I am a licensed clinical psychologist with over 10 years of experience treating adolescents and adults. My approach to psychotherapy is warm, empathic, and compassionate. I treat each individual professionally and with respect. I appreciate the uniqueness of each patient and emphasize listening closely and thoughtfully, as we all possess the ability to tell our story regarding our strengths and our challenges, even when we sometimes do not realize it. I strive to create a safe environment where you can feel open to express and explore your feelings and experiences, without judgment or emphasis on what is “right” or “wrong.” I believe that therapy is an opportunity to learn more about ourselves and to express our feelings freely, in an effort to learn new methods of dealing with problems, being in relationships, and pursuing our dreams.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist (PSY 25105 CA: 2701 OR). I was previously the Director of Clinical Training and an Assistant Professor within the Clinical Psychology Department at Notre Dame de Namur University. I have taught and presented to undergraduates, doctoral students, psychiatry residents, and medical students at California Pacific Medical Center, Pacific Forensic Psychology Associates, Inc., San Jose State University, The Wright Institute, and Pop Wuj Medical Clinic in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. I am currently a member of the Oregon Psychoanalytic Center and have provided clinical supervision to psychology trainees at Queer LifeSpace. I am a member of the Education Committee for the Northern California Center for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.
My private practice is largely informed by modern psychoanalytic theory. I provide individual, couple, family, and group psychotherapy. I integrate themes of social justice throughout my practice, and am particularly thoughtful about the role that various cultural identifications, and their intersection, play in mental health and treatment. I also provide education, consultation, and training to professionals and students.
“Relevant … is decontructionism’s assertion that binary identity categories such as masculinity and femininity, blackness and whiteness, are in fact not dichotomous but rather are inextricably co-defining and take on their meaning in a context of power inequalities. They are pairs in hierarchical relation, and the valued member of the pair defines itself primarily by excluding unwanted characteristics from its self-definition. These in turn become the defining characteristics of the devalued member of the pair.” (“Bringing the Plague: Toward a Postmodern Psychoanalysis,” Susan Fairfield, Lynne Layton, and Carolyn Stack (Eds.) p. 12).
A central aspect of my clinical thinking focuses on the role of power, privilege, and cultural dominance. Knowledge, concepts, and meaning are not developed on a solely individual basis, but rather are created through coordination and communication with others. Language is fundamentally important – it is the most essential way in which we construct reality. Our psychological experiences, including emotions, thoughts, somatic/bodily sensations, are subsequently developed within this context. I view problems in living, therefore, as relational, contextual, interpretive, and situated within the dominant discourse, expression, response, and cultural norms.
Following a career as a Corporate Trainer for Bank of America, I earned my doctorate in clinical psychology from The Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. My training and education has been diverse, including education in psychoanalysis, neuropsychology, cross-cultural awareness and sensitivity, severe mental illness, health psychology, and psychodynamic psychotherapy. My past clinical experience and training included a post-doctoral fellowship with Pacific Forensic Psychology Associates, Inc. providing mandated, outpatient psychotherapy to High Risk Sex Offenders and other individuals released from incarceration; an internship at California Pacific Medical Center Department of Psychiatry providing individual, couple, and group psychotherapy to individuals with chronic mental illness; psychotherapy with college students at Mills College; as well as clinical positions at The Wright Institute Clinic, Cleo Eulau Center, San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center, and the Pop Wuj Medical Clinic in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. I was an Assistant Professor in the Clinical Psychology Department at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, CA, where I also served as Director of Clinical Training.
My professional interests include the challenges faced by LGBTQ individuals of color, including internalized racism and internalized heteronormativity; as well as reproductive mental health, including subfertility and assisted reproductive technologies, adoption, and perinatal and postnatal depression, and transitions to parenthood and attachment. I am interested in studying how social ideals of control and hyper-achievement influence women’s experience with subfertility and personal identity. I am also interested in adjustment and isolation in first generation college students of color, particularly in how those students face challenges in unfamiliar academic terrain and meet peer and institutional microaggressions as well as overt racism and prejudice in social media and online peer networks, and am hopeful to establish more mentor programs to support these students.
I am currently working on an edited anthology of the experiences of first generation college students that have successfully completed undergraduate and graduate degrees.
- Psy.D., The Wright Institute, Berkeley, CA, 2011
- M.A., The Wright Institute, Berkeley, CA, 2009
- BA, Psychology, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA 2007
- Advanced Psychopathology
- Clinical Practicum
- Clinical Case Seminar
- Couple Psychotherapy
- Group Psychotherapy
- Clinical Supervision
- Counseling and Intervention – Adults
- Principles of Marriage and Family Therapy
- Family Systems and Relational Psychotherapy
- Issues in Martial Therapy: Infertility, ART, and Adoption
- Fundamentals of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy – Part II
- Research Project: Capstone Completion
- Research Project: Thesis Completion
- Supervised Field Experience
Research and Professional Interests
- Psychotherapy with LGBTQ people of color
- Social Justice
- Reproductive Mental Health (perinatal issues, birth trauma, infant loss, infertility, attachment and bonding)
- Clinical Supervision
- 1st Generation College Students
- Oregon Psychoanalytic Center
- Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology
- San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
- National Latina/o Psychological Association
Publications – For Academic Audiences
Rodríguez, A. (2016). Assessment of egg and sperm donors. In Walfish, S., Zimmerman, J., & Barnett, J. (Eds.), The Handbook of Private Practice. London, U.K.: Oxford University. Manuscript in print.
Rodriguez, A. (2016). Brown and queer: On the confluence of internalized racism and internalized homophobia. Manuscript in preparation.
Rodríguez, A. (2014). Review of the book The parts left out: A novel, by T.H. Ogden. Jung Journal: Culture & Psyche, 9(2).
Publications – For General Audiences
Rodríguez, A. (August 31, 2015). Eliminating “Negative Emotions.” PSYCHED Magazine. http://www.psychedinsanfrancisco.com/psyched-magazine/
Rodríguez, A. (2015). How can you not like the Beatles?: The Damaging Effects of Power and Privilege, Part I, Huffington Post, December 10, 2015.
Rodríguez, A. (2015). Internalized discrimination: The damaging effects of power and privilege, Part II, PSYCHED in San Francisco Magazine, November 11, 2015.
Rodríguez, A. (2015). White fragility: The damaging effects of power and privilege, Part III, PSYCHED in San Francisco Magazine, December 28, 2015.
Rodríguez, A. (2016). The hypocrisy of American ‘Family Values,’ PSYCHED in San Francisco Magazine, February 29, 2016.
Rodríguez, A. (2016). On rupture and repair. PSYCHED in San Francisco Magazine, March 28, 2016.
Rodríguez, A. (2016). Rupture and repair in the therapeutic relationship. PSYCHED in San Francisco Magazine, May 20, 2016.
2018 “Psychoanalysis in el barrio” – Film. Panel Participant. Oregon Psychoanalytic Center, Portland, OR.
2017 “Black Psychoanalysts Speak” – Film. Panel Participant. Oregon Psychoanalytic Center, Portland, OR.
2016 Violence, Aggression, and Psychopathy: Understanding and Treating Evil. Taube Center, Belmont, CA.
2015 Gay Identity Development in Adolescence: Sociocultural Domains of Power and Privilege. Queer LifeSpace, San Francisco, CA.
2015 Dreams, Consciousness, and Restorative Social Justice – Two Lectures with Dr. Mark Solms – Co-moderator and panel discussant, San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, Berkeley, CA.
2014 Treating LGBTQ People of Color: Internalized Racism and Internalized Homophobia. California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, CA.
2014 Pursuing post-doctoral fellowship options. California Pacific Medical Center, Professional Development Seminar, San Francisco, CA.
2014 What’s Next? Life After Internship and Professional Development. California Pacific Medical Center, Professional Development Seminar, Belmont, CA.
2012 Forensic Outpatient Psychotherapy: Working with Psychopathy. California Pacific Medical Center.
2012 Psychic Retreats: Working with Resistance in High Risk Sex Offenders. Pacific Forensic Psychology Associates, Inc., Post-Doctoral Fellow Training, Oakland, CA.
2011 Listening to the Patient: A Workshop for Medical Students. Pop Wuj Medical Clinic, Quatzaltenango, Guatemala.
2010 Bion and Psychotherapeutic Technique. California Pacific Medical Center, Psychiatry Residency Core Curriculum, San Francisco, CA.
2009 Careers in Mental Health: An Informational Seminar for 1st Generation College Students of Color. San Jose State University, San Jose, CA.
2008 The Mistranslation of Freud: Strachey and the Medicalization of Psychoanalysis. The Wright Institute, Berkeley, CA.
Campus/Departmental Talks (Notre Dame de Namur University, Belmont, CA)
2016 Diversity Discussions. Panel Moderator and Participant. Notre Dame de Namur University, Belmont, CA.
2015 Culture & Art: Is Art Immune to Gentrification. Panel discussant, Notre Dame de Namur University Art Therapy Department, Belmont, CA.
2015 Practicum Information Presentation and Panel Discussion. Notre Dame de Namur University, Clinical Psychology Department, Belmont, CA.
2015 Panel – “Between the I and We: Becoming an American Student” – Richard Rodríguez. Panel Discussant with Richard Rodríguez, Dorothy Stang Center, Belmont, CA.
2015 Gen1 Panel. Panel Discussant, Notre Dame de Namur University, Belmont, CA.
2014 Practicum Information Seminar. Notre Dame de Namur University, Clinical Psychology Department, Belmont, CA.
2014 Addressing Isolation, Social Support, and Life Satisfaction in First Generation College Students: The Role of Peer Mentoring, Notre Dame de Namur University.
2013 Practicum Information Seminar. Notre Dame de Namur University, Clinical Psychology Department, Belmont, CA.