Interns and Post-Doc Fellows 2014-2015
Elisabetta Ambrosia, M.A. is a Doctoral Intern in the Adult Outpatient track and will also complete a Health Psychology rotation, consulting and working with patients with acute and chronic medical conditions. Elisa’s clinical interests include severe mental illness, mood and sleeping disorders, relationship issues, chronic pain, somatic issues, trauma, loss, and grief. Elisa enjoys working with individual of all ages and diverse backgrounds, and her work is informed by relational, psychoanalytic, developmental, multicultural, and trauma theories as well as her background in mindfulness meditation.
Ian Faerstein, M.A. is a Doctoral Intern in the Child and Adult Outpatient track and a fifth-year doctoral student. His previous experience includes working with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings, including schools, youth programs, and community clinics. Ian's clinical interests include relational psychodynamic approaches to psychotherapy, brief psychotherapy, psychological assessment, and identity development in adolescence and emerging adulthood. His dissertation examines the validity of a scale measuring therapist fidelity to Accelerated-Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy, an integrative psychotherapy model.
Alexandra Lee, M.A. is a Doctoral Intern in the Adult Outpatient and Women’s Mental Health tracks. Alexandra’s previous training included work in elementary school, college counseling, and community mental health settings. Alexandra is particularly interested in character disorders, infant-parent dynamics, women’s mental health and perinatal concerns, and her clinical work is informed by object relations theories. Alexandra’s research interests include the effect of the therapist’s own treatment on clinical work and the effects of different models of supervision on treatment. Alexandra’s dissertation investigates the change process in psychodynamic therapies.
Jonathan Rousell, M.A. is a Doctoral Intern in the Adult Inpatient track. He is currently working in both the CPMC Psychiatric Inpatient Unit and in the Outpatient Clinic. Jonathan has a clinical interest in using psychoanalytic theories and techniques in the treatment of diverse patient populations with a wide range of psychological and existential concerns. He is fascinated by the interplay of culture, language, and identity in personality development. Jonathan’s research interests include the phenomenology of psychosis, cross-cultural conceptualizations of selfhood, and the role of culture in mediating expressions of personality disorders.
Ryan Schuster, M.A. is a Doctoral Intern in the Child and Adult Outpatient track. Ryan has spent the past four years of training in community, hospital, and school-based facilities. Much of his time has been dedicated to providing bilingual (Spanish-English) therapy, consultation and assessment to children, adults, and families. Some of his clinical interests include immigration and acculturative stressors, transitions of childhood and adolescence, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Alexander Shen, M.A. is a Doctoral Intern in the Child and Adolescent Outpatient track and will also provide care through the Pediatric Consultation Liaison Service. Alex’s primary clinical and research interests focus on the incorporation of psychoanalytic, multicultural, and developmental perspectives to support the well-being of diverse communities. During his training, Alex has worked with children, adults, and families in community and school-based settings. He is particularly interested in the impact of complex developmental trauma across the lifespan, medically vulnerable populations, and culturally informed psychodiagnostic assessment. His dissertation explores the impact of ethnic identity on psychosocial development and subjective well-being.
Sarah Steinberg, M.A. is a Doctoral Intern in the Adult Outpatient track and the Program Administration and Evaluation sub-track. Sarah’s developing clinical perspective is integrative, influenced by the fields of psychoanalytic theory, multicultural theory, and social work. Sarah’s prior training, primarily in public sector and community mental health, has included clinical work with adults, children, couples, and groups, extensive experience in LGBTQ communities, and particular emphases on parenting, substance abuse treatment, and trauma recovery. Sarah’s dissertation developed an inclusive model of gender that lends itself to quantitative as well as qualitative research.
Sydney Tan, M.A. is a Doctoral Intern in the Adult Outpatient track and the Program Administration and Evaluation sub-track. Her interests include the relationship between psychoanalysis, literature, and philosophy. Her dissertation examines the parent-child relationship. She serves on the NCSPP Pre-licensed Clinician Members Committee and the SFCP Community Members Committee.
Lindsay Ulrey, M.A. is a Doctoral Intern in the Child/Adolescent and Adult tracks. Lindsay has worked therapeutically with children and families in a variety of clinical settings, including an inpatient pediatric unit, a school-based community mental health agency, and CPMC’s Kalmanovitz Child Development Center. Lindsay received her master's in counseling psychology from the University of San Francisco in 2011, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in clinical psychology at California School of Professional Psychology. Lindsay uses play, art, and other expressive mediums to facilitate a process which encourages self-reflection, emotional expression, and increased self-awareness among children and adults. Lindsay also considers the importance of exploring and understanding her client's developmental history, family history, living environment, work/school environment, ethnicity and cultural values, and spiritual and religious practices.
Sophie Wasson, M.A. is a Doctoral Intern in the Child and Adult Outpatient tracks. Sophie came to psychology with a background in dance, art history, and film. Sophie's clinical interests include psychoanalytically informed therapy with a diverse range of individuals, from young children to older adults. She is deeply informed by object relations theory and is fascinated by nonverbal communications and silences during the session. Sophie has also been a part of A Home Within since 2011, where she has been conducting weekly play therapy with a former foster child. She is currently working on her dissertation, exploring countertransference in work with traumatized children.
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