cervantes, Psy.D.

Jesus Cervantes is a bilingual/bicultural Clinical Psychologist working in the Mental Health Field for over 25 years. He first graduated as a Clinical Psychologist from the University of Mexico State and earned a Master’s Degree in Education in Mexico City. Before moving to US he served as an administrator with the Mexican government in the Department of Education by developing and implementing Policy and Procedures for the use of Psychological Testing as well as Vice-Principal at a High School. He is an alumnus of PSP in his Master’s in clinical studies as well as his doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Cervantes serves as a Mental Health Program Coordinator with Sacramento County Behavioral Health Services in Quality Management Unit, overseeing all adult programs as well as the Sacramento County Jail Psychiatric Services.

Dr. Cervantes is responsible for developing/implementing Sacramento County Mental Health Policy and Procedures based on State and Federal regulations, as well as providing with training and technical support to all adult mental health providers. He is the QM cultural competence liaison between county and mental health providers. Dr. Cervantes is responsible for the Spanish Language and Latin Culture Special Skills Exam in Sacramento County. Previous to his current position in the QM Unit, Dr. Cervantes worked in the Adult and Children Units as a Program Coordinator developing mental health contracts for the mental health providers in the community. In addition, he holds a private practice in Downtown Sacramento.

Dr. Cervantes is also a former administrator of a Mental Health Community Agency “El Hogar Mental Health” where he served as the Program Manager. He is a member of CAMFT, and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with the Board of Behavioral Science Examiners. Dr Cervantes has a long of experience working in the private and public sectors. He has experience in working with dually diagnosed clients at the Mexican Alcoholism Program (MAAP) and Bi-Valley Methadone Clinics and in the mental health inpatient/crisis settings. He has served as a Keynote Speaker at different local Latino conferences as well as presenter and moderator.

Robi Friedman,Ph.D.

Dr. Friedman is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Haifa, Israel. He serves on the faculty at Haifa University, and is co-founder of the Israel Institute of Group Analysis and President of the Israel Association for Group Psychotherapy. With a doctoral in psychology from Zurich University, Robi Friedman has presented at more than a dozen conferences throughout the world during the past two decades, addressing such topics as dreams in group psychotherapy, the uniting and dividing of genders, and the nature of social unconscious processes. Dr. Friedman is co-editor of Dreams in Group Psychotherapy and Desire, Passion and Gender: Clinical Implications and has authored more than thirty articles and essays in various international journals, including the International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, the International Journal of Counseling and Psychotherapy and Group Analysis. He has also published chapters in such books as The Social Unconscious in Persons, Groups and Societies and The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Group Psychotherapy.

Sara Galbraith, Psy.D., MFT

Dr. Galbraith has been a practicing psychotherapist for the past 18 years. She received her Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from The Professional School of Psychology and her Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Dominican University. Her graduate training included counseling internships at Catholic Social Services, AFTER/Parents United and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America. Dr. Galbraith is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Sacramento, California. She has served for the two years as Director of PSP unique doctoral tutorial program in clinical psychology. Her clinical interests include individual and family counseling specializing in depression, anxiety, physical and sexual abuse, adjustment disorders, co-parenting and families in transition.

Nadine Greiner, Ph.D.

Nadine Greiner is noted as a skilled and knowledgeable provider of Interim Leadership and Executive Coaching. Dr. Nadine Greiner has a 20 year background in leadership, and a dual Ph.D. in Organization Development and Clinical Psychology from PSP. She has served as Interim Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer, and Vice President in organizations of a variety of sizes and stages of growth. The industries in which she has the most experience are Non-Profit, Healthcare, and Financial Services.

Nadine is fluent in written and spoken French, has multi-cultural experiences from living and/or working in England, France, Algeria, Morocco, Sudan, Zambia, New Caledonia, and the United States. Dr. Greiner has worked with such diverse organizations as the Bank of America Corporation, California Pacific Medical Center, Charles Schwab & Co., the City of San Francisco, the Episcopal Diocese of San Francisco, the Oracle Corporation and The Sierra Club.

Rick Heyer, J. D.

Rick Heyer graduated from the University of Nevada (UNR) with a B.A. in History. Shortly after graduating from UNR he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. It was as a Marine that Mr. Heyer began his teaching career. Mr. Heyer co-developed and taught a course on infantry tactics for squad leaders to junior non-commissioned officers. Mr. Heyer enrolled in law school after discharging from the Marines. He graduate from Pacific McGeorge School of Law in 2001 and was admitted to the bar in December of that year. Mr. Heyer began work as an attorney in the Office of the Public Defender of Sacramento County in late 2001.

Mr. Heyer worked as a public defender until 2004. In June of that year he accepted a position with the California Parole Advocacy Program (CalPAP). One of his duties in this position was to act as the training coordinator for the program. In this role he developed and taught an intensive three day seminar aimed at training attorneys on how to represent parolees facing revocation of their parole. He also was responsible for the continuing education of the attorneys in the program. Mr. Heyer left CalPAP in 2007 and began working s a Deputy County Counsel for Sacramento County. As a County Counsel he is primarily responsible for representing the County Department of Health and Human Services, which includes the Division of Mental Health. This representation requires Mr. Heyer to provide counsel to mental health professional on their legal and ethical obligations and duties routinely.

Richard Lichtman, Ph.D.

Dr. Lichtman is a well-known teacher and author who has trained and studied intensely in philosophy, psychology, psychotherapy and social theory. His perspective develops the interrelations among a wide variety of disciplines and is founded on the conviction that the truth lies in the totality, not in isolated parts of the whole. He has taught in the philosophy department at the University of California at Berkeley, been a fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions in Santa Barbara, the humanities department at San Francisco State University, the sociology department at the University of California at Santa Cruz, as well as many other institutions in the United States and Europe. For the last thirty years Richard Lichtman has taught social psychology, theory and methodology at the Wright Institute in Berkeley California.

His writings indicate the range of his interests. The Production of Desire is an analysis and evaluation of the numerous attempts that have been made to integrate the works of Marx and Freud. Essays in Critical Social Theory is an application of critical theory to a wide range of subjects in economic, political and social theory. Dying in America is a critical analysis of contemporary theories of death and dying and a memoir of his father and his death. Dr. Lichtman has also contributed to a large number of scholarly journals. He is currently working on a volume that will provide a basic critique of the notions of normalcy and pathology that underlie contemporary psychology and therapy.

Charles Maas, M.D.

Charles Maas is a pediatrician with additional training in public health. His career has included more than twenty years providing pediatric primary care, eight years in public health administration, and, most recently, 10 years providing child mental health services with the University of California Davis, Department of Psychiatry. He currently works with a community child mental health agency providing child psychiatry evaluations and medication treatment. His most interesting assignment includes being responsible for providing both pediatric and mental health services in one setting – a large group home for post-ajudicated youth. Chuck has enjoyed teaching all levels of students including graduate school, pediatric and psychiatric residents, and community pediatricians.

Linda Page, Ph.D.

Linda Page is Founder and President of the Adler School of Professional Studies in Toronto, Canada, and from 1992 to 2006 led the local administration of the M.A. in Counseling Psychology degree granted by the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago. She holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Adler in Illinois, where she is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. She taught social psychology, cognitive psychology, learning, motivation and emotion, and gender studies and was co-founder of the Gender and Ethnocultural Studies Center as a member of Adler’s core doctoral faculty from 1992 to 1998.

Dr. Page was a psychotherapist in private practice from 1980 to 1995. She chairs the Alliance of Psychotherapy Training Institutions, a group of educators who have proposed a curriculum for a minimum standard for regulation of psychotherapists in Ontario. In 1998, Dr. Page founded Adler International Learning (formerly Adler School of Professional Coaching) and has served as its President since that date. Adler’s Professional Coaching Program was the first in Canada to be certified by the International Coach Federation and is the only ICF-certified program in the world based on Adlerian principles. In 2007, Adler and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto signed a co-sponsorship agreement for Certificates in Leadership Coaching, a series of programs to promote leadership development among organizations, their leaders, coaches, and coaching students.

Dr. Page became an Adler Certified Professional Coach in 2002. She serves on the Board of the Graduate School Alliance for Executive Coaching, and the Research Advisory Board for The Coaching Institute, . With David Rock, Dr. Page co-authored Coaching with the Brain in Mind: Foundations for Practice (Wiley, August 2009). She has published papers and is in demand internationally to present on theoretical foundations of coaching, brain-based competencies for psychosocial change agents, and the practical implications of a shift from a mechanistic to a systemic worldview.

Dorothy Siminovitch, Ph.D., M.C.C.

Dorothy E. Siminovitch, principal of AWAREWORKS International, is a Master Certified Coach and consultant to organizational leaders around the world. In 2002, she co-founded and is the Chair of the International Gestalt Coaching Program (IGCP), the only Gestalt-based coach training program awarded International Coach Federation certification. As a faculty member at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland and the GestaltOSD center, Dorothy honed the rich teaching, coaching, and consulting skills that she now brings to all her work.

Her current gestalt institutional affiliation is with the Gestalt International Study Center. She is also a Board member of The International Consortium for Coaching in Organizations. Through AWAREWORKS International, Dr. Siminovitch provides transformative Gestalt-based coaching and consulting services to individuals, teams and organizations. Dorothy’s work is distinctive in that she creates a cross-cultural and broad-based forum for conversation with outstanding leaders in coaching, consulting, and Gestalt theory development.

Charles Smith, Ph.D.

Charlie Smith has worked in corporations, associations and government agencies throughout the United States, Canada and Europe for 43 years. His work has encompassed entire companies, agencies and industries, as well as focused on project teams, manufacturing plants, and union management groups. His mission is to support people to discover what is personally holding them back and to help them move forward to unparalleled success.

A graduate of the Boston Public Latin School, Charlie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Relations from Harvard College, a Master’s from the Harvard Business School, a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University, and a certificate in Gestalt Methods from the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. He served as a Visiting Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at Sir George Williams University in Montreal, and taught at the McGill University School of Education and the McGill Centre for Management Education. He is a past President of the Harvard-Radcliffe Club of New Mexico, and has served on Boards of Directors for the Foundation for Mid-East Communication and the National Peace Institute Foundation. He was a co-founder of the Middle Road Foundation for Native American Youth in Taos, New Mexico.

His first book, The Merlin Factor: Keys to the Corporate Kingdom, has been translated into Chinese and Romanian and is published by Gower Publishing in Great Britain and Kairos Productions, now located in Eustis, Florida. His second, Navigating from the Future: a Primer for Sustainable Transformation was published by Kairos Productions with CreateSpace Publishing. In addition to the active consultancies and training projects Charlie is engaged in via Kairos Productions, he serves as Executive Editor of Transformation Magazine: A Quarterly Road Map, published by the Library of Professional Coaching.

Thomas Smith, Psy.D.

Thomas Michael Smith is an alumnus of PSP and a clinical psychologist in private practice serving the communities along the I-80 corridor from Suisun to West Sacramento including Fairfield, Vacaville, Dixon, Winters, Davis and Woodland. He was awarded the doctorate in 2006. Dr. Smith is a member of the California Psychological Association, an Associate Member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and a member of the Advisory Council of the Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center in Sacramento. He is also an ordained minister within the Presbyterian Church (USA), and a member of the Presbytery of Sacramento.

Gay Teurman, PsyD, M.F.T.

Gay Teurman is an individual and group psychotherapist, who also has broad-based experience in government system analysis and implementation of community based legislation. Dr. Teurman has extensive experience in the areas of program planning and development, and the formulation of state regulations and professional mental health standards as they relate to client treatment, patient rights and client/patient confidentiality, and related ethical issues. Dr. Teurman has substantial experience in conducting clinical assessments regarding client status, history, danger to self and others, progress, chemical dependency, and related mental health information. She frequently makes presentations to professional audiences on various psychological issues and provides training sessions on psychological assessment and research.

Haim Weinberg, Ph.D.

Haim Weinberg is a clinical psychologist, group analyst (Israel) and Certified Group Psychotherapist (USA), now living in the United States. For the past 25 years he has worked as a clinical psychologist, providing individual, couple, family, and group psychotherapy, as well as supervising interns and junior psychologists. He is the past-president of the Israeli Association of Group Psychotherapy. A faculty member of the group facilitators training program in Tel-Aviv University, ex-director of the group leaders training program in Bet Berl College, teaches in the Integrative Psychotherapy program, Buber Center, Department of Psychology and School of Social Work, Hebrew University, Jerusalem. He is in private practice, and is a member of the Board of the International Association of Group Psychotherapy (IAGP), and a member of The American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA) and the Group Analytic Society (GAS).

Dr. Weinberg has conducted workshops, lectured and presented in many local (Israel and USA) and international conferences, participating and presenting in the AGPA annual meetings for the last 10 years, and leading the Large Group there lately. He has co-chaired several Israeli conferences on group therapy and the Scientific Program Committee of the International Conference of Group Psychotherapy of the IAGP in Brazil, 2006. Haim Weinberg has published more than a dozen papers, co-edited a book about the Large Group and is moderating the group psychotherapy discussion list on the Internet. Haim Weinberg completed his PhD studies at the Manchester Metropolitan University (England) specializing in the study of Groups, their Cultures, and the Internet Unconscious. His professional interests lie in the areas of group processes and group therapy, multicultural issues, conflict resolution, trauma groups, large groups and the social unconscious.

Amy Wilner, Psy.D.

Amy Wilner received her undergraduate degree from Vassar College, where she majored in English, and an M.F.A. from the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. Before receiving graduate training in clinical psychology, she spent years as a professional editor in the fields of psychology and psychoanalysis, and was the editor on staff for the MacArthur Foundation’s Program on Conscious and Unconscious Mental Processes at UCSF’s Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute. She received her master’s degree in clinical psychology from the San Francisco School of Psychology, and completed her doctoral work through the Professional School of Psychology in Sacramento, where her dissertation focused on adolescent girls with eating disorders. She is the Clinical Director of the Marin County chapter of A Home Within, a nation-wide organization that provides pro-bono long-term therapy to children and adolescents in the foster care system. She has also participated in panel discussions for and serves as a consultant to Beyond Differences, a nonprofit focused on social isolation among middle- and high-school students. She maintains a private practice with offices in both San Francisco and San Rafael.