Maxwell J. Berlyant, Ph.D.

Child, Adolescent, Adult, and Family

My mission is to engage the family system, working collaboratively with children and parents to facilitate lasting change using a holistic approach

[email protected]
1801 Bush St. San Francisco, CA 

Psychology Today


I obtained my Doctorate/Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Child and Family Psychology, from APA-accredited Palo Alto University, Pacific Graduate School of Psychology. My Postdoctoral Residency was completed at the Psychiatry Department in Kaiser Permanente, San Rafael. I hold a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. I have worked in a variety of clinical settings with children, adolescents and adults providing individual, family, group, and couples therapy. I provide evidence based treatment from a strengths based perspective and have specialty training in Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).

 I specialize in the treatment / assessment of Anxiety, OCD, Depression, Child Behavioral Problems, and ADHD – incorporating Psycho-education, Coping Skills Training, Parent Coaching, and Mindfulness approaches.

On a personal note, I was born and raised in San Francisco, CA and provided clinical services throughout the Bay Area and in the East Coast. I value time with my family and enjoy swimming, hiking, and ballroom dancing with my wife. I am interested in the mind-body connection and therapeutic role of movement and dance. I am bilingual - English and Russian.

Social Warriors: Middle School Social Skills Group

12-week evidence-based social skills group for middle school age peers. Group sessions emphasize interactive learning of social skills through group activities, peer support, and goal setting. Session topics include Nonverbal Communication, Meeting New People, Identifying and Expressing Feelings, Coping With Strong Feelings, Parenting Skills Group emphasizing reinforcing social skills and conflict management, Empathy and Perspective Taking , Problem Solving, Active and Reflective Listening, Standing Up For Yourself, and Managing Conflict.

Please contact for additional information, group flyer, and start date for the next round of group. Looking forward to speaking with you!