RAYA SMAIL, MFT
PSYCHOTHERAPY PRACTICE
 4237 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118
 (415) 831-4339


Raya Smail: Russian, Hebrew Speaking Psychotherapist in San Francisco




I have received my BA degree in liberal studies from Tel Aviv 
University in 1998.

 

My training as a therapist began with a master’s degree in
clinical 
psychology  Dominican University of San Rafael, in 1995.

 

Subsequently, I have trained and worked in a variety of clinical

settings in San Francisco, which afforded me the opportunity to
gain experience in working with diverse clinical and ethnic
populations.

 

 

Psychology Intern, Sunset Mental Health Services, San
Francisco

 

The Sunset Mental Health clinic was the setting for my first

encounter with the massive wave of Russian-speaking
immigrants that
came to San Francisco in the 90s.  There were
very few Russian-
speaking clinicians at the time, and little
experience with the particular
needs of this new population. 
Since psychiatry was associated with a 
great deal of shame
and stigma in the former Soviet Union, the
challenge was to
modify the American model of mental health in such
a way that
it is culturally sensitive and acceptable.  In addition to the
traditional short and long-term individual and group therapy, we

developed tools for crisis intervention, case management,
evaluation 
and processing of Social Security disability claims,
and psychosocial 
therapy for Russian-speaking clients. 

The Sunset Mental Health clinic was also my first experience
working with the more sever spectrum of psychiatric disorders,
as 
well as dual diagnosis patients, with drug and alcohol issues.

 

Psychology Fellow, UCSF/Mount Zion Outpatient Psychiatry Department

 

Here, I continued working with adults, mostly monolingual,

Russian-speaking émigrés. Psychedelically oriented long and

short-term work with patients suffering from major depression,
bipolar illness, somatoform disorders and anxiety disorders.  A
portion
of my practice was devoted to providing therapy and
supportive 
counseling for women recently diagnosed with breast cancer as well as those in the metastatic stage of the disease.

 

Psychotherapist, UCSF-CPMC Psychosocial/Lifestyle Intervention Trial for Breast Cancer

                       

Provide group psychotherapy for women recently diagnosed
with breast cancer, as part of a research trial designed to
compare the efficacy of individualized vs. an integrated
intensive support program for women with breast cancer.                     

 

Psychotherapist RAMS—Richmond Area Multi Cultural Services

 

Psychotherapy and case management to Russian speaking
adults, 
with Axis I and Axis II diagnosis.  Supervision for MFT
trainees and 
interns.

.

Mental Health Counselor and Russian Program Coordinator

Geriatric Services, Family Service Agency of San Francisco

                       

Coordinate a comprehensive mental health program for
monolingual, 
Russian speaking  seniors (age 60+) émigrés
from the former Soviet 
Union. Program components: day
treatment, outpatient counseling, 
home visits, medication
management, case management and referrals. 

 

Psycho-educator, Kaiser Permanente Medical Group, San Francisco

 

Lead a four-week educational group for patients with chronic insomnia, based on a cognitive behavioral model.

 

Counseling Trainee, Marin Rape Crisis Center

 

Crisis intervention services for clients in acute distress following
an 
incident of rape or sexual assault.  Ongoing individual and
group
therapy for rape victims and sexual abuse survivors.
Provided
referrals and arranged for emergency services. 
Assisted clients
in working with the criminal justice system to
obtain restraining
orders, determine victim-witness eligibility, etc.

 

 

 

Education

 

1992-1995       Dominican College of San Rafael, Department 
                        of 
Counseling Psychology

                        Master of Science Degree in Counseling Psychology

 

1984-1988       Tel -Aviv University, dual BA degrees,

                        History and Political Science

                       

Awards

 

1995                 Outstanding Student Award”,

                        Dept. of Counseling Psychology,

                        Dominican College, San Rafael

                       

 

Affiliations

 

1993-Present CAMFT—California Association of Marriage

                                         and Family Therapists

 

1999-20004 School for Lacanian Psychoanalysis, Berkeley.

 

2005-Present NCSPP, San Francisco



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