Who are we?


Rodney J. Shapiro, Ph.D., Lic. 7142

Rodney Shapiro is a nationally known teacher and clinician with over 25 years of clinical experience. He is widely published and has served on editorial boards for several family therapy journals. Before starting Networks in 1992, he developed and directed family treatment programs at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York, the V.A. Medical Center in San Francisco, and the California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco. He is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California School of Medicine in San Francisco. He is also past-president of the Association of Family Therapists of Northern California. Dr. Shapiro's research and clinical activities have focused primarily on interactional dynamics and he specializes in working with adults (individuals and couples) in difficult relationship situations. His clinical work is based on an integration of psychodynamic, object relations, and family systems theory. In practice he utilizes interventions that facilitate positive behavioral and attitudinal changes. Many of Dr. Shapiro's referrals come from other therapists who recognize his expertise in assessing and treating complex family and couples' issues. Dr. Shapiro is known for his wisdom, warmth and humor - qualities that make him highly regarded as an administrator, therapist, and as a teacher and supervisor. Life as a husband, father and grandfather is joyful and challenging. What time is left is devoted to creative writing, literature, photography, music, cooking, and the loving care of numerous pets.

Jacqueline D. Shapiro, M.S., MFT., Lic. 24775

Jacqueline Shapiro is the Co-Founder of Networks Family Counseling Center. The Center was founded to promote her belief in offering quality clinical care to individuals and families in an affordable setting of warmth, acceptance and personal growth. Jacqueline completed her undergraduate work at SUNY Buffalo and her M.S. at the University of Rochester, New York. In Rochester she was Director of the New York State Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Project and Director of outpatient education services at Restart Drug Services. She also co-directed Elling and Reingold Associates, a clinical outpatient treatment program. Upon moving to California in 1983 she became Assistant Director of outpatient Services at Henry Ohlhoff Drug Services and Director of the Rape Crisis service in Burlingame. She has been an adjunct faculty member at J.F.K. University and taught at the New College and California Graduate School. In addition to her extensive private practice Jacqueline co-founded Networks Counseling Center in 1992. In her private practice she has specialized in substance abuse treatment, adolescent therapy, and group, individual and couples work. She believes in goal-oriented, interactive therapy with the aim of helping the individual/couple achieve their highest potential. She has done extensive work in group therapy and has been a clinical supervisor to many interns. Personal interests include love of her family, friends, dogs, birds and horse. Piano playing, reading, hiking and love of nature and outdoors round out a full and satisfying life.

Networks also has a close connection to a group of therapists with additional specialties, including EMDR, LGBTQ, PCIT, CBT, DBT, hypnotherapy, life coaching, and play therapy to make sure that you get the right kind of help.


Bates Huffaker, M.D.

Dr Huffaker received his M.D. at the Medical College of Wisconsin in July 1978. He is a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He did his internship and psychiatry residency at California Presbyterian Medical Center in San Francisco. He joined the staff and served as Director of the Psychiatric Institute (inpatient department) from 1982-1989, and Director of Outpatient Psychiatry from 1989 to 1990. He is currently in private practice in San Francisco. Dr Huffaker has been the Psychiatric Consultant for Networks Family Counseling Center since 1993. He has been an invaluable resource as an expert on clinical psychopharmacology, and he has a rare gift for translating complex biochemical processes and medication information into language readily understood by those without medical training. He is also an exceptional psychotherapist. His emphasis on empathic understanding of patients, and his openness to diverse treatment modalities have made for a close and productive working relationship with the staff and interns at Networks.


Alexandra Haas, M.A., MFTI # 73462

Ali graduated with a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from California State University, Sacramento. She is a member of the Leadership Committee for the Bay Area Chapter of the American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT). Ali has gained most of her experience working with children and families. She has experience in sand tray, play therapy, art therapy, and family systems. She has worked with children with Autism, ADHD, trouble in school, and behavioral problems. Ali also has experience with dream work, having co-facilitated a dream group where individuals explored their dreams and what they may mean in waking life. She has worked with individuals and couples grieving a loss, going through life transitions, struggling with anxiety and/or depression, weight loss, relationship concerns, LGBTQ issues, and substance abuse. Her genuine warmth and sociable personality help her build empathic relationships with her clients. She works from a compassionate and holistic approach drawing from different treatment modalities to bring the mind and body into a healthy balance. She connects with her clients in such a way that allows for collaboration by providing a comfortable and supportive environment to explore important issues. On a personal level, Ali enjoys traveling, music, reading, meeting new people, and exploring all San Francisco has to offer.


Networks was established in 1992. Rodney and Jacqueline, both well known for having developed and administered innovative and highly successful mental health programs, created a San Francisco center dedicated to providing high quality treatment that is responsive to current health care needs. Networks was designed to provide prompt and cost effective treatment based on an accurate evaluation of the needs of the client. Networks was also developed as a credentialed mental health training program, with clinical supervision by highly experienced staff members. Since its inception, Networks has contributed to the Bay Area community by offering workshops, talks, free screening for anxiety, depression, alcohol abuse, and eating disorders, as well as continuing education for health professionals. We work with schools and other agencies in San Francisco. Our newest office opened in 1998, and offers similar services for the Marin community.