Current Positions

Private practice of individual psychotherapy and couples counseling, San Francisco.

Clinical Professor of Medicine; Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology (Psychiatry); Consultant for the Symptom Management Service of the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center;  Member, Professional Advisory Group, Clinical Pastoral Education Program, Spiritual Care Services:  all at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center.

My work in individual psychotherapy has been greatly enhanced by my association with Harold Sampson, Ph.D. and Fran Sampson, Ph.D., of the San Francisco Psychotherapy Research Group, and with Raja Selvam, Ph.D., Peter A. Levine, Ph.D., and Jerry P. Nims, Ph.D. I also deeply value the wisdom of the poet David Whyte and of scholar and teacher Robert Thurman, Ph.D.

Over the years, many couples have entrusted me to help them and, in turn, have helped me understand ways of deepening and repairing intimacy. Additionally, I have been grateful for the work of Stan Tatkin, Psy.D. (Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy); Susan Johnson, Ed.D. (Emotionally Focused Therapy); John Gottman, Ph.D.; Harville Hendrix, Ph.D.; Susan Gantt, Ph.D. (Systems Centered Therapy); Jerry P. Nims, Ph.D.; Daniel Wile, Ph.D.; and Dennis Zeitlin, M.D.


California Licensed Psychologist (PSY 4843)
California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (M8119)

Publications and Teaching

Over thirty professional publications and hundreds of lectures, courses, and workshops to healthcare providers such as psychotherapists, medical school faculty, and students.

The latest are:

Bullard, D.G., Caplan, H., & Derzko, C.M. (2014). Sexual problems. In M.D. Feldman & J.F. Christensen (Eds.), Behavioral medicine: A guide for clinical practice, 4th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Medical.

Bullard, D.G., Caplan, H., & Derzko, C.M. (2008). Sexual problems.  In M.D. Feldman & J.F. Christensen (Eds.), Behavioral medicine:  A guide for clinical practice, 3rd. ed. (pp. 303-321).  New York: McGraw-Hill Medical.

Derzko, C.M., Bullard, D.G., Rosenbaum, E.H., & Dollinger, M. (2008).  Becoming sexually active again.  In A.H. Ko, M. Dollinger, & E.H. Rosenbaum (Eds.).  Everyone’s guide to cancer therapy:  How cancer is diagnosed, treated, and managed day to day, 5th ed. (pp.232-249).  Kansas City, MO: Andrews McMeel

Derzko, C.M., Bullard, D.G., & Rosenbaum, E.H. (2007).  Changes in sexuality and sexual dysfunction.  In E.H. Rosenbaum, D. Spiegel, P. Fobair, & H. Gautier (Eds.), Everyone’s guide to cancer survivorship:  A road map for better health (pp. 196-210).  Kansas City, MO: Andrews McMeel.

Education and Training

20 years of consultation with Harold Sampson, Ph.D., of the San Francisco Psychotherapy Research Group

Certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner © utilizing approach to the treatment of trauma developed by Peter A. Levine, Ph.D.

Level I and II training in E.M.D.R. (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing)

Post-Doctoral training in Human Sexuality, University of California at San Francisco

Post-Doctoral training, Clinical Psychology, V.A. Medical Center, San Francisco

Ph.D. in Psychology (Clinical Major), Arizona State University, Tempe

Internship in Clinical Psychology, V.A. Medical Center, Palo Alto

A.B. in English Literature (Honors Program), University of Michigan


American Psychological Association, 1976-present

San Francisco Psychological Association (President, 2004; President, 1982), 1978-present

San Francisco Psychotherapy Research Group, 1990-present

Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, 1976-present

U.C.S.F. Medical Staff, 1983-1996, 2006-present

American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors & Therapists, 1978-1983

California Psychological Association, 1978-2005

EMDR International Association 1998-2003

National Cancer Institute Sexuality Specialist, Cancer Information Service, 1993-2000

Northern California Cancer Center Sexuality Research & Program Committees,1993-2000

Northern California Council of Psychological Associations, 1982-1983

Pacific Presbyterian Medical Center, Associate Medical Staff, 1983-1985

San Francisco Mental Health Advisory Board, 1982-1983

Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (President, Western Region, 1984), 1980-2003

U.C.S.F. Alumni-Faculty Association, 1982-2000

U.C.S.F. The Medical Group, 1978-1996