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23 Harakevet St Baaka, Jerusalem 93502 Israel Tel.972-2-6734360  Cell. 054-6912360   Fax. 972-2-6713032

john@bezeqint.net

        I have been married since 1970, have four daughters and four grandchildren and have been living in Jerusalem since 1969. My hobbies include gardening, jogging, home brewing and cooking; in addition to being an avid reader.



Education:

B.S.  - Brooklyn College, major: psychology.
M.S.  - University of Oklahoma, major: psychology
Ph.D.   -University of Oklahoma, major: clinical psychology


Professional Experience:

1 .Psychologist, Central State Hospital, Norman, Oklahoma.
2 .Psychologist and assistant director, University Guidance Service, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma.
3 . Psychologist, State Reformatory, Granite Oklahoma
4 . Chief Psychologist, Federal Reformatory, El Reno , Oklahoma
5 .Chief Psychologist, Kfar Shaul Government Hospital, Jerusalem
6 . Psychologist, Kibbutz Clinic, Ramat Aviv.
7 .Psychologist,  Israel Defense Forces.
8 .Private practice of psychotherapy.

       I am a supervisor of psychotherapy, registered in the Ministry of Health.  I have been practicing group and individual psychotherapy for many years, and have been a member of the American Group Psychotherapy Association since I began conducting groups. I am now a Life Member of this organization and a life member of the American Academy of Psychotherapists.  I was a founding member of the Israel Group Psychotherapy Association, and had a major part in putting group therapy “on the map” in Israel.  I have worked in universities, schools, mental hospitals, mental health clinics, prisons, the Peace Corps program, the Job Corps program, and in private practice.  I have conducted many workshops for professionals, and have supervised group therapists. In the Israel Army I have conducted therapy groups and training groups for mental health professionals, in addition to supervising mental health workers. I have also conducted sensitivity training and communications training, in addition to marathon encounter groups.  I have taught individual therapy and group work to social workers, psychologists and psychiatrists, and trained several generations of mental health workers. I have conducted in-service training for youth workers, and I have supervised group workers in the Vocational Rehabilitation Center and welfare officers in the Israel Police Force.

        I have published about 15 articles relating to group and individual psychotherapy.

       At present, in addition to a private practice of psychotherapy I teach several courses in the psychotherapy training program of the Magid Center at the Hebrew University and at the Kerem Institute. I teach a course on dreams which combines theoretical material and practical work on students' dreams; and this course continues to be a very popular offering.

       I have had extensive experience in bodywork, beginning with several seminars dealing with massage at the Esalen institute in Big Sur, California.  I have had experience with Rolfing, and also a series of personal sessions with Moshe Feldenkrais.  In addition to this I have had 15 years of experience working with a teacher of the Alexander technique.  I have had considerable exposure to Shiatsu and attended workshops in a variety of body-mind approaches; i.e. Stanley Kemmelman and Arnold Mindell.  I am a long distance runner, having completed 10 full marathons and numerous smaller races, and I have written articles on the psychology of running for " Olam Haritza" , the Israeli running magazine.

Biography

        I decided to become a psychotherapist in high school after reading Freud’s A General Introduction To Psychoanalysis” The book made a deep impression on me, and I looked forward to my own personal therapy as a requirement of psychotherapeutic training.
       My first training in psychotherapy and my personal therapy was Freudian modified by Rogers.  In my personal therapy I was on the couch (actually a TV reclining chair) three times a week. My therapist sat in back of me (also on a TV reclining chair). My graduate school training emphasized psychotherapy, and by the time I graduated with a Ph.D. in clinical psychology I had done several thousand hours of supervised individual psychotherapy and several hundred hours of group therapy.  During my training I participated in many therapy groups and I was influenced by the Gestalt approach and by the “encounter group” movement that was popular.
       Years later my second personal therapy was with a Jungian analyst, and Jungian thinking influenced me greatly. I was a candidate in a Jungian training program and read Jungian literature extensively. I was particularly impressed with the positive, constructive orientation of Jungian thinking, and with the fact that my therapist actually spoke to me; we had conversations and he did not limit his interventions to interpretations.
       Over the years I have given considerable thought to family therapy as my wife Judy is a family therapist and has shared her ideas about family dynamics and therapy with me at length. She has helped me see families as systems, and we have been co-therapists with a family on occasion.
       Most recently I have been impressed with the “narrative” and “intersubjective” approaches. Both of these orientations have assisted me in designing a tailor made therapy to fit the client that I am working with.

Articles

articles on the psychology of running for
Olam Haritza,the Israeli running magazine

Running As A Way Of Life

Running Deeper

The Daily Route

Crossing the Finish Line of the New York Marathon
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