About

After several years as director of a community mental health center, Bill has maintained an independent private practice of psychotherapy and consultation for more than 40 years in Pittsburgh.  He is a Training and Supervising Member of the International Transactional Analysis Association.   For the past 25 years, Bill has consulted, lectured, and trained in countries throughout the world, contributing annually to training programs in England, France, Switzerland, Italy, and Romania.

“Being a psychotherapist is work of remarkable privilege.  Psychotherapy is a process that requires the willingness for risk and uncertainty—for the client and therapist alike. It is within these areas of difficulty that some of our most important learnings about ourselves take place. The conversations that can take place in psychotherapy are unique and authorize a person to speak to areas of life that have often been held in silence. These silences have often been necessary to protect ourselves as we face the difficulties and disappointments that life too often brings. However, this protection comes at a cost to our individuality and vitality. The vitality of the self is often muted and suffocated over the course of life; it requires self-scrutiny, the interest of others, and acts of courage. “ (from Self-examination in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy)

 

Having studied behavioral psychology at Reed College in Portland, Oregon and phenomenological psychology at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Bill followed his graduate program with training and certifications in transactional analysis and body-centered psychotherapy.  He has continued to study with several mentors and consultants within diverse psychoanalytic perspectives. Bill has published more than 50 papers, essays, and book chapters.  He is the author of Explorations in Transactional Analysis: The Meech Lake Papers, Somatic Experience in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy: In the expressive language of the living (Routledge), Self-Examination in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy: Countertransference and subjectivity in clinical practice (Routledge), At the Interface of Transactional Analysis, Psychoanalysis, and Body Psychotherapy: Theoretical and clinical perspectives (Routledge)), Une Vie Pour Etre Soi (Payot), and a co-author and editor Into TA: A comprehensive textbook (Karnac).  He has edited several books in psychoanalysis as well as transactional analysis.   A coeditor of the Transactional Analysis Journal for fifteen years, Bill is now the Editor of the Routledge book series, “Innovations in Transactional Analysis.”

 

Bill is a recipient of the 2005 “Living Principles Award” of the International Transactional Analysis Association, the 2010 Eric Berne Memorial Award and the 2015 European Association for Transactional Analysis Gold Medal, in recognition of his writing, and the 2019 ITAA Service Award.  His book, Self-Examination in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, has been nominated for the 2020 Gradiva Award for the best book in psychoanalysis.

 

Professional Memberships:

International Association for Transactional Analysis

International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

United States Association for Body Psychotherapy

Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis

Psychotherapy Action Network

 

For information regarding psychotherapy and consultation with Bill, contact him at 412-682-0232 or here:

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