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Dr Michelle Gannon is a San Francisco Clinical Psychologist who has been an Individual and Couples Therapist in Private Practice for over 20 years. Michelle helps individuals and couples with anxiety, low self esteem, depression, life transitions, dating, intimacy, building more secure attachments, marriage, pregnancy, infertility, transition to parenthood, career changes, parenting issues, separation, divorce, grief and loss.

Michelle works with anyone who wants to understand themselves and their feelings better, and make positive, proactive changes.

Michelle’s clients describe her as a warm, active, attuned, empathic and optimistic therapist. She cares deeply and helps her clients explore and express their feelings, increase understanding of themselves and others, heal from painful experiences, and make positive changes in their lives.

Dr Gannon received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology and did her Ph.D. dissertation research on psychotherapy outcome at Stanford University. She earned her Bachelor of Science from University of Toronto.

Michelle Gannon, Ph.D. has been Endorsed and Certified by the International Centre of Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT) as a Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist and Supervisor/Consultant.

Michelle Gannon, Ph.D. attended the International Training Program in Australia in Daring Way™ and Rising Strong™ led by Dr Brené Brown and is a Certified Daring™ Way Facilitator and Rising Strong™ Facilitator. Michelle enjoys integrating Dr Brené Brown and Dr Sue Johnson’s work with her individual clients, couples, workshops and trainings.

Attachment Theory and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) recognize that in our relationships, many of us are often doing the best that we can to be close and attached to each other even in the midst of conflict and disconnection. Unfortunately, the strategies that we use may cause more distance, conflict and distress. We often do not know what we or others are really feeling or how we can be there for each other. Many of us need help learning and experiencing how to be more accessible, responsive and engaged and communicate better. Although we want to feel more acceptance, closeness and connection in our lives and have less conflict and tension, it can be very difficult at times.

Michelle works with both individuals and couples in her San Francisco Private Practice to help people have more satisfying relationships and meaningful, positive lives.

Also, Michelle teaches and supervises therapists in Attachment Theory and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) at the San Francisco Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy (SFCEFT). Michelle enjoys learning at the Greater Good Science Center and has received advanced training by Dr John Gottman in Scientifically Based Couples Therapy.

In addition to working with individuals and couples over the past twenty years, Michelle Gannon, Ph.D. leads workshop and trainings in San Francisco, Marin, Esalen Institute, Big Sur and Internationally.

Michelle Gannon, Ph.D. now co-leads Hold Me Tight® Workshop for Couples and Rising Strong™ Workshop.

Dr Michelle Gannon is frequently interviewed for Newspapers, Magazines, Radio and TV. She has appeared in San Francisco Chronicle, TIME, Huffington Post, PEOPLE, FIRST Magazine for Women, Hitched,, iVillage, Women’s Day, Oakland Tribune, Marin Independent Journal, Contra Costa Times, Golden Gate Mother’s Group Magazine, ALICE Radio, Evening Magazine TV and CBS Early Show to name a few.

To speak to Michelle in person or make an appointment for individual or couples therapy, please contact her directly at or 415-905-8830.

Dr. Michelle Gannon’s Curriculum Vitae
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