Professional Orientation, Education and Professional History

Professional Orientation

My work is rooted in psychoanalytic principles.  Moreover, I strongly believe insight and change are made possible by the closely examined relationship between client and therapist as it unfolds in the safe, supportive environment of the treatment alliance.

I do not hesitate to draw on perspectives outside the psychodynamic area, such as mindfulness and cognitive behavioral practices, to help people.  I feel I have been especially effective working with clients who suffer from persistent anxiety and depression, trauma, and disorders of the self (often referred to as narcissistic problems).  Often these overlap and interact with each other in complex ways that we explore within the clinical relationship.


Certified by Board of Professional Standards of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 1988.

Graduate, Full Clinical Training, University of North Carolina – Duke University Psychoanalytic Training Program, 1986.

Ph.D.     Political Science, Yale University, 1970.

B. A.     University of Rochester, 1964, Phi Beta Kappa.

Professional History 

Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst, Psychoanalytic Certificate Program, Psychoanalytic Education Center of the Carolinas (PECC) (formerly, UNC-Duke Psychoanalytic Training Program), 1993-present.

Chairman, Training Analyst Committee, Psychoanalytic Education Center of the Carolinas (PECC), 2013-present.

Fellow, Board on Professional Standards, American Psychoanalytic Association, 1995-2005.

Director, UNC-Duke Psychoanalytic Training Program, 1998-2001.

Director of Research and Education, Lucy Daniels Foundation, 1989-99.

President, NC Psychoanalytic Society, 1988-90.