Patricia Saphier, PhD, MFT is a psychotherapist treating people with anxieties, depression, early traumas, problems in relationships, and problems with life transitions. She also works with people who feel blocked in their creative lives, stifled in their ability to approach life’s problems more creatively, or muted by the sense of an unfulfilled purpose or potential. Her treatment approach incorporates contemporary psychoanalytic and Jungian perspectives with principles of holistic or mind-body health, in short-term and long-term psychotherapy. The approach is well-suited to managing the difficulties of normal life transitions, as well as those that are more disruptive or traumatic, immersing us in pain, confusion, or grief.
Dr. Saphier has over 17 years of experience in clinical settings. She holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology and Master degree in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, and an undergraduate degree in Social Psychology and English from Tufts University. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#MFC40798) in private practice in Beverly Hills.
Her professional training includes a postdoctoral internship in analytical psychology at the C. G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles; and a doctoral internship in psychoanalysis and contemporary adult psychoanalytic-psychotherapy at Wright Institute Los Angeles. She is adjunct faculty at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles, where she has taught courses in child psychotherapy; and a clinical supervisor to MFT interns at the Maple Counseling Center. Previously she was a staff psychotherapist at The Help Group, treating children with attachment disorders and mood disorders in an intensive day-treatment program, and providing at-school counseling to children with early developmental concerns, including children on the autism spectrum.
Her formal training has been augmented through the years with broad personal background experiences in Buddhist-based mindfulness meditation and other mind-body practices.
Dr. Saphier’s specialized clinical interest is in issues related to early development and infant/parent mental health, including childbirth and infancy traumas, prenatal and post-partum mood disorders, and attachment and separation issues.