• Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist (MD) LCM 162
  • Marriage and Family Therapist (CA) MFC 29681
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (DC) LMFT 99
  • Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist (BC-DMT 626)
  • AAMFT Clinical Fellow
  • AAMFT Approved Supervisor

Biographical Details for Patrizia Pallaro

Patrizia Pallaro Formerly director of a psychiatric residential and day treatment program in San Francisco; faculty member at John F. Kennedy University’s Transpersonal and Holistic Counseling Center in Oakland, adjunct faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute (Santa Barbara, CA), Patrizia has an extensive background in mental health, counseling and partial hospitalization philosophy. She is a faculty member of the International Psychotherapy Institute (Chevy Chase, MD), of Art Therapy Italiana (Bologna, Italy), as well as a clinical supervisor and lecturer in the Dance/Movement Therapy Department of the Institute of Applied Psychology and Psychoanalysis in Moscow (Russia). A native Italian, Patrizia Pallaro is bilingual with experience in cross-cultural and acculturation issues, which she applies in her private practice. She works with families, couples and individuals, informed by interpersonal neuro-affective-biology principles, and integrating authentic movement principles into her practice as tools for understanding inner processes and bodily-felt experiences. As a certified PREPARE/ENRICH facilitator, Patrizia helps couples enter a committed relationship in a structured and safe environment. A writer and editor, Patrizia Pallaro’s articles have appeared in numerous scholarly journals, in English and Italian. She has compiled and edited two volumes on Authentic Movement, published by Jessica Kingsley. Former co-editor of the American Journal of Dance Therapy, she is currently one of the editors at the Authentic Movement Community Blog, and sits on the editorial boards of several academic journals.

Publications By Patrizia Pallaro

Authentic Movement: Moving the Body, Moving the Self, Being Moved

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‘It is very valuable to have [this collection of articles] all together in one place…a rich repository of insights and experiences for all the somatic disciplines. It is a wonderful collection of articles.’ - Somatics 1999/2000
Pallaro-vol-2-1-84310-768-6_precisaDescription: Authentic Movement is a new discipline aiding the creative process in choreography, writing, theatre performance, dance, graphic and expressive arts, deepening spiritual journeys and meditative states, as well as intensifying personal processes in psychotherapy, meditation and conflict resolution. This second volume on Authentic Movement is an engaging and dynamic collection of scholarly essays, personal stories, practical suggestions and resources. It reflects cutting edge work on creative expression, meditative discipline and psychotherapeutic endeavour. This authoritative collection will be indispensable for practitioners of Authentic Movement, students and teachers working in the field of dance therapy, art therapists and psychoanalysts.

Authentic Movement

Read more and order from Jessica Kingsley Publishers. bookcoverDescription: Authentic Movement, an exploration of the unconscious through movement, was largely defined by the work of Mary Starks Whitehouse, Janet Adler and Joan Chodorow. The basic concepts of Authentic Movement are expressed for the first time in one volume through interviews and conversations with these important figures, and their key papers. They emphasize the importance of movement as a means of communication, particularly unconscious or ‘authentic’ movement, emerging when the individual has a deep, self-sensing awareness – an attitude of ‘inner listening’. Such movement can trigger powerful images, feelings and kinesthetic sensations arising from the depths of our stored childhood memories or connecting our inner selves to the transcendent. In exploring Authentic Movement these questions are asked:
  • How does Authentic Movement differ from other forms of dance and movement therapy?
  • How may Authentic Movement be experienced?


  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist (VA) # 081000529
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist (MD) # 05910
  • PTI-CFS Psychoanalytic Candidate

Biographical Details for MATTHEW JOHNSON


A Maryland and Virginia licensed psychologist, Matthew Johnson holds a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Pennsylvania State University, a Master of Arts in Psychoanalysis from the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, and a Master of Science in Clinical Psychopharmacology from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Dr. Johnson currently works as a clinical psychologist for the United States Navy and has extensive experience with adolescents, adults, couples, and families in a myriad of professional settings including inpatient hospitals, outpatient treatment centers, hospice care, community health centers, correctional facilities, substance abuse treatment centers, and college counseling centers. Dr. Johnson uses a psychodynamic frame that employs integrative techniques in hopes of providing a culturally responsive environment where individuals are free to explore and try new ways of being within the safe confines of the therapeutic situation.

In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Johnson enjoys teaching undergraduate, graduate, and professional students about psychology. Most recently, he has taught classes at the United States Naval Academy, Harlem Hospital, and Brooklyn College.


  • Licensed Graduate Marriage and Family Therapist (MD) LGM 737 (supervised by Patrizia Pallaro, LCMFT, BC-DMT)
  • Doctoral candidate in Marriage and Family Therapy (specializing in Couples Therapy)
  • AAMFT Pre-clinical Fellow

Biographical Details for Tiphanie Gibbs, MA, LGMFT

Tiphanie Gibbs A retired Navy veteran, Tiphanie Gibbs has experience counseling military members and their families who struggle with relationship, parenting, and work/life balance issues.  She works with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families, offering couple therapy, outpatient mental health and crisis intervention services. Trained in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), Tiphanie has a strong commitment to strengthen couples' connections, to help partners open up with each other, and build/rebuild or revive their relationship bond.  She also provides short and long-term therapy through the use of Solution Focused and Cognitive Behavioral therapies.

Empowering People with Long-Term Solutions

As a Marriage and Family Therapist, Ms. Gibbs' goal is to empower couples, individuals, and families to overcome personal obstacles to improve their relationships, utilizing clinically tested and evidence-based techniques. She seeks to secure long-term solutions to a wide variety of relationship issues, leading people to become happier with themselves and the lives they have created.  As a PREPARE/ENRICH facilitator,  she is uniquely skilled to offer premarital counseling.