Introducing Patricia Gorman, Ed.D.

Dr. Gorman: Clinician, Supervisor, Educator, Trainer, Researcher

Dr. Gorman conducts her Couples Retreat in The Boston Area and Amherst, Massachusetts.


Licensed Psychologist & Health Service Provider

Massachusetts Licensed Psychologist (#6304)

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Massachusetts Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (#766)


Ed.D. University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA (Counseling Psychology) 1989.

M.A. Lesley University, Cambridge, MA (Counseling Psychology) 1981

B.A. University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (Psychology) 1976

Personally Speaking

I have practiced as a family therapist and psychologist for 25 years – and I’m still learning.

Every person I’ve had the honor of working with has taught me something about how to be more human, more authentic, and more compassionate.  And I'm very grateful.

We all struggle to bring our best selves to our relationships. So although I am steeped in evidence-based practices such including Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and the Gottman Method, my work is more than science-based.

Couples therapy is sacred work for me.

I am being entrusted with a couple’s hopes to love and be loved as best they can, and I carry that responsibility with deep respect.

I love to dance, and my favorite is the Argentine Tango. Learning to dance the tango has provided some of my best training as a therapist.

In order to dance skillfully partners need to attune to each other, negotiate, balance and connect. They need to be flexible and responsive as they move together, as they easily lead or follow the other's lead. When they are overly focused on their own steps, or concentrating too hard to please their partner, the dance feels forced and awkward.

I bring the essence of tango into my work with couples. Life impact couples, and brings distress and instability into their relationship. My job is to observe where their dance is not working, and how they've become disconnected, as they work in front of me.

  • How do they share the lead or follow?
  • What do they need to do or feel to approach the pleasure of moving together differently?
  • How can I help bring ease into a relationship so that the couple can relax into a secure embrace and enjoy the music of their relationship?

I look forward to the opportunity to provide a secure and safe place where couples learn how to become responsive, attuned and deeply connected with each other.

We felt like we needed a quick fix for our problem. What I liked best was that Patricia could tell when we need to dig deeper into an issue and we would spend the time doing that deeper work. And we gained clarification and understanding around issues that were caustic to our relationship. We were able to get into a session within a month’s time, we gained improved communication skills, and we understand our deeper issues within our current situation. We enjoyed working with Patricia and we plan to continue to see her monthly for now.  If you truly want to improve your relationship and you are will to do the work than this type of therapy will definitely help.              -Recent Client

Clinical Experience

Private Practice, Amherst, MA (ongoing).

Clinician, ServiceNet Outpatient Behavioral Health Center, Amherst, MA (2010-2016)

Director, Family Therapy Team, Psychological Services Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA (1990-1993).

Psychology Department, University of Massachusetts- Amherst, MA (1989-1993).
Co-Director, Psychological Services Center - Family Therapy Training Team.

Academic Experience

PROGRAM DIRECTOR, Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Psychology Department, Springfield College, Springfield, MA (2012-2016).

PROGRAM DIRECTOR, Marriage and Family Therapy Program, University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford, CT (2007- 2012).

FACULTY, Department of Counseling and Family Therapy, University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford, CT  (1991-2012).

Department of Applied Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy Program & Counseling Psychology Program, Antioch/New England Graduate School, Keene, New Hampshire (1991 - 1992, & 1995).


Board of Directors - Massachusetts Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (1994-2000 & 2012 - current, Executive Board Member).

Clinical Fellow & Approved Supervisor, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Educator's Summit:  A Consensus Conference for Competence Training for Marriage and Family Therapists (July, 2004).

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR, Healy Public Service Endowment Grant. “Providing Therapy to Cambodian Refugee Families in Hampshire County” University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1990-1991.

Presentations (selected)

Supervision Mentoring: Becoming an Effective Supervisor. Massachusetts Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Conference, Wellesley College, Wellesley MA, March 2015

Teaching “Not-Knowing.” Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education Meeting, Amherst College, Amherst, MA, April 2009.

Comparing American and Chinese Child Rearing Practices. Visiting Scholar Speech, Anhui Agricultural University, Hefei, Anhui, PRC, November, 1999.

International Adoption: Family-making in a Multicultural Context. American Family Therapy Academy Meeting, Minneapolis, June 21, 1997.

An Approach to Teaching the DSM. American Family Therapy Academy Meeting, Minneapolis, June, 1997.

Using the Reflecting Team Model in Supervision. Saint Joseph College Marriage and Family Therapy Supervisors’ Workshop, West Hartford, CT, Nov. 30, 1995.

Including the Family's Voice in Supervision of In-home Family Therapy. New England Regional Family-based Services Conference, Falmouth, Massachusetts, October 1995.

Pragmatics of Narrative Supervision. American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Meeting, Chicago, November 1994.

Evoking Voice: The Use of Stories in Treatment. American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Meeting, Miami, October 1992.

Think Globally, Act Systemically: Helping Refugee Families Heal. American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Meeting, Miami, October 1992.

Grants & Fellowships

FACULTY FELLOWSHIP, Workforce Development in In-Home Services- Faculty Fellowship, contracted through the Yale Center for Workforce Development, 2009-2011.

Publications (selected)

Resisting the Deficit View of Adoption. The Family Therapy Magazine, 3 (3), 2004.

Teaching Diagnosis from a Postmodern Perspective. Journal of Systemic Therapies. 20 (1), 3-11, 2001.

Perspectives on Systemic Family Therapy in America. Journal of Anhui Agricultural University, 8(4), 47-51, 1999 (in Mandarin).

The Korean Adoption Experience: A Look into Our Future? In A. Klatzkin (Ed.), Passage to the Heart: Writings from Families with Children from China. St. Paul, MN: Yeong & Yeong Book Co., 1998.

Conversations Outside the Clinic: Video Reflecting Teams for In-home Therapy and Supervision. Journal of Systemic Therapies. 14 (4), 1-15, 1995.>

Successful Adoptive Families: A Longitudinal Study of Special Needs Adoptions (with R.Tessler). Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews 26 (3), 358-359, 1997.

Evidence-based Treatment Models

Advanced Training: Core Skills & Externship training & Supervision;

Gottman Method Couples Therapy  Levels I & II

Professional Associations

Clinical Fellow & Approved Supervisor, former Executive Board Member - State Level

"Dr. Gorman was fantastic at listening to each of our sides, validating us, and bringing attention to what would work to build our bridges of differences toward better communication. We were fortunate to have Dr. Gorman as our therapist. We would have liked more time with her! We learned techniques to use when differences arise between us, have a stronger commitment... and how to respect those differences and compromise in a healthy way."   -Recent Client

Clinical Office in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Welcome to my contemporary comfortable office

Teaching Experience

∙  Current Trends in Evidence-Based Practices

∙  Treating Addiction in the Family

∙  Assessment in Family Therapy

∙  Interventions in Family Therapy

∙  Couples Therapy

∙  Multisystem Collaboration and Family Counseling

∙  Family Therapy Practicum

∙ Psychopathology

∙ Postmodern Family Therapy

∙ Introduction to Family Therapy

∙ Gender and Diversity in Family Therapy

∙ Fundamentals of Supervision

Dear Dr. Gorman,

I wanted to thank you again for this past weekend.  I was anxious going into the weekend knowing it would be a difficult one, and it was.
But I don't think we could have selected a better therapist. You put me at ease from the first evening we were together.  I appreciate how thorough you were going through our BIG BIG Books.  I am amazed at how many times you referenced something we said or a family member we talked about by name.  Your genuine interest/concern for us came through very clearly to me. It made me feel very comfortable and able to express the things I haven't been able to previously. I learned a lot about myself and how I chose the path I did (even though sub-consciously in many ways). I am also grateful for the tools you gave us to help communicate more effectively. I do believe that my partner and I have both tried really hard and we are both good people. Although he and I are still struggling with how to act around one another, I am hopeful we will work together to improve that.Our departure on Sunday from your office felt very sudden (although I knew our time was winding down). We were also so emotionally drained at that point, I didn't feel I gave you a proper goodbye. I really want you to know how much I appreciate everything you did for us. My husband and I both agreed on our ride home (regardless of the outcome of our relationship/marriage) that we were glad we went.
- Recent Couples Retreat Participant
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