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:
My most relevant degree is a Ph.D. in psychology, which I received from the University of Michigan in 1966. Before that I earned an A.B. and an A.M. in philosophy from the University of Illinois and a M.S. in psychology from Michigan.
My clinical training includes a three-year postdoctoral internship in child and family psychotherapy at the Suffolk Rehabilitation Center on Long Island, and a postdoctoral certificate in psychoanalytic psychotherapy from The Society for Psychoanalytic Study and Research, awarded in 1983.
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I am currently licensed as a psychologist in New York (# 4427) and as a clinical psychologist and health service provider in Massachusetts (# 8064).
I am a firm believer in the supervisory process as a way of training professionals to apply their knowledge with real people. In my early years, I had two years of group supervision and over 640 hours of weekly individual supervision with six supervisors. Since then, I have also met in weekly peer supervision groups for more than 20 years.
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 for ten years before going into full time private practice. In those positions, I taught a wide range of psychology courses, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. I also taught courses at the University of Michigan, Flint College, Eastern Michigan University, and the Adelphi School of Social Work.
For several years, I was on the teaching and supervising faculty of the Long Island Institute for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. I also was an instructor, supervisor and training analyst for the Suffolk Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and was elected to emeritus faculty status. I have served as a training analyst for candidates from other institutes and a supervisor to therapists with a range of backgrounds.
My early writing was on statistics and psychometrics: an undergraduate statistics textbook and associated workbook, and a few articles in professional journals. 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 for the treatment of psychological disorders, leading to the publication of The Fight for Sleep in 2023.
I am currently a member of the New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA), the Eastern Psychological Association (EPA), the National Alliance of Professional Psychological Providers (NAPPP), the Western Massachusetts and Albany Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology (WMAAPP), the Psychological Association of Northeastern New York (PANNY), and the International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP). I am a life member of the American Psychological Association (APA).