Dr. Hanna Levenson's professional career reflects her deep interest in clinical practice, teaching, and scientific inquiry. Originally trained in personality theory and social psychology at Claremont University (PhD, 1972), she became an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at Texas A&M University, where she received commendations for her teaching ability. Realizing her love of psychology extended beyond the classroom, Dr. Levenson obtained the equivalent of a second PhD in clinical psychology, obtaining APA-approved postgraduate training at the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, then interning at Langley Porter Institute, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine in 1976.|
For 20 years, Dr. Levenson was Director of the Brief Therapy Program at the San Francisco VA Medical Center, also serving as Director of Clinical Training for six of those years. Her accomplishments there were recognized with an award from the National Organization of VA Psychologists. Concurrently, she reached the rank of Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, UCSF School of Medicine.
Since 1991, Dr. Levenson has taught brief therapy at California Pacific Medical Center, where she has received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year award three times. In 2004, Dr. Levenson joined the core faculty at the Wright Institute in Berkeley. She also maintains a private practice in Oakland and San Francisco, where she sees couples and individuals. Dr. Levenson is a certified therapist and supervisor in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT). Through the Levenson Institute for Training (LIFT), she provides in-depth training in integrative, focused therapy.
Dr. Levenson is an internationally recognized expert in brief dynamic, emotionally-focused, relational psychotherapy. She is the author of over 75 chapters and papers, and three books, including the Concise Guide to Brief Dynamic and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (American Psychiatric Press, 2002), and Time-Limited Dynamic Psychotherapy: A Guide to Clinical Practice (Basic Books,1995; Spanish edition, 1997), which was selected by the Behavioral Science Book Service as a "book-of-the-month." Her latest book, Brief Dynamic Therapy, is part of the American Psychological Association's (APA) Expert Therapists-Theories of Psychotherapy Series. She also has three professional videos illustrating her work. Her most recent DVD, Brief Dynamic Therapy Over Time, is part of the APA's Psychotherapy Video Series. For more information on books and videos, click here.
Dr. Levenson is a Fellow of APA, the California Psychological Association, the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, the Society of Psychotherapy Research, the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration, and the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy. She has served on the Ethics Committee of the California State Psychological Association and on the Psychotherapy Research Committee of the APA. She has also been an invited member on a committee of the National Academy of Science.