Our Providers

Elizabeth Gurfein, PsyD




B.A. in Modern East Asian History, Brown University

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, PGSP - Stanford Psy.D. Consortium

Pre-Doctoral Internship: VA Northern California Health Care System

Postdoctoral Fellowship: Native American Health Center

Special Interests

Trauma Recovery; Interpersonal Neurobiology; Identity Development

Therapy Style

My style is integrative combining a humanistic conviction that we each have the capacity and innate desire to reach our maximum potential, prioritization of therapies and interventions supported by empirical evidence, and a deep trust in the knowledge derived from intuition and wisdom traditions. My role as a therapist is to create a container where we can meet to invite growth and healing.

Modality & Approach

I work collaboratively with clients to develop a conceptualization of the problem(s) they are seeking help with. What are the factors that contributed to the development of this issue? What factors precipitated the issue and what mechanisms are perpetuating the issue? Then we review therapies and interventions that have been scientifically shown to help others with this issue and consider whether or not these options are suitable for you as an individual.In addition to information gathered from gold-standard clinical studies, we will consider your individual preferences, your previous experiences in therapy, and wisdom derived from your life experience. Some of the options we will consider include Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Prolonged Exposure (PE), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Attachment-Based Therapy, and Insight Oriented Therapy.

What is your favorite restaurant in San Francisco?

I celebrated a recent birthday at Robin and it was one of my favorite dining experiences ever.

What is one thing you do daily that supports your mental and emotional well-being?

Listen to music, sing, or dance.


Dancing, flower arranging, Eastern philosophy, communing with nature

License Number and State

Registered Psychological Assistant: PSB 94025387Supervisor: Jeff Taylor, Psy.DClinical Psychologist: CA PSY 30321