About Hold Me Tight Workshop Leaders

Dr. Michelle Gannon
Michelle Gannon, PhD
Clinical Psychologist
Certified EFT Therapist & Supervisor
San Francisco Center for EFT – Supervisor
Dr. Sam Jinich HMT
Sam Jinich, PhD
Clinical Psychologist
Certified EFT Therapist & Supervisor
San Francisco Center for EFT- Trainer

Michelle Gannon, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist and Workshop Leader.

Michelle is a Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist and Supervisor. Michelle is also a very experienced Workshop Leader and has co-led over 200 Workshops and Trainings in San Francisco, Tiburon, Esalen and Internationally. Michelle Gannon, PhD attended the International Training Program in Australia in Daring Way™ and Rising Strong™ led by Dr Brené Brown and is a Certified Daring™ Way Facilitator and Rising Strong™ Facilitator. Michelle co-leads Rising Strong ™ Workshop and Hold Me Tight® Workshop. Michelle enjoys integrating Dr Brené Brown and Dr Sue Johnson’s work with her individual clients, couples, workshops and trainings.

Dr. Gannon received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. She completed her Ph.D. dissertation research on psychotherapy outcome at Stanford University, and her postdoctoral and internship training at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center and California Pacific Medical Center. Michelle has been trained in Gottman Scientifically Based Couples Therapy and she is recognized by the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy. Michelle teaches and supervise other therapists about Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Attachment Theory and Forgiveness at the San Francisco Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy (SFCEFT) where she is the Clinical Director and SFCEFT Faculty. She is a member of the Northern California Community for Emotionally Focused Therapy (NCCEFT) and past board member of San Francisco Psychological Association.

Michelle has been an Individual and Couples Therapist in San Francisco Private Practice for over 20 years. She is frequently interviewed about relationships in the media such as the San Francisco Chronicle, TIME, Huffington Post, PEOPLE, CBS Early Show, Evening Magazine TV and many more. Michelle’s clients and workshop couples describe her as a warm, active, attuned, empathic and optimistic therapist. She cares deeply and helps people explore and express their feelings, increase understanding of themselves and others, heal from painful experiences, increase empathy and reach for each other for more closeness and connection.

Sam Jinich, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist and Couples Workshop Leader.

Sam is a Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer. Sam is the Director of the San Francisco Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy (SFCEFT) and loves helping couples at the Hold Me Tight Workshop for Couples.

Dr Jinich received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University’s Joint Doctoral Program. He completed his internship and postdoctoral training at University of California San Francisco Medical Center. Sam has been certified in the Gottman Bringing Baby Home program and he is recognized by the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy. He is also a Co-Founder of the Northern California Community for Emotionally Focused Therapy (NCCEFT) and Past President of San Francisco Psychological Association.

Sam has been an Individual and Couples Therapist in San Francisco for over 20 years. He specializes in working with clients who are experiencing emotional distress and a desire to deepen their understanding of themselves and improve in the areas of communication, conflict resolution, commitment, relationship-building and parenting. Sam is active and engaging in his approach with clients. He is also bilingual and bicultural in Spanish.