Biography

Current Professional Life

I am a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Ann Arbor, MI where I work with individuals and couples.  I am currently on the faculty of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Council where I teach and supervise.   I am also a founding faculty member and Program Coordinator for the Relational Psychotherapy Program.

I am actively involved in the International Association of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology where I am an elected member of the Governing Council, a member of the Advisory Board and the Chair of several committees.  I am also a participating member of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy and the American Psychological Association.  I have presented papers nationally and internationally on dissociative disorders, affective engagement and self psychology. 

My professional life is primarily centered around helping people through psychotherapy.   However, I also enjoy supervising students and other therapists, teaching courses for students and colleagues and participating in study groups with other psychotherapists.

Background

I started my professional career as an academic research psychologist, after receiving a PhD in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Massachusetts.  I worked as a Cognitive Science researcher at Bell Laboratories in New Jersey, followed by a faculty position at the University of Texas at Austin.  However, I soon discovered that I was more interested in working with people individually to help them to change their lives.  I retrained as a clinical psychologist at New York University, with a focus on psychodynamic psychotherapy and also on affectively engaged brief treatment approaches.   After many years of practice, I trained in psychoanalysis and was certified at the National Institute of the Psychotherapies in New York.  

In addition to working as a therapist, I have also worked as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Michigan where I taught undergraduate classes in the Psychology Department and as a senior staff member at the University of Michigan Psychological Clinic where I taught and supervised graduate students for 14 years.

If you are interested in more details about my professional history, you can take a look at my Curriculum Vitae.