About

My doctorate in clinical psychology was just a starting point. Afterward, I trained and became a certified psychoanalyst. But then I realized that psychoanalysis had practical limitations. Throughout my career—as a professor, supervisor, and training analyst—I’ve continued to study newer methods.

I see treatment as a joint discovery of the best approach for each individual. Grounded in psychoanalytic understanding, my clinical approach is centered on psychotherapy integration, which draws on several established treatment approaches. I use these approaches singly or in combination. Using psychoanalytic methods for clarifying the role of the past and underlying motivations, I further employ cognitive-​​behavioral therapy to help people move ahead by addressing problem behaviors involved in many psychological difficulties. I draw on Focusing and other therapies to weave in experiential components that foster change by enabling people to directly sense their issues in the moment. In some instances, I apply EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) to treat areas of trauma.

Above all, I’m dedicated to helping people. Intellectual preparedness for that task and scholarly expression are also extremely important to me.

I’ve been extremely fortunate. I have deeply known and helped many people from different walks of life. I imagine few therapists have counseled as many high-​​level executives and professionals as I. But I’ve also helped academics, artists, homemakers, other mental health professionals, students, and many more. Consequently, my métier ranges across the arts, finance, and science, among other areas.

• Individual and Couples Therapy: Knowing several different therapeutic approaches enables me to help patients address a wide variety of issues, from anxiety and depression to motivational, behavioral, and relationship problems. My therapeutic approach is especially helpful to couples wrestling with the complex balance between their individual and shared priorities, and communicating empathically within an intimate partnership.

• Family Business and Corporate Clients: With clients ranging from multinational corporations to small businesses, I have offered many programs. I have special experience and interest in working with family businesses.

Teaching and Small Group Training: On the faculty of Columbia University Medical School, I achieved the rank of Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. As Co-​​Founder, Board Director and faculty member of the National Institute for the Psychotherapies (N.I.P), I continue my longstanding efforts to further the profession of psychotherapy and the continuing education of professionals. In addition, I offer consultation for psychotherapists and conduct small study groups in my private offices in New York City and Englewood, NJ. These sessions expand professionals’ knowledge and competence and aid them in writing scholarly papers. My scope includes psychoanalysis, cognitive-​​behavioral therapy, Focusing therapy, sensorimotor psychotherapy, and EMDR.

• Academic Career: Lectures and Publications: I have lectured nationally and internationally on therapy and published over 60 articles and books on effective psychotherapy and the newest developments in the profession.