Biographical Information

Robert Waska MFT, PhD, is a 1999 graduate of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies, an International Psychoanalytical Association affiliate organization and CIPS member. He conducts a full-time private psychoanalytic practice for individuals and couples in San Francisco and Marin County, California. In addition, he has taught classes and supervised therapists in the Bay Area as well as presented papers in the US and internationally.

Dr. Waska is the author of ten published textbooks on Kleinian psychoanalytic theory and technique, is a contributing author for two psychology texts, and has published over ninety articles in professional journals. He also serves on the review committee for several journals and book publishers.

Dr. Waska's work focuses on contemporary Kleinian topics including projective identification, loss, borderline and psychotic states, the practical realities of psychoanalytic practice in the modern world, and the establishment of analytic contact with difficult, hard to reach patients. He emphasizes the moment-to-moment understanding of transference and phantasy as the vehicle for gradual integration and mastery of unconscious conflict between self and other.


Dr. Waska
P.O. Box 2769
San Anselmo, CA 94979 USA

Phone: 415-883-4235
Fax: 415-472-3634

Professional Vita

Private Practice: Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis
2011-current Contributing Editor, New Therapist Magazine
2011-current Editorial Board, American Journal of Psychoanalysis
2010-current Professional Advisory Council, International Academy of Behavioral Medicine
2010-current Staff Member of W. Kahn Institute of Theoretical Psychiatry and Neuroscience
2009-current Manuscript Review Committee, Current Psychiatry Reviews Journal
2009-current Manuscript Review Committee, European Journal of Psychiatry
2008-current Visiting Faculty, Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis
2008-2010 Teaching Faculty, Community Institute for Psychotherapy
2008-current Manuscript Review Committee, American Journal of Psychoanalysis
2007-current International Advisory Board Member, Psychodynamic Practice Journal
2004-current New Book Proposal Review Committee, Brunner/Routledge Publishers
2000-current Manuscript Review Committee, American Journal of Psychotherapy
2002-current Manuscript Review Committee, Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis
2002-current Manuscript and Book Review Committee, Psychodynamic Practice: Journal of Individuals, Groups, and Organizations
2000-2009 Adjunct Faculty; Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies
1998-2000 Supervising/Training Therapist, Community Institute for Psychotherapy
1990-1992 Chief of Research, Family Advocacy Program, Catholic Charities of Marin
1988-1991 Outpatient Psychotherapist, Catholic Charities of Marin
1985-1988 Outpatient Psychotherapist, Marin Grief Therapy Center
1985-1988 Outpatient Psychotherapist, training staff, Marin Suicide Prevention Center
1985-1988 Psychotherapist, Center Point Recovery Program
(in-patient drug and alcohol treatment center)
1976-1982 In-house Counselor, foster homes for developmentally challenged children
2010-current Professional Diplomat in Counseling and Psychotherapy, International Academy of Behavioral Medicine
1991-current Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist; Board of Behavioral Sciences
1994-1999 Certified in Psychoanalysis; Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies
1994-1999 Certified in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy; Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies
1993-1999 Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Center for Psychological Studies; Albany, CA
1987-1989 M.S., Counseling, San Francisco State University
1984-1987 B.A., Psychology, San Francisco State University
1982-1984 A.A., Behavioral Science, College of Marin
2008-current Clinical member, International Psychoanalytic Association
1997-2009 Divison 39, American Psychological Association
1998-2005 Associate member, American Psychoanalytic Association
1997-2002 Associate member, American Psychological Association
1993-2009 Clinical member, Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology
1991-current Clinical member, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
1992 CAMFT Educational Foundation research award
1991 CAMFT Educational Foundation research award
1989 Phi Beta Kappa, San Francisco State University
1987 Magna Cum Laude, San Francisco State University

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