About My Clients
My clients seek self-knowledge and through knowledge, mastery of their lives and relationships. Self-knowledge entails review of the significant influences on one's life which include personal history during childhood and youth. Through this examination, deep well springs of frustration and desire, fears and hopes, are illuminated. To know oneself is to know one's basic attachment style and the often invisible frameworks applied to self and relationships. No cookie-cutter approach fits all.
My Background and Approach
I am certified to practice psychoanalysis by the American Institute for Psychoanalysis in New York City. In my therapeutic work, I fuse analytic and behavioral approaches and adjust to the needs of my clients. I aim for alleviation of complaints and attainment of positive health. I have supervised dozens of psychologists. I taught at Columbia University, Rutgers U, U of Pa, and conducted workshops at Harvard U and with Erik Erikson. I was Research Director at the University of Illinois Child Development Laboratory, Chair of the Department of Clinical Psychology and Dean of the School of Professional Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies with dozens of publications. I am a member of the International Association of Neuropsychoanalysis and Association for Advancement of Psychoanalysis, life member of the American Psychological Association, life member of the American Association of University Professors, and other professional groups.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
I believe in the mystery of existence, life, and awareness. I believe in multi-causality. Our unique response to life experiences lead us toward or away from our fundamental nature and from others. Through self-understanding, we gain knowledge and mastery of ourselves. We awaken our original nature. We experience our embeddedness in human relationships and the larger world. Personal issues are greatly affected by current cultural/social change and confusion. The default position to "get along, go along" does not serve persons well. Clarity about our human nature and dysfunctional beliefs fostered by faulty socialization are necessary for psychological health.