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About Marcella Adamski, Ph.D.

Marcella Adamski, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist serving San Francisco, California, and surrounding cities. She has been in private practice since 1980 treating adults, couples, adolescents, and children. Her expertise also includes teaching psychology, directing organizations, and serving as a consultant to law firms, corporations and hospitals. 

As a Clinical Psychologist Dr. Adamski
» Provides a wide range of psychotherapy and counseling services for individuals, couples, elders and the LGBT community to improve  emotional, social and mental well-being.                                                                                                                                                                                  

» Offers private consultations and coaching to professionals to gain psychological insights and skills in mastering work place dynamics, career choices and life-work balance.  

» Brings a cross-cultural understanding to her practice derived from her experiences as a consultant to international projects and work            with individuals from diverse ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds. 

Areas of Special Expertise:  Dr. Adamski served as a transfer trauma specialist for convalescent hoospitals and law firms in treating older adults dealing with mass relocations. She was an expert witness in a transfer trauma case under AARP (American Association of Retired People). She was a founding member of the Shanti Project which provides counseling to terminally people and their families. She opened and directed Surviors International in SF and provided therapy for victims of torture suffering PTSD. She coordinated medical and social care for Vietnamese youngsters  who were brought to the US for physical and pyschological treatment of war injuries under the Committee of Responsibility.

Cross Cultural Experience and Projects
For over thirty years Dr. Adamski has served international organizations travelling to 22 countries for various projects and exploration. At the request of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, she initiated the Tibet Oral History Project which has videotaped the life stories of 278 Tibetan elders living in exile and has sent their transcripts and DVD's to the US Library of Congress for archiving. With a Tibet Justice Center team of  lawyers and psychologists she participated in investigations for UN reports regarding conditions of women and children in Chinese occuppied Tibet.  Under the International Rescue Committee she held therapy groups for traumatized refugee women from Bosnia. 

Teaching Background                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Dr. Adamski has taught at a many colleges and universities in the SF Bay Area and has been the guest speaker at various agencies and organizations as well as on radio and television programs. She has provided informative psychologiy based lectures to medical staffs, law firms and nursing home coporations on her areas of expertise. They include communication skills, conflict resolution, transfer trauma of elders, treating torture survivors and counseling the terminally ill.

Dr. Adamski will work with you in an engaged and interactive manner bringing both competency and compassion to the therapeutic relationship.

If you would like to learn more about her services or would like to schedule a therapy session, please contact Dr. Adamski.



Marcella Adamski has a B.A. in Literature, Theater, and Cinema from New York University and an M.A. in Psychology from Lone Mountain College in San Francisco, California. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in Berkeley, California.

Psychological Training

Marcella Adamski received her training at psychiatric treatment centers and hospitals in the San Francisco Bay Area. She did her doctoral and post-doctorial training at Children's Hospital of Northern California; at the Psychiatric Services Clinic, Children's Hospital of San Francisco; and at Crisis Services, Mount Zion Hospital; and Berkeley Mental Health Department. Dr. Adamski conducted psychological testing, school consultations, and therapy with children and adults. This included providing family therapy, play therapy, group therapy, and individual psychotherapy to children and families facing traumatic life events and medical procedures.

Dr. Adamski also worked with adults and couples, led training sessions for hospital staffs, and served as a psychological consultant to convalescent hospital corporations regarding relocation trauma of elders.

International Consulting

Dr. Adamski provides psychological services to various international organizations. Her international work includes:

» United Nations Association-USA East Bay, Advisor to Board of Directors, 2006-2016
» Tibet Justice Center, Board of Directors, 2003-2006 (Board President 2004-2005)
» Tibet Child Nutrition and Collaborative Health Project, October 2000. Delivered medicine and medical supplies to Tibet
» Tibet Justice Center, Psychologist Consultant, 1998-1999.  Interviewed Tibetan women and children refugees for two UN human rights reports 
» International Rescue Committee, Group Therapist, 1998. Conducted therapy group for traumatized Bosnian women refugees
» Survivors International, Executive Director, 1994-1996. Provided psychotherapy for survivors of torture from around the world.
» Committee of Responsibility to Save War Injured Vietnamese Children, Philadelphia, 1970-1971. Provided care for  war injured children.
» Maryknoll, Media Consultant, South Korea, 1968. Designed health education programs for broadcast to rural population.

Teaching Excellence

  Dr. Adamski is a talented psychology teacher who taught at a variety of colleges and universities. She is known for her international psychological work and dedication to providing tailored psychological aid and services. She has spoken at various organizations, clubs, institutions, and has been a guest speaker on radio and television broadcasts.

Teaching Experience

» Peralta College
» Holy Names College
» Sonoma State University
» St. Mary's College
» Laney College    
» University of California, Berkeley
» New College of California
» San Francisco State University
» California School of Professional Psychology   

Lecture Experience

» World Affairs Council
» Commonwealth Club
» Amnesty International
» Levi Strauss & Co.
» Catholic Charities

» United Nations Association
» Marin Ombudsmen Project   
» Survivors International
» Kaiser Hospital
» San Francisco General Hospital
» Morrison & Foerster Law Firm
» Psychology Center for Elders Independence  

Speaking Background

» Public Interest Law Project
» National Public Radio, Forum
» A.A.R.P. Litigation Found
» KPFA Radio, The Morning Show
» Spirit Rock Meditation Center
» Department of Aging, San Francisco

» State Fund Compensation Insurance
» Tang Counseling Center, UC Berkeley
» Lopez, Hodes, Restaino, Milman & Skikos Law Firm