About Me

A lifelong student of philosophy, with a midlife addition of clinical psychology and psychoanalysis, I teach in psychoanalytic institutes: IPSS (Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity, New York), NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis -- Relational Track, and ISIPSé (Istituto di Specializzazione in Psicologia Psicoanalitica del Sé e Psicoanalisi Relazionale, Roma e Milano).  I also offer clinical consultation in these institutes and others and teach in humanistic psychotherapeutic settings worldwide and in private study groups.  My recent books are Thinking for Clinicians: Philosophical Resources for Contemporary Psychoanalysis and the Humanistic Psychotherapies (2010),  The Suffering Stranger: Hermeneutics for Everyday Clinical Practice (2011),  Nourishing the Inner Life of Clinicians and Humanitarians: The Ethical Turn in Psychoanalysis (2015), and Climate Crisis, Psychoanalysis, and Radical Ethics (2017).

"The face with which the Other turns to me is not reabsorbed in representation of the face.  To hear his destitution which cries out for justice is not to represent an image to oneself, but is to posit oneself as responsible, both as more and as less than the being that presents itself in the face.  Less, for the face summons me to my obligations and judges me.  The being that presents himself in the face comes from a dimension of height, a dimension of transcendence wherby he can present himself as a stranger without opposing me as obstacle or enemy.  More, for my position as I consists in being able to respond to this essential destitution of the Other, finding resources for myself.  The Other who dominates me in his transcendence is thus the stranger, the widow, and orphan, to whom I am obligated." (E. Levinas, Totality and Infinity p. 215)


Talk (25 minutes) at Trauma Dialogues Conference in Bristol, England, October 4. 2014 about Attitudes we bring to our clinical work

Lecture (1 hour 45 minutes) at The New School, New York, NY on November 10, 2009  Beyond Instinct and Intellect: Modern Psychoanalysis