About Jim


I’m a depth psychologist, teacher, seminar leader 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 thrive. Psychology must develop a commitment to understand the nature of a healthy mind and true sanity. And to help people cultivate and safeguard 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 be more aware, creative and fulfilled. I work with: 

Therapists who want to enable clients and patients to develop a healthy mind and so realize their deepest possibilities. 

Writers, painters, sculptors, etc, who want to connect to their deep interior and create dynamic art, from who they truly are.

Contemplative practitioners, meditators, etc, who want to deepen their awareness, presence and compassion.

Business innovators who want to create and sustain businesses that add significant value to individuals and communities.

Professionals who want to deepen their work focused on enhancing the lives of others.

Couples who want to create and enjoy the love, intimacy and friendship demanded by thriving long-term companionship.

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 the confines of university teaching to develop my inner life. And to write and to create my 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.  My work takes psychology and therapy into the 21st Century by bridging and integrating contemplative science into depth psychology. 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, Yongdzin Lopon Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

My book Unshakable Certainty has 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 won acclaim for creatively exploring the interface between great art and deep inner work, and for taking depth therapy to a new level.