Maria Seymour St. John
Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco
Maria St. John, PhD is a licensed marriage and family therapist with thirty years of clinical experience working with individuals, couples, and families in the San Francisco Bay Area. She holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and a Doctorate in Rhetoric with a focus on race, gender, and psychoanalysis. Dr. St. John is endorsed as an Infant/Family and Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist, Reflective Practice Facilitator II, and Mentor. She is currently the Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco and holds a private practice in Oakland, California.
Dr. St. John works with couples, families, and individuals of all ages who are going through life transitions or experiencing challenges of various kinds, focusing on relationships: at work/school, with partners, family, friends, or community, and with the self and personal undertakings. Her approach to psychotherapy is psychoanalytically-informed, which means that she joins with clients in understanding what is contributing to their difficulties in order to support them in experiencing greater reward in relationships and life endeavors and increased psychological freedom.
Areas of Specialization and Affinity
- Infancy and early childhood
- LGBTQ individuals and families
- Pregnancy and postpartum issues
- Divorce, blended families, and co-parenting
- Tending the relationship with the creative self
- Unique paths to parenthood and family formation
- Navigating separation, individuation and connectedness at various life stages