Interim Program Chair, Assistant Professor
School of Professional Psychology and Health (SPPH)
Integral Counseling Psychology
Anna Benassi, MA, LMFT, (they/them) is a licensed psychotherapist with a private practice that spans the SF Bay Area. They have worked in hospital and clinic settings for over thirty years. Anna received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a concentration in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, and a Master of Art’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies, Integral Counseling Psychology Program.
As a queer activist, Anna has worked clinically with homeless individuals suffering from AIDS/HIV and in crisis settings; they currently work with individuals, couples and non-conforming queer and polyamorous families. Anna did her practicum and associate studies at the Integral Counseling Center at Church St. Anna was mentored in Gestalt therapy by Lu Gray and Gieve Patel and has studied Gestalt therapy at the Instituto di Gestalt in Italy. Anna is a founding member of the Bay Area Gestalt Institute, and was the Acting Director for many years, and is now a current Board member. Anna has over twenty years of experience facilitating and leading groups of all kinds from police officers to clinical associates and licensed clinicians.
Anna’s pedagogy is focused on a multicultural orientation centered on phenomenology and the neurobiology of attachment. Anna has trained extensively in Couple therapy and was mentored by Dr. Michael Klein. Anna has supervised groups and individuals obtaining their LMFT license.
Anna is a practicing Buddhist and began meditating in 1993 in the Zen tradition, and currently maintains a daily Vipassana practice.