Ann Gordon, Ph.D., B.C.E.T.
Ann Gordon is a psychotherapist in private practice with offices in Oakland and San Rafael, California. She works with individuals, couples, and families who struggle with life transitions, parenting, relationships, work challenges, or grief and loss. She is particularly interested in the personal issues brought up by depression, anxiety, special needs, relationships, gender identity, and aging. She also provides supervision to educators and clinicians in training, does presentations on countertransference and related topics, and consults with institutions serving vulnerable populations.
Ann began her career as a Montessori teacher in the early 1970’s, received training in the diagnosis and treatment of organically-based learning difficulties at the Multidisciplinary Institute for Neuropsychological Development in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and opened a private practice in what is now known as educational therapy in Boston, before moving to Chicago in 1983.
There she expanded that practice into Educational Services Associates (ESA).
While in Chicago, Ann earned her M.Ed. in special education and her Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Ann relocated to California in 1990 where she conducted and managed educational research projects at UC Berkeley to investigate the effects of innovative instructional methods on teaching and student learning. It was through this work that she and Joan Heller began to collaborate.
Soon thereafter, Ann founded the west coast branch of ESA, which she directed until 2014 when she transitioned to a full-time psychotherapy practice which includes education-related consultations. The Chicago office of ESA continues to thrive under the direction of Nan Freund, M.Ed., B.C.E.T., F.A.E.T., an original member of ESA and a past president of the Association of Educational Therapists (AET).
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You can contact Ann at firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-501-5972.