Meet Our Staff
Meet Our Staff
Our practitioners at the Hallowell Center SFO all reflect Dr. Hallowell’s strength-based and “connectedness” philosophy. Dr. Hallowell believes that the human connections we make in life are what leave us feeling satisfied and secure, more than anything else. It’s all about connecting with people. People know instinctively what “connectedness” is. That feeling of connectedness leads to health and achievement.
Our staff work together in close connection with their patients, and one another, to achieve the best results possible. As you will discover when you meet them, whether in person or here online, they are a group of highly-trained, caring professionals. For that reason, they will help resolve the challenges you are facing via the connection you make with them.
Gabrielle Anderson, Ph.D.
EDUCATION / TRAINING
Gabrielle Anderson, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and trained school psychologist. She has extensive experience working with clients of all ages. Dr. Anderson is fluent in Spanish and offers services in both English and Spanish.
Dr. Anderson received her undergraduate degree in psychology and Spanish at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to becoming a psychologist, she spent four years as an inner-city public school teacher through the Teach for America program. Dr. Anderson completed her doctorate in counseling/clinical/school psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara where she was a U.S. Department of Education Bilingual Fellow and a University of California President’s Dissertation Year Fellow. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Bellevue Hospital Center-New York University School of Medicine in the Cross-Cultural Psychology Specialty Track/Bilingual Treatment Program.
Dr. Anderson was trained in Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) while working as a Project Director and Expert Therapist for psychotherapy studies with depressed adolescents at New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Anderson also co-directed the Clinical Psychology Externship for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Evaluation Service (CAPES) and served as an Instructor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry through the Division of Child Psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. In addition, Dr. Anderson worked as a pediatric psychologist through the Integrated Mental Health-Primary Care Program at The Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian. After leaving Columbia University Medical Center, she worked at the Wall Street Counseling Center and the Hallowell Center in New York City.
Dr. Anderson served an Expert Consultant for the Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) training program at the Veterans Administration for five years and has provided clinical supervision for various university-based research studies on Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) at Rutgers, UCLA, and NYU. Additionally, she serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor at UC Berkeley to train doctoral students in Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT).
Read Dr. Anderson’s insightful advice to psychology students and others pondering a rewarding career in the field in this CBS San Francisco article
HER SPECIALTY/PRIMARY APPROACH
In addition to ADHD, Dr. Anderson offers expertise in the following areas: Depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, relationship issues, school/learning problems, CBT for ADHD, and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT). Dr. Anderson uses a strength-based approach, drawing from her training in interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT), cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, solution-focused, and systems frameworks. She works collaboratively with clients to help them realize their full potential in their career and education trajectories, personal lives, and relationships.
Dr. Edward (Ned) Hallowell
Dr. Hallowell is a graduate of Harvard College and Tulane Medical School. He completed his residency in adult and child psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, where he also served as an instructor for twenty years. In 1996, he opened up The Hallowell Center for Cognitive and Emotional Health in Sudbury, Massachusetts. Dr. Hallowell is considered to be one of the world’s foremost experts on ADHD. He is the author of 16 books including the groundbreaking Driven to Distraction, which has sold over two million copies and radically changed the perception of ADHD from a disabling condition that prevents people from achieving their goals to one that can be managed, even embraced for the unique gifts that accompany it. Dr Hallowell has a new in-depth website full of valuable information about ADHD and many areas of mental health and well being – DrHallowell.com
HIS SPECIALTY/PRIMARY APPROACH
With his unique, strength-based approach to treating ADHD, Dr. Hallowell has essentially redefined the condition, and its prognosis, for millions of children, teens and adults –along with the parents, teachers, spouses and colleagues who interact with them on a daily basis. Dr. Hallowell, who was himself diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 31, believes the condition is often misunderstood and, consequently, mismanaged. His mission, and the mission of all the Hallowell Centers, is to educate patients, along with the general public, about how the ADHD brain works. It’s not that the ADHD brain doesn’t process information; it simply processes the information differently. Understanding the “how and the why” paves the way for self-empowerment and the achievement of one’s goals.
Dr. Jean Choi
Since 2002, Dr. Choi has been committed to providing counseling, psychotherapy, and neuropsychological assessments to the culturally diverse adults, youth, and families of the San Francisco Bay Area. Her clinical experience includes group, individual, and milieu work within a variety of settings including residential treatment, inpatient hospitals, psychiatric emergency services, outpatient clinics, and private practice. Dr. Choi’s strong interest in psychoanalytic theory led her to complete a 2-year intensive psychoanalytic training program at Access Institute prior to her Pre-Doctoral Internship at the National Asian American Psychology Training Center. In addition to direct clinical work, Dr. Choi has assisted in training psychology trainees, interns, and post-doctoral fellows at St. Luke’s Hospital and RAMS on group facilitation, neuropsychological assessment, and psychoanalytic theory.
Dr. Choi remains committed to integrating multicultural perspectives and psychoanalytic thought in her work with both patients and clinicians-in-training and in understanding human experience more generally. Dr. Choi’s interests include language (one’s mother tongue) and the psyche and its impact on the psychotherapeutic process, understanding the impact of acculturation in immigrant families from a psychoanalytic perspective, and creative processes in the individual and the psychotherapeutic dyad.
- American Psychological Assocation, Member
- Northern California Society of Psychoanalytic Psychology, Member
- Psychoanaytic Institute of Northern California, Community Member
- San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, Community Member
Papers & Professional Presentations
– Choi, J. (2012). Remembering the mother tongue: clinical implications of broken languages in the psychotherapeutic encounter. In-Service training for Staff, Interns, and Trainees, National Asian-American Psychology Training Center at RAMS, San Francisco, CA.
– Choi, J. (2010). In search of authorship in dialogue from “Be| |tween”: a grounded theory of first language loss in children of immigrants. Doctoral dissertation, The Wright Institute, Berkeley, CA.
– Choi, J. (2008). Resurrecting the dead mother tongue: clinical implications of native language loss in the psychotherapeutic encounter. Cultural competency project paper and presentation, National Asian-American Psychology Training Center at RAMS, San Francisco, CA.
Paula Santa Donato, LSCW
Professional and Personal Coach (ADHD Specialty)
Paula Santa-Donato, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and graduate of Columbia University’s School of Social Work. She received her training as a coach from Mentor Coach and the American Coaching Association, which specializes in AD/HD coaching. In addition, she has training in Solution Focused Therapy, CBT, DBT and Mindfulness – all of which inform and strengthen her coaching. Paula coaches adults helping them develop the strategies and skills necessary for managing daily life, improving their professional development, and achieving important goals. Her process focuses on prioritizing, planning, time management and decision making.
Paula believes every client holds the possibility for positive change. In order to bring that change to fruition, she helps each individual identify their strengths, build upon those strengths, increase their insight regarding the challenges they face, and develop a realistic action plan to achieve their goals. Paula approaches each client collaboratively with encouragement, compassion, and realism. Through her personalized approach, clients learn how to better manage their time, build routines and structure into their day/lives, plan, organize, prioritize, and make decisions.
Her clients report feeling balanced, accomplished, more confident, and less overwhelmed. They come to realize that the planning, organizing, and prioritizing skills they develop through this process all serve to help them make better decisions, and experience less stress as they move forward with their lives.
Paula’s ultimate goal and reward is to see her clients optimize their inherent talents, and with her guidance, discover and develop the long term skills necessary to better navigate their challenges and lead more fulfilling lives.
Thomas Zurfluh, PsyD
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Jen Zobel Bieber
Certified Personal Coach (ADHD Specialty)
Jen Zobel Bieber received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Columbia University, where she graduated as valedictorian of her college class. She received her coaching certification from New York University. Earlier in her career, Jen worked in the film and television industry in news, documentary, and entertainment production for ABC, NY1, PBS, MSNBC, and HBO. Jen’s work as a personal coach has been featured in The New York Times, The Financial Times, Smart Money, Time Out New York, Forbes, and on The Today Show.
HER SPECIALTY/PRIMARY APPROACH
Jen’s specialty is helping adults with ADHD/ADHD achieve significant personal and professional goals. She has a keen ability to listen; synthesize; ask questions that count; and support individuals in moving from contemplation into action. Jen’s clients come away with practical tools for time management, organization, decision-making, prioritizing, and simplifying tasks. They report feeling more centered and less overwhelmed as they capitalize on their strengths, manage their challenges, and exceed their own expectations.
Christine Robinson, M.Ed.
Certified ADHD Coach/Educational Consultant
Christine Robinson holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and English from Clark University and a Master’s Degree in Education from Fitchburg State University. She is a certified ADHD Coach and is an Educational Consultant who has received training and certification from the Federation for Children with Special Needs in Boston.
HER SPECIALTY/PRIMARY APPROACH
As an experienced Certified ADHD Coach and Educational Consultant, Christine works to empower her clients to be their own self advocate by utilizing dynamic strategies to enhance their own self- awareness and natural strengths. Christine has spent over 12,000 hours coaching children, teens, adults, couples and college students and has been with the Hallowell Center NYC since its opening. Working with teens (16+) and adults, her coaching style is one that involves introspection and self- examination which follows every client uniquely down the path of discovery and change. She helps her clients realize short and long term goals, effective organization and time management techniques with an overall emphasis of increasing productivity through the improvement of executive functioning skills. Having assisted many students and executives get control of their academics and careers, we will strategize to put the best plan together to move forward with your life in a positive and proactive manner. Christine’s mission is to increase your everyday performance and scope with strategies that minimize your ADHD symptoms. With her 20+ years in sales, management and training, Christine enjoys bringing her perspective and expertise to coach through difficult corporate downsizings, restructurings and culture shifts that could impact the client’s work experiences. Christine also has an individualized coach training program for those who are interested in adding coaching to their existing practice or in starting a new coaching business (available via Skype worldwide).
In her Educational Consulting practice, Christine’s specialty areas include ADHD, dyslexia, learning differences and Asperger’s syndrome. She has helped many students attain the right fit schools, accommodations or 504/special education plans that will assist them in their academic careers.
COLLEGE COACHING AND ADHD
The pace of life and expectations placed on today’s college student often exacerbates ADHD symptoms. College represents a transition to an autonomy that they may not be prepared for as soon as they move onto campus. Just as the adverse effects of “helicoptering” during early years has adverse effects on children, recent research shows similar negative effects of helicoptering during the college years, namely depressive symptoms and lowered self-esteem. My experience as an ADHD Coach/Educational Consultant has validated one simple variable: college students who have a history of struggling with academics, and particularly time management and organizational skills, can benefit from a coach or “cheerleader” at their side, making that journey with them as they seek autonomy and independence.
I began coaching a student attending an elite private university in the South. His parents called me the summer before his junior year reporting that he was on academic probation and that coaching, they felt, was the last hope of getting him through college. When meeting “John” I found him to be engaging, extremely bright and very socially adept. However, he described his drawbacks as being “horrible with time management and organizing his schedule.” I worked with “John” once or twice per week the whole academic year, not only with time management and organizational strategies but sorting out goals, determining internships, class schedule and choices of classes or the next academic year. I’m pleased to report that “John” achieved very respectable grades in all of his courses, is completely off of academic probation and will graduate on time next year.
In addition, to coaching, I also offer a full range of educational services including college placement and guidance in finding the “right fit” school for your prospective college student. With a detailed inventory and learning assessment process, the best school can be found for your child whether he or she is struggling with ADHD, a learning difference or executive functioning difficulties. Highlighting self-advocacy skills is often a first measure when working with any high school or college student.
For a complimentary phone consultation, please call Christine L. Robinson, M.Ed. Certified ADHD Coach/Educational Consultant at 617-842-0634 or Christine@HallowellCenter.org Skype or Facetime sessions are also available.
Marcia Hochman, LMSW, MPA
Parenting Coach, and Professional ADHD Parent Coach Trainer
Marcia Hochman has a diverse and varied academic and professional background. She is a graduate of Bowdoin College, and has received two masters’ degrees from Columbia University, one in Public Policy and Administration, and one in Social Work. Additionally, she was admitted to the Post-Masters Program of Professional Excellence at Columbia’s School of Social Work, where she specialized in Practice with Families. Ms. Hochman also received training at both the premier national Parent Coaching Institute, PCI, and at the ADHD Parent Coach Academy. She served as an adjunct Professor of Social Work at the Wurzweiler School of Yeshiva University.
At the beginning of her career, Ms. Hochman was a Presidential Intern at the US Department of Health and Human Services, where she was involved in developing and evaluating mental health programs for women and families. Subsequently, she served as a consultant to the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Psychology at the Rusk Institute in NY. After completing her MSW, Ms. Hochman was involved with a wide range of projects and initiatives: creating and directing the first social work department for an international religious organization; conducting psychosocial assessments and providing counseling, support services, and psycho-education to individuals and couples, through a program in the New York area, assisting in building families.
Ms. Hochman currently conducts both the parent ADHD education workshops and the parent support groups at the Hallowell Center.