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-Pre and Post Doctoral Training 1989-92

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

  • San Francisco University High School 1980

Work Experience

  • Clinical supervisor, Community Institute for Psychotherapy, San Rafael, CA 2019-present

  • Private practice in Sport and Performance Psychology, San Francisco and Marin, 2018-present

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

  • Consulting Psychologist to preschool educators and administrators, San Francisco 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 Prep for Optimal Performance, United States Hunter Jumper Association Emerging Athletes Training Session, 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

  • United States Equestrian Team Foundation, Gladstone, New Jersey 2018-19

  • 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-present

  • 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 Committee1995-2004

Volunteer Positions


  • Married 28 years, three children (21,18,15)

  • Avid equestrian, hiker, skier