Robert Jackson, MA, AMFT
I started out as an engineer with a passion for how systems work. I applied my training in the environmental field, in real estate and then a 19-year career in the non-profit world supporting the Latino immigrant community. In this role I worked as a trainer, program developer, manager, fundraiser, IT director and strategic thinker. I learned Spanish (though I’m still an intermediate speaker) and got a lot of satisfaction from the organizational impact.
When it was time for a change, I knew that I wanted to be more involved with individuals to create lasting transformation. Therapy provided me a way out when I lost my father 25 years ago and I realized that I was called to be an agent of change for others. I obtained a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from The Wright Institute in Berkeley. My passion for social justice led me to practice in two community mental health settings. I provided therapy to adults, couples, youth, and families suffering from a variety of issues including abuse, childhood trauma, incarceration, addiction, relationship distress, anxiety and depression. Most of my clients were of low-socio economic status and some identified as BIPOC and LGBTQ.
How I work
I use an integrative approach to my work with both individuals and couples. I bring a relational psychodynamic orientation to my work with individuals where I get to know all about your present, your past, your coping strategies and what is working and what is not. My relational work with couples and individuals is grounded in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) which highlights the role of early life attachment and its influence on current relationships. I work with trauma using a both a relational approach and Internal Family Systems which looks at the different parts of the self. When appropriate, I introduce Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness exercises.
Selected Training and Experience
- BS, Industrial Engineering, Lehigh University
- MA, Counseling Psychology, Wright Institute
- 1-year Practicum at Caminar in San Mateo supporting adults with persistent mental illnesses
- 2-year intensive Psychodynamic Internship with emphasis on Attachment Theory at Community Institute for Psychotherapy in San Rafael
- 1-year (ongoing) as an Associate at the San Francisco Marriage and Couples Center
- 150+ training hours in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) including EFT Externship and Core Skills (ongoing)
- 2 years of supervision with a Certified EFT Therapist
- Ongoing training and personal experience with Internal Family Systems
- 2 years’ experience helping adults with addiction and dual diagnoses
- Personal experience with grief and loss
- 19 years supporting the Latino immigrant community