Faculty & Consultants

Duncan Bennett, LMFT, PhD, CGP, has 25 years of experience as a group therapist in a variety of agency, academic, and private practice settings. He is a member of the American Group Psychotherapy Association and is on the National Registry of Certified Group Psychotherapists (CGP). Duncan has taught Group Dynamics at JFK University in Pleasanton and at CIIS in San Francisco for over a decade. He has been offering groups during the past fifteen years at his full-time private practice in Oakland.

Jim Fishman, LCSW, CGP, has a therapy and consultative practice in San Francisco, where he works with individuals, couples, and groups. Former Director of Men's Clinical Services at Operation Concern/New Leaf, he is a frequent presenter at the American Group Psychotherapy Association and the Northern California Group Psychotherapy Association. He has published in various publications on countertransference, the co-leadership relationship via dream work, HIV, and gay male sexuality. He is also a self-trained watercolorist and has conducted workshops on "Painting One's Mandala as a Path towards Wholeness." He also has been the process group/seminar leader for a local psychiatry residency program.

Lois Friedlander, LMFT, CGP, is Associate Professor, Clinical Faculty at UCSF/School of Medicine. She facilitated groups in the Dept. of Psychiatry/ UCSF/ Group Psychotherapy Program for 15 years. She has been facilitating therapy groups for 35 years. Dr. Irvin Yalom served as her supervisor and consultant. She sees individuals, couples, and groups in her private practice in San Francisco and Marin, as well as teaching, offering workshops, supervising, and consulting. She has taught Group Dynamics in the EXA Department at CIIS integrating verbal group process principles with the creative arts. She is a faculty member of the Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society (NCGPS), and provides Core Course Training for Certification as a Group Psychotherapist with the AGPA.

Marianne Gunther-Murphy, LMFT, CGP, is a Certified Group Psychotherapist. She specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and complex PTSD, and includes group process as a major modality in the treatment. She facilitates three ongoing groups in her private practice: one for depression, one for anxiety and complex PTSD, and one general therapy group focused on deepening relationships. She has facilitated a variety of groups for over 20 years, including groups for Stanford University’s research projects, Alta Bates-Herrick outpatient programs, and Community Mental Health organizations, and has taught classes at Kaiser on depression. She co-founded the Group Therapy Training Program at TPI and has taught Group Theory at the Wright Institute, Women’s Therapy Center, The Pacific Center, and TPI.

Mary Ann Kassier, LCSW, CGP,  is co-chair of TPI’s Group Therapy Training Program committee. She received her MSW from U.C. Berkeley in 1980 and was the Director of Social services at two private psychiatric hospitals for 10 years. With 30 years of experience, she now runs three women's process groups and a teen girls group in her private practice. She is a member of AGPA and a Certified Group Psychotherapist.

Elizabeth Krainer, PhD, PsyD, CGP, has over thirty years experience leading groups of all kinds, including psychodynamic psychotherapy groups and group relations (Tavistock) work. Liz taught group therapy for the psychiatry residents at Stanford Medical School for 5 years, and at the Wright Institute, and provided consultation for the process group leaders for psychiatry resident process groups at Stanford Medical School for several years. Her doctoral research included a multi-level analysis of the effects of group therapy on a traumatized, personality-disordered member of an actual psychotherapy group. Liz is currently running mixed adult and women's groups in her private practice in Oakland and San Francisco.

Loong Kwok, PsyD, is a psychologist in private practice in San Francisco, the Director of Child Services at Access Institute for Psychological Services, and the Director of Education and Training at A Home Within. He is a member of the Diversity Committee for the Predoctoral Internship Program at the California Pacific Medical Center Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic. Through presentations both locally and nationally, he has written about the experience of masculinity and its relationship to violence, the social contexts of aging and desire (e.g. the meanings attached to bodies, ethnicities, generational differences, and sexual mores), and the internal conceptualization of death. His areas of interest include Chinese-American experience, neuroscience, and creativity. Finally, Dr. Kwok is on the Editorial Committee of fort da, the journal of the Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology.

Jamie Moran, LCSW, CGP, is a clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and consultant working in mental health and healthcare since 1984. Jamie specializes in long-term psychodynamic group work, offering weekly groups in his Menlo Park and San Francisco offices. Jamie has provided numerous trainings on a variety of group topics and regularly engages in continuing education on a local and national level. Additionally, Jamie works with individuals and couples across various populations focusing on stress management/burnout, grief, death and dying, gay men's issues, and homophobia.

Gordon Murray, LMFT, CGP, has been leading groups and consulting to group therapists for over 30 years in his San Francisco private practice. He has been a group consultant in UCSF's psychiatric residency program, and has led semester-long group process graduate school classes at John F. Kennedy University, the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology, and New College, integrating group process and didactic theory.

Rose Phelps, LMFT, CGP, is the co-chair of the Group Therapy Training Program committee.  Rose is a Certified Group Psychotherapist and group consultant, currently leading three therapy groups in Oakland: a mixed adult general process group;  a  general women’s group; and a sexual abuse survivor group. She is a past president of Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society (NCGPS) and leads workshops and institutes for therapists through the NCGPS.

Ann Steiner, PhD, LMFT, CGP, FAGPA*,has been a consultant and committee member of the Group Therapy Training Program committee since it’s inception. She is a Board Member and Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association*, a Certified Group Psychotherapist, and group consultant, currently leading four therapy groups in Lafayette: mixed adult general process group; chronic medical illness; therapy group for psychotherapists and a therapy group for new career psychotherapists. She is an author, past president of Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society (NCGPS), leads workshops and institutes for mental health organizations about group therapy and the therapist’s professional will nationally and locally.

Betty Tharpe LMFT, has psychotherapy practice in Berkeley where she works with adults, teens and children. She offers supervision and consultation to training and licensed therapists as well as consultation to agencies. She has many years of experience leading therapy groups with adolescents and training therapists in group therapy with traumatized children and adolescents. She is a consultant and former committee chair in the Group Therapy Training Program. She is a candidate at SF Jungian Institute’s Analytic Training Program.

Alison Trules, LCSW, CGP, is a graduate of the Supervision Study Program at TPI and completed the advanced training program at Northern California Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis.  She received her MSW from U.C. Berkeley in 1980 and has been running psychotherapy groups for 30 years in private practice. She has trained health professionals and psychotherapists in the use of group treatment for patients with eating disorders and continues to run women’s psychotherapy groups in her private practice in Oakland and Walnut Creek.

Billie Lee Violette, PsyD, LCSW, is a personal and supervising analyst at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern CA. She did her doctoral dissertation on Bion's group theory and has extensive experience in running groups including groups for sexual abuse victims of all ages. She practices in San Francisco and Burlingame.