Robert Jackson, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT)

San Francisco, CA

Becoming a Therapist

The arc of my career has been as a catalyst to support positive changes in people and the world. As an environmental engineer for 4 years, I used my talents to promote cleaner air quality to benefit others. And then, for 19 years, I dedicated myself to improving the lives of Latino youth and adults in Marin County. I wore many hats in this position, including volunteer, trainer, coordinator, and director. During these years, I enjoyed the challenge of helping others improve their lives. Eventually, I decided to become a therapist to help people learn and grow, as I had done in my own therapy. I discovered that I had strong leadership skills and a great deal of compassion for the pain and struggles of others.

My Mission

I’m passionate about creating healing relationships with clients to assist them in overcoming unhelpful patterns due to past difficulties and traumatic experiences.

Key Qualities as a Therapist

Psychotherapy Experience

My therapy experience includes working for several organizations since 2017 with clients who’ve had a range of psychological and relationship problems.

I’ve provided therapy to adults, couples, families, and middle school students in various settings. I have experience supporting people with addiction, anger management, severe mental illness, F2M gender transition, and disabilities.

I provided Client Centered Therapy support to adults with life-threatening illnesses and those dealing with grief. During my 3 years with the Center for Attitudinal Healing, I completed multiple workshops, led groups, and provided one-on-one support.

Relevant Experience and Education

I earned a Masters of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from the The Wright Institute in Berkeley. I gained experience in Community Mental Health in both Marin and San Mateo Counties. Prior to launching my private practice I saw clients through the San Francisco Marriage and Couples Center and Grateful Heart Holistic Therapy Center. 

Other Psychotherapy Training

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for Couples:
I completed the two core trainings required for EFT certification, Externship and Core Skills.  I continue to build skills to support couples by participating in EFT group and individual supervision.  Additionally, I volunteer at EFT trainings to help other therapists develop their skills with couples.  
Psychodynamic Focused Internship
  • 2-year internship with the Community Institute for Psychotherapy. 
  • Over 250 training hours with a focus on psychodynamic themes.
Family Systems Therapy
  • Training on Internal Family Systems approach (40 hours) to support healing trauma using parts of self.
Motivational Interviewing for Addiction
  • Completed multiple workshops and trainings on the use of Motivational Interviewing for helping individuals struggling with addiction 

Professional Associations

    International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy

   Northern California Community for Emotionally Focused Therapy

San Francisco CAMFT       California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

San Francisco CAMFT       San Francisco Chapter of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

My Life in San Francisco

When I am not working with clients, I enjoy cycling, hiking, adventure travel, family and nature.

Contact Me

If you resonate with the above, please contact me for a no-charge, 20-minute phone or video call.

You can tell me your concerns, and I’ll explain how I might help.

*At this time, I provide all my therapy sessions online via video conference.