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 as a psychology major. I studied under a number of academic scholarships.
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.”
UNIVERSITY TEACHING & ACADEMIC RANK
I have an associate professor's academic rank, with 9 years of university teaching, 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, including my work in the contemplative sciences and dzogchen psychology.
WORK FOCUS & VISION
My work focuses on integrating research and knowledge from the contemplative sciences, dzogchen psychology in particular, into depth psychology. So people can cultivate, safeguard and and enjoy a sound mind and true well-being.
Many hundreds of years of the same recurring problems testify to the fact that something is wrong. Never-ending wars, violence, misery, exploitation, greed, despair and so on, are not just political and moral problems and moral failings. They have roots in the human mind. As do anxiety, despair and depression. The unsound mind also drives many of society's problems. The lies, money lust, misrepresentations, dead on arrival images, never-ending con job marketing throw up,
Unsound and irrational minds have given rise to what the great abstract expressionist artist Kandinsky called the “materialistic nightmare.” In his words:
The all-important spark of inner life today is at present only a spark. Our minds, which are even now only just awakening after years of materialism, are infected with the despair of unbelief, of lack of purpose and ideal. The nightmare of materialism, which has turned the life of the universe into an evil, useless game, is not yet past; it holds the awakening soul still in its grip. This feeble light is but a presentiment, and the soul, when it sees it, trembles in doubt whether the light is not a dream, and the gulf of darkness a reality. Wassily Kandinsky Quotes. (n.d.). BrainyQuote.com. Retrieved July 26, 2021, from BrainyQuote.com Web site: https://www.brainyquote.com/qu...
Depth psychology’s new vision is to light a fire in the human mind, heart and spirit, to awaken us out of a dark and impossible situation. To usher in a rise in the human spirit equal to the task of living with greater consciousness, with more awareness, understanding and compassion. To help people know with "unshakable certainty" that: The Light is Real, not the nightmare that doubts it.
Depth 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, 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, HH 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.