BiographyBecause loving (in the broadest sense) is fundamental to human nature, I have focused on this aspect of lived experience and all the different patterns or blocks that can get in the way. I have developed two areas of expertise over the years that dovetail with my interest in love – erotic life and sexual boundary transgressions – both of which pose special challenges in the realm of psychotherapy. In the psychoanalytic world, erotic life refers to how we love and are loved on every level, including but not limited to our sexuality. How power intersects with our erotic lives, both in fantasy and in some real way, is central to our everyday feelings of confidence and inner strength. Much of this will get played out in the clinical setting. Broadly speaking, the coincidence (and collision) of love and power has been my primary area of study since becoming a psychologist/psychoanalyst.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
I am a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, Faculty at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis, and Assistant Clinical Professor at Harvard Medical School. Along with my colleague Martha Stark, MD, I am Co-Director of a blended, online program in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy sponsored by the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. I have consulted with, evaluated, supervised or treated over 200 cases of therapist-patient sexual boundary transgressions. I have authored and presented numerous papers on the evaluation and treatment of therapists who have engaged in sexual misconduct with a focus on training and supervisory issues. My first book, Sexual Boundary Violations: Therapeutic, Supervisory and Academic Contexts, was published by Jason Aronson in 2007. I have a new book scheduled to be available in March, 2014: Erotic Revelations: Clinical Applications and Perverse Scenarios, in press with Routledge.
Soccer, cooking, traveling, writing.
Published: Aug 20, 2015