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 depth therapy work.
EDUCATION & AWARDS
I graduated from Boston University's College of Liberal Arts (1965-1968), A.B., as a psychology major. Studied under several academic scholarships.
I graduated from Boston University' School of Education 1969-1974, Ed.D, (Counseling Psychology). Directly admitted to doctoral candidacy under a full fellowship, awarded on the basis of outstanding promise for professional excellence.
I’m a Carnegie Medal of Honor award recipient, 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.”
UNIVERSITY TEACHING & ACADEMIC RANK
My academic rank is associate professor. I taught psychology at university level for nine years., Five at Boston University and four at Leslie University’s Graduate School. I left university teaching to make more time for my depth psychotherapy practice, my writing and my work in the contemplative sciences.
WORK FOCUS AND PURPOSE
My work delivers the knowledge, insights and skills people need to "break free" from the cage of unconscious conditioning. So they can become who they truly are, and experience a well-lived, loved and understood life.
BOSTON UNIVERSITY & THE SIXTIES
Being a student at Boston University from 1967-1974 changed the trajectory of my life forever. And it wasn't just the courses I was taking that did it. It was also the entheogens, formerly known as psychedelics., Entheogens are plant or synthetic molecules that can reveal the divine, i.e. the sacred dimension of the mind and of life. http://bitly.ws/g9gY. In doing so, they can trigger life-changing mystical insights, http://psychedelic-library.org.... Experiencing LSD and other entheogens transformed my life, LSD in particular.
At some level, Boston University became a place for an experience of Moses' Burning Bush, rather than a place for formalized education where one paid money to sit in classes, take exams, accumulate credits, and get a piece of paper that said you graduated.
Actually, the Sixties were a Dzogchen Renaissance of sorts, by another name. More about this in the Dzogchen Psychology section.
For now, we need to recognize that colleges and universities feed the mind intellectual and conceptual knowledge. I thought that's all there was. Entheogens taught me that experiential knowledge is superior, by far. And that conceptual knowledge disconnected from direct experience is of limited value. The idea that psychologists and other therapists spend years learning ideas and concepts and then get a credential and go off and do therapy--without have a deep direct experience of their own mind--is absurd.
In the conceptual thinking-mind encounter with Moses' Burning Bush, its first impulse is to look for a fire extinguisher. But when the Heart encounters Moses' Burning Bush as a flash of fiery intuitive insight, it weeps with deep remembrance of who and what it truly is.
A TRANSFORMED "PSYCHOLOGY" VISION
My undergraduate psychology program at Boston University was classically Freudian/psychoanalytic in character. Freud was looked upon as the master, as the One Who Knows. Not unlike the Teacher/Master/Guru in a spiritual community. I learned a lot and liked what I learned, but it was intellectual and conceptual. It fed me nevertheless. I was intrigued by one of the cornerstones of depth psychology: the unconscious mind. Though much of what I learned was problematic, on three counts: 1) again, it was a heavy conceptual meal; 2) it was too often narrowly focused on war trauma as a vehicle to understand human psychological problems and suffering and, amazingly, 3) it was not true to Freud's work or true to Freud as a man.
My own family life taught me a good deal about psychology and the unconscious. I was still a young boy when I first thumbed through a psychology book my older brother brought home from college on a weekend visit. I had little idea what I was reading. But I devoured the ideas within my reach. Any psychology that fails to recognize the unconscious mind swims in the shallow end of the pool.
DEPTH THERAPY & DZOGCHEN PSYCHOLOGY EXPERIENCE
Depth psychology must be a way of life—not just a profession or career. Depth psychologists must focus on what's actually going on in the daily nightmare we are living in, so we can better understand the forces at play and do something about them.
I've done many years of personal therapy with outstanding depth psychologists, including Drs. Tom Putnam, Murray Stein, James Hillman and Patricia Berry. I’ve also studied, trained and worked in the contemplative sciences and dzogchen psychology for more than 30 years. My good fortune has been to have had capable teachers and guides. Including, especially, His Holiness Lungtok Tenpai Nyima Rinpoche. As well as Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, Yongdzin Lopon Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche, Keith Dowman 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.