Joan Fisch Portrait


I work with individuals, couples, and families from a variety of backgrounds and cultures who come for help with a wide range of difficulties. I have expertise in the treatment of trauma and a strong interest in working with couples in which one or both partners are experiencing the negative effects of childhood traumas.

I received my M.S.W. from the University of Michigan in 1967.
I was licensed in California (LCS 3594) in 1972 and opened my private practice in 1973.

As a member of the adjunct clinical faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University Medical School (1976-2006) I supervised social work, psychology, and marriage and family interns. I have facilitated study groups, provided supervision/consultation to other mental health practitioners, and presented at professional conferences.

I participate in continuing education activities that reflect my clinical interests and increase my ability to provide my clients with effective treatment. From 2005-2010 I attended a monthly seminar with Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. (The Developing MInd, 1999; Mindsight, 2010) on interpersonal neurobiology.