About Jim

I’m an award winning depth psychologist, teacher and author. I’m licensed as a clinical psychologist, and registered nationally as a 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 honor 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 help enable psychology to grow into a body of knowledge and methods that enable people to heal, grow and realize their deepest possibilities. Psychology must understand the nature of a healthy mind and true sanity, and help people cultivate and safeguard them both.

I work with a limited number of individuals who want to break free from the conditioned patterns and programs that leave them stuck in an identity too small for who they truly are. My work connects people to their innermost identity and the deeper levels of mind, so they can live with more awareness, conviction and creativity. A times, I also work with couples who want to create and enjoy the deep love, intimacy and friendship that are at the heart of successful long-term intimacy and companionship. 

I have an academic rank of associate professor. I taught psychology at the college level for nine years, At Boston University for five, and at Lesely University Graduate School for four. I left left university teaching to write and to create and develop my own depth psychology work.

Psychology is a way of life—it's not just a profession. I have 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.  I am bridging and integrating contemplative science into 21st Century depth psychology and therapy. I’m one of the few westerners authorized to do so. My good fortune has been to have had many capable teachers and guides, including especially HH Lungtok Tenpai Nyima Rinpoche, Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche and Yongdzin Lopon Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche.

My book Unshakable Certainty has won acclaim for its clarity and power in integrating the essence of authentic wisdom teachings into deep psychotherapy. And my book Your Creative Imagination. Unlocked. Become Who You Truly Are, done in collaboration with celebrated abstract expressionist artist Frank Arnold, has won acclaim for creatively exploring the interface between great art and deep inner work, and for taking Depth Therapy to a new level.