Kathryn Ford, M.D. helps couples to stay open to each other by cultivating present-moment awareness, especially Aperture Awareness™ , the felt sensation of availability for connection. Dr. Ford’s work integrates, neuropsychology, mindfulness and multiple therapy models. Her transformative method helps couples build resilience, practice awareness and mindfulness, quickly shift their dynamics when in distress, and turn their difficulties into stronger, lasting connection.
She received her M.D. from Brown Medical School and completed her psychiatry residency at Stanford School of Medicine, where she trained with, among others, Irv Yalom and David Spiegel. In addition to her traditional training, both her yoga practice and her life-long meditation practice have informed her life and her work. Training with teachers at Barre Center for Buddhist Studies in Massachusetts and Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California has helped her to understand the critical importance of mindfulness in relationships and to develop present-moment Aperture Awareness.
Kathryn’s work with the relationships of groups and organizations has included directing and consulting to Tavistock Group Relations conferences. She works with organizations and corporations as a consultant with the consulting firm, Upstart Logic. She has taught in a variety of settings, including the Stanford Continuing Studies Program, Stanford School of Medicine, Santa Clara University, and Sophia, formerly The Institute for Transpersonal Psychology.
Dr. Ford offers private consultation and workshops for couples and therapists. She is currently completing a book for couples and therapists that will present the theory and applications of her Aperture model. She and her husband, Peter Finkelstein, M.D. divide their time between the west coast and the east coast.