Psychotherapist Francis L. Di Pelesi has more than twenty-five years of clinical experience; comprised of both comprehensive formal training and extensive face to face work with patients and clients. Frank is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, practicing from and drawing upon Buddhist Psychology, existentialism, cognitive behavioral, and psychodynamic perspectives. He holds the degree of Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, having completed two distinct Areas of Emphasis: Cognitive Behavioral and Psychodynamic theory and practice.
Dr. Di Pelesi was presented with the Dan Bilmes Memorial Award for Meritorious Research on the Psychology of Loss and Separation for his dissertation.
As a therapist, Frank Di Pelesi offers his clients and patients a thoughtful and compassionate approach, and uses an interactive and collaborative style in his private practice in San Francisco, and at the AHF Magic Johnson Clinics in San Francisco and Oakland.
As an educator, Frank Di Pelesi spent five years conducting weekly Case Conferences at Haight Ashbury Psychological Services, and continues to individually supervise Doctoral and Master’s level therapists-in-training. Additionally, he currently volunteers as a consultation group co-facilitator for group leaders at the UCSF Alliance Health Project.
Frank Di Pelesi treats a broad range of mood and personality disorders, and has extensive hospital inpatient experience treating those with histories of traumatic abuse. He sees individuals who have struggled with substance abuse using a harm reduction approach; and finds mindfulness-based techniques useful in almost all situations where a person is experiencing pain and distress.
Frank also works with people who struggle with addictions/problems related to online virtual reality sites such as Second Life, WoW, and other MMORPGs; using an approach that helps them to constructively integrate their 'virtual' experience into their day-to-day lives in a way that is meaningful to them.
Francis Di Pelesi’s educational background also includes a Master of Arts in Counseling from Amber University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the California State University at San Francisco.
Francis Di Pelesi is a member of the American Psychological Association; the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science; the International Network on Personal Meaning; and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Psychotherapist Association (GAYLESTA).