I’m a depth psychologist, teacher and author. I’m a licensed clinical psychologist, as well as a nationally registered Health Service Provider in Psychology. I have more than 35 years of experience doing deep psychotherapy work.
I earned my doctorate at Boston University, where I was directly admitted to doctoral candidacy under a full fellowship, awarded on the basis of outstanding promise for professional excellence.
I’m a recipient of a Carnegie Medal of Honor award for saving the life of a young boy. “The Carnegie Hero Fund awards the Carnegie Medal to individuals in the United States and Canada who risk their lives to an extraordinary degree saving or attempting to save the lives of others.”
My life’s work is to enable psychology to better understand the nature of a healthy mind and true sanity. And to help individuals and societies cultivate and safeguard both. Psychology and therapy are on the cusp of significant change. Important research and new developments are revisioning our understanding of human psychology is all about. As a consequence, there will be significant changes in therapy as well.
We now know that the conditioned thinking-mind leaves people disconnected from who they truly are. And so unnecessarily dissatisfied and unfulfilled in life. And burdened by recurring experiences of conflict, discomfort and confusion. Whereas the unconditioned intuitive-mind connects people to their true identity. And once connected to who they truly are, people become comfortable in their own skin. And more open, joyful and creative. Psychology will need to revision its purpose, in light of this new knowledge and understanding. The conditioned mind also drives many of society's problems.
WHO I WORK WITH
I work with individuals who want to live fully and deeply. Individuals who want to break free from the limits and conditioning that leave them caught in a surface identity cut off from who they truly are. Individuals who want to live from their innermost core. And who want to be more aware, creative, compassionate and fulfilled.
I also work with couples committed to the adventure of deep intimacy. Couples who can realize that thriving, long-term intimacy and companionship rest on self-knowledge. And who can understand that the relationship itself is a “third party” that must be recognized and taken care of.
And I work with therapists, contemplatives and meditators who are passionately drawn to self-knowledge, and to the deeper nature of mind. People who can feel alienated and disheartened at the surface of things. People who are called to a life lived from the Heart and concern for others. And who can understand the need to honor the inner calls from their deepest possibilities.
ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND & EXPERIENCE
I have an academic rank of associate professor. I taught psychology at the college level for nine years, Boston University for five, and Lesely University Graduate School for four. I left university teaching to make more time for my depth psychotherapy work, including for contemplative science study and practice.
Psychology must be a way of life—it's can't any longer be just a profession. I've done many years of personal therapy with outstanding depth psychologists, including Drs. Tom Putnam, James Hillman and Patricia Berry.
I’ve also studied, trained and worked in the contemplative sciences for more than 30 years. My work takes psychology and therapy into the 21st Century by bridging and integrating contemplative science into depth psychology. I have the training and authorization to do so. My good fortune has been to have had capable teachers and guides. Including especially HH Lungtok Tenpai Nyima Rinpoche. As well as Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, Yongdzin Lopon Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.
My book Unshakable Certainty won acclaim for its clarity and power in integrating the essence of authentic wisdom teachings into depth psychology and psychotherapy. And my book Your Creative Imagination. Unlocked. Become Who You Truly Are, done in collaboration with celebrated abstract expressionist artist Frank Arnold, has been recognized for creatively exploring the interface between great art and deep inner work, and for taking depth therapy to a new level. Including exploring the non-dual state as the basis for SEEING and experiencing authentic art images, vs just "looking" at them.