The main point of a professional biography is to let you know that a therapist has enough relevant experience and training to do the work. It doesn’t guarantee that he or she will be helpful to you, but it’s a start. So, here we go:
I earned bachelors and masters degrees in philosophy from the University of Illinois, with a masters thesis on the ethical philosophy of Erich Fromm. After a year in the research department of the Institute for Juvenile Research in Chicago, I went on to earn masters and Ph.D. degrees in psychology from the University of Michigan.
I have been in full-time private practice for over forty years. My clinical training includes a three-year postdoctoral internship in child and family psychotherapy at the Suffolk Rehabilitation Center on Long Island. I completed four years of postgraduate training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis from The Society for Psychoanalytic Study and Research [N.Y.]. My certificate in psychoanalytic psychotherapy was awarded in 1983.
Licenses show that a professional has met state regulatory standards and can use a particular title. Some licenses also open doors for insurance reimbursement. You can verify a person’s license by contacting state agencies.
I am a firm believer in the supervisory process. My most recent peer supervision group met regularly for seven years; and a previous group met weekly for 13 years. In addition, I have had two years of group supervision and over 640 hours of weekly individual supervision with six supervisors. Over the years, I have supervised many other therapists, both privately and in the context of institute training.
Anyone who treats others should, without exception, engage in personal psychotherapy. My own therapy commitment included a year of group therapy, several years of individual weekly therapy, and four years of four-times-a-week psychoanalysis.
Teaching and supervising others help a person to consolidate and organize the things they have learned. If they are paying attention, they can also learn from students and patients.
I served on the faculties of New York University and the City College of New York before going into full time private practice, teaching courses in statistics, psychological research and psychometrics, and participating on a number of doctoral dissertation committees.
For several years, I was on the teaching and supervising faculty of the Long Island Institute for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. I also served as instructor, supervisor and training analyst for the Suffolk Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and was elected to emeritus faculty status when I moved to Massachusetts. I have served as a training analyst for candidates from other institutes and supervisor to therapists with a range of backgrounds.
I also taught in the psychology and social work departments of four other universities, as well as the Featherstone Center for the Arts [stained glass] and a Kenpo karate studio [karate].
My early writing was on statistics and psychometrics: an undergraduate statistics textbook and associated workbook, and articles in Educational and Psychological Measurement, the Journal of Clinical Psychology and Psychometrika. Once I left academia for clinical work, I stopped contributing to journals and focused on patients and clinical students. For the past several years, I have been working on guides to the treatment of psychological disorders, some of which appear on a professional web site, www.TreatmentMaps.net .
I recently moved to New York after living and working on Martha’s Vineyard for 18 years. I am currently a member of the Massachusetts Psychological Association (MPA), the New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA), the Eastern Psychological Association (EPA), the National Alliance of Professional Psychological Providers (NAPPP), and the Society for Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI). I am a life member of the American Psychological Association (APA).
While on the Vineyard, I developed and maintained a web site [MVPsychotherapy.net], which provides a comprehensive listing of local psychotherapists. For several years, I coordinated a series of professional seminars for Vineyard therapists.
I also maintained an active interest in the local community, serving for six years on the Town of Oak Bluffs Finance Committee, as well as the All Island Finance Association.