Chaya Rivka Mayerson, Psy.D.


I have over two decades of experience as a psychotherapist, and have been in private practice since my early training years in San Francisco. I enjoy the balance of working with both adults and children, feeling it provides depth to my practice.

I have also worked in hospital and agency settings in the Bay area such as UCSF, Kaiser, CPMC, and Parents Place. My individual work is mostly analytic and dynamic in nature. My group work combines techniques from dynamic and cognitive behavioral models.

I teach and give presentations annually on topics related to adult and child therapy, social skill groups and neuropsychological development in children. I’ve also facilitated workshops at Parents Place, schools, and clinics on special topics related to attachment, parenting, and LGBTQIA+ youth and therapy.

Finally, as an important part of my work, I especially enjoy supervising students in their professional development and growth.

Current License And Certifications:

  • California Psychologist 17310

  • Certified Group Therapist/ American Group Psychotherapy Association

My Affiliations Include:

  • Mind The Gap

  • American Psychological Association

  • American Group Psychotherapy Association

  • Children’s Psychotherapy Project

  • Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society

  • Northern California Society of Psychoanalytic Psychology

My Work Is Included In
The Following Sites:

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My Publications And
Research Include:

  • “An exploratory study of group-as-a-whole dynamics in children’s group therapy.” (2000) Journal of Child and Adolescent Group Therapy, 1(4) 131-150.

  • “Concurrent parent and child psychoeducational support groups for families of Latino children with diabetes.” (Feb 1999-Dec 2001), Department of Pediatrics, UCSF.

  • “Observations of a short-term coed, bilingual children’s group therapy,” (1997) Journal of Child and Adolescent Group Therapy, 7(4), pp. 188-207.