Nov 11, 2022

Traumatic Narcissism and Recovery


In addition to his most recent publication, Traumatic Narcissism, Dan is published in Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Dialogues, and Psychoanalytic Inquiry, and presents his work at various professional conferences. (see Publications and Conferences at

He currently serves on the faculty of the National Institute for the Psychotherapies as a teacher and supervisor of psychoanalytic candidates; and was co-chair of the Continuing Education Committee of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP) from 2005 to 2008.

Dan did his undergraduate work as a Theater Major at Northwestern University, class of 1973, and went on to study for five years with Uta Hagen, one of the most highly respected acting teachers in the field. During this period, in addition to performing as actor, director and musician, Dan helped found the Lexington Conservatory Theater in Green County, New York, which later became the Capital Rep Theater Company in Albany, NY.

Before continuing his post-graduate education in psychoanalysis, Dan was a student of yoga and meditation for more than a decade, living in India for several periods of study, and traveling extensively as an international organizer and manager of yoga education programs. It was out of these experiences that Dan developed his interest in the study of cults and charismatic leaders.

Dan received his Masters Degree in Social Work from Yeshiva University, New York, in 1996. He was certified as a Psychoanalyst in 2000 after completing the four year training program at The National Institute for the Psychotherapies (NIP), in New York City. His book "Traumatic Narcissism" was a runner-up for the distinguished Gradiva Award. In 2018 he was awarded the Margaret Thaler Singer award for advancing knowledge of undue influence and coercive persuasion.

Dan currently maintains his psychoanalysis and psychotherapy practices in New York City and in Nyack, NY.

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