Sam Jinich, Ph.D.

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The approach that Sam takes with individuals, couples, and families is based on Attachment Theory and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT). Sam has published scientific articles on the role of childhood abuse, family coping, and the relationship of these phenomena to risk-taking behavior. He has also written about parental support and intrafamilial relations that contribute to the onset and course of problems in children who have experienced a trauma. A particular emphasis has been on the study of how the parent’s response and their unique relationship to their child affects their overall psychological development. Sam is recognized as a Certified EFT Couple Therapist, EFT Clinical Supervisor, and EFT Trainer by the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy. 

Sam is on the faculty of Esalen Institute and 1440 Multiversity 

Sam Jinich, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice in San Francisco. He was licensed as a Psychologist by the State of California Board of Psychology in 1995. Sam’s areas of professional practice include psychotherapy, teaching, psychological testing and forensic evaluations. Sam has expertise working with couples, families, and individuals experiencing emotional distress and/or experiencing a desire to deepen their understanding of themselves, improve in the areas of parenting, communication, commitment, relationship-building and conflict resolution. Sam has been endorsed and certified by the International Centre of Exellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT) as a Certified Emotionally Focused Couple Therapist, Supervisor, and Trainer. Sam is the Clinical Director of the San Francisco Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy (SFCEFT) and of the Instituto de Terapia Focalizada en las Emociones (ITFE). Sam is active and engaging in his approach with clients.

Sam holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University’s Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, and a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Pepperdine University. He did his predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the University Of California, San Francisco Medical Center. Sam has experience teaching at the university level both as an adjunct faculty at Alliant International University (formerly known as the California School of Professional Psychology), and at San Diego State University, and as a guest lecturer at the University of San Francisco, The University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, and at College of Notre Dame. He is past president of the San Francisco Psychological Association and a former chapter representative to the Board of Directors of the California Psychological Association. Sam is one of the founders of the Northern California Community for EFT (NCCEFT), which is affiliated with the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT). Sam is bicultural and fluent in Spanish. He offers therapy and consultation to therapists in English and Spanish.