My love affair with psychoanalytic work began in the fresh air of Colorado where I led the Boulder Mental Health Center’s Gordon Beyer project, one of the country’s first residential treatment programs for chronic schizophrenic and bi-polar young adults.
Since then, I’ve headed several seminal organizations, including: Oakland’s Creative Living Center, a day treatment program for adults coping with mental illness; the San Francisco Psychotherapy Research Group (SFPRG), San Francisco’s Psychotherapy Training Center & Clinic, and most recently, the International Control Mastery Therapy Center (CMT).
Treating patients in therapy and psychoanalysis has been the core of my professional life. In 2000, I galvanized a team of global experts to help understand NVLD and we were able to establish it as a discrete disorder. Moreover, we determined NVLD affects 3-4% of North America: ~2.9M children.
Together, our team has developed cutting-edge neurological assessment and treatment protocols. Currently, we are working with a worldwide consortium of experts, Columbia University, and the NVLD Project to include the disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM–5) under a new, more accurate name, Developmental Visual Spatial Disorder (DVSD). I’m thrilled to have shared our findings through the many books and articles I’ve co-authored.
My philanthropic endeavors center on learning disabilities, mental health advocacy, education, equity and inclusion, voting rights, and myriad progressive causes. Key initiatives include Oakland’s I Have a Dream, SFPRG’s low fee clinic, the Mentor Project, Focus 2020, and Vote Tree.
When not engaged in professional pursuits, you can find me painting, walking the beach with Luna, or hanging-out with my partner-in-crime, astrophysicist Gibor Basri. We are happiest on the days we get to spend with our beloved son, Jacob.
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