Education and Experience

After finishing medical school at the University of Bonn (Germany) in 1974, I started my career at the Anatomical Institute where I taught medical students and performed research in neuroanatomy. Following the completion of my Ph.D., I became board certified as a psychiatrist in 1981 and received my diploma in Cognitive Behavioral and Insight Oriented Psychotherapy in 1985. I continued to research the effects of high dosage neuroleptic medications on chronic schizophrenic patients. Subsequently, I gained additional experience in psychiatry at the Bethlehem Royal Hospital in London and returned to Germany to start a private practice. 

I moved to the United States in 1985, where I received additional training in psychiatry and psychoanalysis. After finishing my residency as Chief Resident at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ, I served as the director of outpatient services at the facility for 3 years, where I supervised residents and worked with seriously mentally ill clients.

During my time at Maricopa Medical Center, I pursued an education as a psychoanalyst at the Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute, where I received a Doctor of Psychology with emphasis on psychoanalysis.  Afterwards, I served as a consulting psychiatrist and psychoanalyst at the Center for Transitional Neurorehabilitation at St. Joseph's Hospital - Barrow Neurological Institute.  

I have worked in my private practice since 1997. 

  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Bonn, Germany (1974)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroanatomy, University of Bonn, Germany (1975)
  • Board Certified in Psychiatry (1994)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Psychoanalysis, Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute (1997)


"Simultaneous Changes of the Perivascular Area and HIOMT- Activity in the Pineal Organ after Bilateral Adrenalectomy in Rats". Anat.Embryol. 149, 297-305. Springer Verlag, Berlin, 1976


"Treatment Results with Chronic Schizophrenic Patients on High Dosage Antipsychotic Medications"
International Conference on Psychiatry and Psychology, Barcelona, Spain, 1979


Thesis Of The Year 1998
Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute