Bio...

I am a licensed clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst who has been practicing psychotherapy and performing comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations for more than thirty years.  I received my B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from New York University. The American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) has awarded me Diplomate status with specialty board certification in Psychoanalysis.   ABPP is the only multi-board organization recognized by the American Psychological Association's Commission for the Recognition of Specialties and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology (CRSPPP).  It is the highest level of certification within the field of psychology.  In 2018, I was also awarded fellow status by the American Psychological Association and Division 39. According to the APA website, fellow status is an honor bestowed upon APA members who have shown evidence of unusual and outstanding contributions or performance in the field of psychology. Fellow status requires that a person's work has had a national impact on the field of psychology beyond a local, state or regional level.

I am currently President of the American Board and Academy of Psychoanalysis (ABAPsa) and on the faculty of the Postgraduate Programs in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy at the Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology at Adelphi University.  In addition to participating in the ABAPsa workgroup responsible for the development of educational and training standards adopted by CRSPPP, I have authored or co-edited six books and numerous papers on psychoanalytic topics and currently hold positions as associate editor of Contemporary Psychoanalytic Studies, editor of the Journal of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy, contributing editor of Division/Review and Journal of Psychology and Clinical Psychiatry, and member of the workgroup for the child section of the second edition of the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual (PDM-2). My book entitled Hypocrisy Unmasked: Dissociation, Shame, and the Ethics of Inauthenticity was published by Aronson in 2010. I have co-edited four books with Dr. Jon Mills: Ethics of Evil: Psychoanalytic Perspectives (Karnac, 2016) and Humanizing Evil: Psychoanalytic, Philosophical, & Clinical Perspectives (Routledge, 2016), Comparative Psychoanalysis: Reshaping the Psychoanalytic Domain (Routledge, 2018) and Psychoanalytic Plurality in Theory and Praxis: Clinical Horizons (Routledge, 2019). Progress in Psychoanalysis: Envisioning the Future of the Profession, co-edited with Drs. Axelrod and Rosenberg, was published by Routledge in 2018.


My philosophy...

Psychotherapy offers an opportunity for personal growth and development as well as for learning more effective strategies for managing the stress and adversity in life.  It is an inherently collaborative process that requires an empathic, highly trained therapist and a client willing to enter into a therapeutic relationship which, by definition, is different from those relationships he or she has formed in the past.  The process is conversational, reflective, and begins with a desire for self-understanding.  My therapeutic approach is empathic and nonjudgmental.  I focus on providing insight about those factors that perpetuate emotional suffering and self-defeating behavior as well as identifying and developing ways to live a more engaged and creative life.  It is my belief that a lively working alliance facilitates coping and healing.  Only in a therapeutic relationship experienced as safe does one entertain new perspectives and make choices less determined by the legacy of the past.