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geraldine alpert (Geri)

San Rafael, CA
415 453-8969

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San Rafael, CA
415 453-8969
415 4979479
33 Bungalow Ave
San Rafael, CA 94901

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Education and Training
Dr. Alpert received her  Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Harvard  University.  She was a pre-doctoral fellow  at Mount  Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, and a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, where she received training in Brief Psychotherapy.
Teaching Experience
Dr. Alpert 's experience  has included Associate Clinical  Professor of  Psychiatry at  the University of California School of Medicine in San Francisco,;  Director of Group Psychotherapy Training at McCauley Neuropsychiatric Institute in San Francisco, and Director of Post Doctoral Training in the Department of Psychiatry at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in South San Francisco.

Group Psychotherapy
Dr. Alpert is a past President of the Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society, and a Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association.  She regularly conducts  workshops and presentations on group psychotherapy, both locally and nationally. 

  • Couples therapy
  • Brief psychotherapy
  • Mother-in-law/daughter-in-law discord
  • Adult children of aging parents
  • Anxiety, depression, and grief
Active Approach
Through many years of teaching and practicing Brief Psychotherapy, I have learned the value of a highly active, focused and interactive approach, regardless of whether the therapy is brief or long term. This requires that the therapeutic dialog be vigorously directed toward understanding the  issues that are causing anguish or  preventing the satisfaction and self actualization merited by the patient's strengths.  

Collaborative Journey
Whether the patient is an individual or a couple, I view my task as helping to define appropriate goals and keeping the therapy on track. While the purpose of the therapeutic journey is mutually determined and the the patient is an active partner in determining and evaluating the route, I particularly direct the journey when it turns to the past.  While history is invariable interesting, efficient use of therapeutic time requires selecting those aspects that are most likely to have relevance for the present difficulties.

Directness and Caring
While patients appreciate my clarity,  directness and tactful confrontation, they also appreciate the respect, caring and warm regard that clearly underly my interventions. They also value my humor and my belief that even when things are  bad and there is need of a safe space for sadness, mourning or rage, there is also room for  laughter. .

I offer a free pre-treatment telephone consultation and am happy to answer any questions you might have.