Jessica Broitman, PhD
Lastest Book on
NVLD/Develpmental Visual Spatial Disorders link
International Control Mastery
Previous Books on Non-Verbal
Learning Disorders link
Selected Art by Jessica
Selected Art by Jessica
Broitman and Sarah Mayeno link
was born in New York City, to Adeline and Harold Broitman. She
attended the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she got
her BA in 1975 in Art, Religion, and Psychology, and an MA in
1977 in Counseling Psychology. She became a member of the
Intensive Treatment Team of the Boulder Mental Health Center.
She ran the Gordon Beyer project, one of the first residential
treatment programs for chronic schizophrenics in the country.
While in Boulder, she met her husband, Gibor Basri ,
who is Professor Emeritus of Astronomy at UC Berkeley. Our
son, Jacob Avram Basri, was born in 1991. He is a graduate of
Sarah Lawrence College (2013), becoming a theatre director
living in New York City until starting to earn an MFA in
Directing at the Yale School of Drama in 2019.
In 1980 Jessica and Gibor moved to the Bay Area, where she
became the Program Coordinator for the Creative Living
Center, another residential treatment program. She became a
licensed Marriage, Family, and Child Counselor in 1980 and a
licensed Psychologist in 1987. Jessica attended the Wright
Institute in Berkeley, where she obtained her PhD in 1985.
During this time she became involved with Joseph Weiss and
Control Mastery Theory. She formalized the San Francisco
Pyschotherapy Research group as a non-profit organization in
1993 and served as its first President.
began study at the San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute in
1996, and graduated in 2001. She has a private practice
doing psychotherapy and psychoanalysis in Berkeley. She was
also instrumental in the initiation of the new SF
Psychotherapy Training Center and Clinic in 2000, and served
as the founding Executive Director for 16 years. She joined
the Faculty of the Wright Institute in 2001. She was also on
the Board of the "I Have a Dream - Oakland" Foundation for
most of its operation. She has become an expert on
non-verbal learning disabilities (NVLD), and recently
co-authored 4 books on that topic for practitioners and
parents (see link above). For a half-hour video on NVLD
featuring the authors, please see
. In 2017 she participated in the creation of the
International Control Mastery Therapy Center and currently
serves as its founding President.