Edna Avraham, MFTProfessional Qualifications

Work Experience: Private practice in San Mateo, CA since 1985


  • Masters Degree in Professional Psychology, JFK University – Orinda, CA
  • Clinical Internship at Elliott Community Mental Health Center at Emerson Hospital – Concord, MA
  • Internship at Child Sexual Abuse Treatment Program (known as the Guerrareo Institute) – Santa Clara, CA

Continuing Education and Consultation:

  • 40 hour Mediation course at Stanford University
  • Between 1985 and 1992 attended weekly group clinical case seminars with Joe Weiss, Ph.D. and individually consulted with George Silberschatz, Ph.D., both at the San Francisco Psychotherapy Research Group.
  • Trained in Hypnotherapy with Deborah Ross Ph.D.
  • Trained in Couples therapy based on the Differentiation Model developed by David Schnarch,Ph.D. author of three books: Constructing the Sexual Crucible, Passionate Marriage, and Resurrecting Sex.
  • Trained in The Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy (PACT) with Dr. Stan Tatkin, UCLA CA

Participated in the following six day workshops with Dr. Schnarch:

  • 1998 – 6 Day Sexual Desire Workshop
  • 1999 – 6 Day Systemic Workshop
  • 2000 – 6 Day Passionate Marriage Clinical Workshop
  • 2001 – 5 Day Clinical Practicum
  • 2002 – 6 Day Sexual Dysfunction Workshop
  • 2003 – 5 Day Clinical Practicum
  • 2003 – 3 Day Collaborative Divorce Training
  • 2004 – 6 Day Advanced Desire Workshop with Dr. Schnarch
  • 2005 – 5 Day Clinical Practicum on Working with High Conflict Couples, Dr. Jim Maddock
  • 2006 – Advanced Seminar – Working with High Conflict Couples with Post Traumatic Stress.
  • 2009 to present – PACT training: Psychobiological Approach to Couples Counseling.

Workshop Leader:

  • Emotional and Psychological Effects of Divorce
  • Communication Workshop (offered to San Mateo Collaborative Lawyers) – 2003

Professional Associations:

  • International Academy of Collaborative Practice (IACP)
  • Member of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
  • Associate Member Collaborative Practice of San Mateo County (CPSMC)
    • 2009 – 2011 Chair, CPSMC Program and Continuing Education Committee
    • 2012 Co-Chair, CPSMC Executive Committee
    • 2013 Chair, CPSMC Executive Committee

Additional Information:

  • Emphasis on working with relationship issues, Intimacy and Sexuality.
  • Working as Divorce Coach and crafting of Co-Parenting plans using the collaborative practice model.
  • Led two groups: One for “Dealing with Divorce and the Aftermath”, and one on “Relationship and Intimacy”.