Psychologist & Psychoanalyst
My Clinical Philosophy
The tools I use in my clinical work draw directly from what I consider to be psychoanalysis’ greatest contribution, namely, a methodology (rather than a set of theories) that allows for the creation of a unique space within which individuals may safely speak their life stories and constructively reflect on them. It is in the therapist’s orientation toward these narratives, and in the collaborative engagement with patients in relation to them, that individuals learn about themselves and their lives are transformed in meaningful ways. I see adult patients with a range of problems and concerns.
I have been immersed in psychodynamic therapy and psychoanalysis since my early 20’s, when I was a trainee and experienced psychoanalysis as a patient. In the 1970’s, Humberto Nagera M.D. brought the “Hampstead/Anna Freud/Ego Psychology” group from London to the University of Michigan Medical Center where I did my clinical training. I have been a member of the American Psychological Association’s Division of Psychoanalysis since its inception and I am a founding member and past president of the Austin Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology.
Licensed psychologist (Texas)
Board Certified in Psychoanalysis - American Board of Professional Psychology
I teach in the doctoral program in Counseling Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin where I hold the M.K. Hage Centennial Professorship in Education. In addition, I taught candidates and fellows at the Houston Center for Psychoanalysis for five years and was an affiliate faculty at the center between 1994 and 2011. Among the courses I have taught at the university are Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Object Relations Theory, Psychopathology, Theory of the Interview, Rorschach and TAT Interpretation, Spanish for the Helping Professions, Practicum Seminar for doctoral students who are in practicum, Qualitative Methods, Psychoanalysis and Postmodernism, Life History and Documentary Approaches to Inquiry, and Documentary Film and Inquiry.
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