About Me

About Me

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  • Brandeis University, BA 1964
  • New York University School of Medicine, MD 1968
  • Licensed to practice medicine in California and Washington, DC
  • Began practicing psychotherapy in 1966 and psychiatry in 1972
  • Extensive post-graduate training in family systems theory and practice, group psychotherapy, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, CBT.  Extensive experience in Forensic psychiatry-as psychiatric consultant and expert witness in complex cases where psychiatric expertise is necessary; workers comp including AME; sodium amytal interviewing
  • Directed an alternative hospital for psychiatric care in the public sector with focus on family support, process work and alternatives to medication — Laingian in orientation and non-pathologizing.
  • Founding member of SEN, the Spiritual Emergency Network
  • Taught in three Bay Area graduate schools in psychology, formerly Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCSF
  • Practiced MDMA (Ecstasy) psychotherapy in legal period and published on its use in psychotherapy. Founding Member of Heffter Research Institute.
  • Principle Investigator—MAPS sponsored MDMA and Life Threatening Illness Study
  • Writer—Numerous articles on Buddhism, Psychedelics, Spirituality, Progressive Politics, Violence—see Published Articles Page for manuscripts
  • I have been a Vajrayana Buddhist practitioner and am involved in the development of Secular Buddhism.
  • Ran an R&D nutricutical company Phytos and wrote and had issued 5 patents in herbal medicine. Extensive experience in complementary medicine.
  • Founder and Director of Energy Focus, Inc (EFOI) the largest developer and manufacturer of fiberoptic lighting and a main force company in developing energy efficient green lighting solutions.
  • I practice Extreme Gardening and design and make furniture and other objects from wood and stone, such as the Torii pictured on this site.

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