About Darby

Education & Certifications

  • California Licensed Psychologist (PSY 12925) 1991-present

  • Academy of Intuition Medicine, Sausalito, CA--Master Certification in Intuition Medicine® 2013

  • San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis—Post-doctoral Certification in Adult Psychoanalysis 1999

  • California School of Professional Psychology, Berkeley, CA –Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology 1991

  • California Pacific Medical Center Adolescent Day Treatment Center and Adult and Family Outpatient Clinic, San Francisco, CA—Pre and Post Doctoral Training 1989-92

  • University of California, Berkeley—A.B. with honors 1985

  • San Francisco University High School 1980

Work Experience

  • Leg Up Performance Coaching, San Francisco 2018-present

  • Consulting psychologist to Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Petaluma, CA 2014-present

  • Consulting psychologist to preschool educators and administrators, San Francisco, CA 2010-2015

  • Private practice in parent coaching and family consultation, Marin County—2010-15

  • Consultant to Aunt Ann’s In House Staffing, San Francisco 2012-13

  • Clinical practice in psychology and psychoanalysis, San Francisco 1990-2004

  • Faculty Member, San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, San Francisco 2000-2010

  • Clinical supervisor to psychology graduate students and psychiatry residents  (St. Mary’s Hospital, CPMC, Mt. Zion, UCSF), San Francisco 1995-1999

  • Psychological Assistant to Dr. Marian Birch, San Francisco 1991-1992

Writing & Presentations

  • Mental and Emotional Care and Conditioning for Riders—Emerging Athletes Program Presentation, July 2019

  • Leg Up Blog, various topics on rider wellness 2018-present

  • Street to Stable Wellness Column, 2018-present

  • California Riding Magazine, contributor

  • Fear No Fear—Seminar on Coping with various types of fears, various venues 2018-19

  • Parenting Now: Setting the Stage for Emotional Health, Holy Family Day Home 2013

  • Parenting from the Inside Out—Spring, 2013 Seminar at Children’s Council, SF

  • Working from the Inside out to Create Change (2009, 2010)—Seminar for the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis Preschool Consultation Project

  • Doctoral Dissertation: Melanie Klein—A Levinsonian Study of a Woman’s Midlife Transition (1990), presented at American Psychological Association, Division of Psychoanalysis, Annual Meeting, New York 1992


  • American Psychological Association

  • American Association of Applied Sport Psychology

  • United States Equestrian Federation

  • Pacific Coast Hunter Jumper Association

  • California Professional Horsemen’s Association

  • Nor Cal Hunter Jumper Association

  • Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Petaluma CA 2014-2017

  • Lone Mountain Children’s Center, San Francisco, CA  2004-2011

  • Hamilton Family Center, San Francisco, CA 2003-2006

  • Oakes Children’s Center, San Francisco, CA 1983-1985

Board Experience

  • Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Barn Ambassador 2017-present

  • Marin Country Day School--Docent Coordinator 2012-2013

  • Marin Country Day School Docent—2007-2019

  • Marin Country Day School Annual Fund Committee—2006-2011

  • Lone Mountain Children’s Center Annual Fund Co-Chair—2004-2007

  • San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis:  Curriculum Committee, Continuing Education Committee, Admissions Committee, Program Committee (1995-2004)

Volunteer Positions