As a psychoanalyst and psychiatrist, I have a very personal link to this field. My father was a physician and psychoanalyst himself; receiving his psychoanalytic training in Vienna with Sigmund Freud in the 1920’s. It was the interest of Franz Alexander in psychosomatic medicine that made it possible for my father and his family to leave Europe on the eve of World War Two to come to the U.S. to study.
Years later, he would become the founding dean of a major institute of psychoanalytic training in Los Angeles. Psychoanalysis was my father’s passion and profession; what little I understood of his daily work represented, in the eyes of this young boy, a matter of the deepest mystery. I am happy to say that the mystery has gripped me ever since and the respect and love for psychoanalysis has never left.
Decades of work with patients combined with exposure to superb teachers and clinicians, has allowed me to achieve the highest level of professional excellence.
- Graduated Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1976
- Psychiatric Residency Cornell Medical Center, New York Hospital Payne Whitney Clinic, 1980
- Board certified in psychiatry by the American Psychiatric Association, 1981
- Graduate of the New York Psychoanalytic Institute, 1997
- Certified in psychoanalysis by the American Psychoanalytic Association, 2005
- Appointed Supervising and Training Analyst, Institute for Psychoanalytic Education affiliated with NYU, 2015
Teaching has been a priority in my life, only second to my clinical dedication and they are linked. I feel a tremendous responsibility to ensure that future clinicians will be familiar with core psychoanalytic theories of mind and will be able to use these tools for future patients who will need their help.
- From 1988-1999 I taught basic analytic theory and the initiation of psychodynamic treatment to psychiatric residents at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine
- Since 1997 I have co-taught the clinical dream course to senior candidates at New York Psychoanalytic Institute. This course was formerly taught by such giants as Edward Nersessian and, before him, Nicholas Young and Otto Isakower.
- More recently, since 2010, I teach dream theory and clinical work with dreams to senior candidates at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Education affiliated with NYU.
As indicated above I have a special interest in dreams, both as a continuing perspective on the way our minds work and as an unparalleled source of information about patients and their individual conflicts.
Training and experience has taught me to appreciate the immense power of psychoanalytic work to change individuals, enabling them to live with the full measure of joy and satisfaction that life has to offer.