Clinical Practice

Philosophy: As a clinician I feel it is important to work collaboratively with each person. Each individual has a unique history, problem and wish as well as a strategy to change. It is my job to help each person by following and understanding their plans/ideas about how they want to change and helping to create a place of safety where that change can take place.

  • Offering
    • Psychotherapy
    • Consultation
    • Supervision
  • Ages
    • Adolescents
    • Adults
    • Seniors
  • Modalities
    • Individual
    • Couples
    • Conjoint family work
  • Specialties
    • Working with parents of gender non-conforming children
    • Individuals/couples in transition
    • Individual with life threatening or Chronic Diseases
    • Adolescents


2016 - presentOngoing Post-Doc training Seminar
2017 Havana Congress - How to Work with Control Mastery Theory
2010-13 UC Extension - Adolescent Development and How Adolescents become successful Adults.
November, 2010Adolescent Development and How They Become Successful Adults. U. C. Extension
September 2008 – presentOngoing case conference –the therapist as a tool in the therapeutic dyad
2007 – 2016 Clinical Director SFPRG Clinic. S. F. Ca.
2000 - present Faculty, Alliant International University
  • Psychodynamic Theories
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Advanced Clinical Seminar
  • Theory and Practice of working with Children and Adolescents
April, 2006"Adolescents Growing into Adults". UC Extension.
2003 – 2006Training Group Supervisor, Psychological Services Center, Oakland, Ca.
April, 2004, 2005"Duel Diagnosis in Adolescent Treatment" UC Extension.
2000 – 2003Faculty – Wright Institute. Berkeley, Ca.
Theory and Practice of Child and Adolescents.
1978 - 1985Faculty, California School of Professional Psychology

Control Mastery Theory (CMT)

Control Mastery Theory has been in existence for over 50 years. It was created by Joe Weiss, M.D. and Harold Sampson, Ph.D. who created a humanistic and interactive theory of psychotherapy. Weiss called his theory "Control Mastery Theory" because he believed that people exert a tremendous amount of unconscious control in their lives in order to master difficult situations that challenge them. He observed and believed that patients are active participants in psychotherapy and actively want to change. Weiss taught that if therapists could understand what the patient's ideas were (their plan), figure out how patients would go about creating their changes (how they might test for safety), and understand what steps patients were taking in order to change, the therapists could be much more effective in helping them overcome their difficulties and live more deeply meaningful and fulfilling lives.

Hal Sampson and Joe Weiss wanted the theory to be empirically sound so they pulled together a research group to look into the concepts of the theory. They found that therapists who understand the client's overall strategy(plan) have better outcomes both in the hour as well as over time. Research on the Control Mastery theory has been ongoing for over 35 years. Articles and books have been published furthering the theory and its practice. At this point it is one of the only psychotherapeutic theories which has been studied and which has shown to be effective. If you would like to gain a further understanding of the group's work please go to cmtcenter.net or SFPRG.org. A bibliography of references and publications can be found on the website.

Papers and Publications

  • "How Adolescents Become Successful Adults" paper in progress
  • "The Therapist as a Tool in the Interactional Process" paper in progress
  • "The Interactional Process in the Therapy Dyad". SFPRG, 2005, 2010
  • "Supervision from a Control Mastery Prospective." SFPRG March meeting 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
  • "NSLD, working with the Secondary Problems." NSLD meetings, May, 2001
  • "A New Look at Countertransference." SFPRG Meeting; Spring, 1995
  • "Working with Countertransference." SFPRG Meeting; Spring,1994
  • "Countertransference and Control-Mastery Theory." SFPRG Meeting; Spring, 1993
  • "Working with the Difficult Patient". SFPRG Meeting; Spring, 1992
  • "The Difficult Patient". SFPRG Meeting; Spring, 1991
  • "The Nature of Change in the Psychotherapeutic Process." Orthopsychiatric Meetings. 1989
  • "The Process of Change". Society for Psychotherapy Research; June, 1988
  • "Change and the Psychotherapeutic Process" American Psychoanalytic Association; December, 1987
  • "The Acquisition of Insight", Shilkret, Isaacs, Drucker, Curtis. The Psychanalytic Process. Joseph Weiss and Harold Sampson. Guilford Press. 1986
  • "Popular Music and Drug Lyrics:Analysis of a Scapegoat"; Appendix of the National Marijuana Report. Elaine Schwartz, Ph.D., Sanford Feinglass, Ph.D. & Carol Drucker. 1975
  • "Psychological Aspects of Contraception Among Single Women". Dissertation, 1975

Education and Training

  • Ph.D. Psychology, Adelphi University. Institute for Advance Psychological Studies Garden City, N. Y.
  • M.A. Psychology, Adelphi University. Institute for Advance Psychological Studies Garden City, N. Y.
  • B. A. (Honors) University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin.


  • California Psychology License. PSY4855

Fellowships and Awards

  • CYA Grant – Introducing Clinical Services to School Environments
  • National Institute of Mental Health Post Doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology. Mt. Zion Hospital. S.F., Ca.
  • National Institute of Mental Health Pre-Doctoral Internship Fellowship. Mt. Zion Hospital. S.F., Ca.
  • Teaching fellowship, Adelphi University. Garden City, Ca.

Office Location

905 Santa Fe Avenue
Albany, California 94706

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Telephone: 510.527.1943

email: drcd@caroldruckerphd.com


  • "Coping – A Conundrum " (review number 2016-1590-1-3). Book review by Carol Drucker and Brittany Friedrick of The Development of Coping: Stress, Neurophysiology, Social Relationships, and Resilience During Childhood and Adolescence by Ellen A. Skinner and Melanie J. Zimmer-Gembeck Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, 2016. 336 pp. ISBN 978-3-319-41738-7. PsycCRITIQUES April 10, 2017, Vol. 62, No. 15, Article 8 © 2017 American Psychological Association
  • "Latina Adolescents: Pain and Resilience" A review by Carol Drucker and Gena Castro Rodriguez of Preventing Adolescent Depression and Suicide Among Latinas: Resilience Research and Theory by Andrea J. Romero, Lisa M. Edwards, Sheri Bauman, and Marissa K. Ritter; New York, NY: Springer Science + Business Media, 2014. 75 pp. ISBN 978-3-319-01380-0 (paperback). $54.99, paperback http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0037664 PsycCRITIQUES September 8, 2014, Vol. 59, No. 36, Article 4 © 2014 American Psychological Association
  • "Rap/ Hip-Hop Music: Treatment with a Different Lens" A review by Carol Drucker of: Therapeutic Uses of Rap and Hip-Hop By Susan Hadley and George Yancy (Eds.) New York: Routledge,Taylor & Francis Group, 2012. 385pp. ISBN 978-0-415-88474-7. $34.95. PsycCRITIQUES. July 25, 2012, Vol. 57, Release 29, Article 9
  • "Considerations on the Birth of a Child: A review by Carol Drucker, Ph.D." Transition to Parenthood by Roudi Nazarinia Roy, Walter R. Schumm ad Sonya L. Britt; New York, New York: Springer IBSN 978-1-4614-7768-6 PsycCRITIQUES June 9, 2014, Vol. 59, No. 23, Article 2 "