CIIS Psychological Services Center

CIIS Psychological Services Center


#GivingTuesday is here! CIIS is changing the world from the inside out. On Giving Tuesday Nov 27, Facebook and PayPal will match a total of $7 Million in donations. Join other alums and give today-- no amount is too small.💙
The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office is hosting our annual RED ZONE Campus Sexual Assault Prevention, Intervention and Services event in Partnership with San Francisco State University on 9/27. We would love to have you attend this FREE event and would greatly appreciate if you would all please register and share this information with your networks.

We offers quality individual, group, and couple's therapy as well as psychological assessment at affordable rates. Call today to find out more.415-346-1011

PSC is the training clinic for the Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) program at CIIS. We offer individual, group, and couple therapy services as well as psychological assessment all on a sliding fee scale. Check our website or call us at 415-346-1011 for more information or to complete an intake and see where therapy may take you.

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Acculturation Process on everyday Life

Fridays 7PM Support Group
This group will aim to understand acculturation and to bring light on to the ways it happens and how it shapes the individual experience. We will share from our own experience of exploring the acculturation of others and examine the psychological implication on everyday life. 04/09/2017

The Trauma of Facing Deportation

Uppgivenhetssyndrom, or resignation syndrome, is said to exist only in Sweden, and only among refugees. The patients seem to have lost the will to live. “They are like Snow White,” a doctor said. “They just fall away from the world.” In Sweden, hundreds of refugee children have fallen unconscious after being informed that their families will be expelled from the country.


CIIS Psychological Services Center provides relational, psychodynamic and depth-oriented psychotherapy to individuals and couples from the diverse population of the Bay Area. We have a sliding scale in order to accommodate those who can't afford full fee psychotherapy services. Please consider sharing this and referring individuals who might benefit from our services.


California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS)

Each year, over 44,000 Americans die by su***de, a number that has been steadily rising over the last 10 years. Join clinician and CIIS Community Mental Health Master's Program Core Faculty member, Dr. Steven Tierney, LPCC, for a FREE three-hour training on how to address suicidal behavior/ ideation and help reduce the risk of su***de.


“To have a voice is to be human. To have something to say is to be a person. But speaking depends on listening and being heard; it is an intensely relational act.” Carol Gilligan, 1993


Your voice is your birthright, but often she is silenced to please others. Women rarely give a voice to socially unacceptable emotions. In this group, you will explore feelings that might otherwise be repressed, and confront the challenges you face in self-expression. Speaking your truth supports life balance and will enable you to thrive.


CIIS Psychological Services Center is currently seeking new members for our 2017 Group Therapy Series. Our clinicians are hosting the following groups. Give us a call if you are interested in joining a group! (415)-305-1011

Men's Group
Finding Your Voice Women's Group
Hearing Voices Group
LGBTQ Coming Out Group
Mindful Awareness and Meditation
Race Ethnicity and Identity Group
Art Therapy Group

[01/04/17]   Are you hoping to make lasting New Year's resolutions? We here at CIIS Psychological Services Center can help guide you to make lasting changes for this year and beyond. We offer affordable psychotherapy for individuals and couples. Give us a call to get started with a new therapist. (415) 346-1011

[12/23/16]   With family, tradition, and the darkest days of the year looming over us all at once, inner emotional challenges often come to the surface during the holiday season. Do you or someone you know need some emotional support? Our staff at PSC is here to help. We offer high quality, relational and psychodynamically oriented therapy to adults in the greater Bay Area. Please keep us in mind for individuals and couples who can benefit from sliding scale therapy starting as low as $30. Call us today to set up an appointment for the new year. (415) 346-1011

[12/22/16]   We here at CIIS Psychological Services Center aim to offer high quality, relational and psychodynamically oriented and depth oriented therapy to the greater Bay Area. We know that it is in this time after the holidays many folks benefit from therapy but can't afford high fee therapy. Please keep us in mind in for referrals for individuals and couples who can benefit from sliding scale therapy starting at 30$. Thank you and happy holidays.

[12/22/16]   Feeling down in the cold, dark days of winter? Our therapists are here to help. We offer AFFORDABLE depth psychotherapy to adults and couples struggling with change, loss, depression, anxiety, and more.


California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS)

Sooth and balance your nervous system at the East West Psychology Program's free "Sound Healing" workshop tomorrow October, 18th. 10/12/2016

2016 Honorary Doctorate: Angela Y. Davis at One with Communities of Struggle

"Critical education is truly the practice of freedom."
Watch Angela Davis' speech at CIIS' graduation last May. (scroll down for video) In nearly half a century, her commitment to movements for radical change has not flagged-"radical," as Davis herself is known for saying, meaning simply "grasping things at the root." Davis' analysis of social conditions dives beneath the surface of ideology to the underlying root systems where move... 08/30/2016

To Boost Memory: Study, Wait, Then Exercise

Are you starting a new semester at school? Are you trying to learn new skills? Did you know exercising a few hours after you study can boost your memory? Exercise helps us learn — but when we exercise matters. 08/24/2016

9 Ways to Turn Stress Into Success

Feeling a bit stressed? Here's my favorite tip from the list:
Practice deep breathing while you count to 10 anytime, anywhere. If you're able to, close your eyes for a deeper sense of relaxation. A little relaxation can help you keep off weight, sleep better and be your best self. 08/05/2016

Brunch Recipes for When Your Therapist Is on Vacation - The New Yorker

Here's a little something for those suffering through their therapist's "August is for vacation" policy. Just follow these five easy recipes, and you’ll forget about the Dr. Flannery-­sized hole in your life in no time. 06/24/2016

Why We Fall in Love: The Paradoxical Psychology of Romance and Why Frustration Is Necessary for...

An informative review of Adam Phillips' 2013 book "Missing Out: In Praise of the Life Unlived". This piece focuses on the wishes we hope to fulfill with relationship. “All love stories are frustration stories… To fall in love is to be reminded of a frustration that you didn’t know you had.”


Online Dating Norms and Patterns Survey

One of our training clinicians is researching online dating apps in her dissertation research. Have you used a dating app in the last 12 months? Share your experience in this confidential 8-10 minute survey: Web survey powered by Create your own online survey now with SurveyMonkey's expert certified FREE templates. 04/26/2016

Psychoanalytic psychotherapy can help depressed patients where other treatments fail | Tavistock...

This bullet point from the article says it all:
44% of the patients who were given 18 months of weekly psychoanalytic psychotherapy no longer have major depressive disorder when followed up two years after therapy had ended; for those receiving the NHS treatments currently provided the figure was only 10%. A ground-breaking research study conducted by the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and published in the October issue of World Psychiatry is providing important evidence of the efficacy of long term psychoanalytic psychotherapy (LTPP) for NHS patients suffering from chronic depression. 04/25/2016

How Neuroscientists Explain the Mind-Clearing Magic of Running

PSC is a giant advocate of physical activity. This article from NYMag detailing the mental benefits helps us reason why. Research in neuroscience shows a solid link between aerobic exercise and cognitive clarity. 04/19/2016

5 Ways a Group Can Help You Get What You Really Want

This Psychology Today peice reminds of us of some reasons group therapy is so useful. Check it out, then mosey over to the PSC website ( and peruse our nightly group options. How did I get here? 04/12/2016

Grieving My Patient's Friend

A NYTimes Opinionator piece wherein Galit Atlas considers the strangeness of feeling close to those whom we've never met, but have come to know through the stories and lives of our patients. It isn’t unusual for therapists to get emotionally attached to people we’ve never met. 04/05/2016

Saving Psychotherapy From the Medication Takeover

A spot from HuffPo's science page to helps us think about the challenges of psychotherapy research. One of the best experiences of my career occurred in the 1980s when I was a member of the group that decided which psychotherapy studies would be funded ... 03/22/2016

The enormous power of the unconscious brain

This BBC article and video looks at how the unconscious enters our daily lives. A lot of the things we do in everyday life don’t need to involve our conscious mind. In many cases, the more we use it, the less effective we become. 03/18/2016

Why Therapists Should Talk Politics

Richard Brouillette askst psychotherapists to consider taking up political discussion in session in this NYTimes opinionator piece. Sometimes, the patient is depressed because the world is unjust. 03/08/2016

Why Do We Teach Girls That It’s Cute to Be Scared?

In honor of International Women's Day, we present this NYTimes editorial by San Francisco's own Caroline Paul who asks "Why do we teach girls that it is cute to be scared?" Stop telling your daughters to be careful all the time. Let them face their fears. 03/01/2016

How People Learn to Become Resilient

This New Yorker piece helps us think about the origins of resilience. Resilience is a set of skills—and psychologists know how you can learn them. 02/24/2016

Watch Full Episodes Online of SOPTV Stories of Service on PBS | Project 22

Project 22 is now available for streaming on Two vets take a motorcycle ride across the country in efforts to alert us all about the plight of America's returning service men and women. A must see for anyone working with veterans in a clinical setting. After tragedy struck home, two combat-wounded veterans set out to end a little-known epidemic in America--22 each day. Their 6,500-mile cross-country mission was to raise awareness of the high rate of su***de amongst Veterans and show their brothers and sisters-at-arms that there is hope for them. D… 02/21/2016


Looking for an interesting way to collect 10 CEUs? Check out our colleague Megan Rundel's retreat "Practices of the Night: Buddhist Approaches to Dreaming and Sleep". There are only a few spots left. Friday evening to Sunday, March 11-13 The Marconi Conference Center, near Pt. Reyes 02/18/2016

You Need Therapy, but Not for the Reasons You Might Think

CIIS alum Manuel Manotos helps us think about why we need therapy. Psychotherapy isn't solely for people experiencing difficult psychological symptoms. Here's what it can do for anyone, regardless of mental health history. 02/16/2016

A Last-Minute Breakthrough

PSC is saddened by the news of Muriel Dimen's death. She was a great force in our field, and she will be missed. We honor Dr. Dimen's life and work with this NY Times opinion piece from November 2015. It details Muriel's desire for more with a potentially terminating patient, which highlights our own impossible wish for more from Muriel. She came to end her therapy. But by the end of the session, we were finally underway. 02/09/2016

Financial despair, addiction and the rise of su***de in white America

The Guardian examines the rising rates of addiction, financial insolvency, and su***de in the US, and how these are impacting our citizens.***de-rates-rise-butte-montana-princeton-study Officials in Montana wrestle to explain why the state has the highest rate of su***de in the US at nearly twice the national average – and it’s rising 02/02/2016

An American Psychiatric Horror Story

Forbes takes a look at what happens when someone other than patient or clinician make decisions about treatment type and length. Patients should be respected to determine their treatment, not companies that ration care for profit.


Our director reflects on working with CIIS Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program-PsyD students, forming therapeutic relationships, and responding to the needs of underserved communities -->


Psychological Services Center's Lani Chow Steps Into New Role

CIIS spotlights our very own Lani Chow! Lani Chow, Director of the Psychological Services Center, the counseling center run by CIIS’ Clinical Psychology doctoral program, reflects on her eight years at the helm and new position as Director of Clinical Training for the PsyD program.





507 Polk St
San Francisco, CA

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Monday 8am - 8pm
Tuesday 8am - 8pm
Wednesday 8am - 8pm
Thursday 8am - 8pm
Friday 8am - 7pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
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