Originally from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Alan attended the University of Michigan where he received an undergraduate B.A. in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Social Work, specializing in Families and Groups.
In addition, he has a lifelong interest in religion and spirituality, having studied a variety of belief systems and met with religious figures from Tibetan Buddhism, contemporary Shamanism, Earth Centered Religions and Esoteric Traditions. He was also a member of the 1993 World Parliament of Religions in Chicago.
Alan continues in his training and study updating his understanding of the mind and belief systems regularly through reading and workshops. He has also studied a variety of martial arts over the years, ranging from Chinese, Korean and Japanese arts to some exposure to western boxing.
Post Graduate Training
Hypnotherapy: While still a graduate student, Alan did three weekends of training in Ericksonian Hypnotherapy with Charles Stern, Ph.D. This became a foundation for further training at workshops and conferences with the likes of Jeffrey Zeig, Ph.D., Steve Lankton, M.S.W., Stephen Gilligan, Ph.D. and Ernest Rossi, Ph.D., all personally trained by Dr. Erickson. He was also part of a two year cooperative training in Ericksonian Hypnosis and Psychotherapy that was organized by the Milton H. Erickson Institute of Chicago in the late 1980's when he was also a member of their Board of Directors.
Body-Centered Psychotherapy: Alan completed a two year training in Hakomi Body Centered Psychotherapy and is considered an advanced student. He attended a workshop in which he saw unexplainable (to him) changes in people and decided that he needed to learn the philosophy and technique of Hakomi. The ongoing interaction between the body and consciousness is one of the considerations that is kept in mind at all times in his work, frequently allowing for "shortcuts" to psychological processes as a result.
Neuro Linguistic Programming: Alan completed both Practitioner, Advanced Submodalities and Masters Practitioner certifications in NLP. This allows him to have a unique view of the "software" of the brain and to "upgrade" processes that are not working well for people, especially in discrete problems such as phobias, traumatic memories or installing new abilities and reactions to people and situations.
Other training: Alan has also attended workshops in:
Experiential Focusing - with Eugene Gendlin, Ph.D.
Human Awareness Institute - Love, Intimacy and Sexuality workshops (five weekends)
Tibetan Internal Conflict Resolution (Feeding Your Demons) - two weeks of training with Lama Tsiltrum Allione, M.A.
Cancer as the Turning Point - a weekend with Lawrence LeShan, Ph.D.
Master's Psychophysical Method - Robert Master's Ph.D.
Oberon Zell Ravenheart, Timothy Leary, Robert Anton Wilson, Alan Watts, Hypatia of Alexandria, Emperor Julian, Robert Hand, Miyamoto Mushashi, Ueshiba Sensei, Bruce Lee, Richard Feynman, Guido Bonnati, Giordano Bruno, M. Ficino,
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