About Me

I am a licensed clinical psychologist with over 15 years of experience treating adolescents and adults. My approach to psychotherapy is thoughtful, empathic, and compassionate. I treat each individual with warmth and respect. I appreciate the uniqueness of each patient and emphasize listening closely and thoughtfully, as we all possess the ability to tell our story regarding our strengths and our challenges, even when we sometimes do not realize it. I strive to create a safe environment where you can feel open to express and explore your feelings and experiences, without judgment or emphasis on what is “right” or “wrong.” I believe that therapy is an opportunity to learn more about ourselves and to express our feelings freely, in an effort to learn new methods of dealing with problems, being in relationships, and pursuing our dreams.

I am a licensed clinical psychologist in Oregon and California (PSY 25105 CA: 2701 OR). I am adjunct faculty at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR and was previously the Director of Clinical Training and an Assistant Professor within the Clinical Psychology Department at Notre Dame de Namur University. I have taught and presented to undergraduates, graduate students, doctoral students, psychiatry residents, and medical students at California Pacific Medical Center, Pacific Forensic Psychology Associates, Inc., San Jose State University, The Wright Institute, and Pop Wuj Medical Clinic in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. I am currently a board member of Psychotherapy Action Network (PsiAN) and have previously served on a variety of committees.

Adam J. Rodríguez, PsyD

Following a career as a Corporate Trainer for Bank of America, I earned my doctorate in clinical psychology from The Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. My training and education has been diverse, including education in psychoanalysis, neuropsychology, cross-cultural awareness and sensitivity, severe mental illness, and forensic psychology. My past clinical experience and training included a post-doctoral fellowship with Pacific Forensic Psychology Associates, Inc. providing mandated, outpatient psychotherapy to High Risk Sex Offenders and other individuals released from incarceration; an internship at California Pacific Medical Center Department of Psychiatry providing individual, couple, and group psychotherapy to individuals with chronic mental illness; psychotherapy with college students at Mills College; as well as clinical positions at The Wright Institute Clinic, Cleo Eulau Center, San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center, and the Pop Wuj Medical Clinic in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. I was an Assistant Professor in the Clinical Psychology Department at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, CA, where I also served as Director of Clinical Training.

My professional interests include working with individuals from the global majority, who may identify as Black, Indigenous, or as People of Color; the challenges faced by LGBTQ individuals of color, including internalized racism and internalized heteronormativity, heterosexism, and homophobia; adjustment and isolation in first-generation college students of color, particularly in how those students face challenges in unfamiliar academic terrain and meet peer and institutional microaggressions as well as overt racism and prejudice in social media and online peer networks.

I have published multiple essays and articles on various platforms, including online blogs and academic journals. My recent publication is an edited anthology of first-generation college student experiences with a critique of postsecondary education titled Know That You Are Worthy: Experiences From First Generation College Graduates.  

Education History

  • Psy.D., The Wright Institute, Berkeley, CA, 2011
  • M.A., The Wright Institute, Berkeley, CA, 2009
  • BA, Psychology, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA 2007

Courses Taught

  • Psychopathology
  • Advanced Psychopathology
  • Clinical Practicum / Case Seminar
  • Couple Psychotherapy
  • Group Psychotherapy
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Counseling and Intervention – Adults
  • Family Systems and Relational Psychotherapy
  • Issues in Martial Therapy: Infertility, ART, and Adoption
  • Fundamentals of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
  • Research Methods: Capstone/Thesis Completion

Research and Professional Interests

  • Race/Ethnicity/Culture
  • Gender/Sexuality/LGBTIQ
  • Biracial/Multicultural/Multiethnic Identity
  • First-Generation College Students
  • Social Justice
  • Music and Psychotherapy
  • Mentorship
  • Clinical Supervision

Professional Affiliations

  • International Association for Relational Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (IARPP)
  • Psychotherapy Action Network (PsiAN)
  • Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology (NCSPP)
  • San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis (SFCP)
  • National Latina/o Psychological Association

Curriculum Vitae