Co-leads and leads psychotherapy groups for thirty- five years. Also supervisor for group therapists. Works on the faculty of the Group Psychotherapy Program of the Washington School of Psychiatry. Also leads and co-leads conferences as a part of the faculty of the Group Psychotherapy Institute of the Washington School of Psychotherapy. Author of many papers on Group Treatment which appear in journals such as the International Journal Of Group Psychotherapy and Group, author of articles in several books on group therapy. Noted for original thinking on the application of self psychological principles to group psychotherapy. Presents both nationally and internationally on group psychotherapy.
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS
Washington School of Psychiatry, Group Training Faculty, Washington, DC Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis, Faculty, Washington, DC International Association of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology, council member
My psychotherapy groups are conducted from a self psychological and relational perspective. My conception of group therapy is a developmental one in which members incrementally begin to engage at deeper and deeper level of as a result of learning to empathically understand the issues of fellow group members. All my groups begin with a ten minute meditation which invites members into a centering experience both within themselves as well as in forming connections with fellow group members. The meditation provides a transitional space in which deeper connections are fostered among all present. This approach fosters an atmosphere of introspection and extrospection that translates into greater ability to understand the experience of the other--this can be described as a process of metallization put forth by Fonagy and others.
Groups are formed based on the needs of current patient populations as well as referrals from other therapists who do not do group treatment.
Years in Practice: 40 School: The George Washington University Year Graduated: 1979