Category: Psychology

Sudarshan Kriya and yoga: Saybrook student chooses new way to overcome addiction

Anjali Talcherkar

Anjali Talcherkar had been arguing for years with her psychiatrist about using antidepressants. Although addiction runs in her family and she was diagnosed with clinical depression, she felt antidepressants were hurting instead of helping her. After landing on the doorstep of Los Angeles’ Friendly House Women’s Recovery Home in 2011, and learning more about the… Read more »

Saybrook students collaborate with Austria’s IMC Krems for global leadership course

The lessons are endless for traveling around the world.

Dr. Charles Piazza and master’s student Kelly Rundle discuss what was learned from the 16-week “Global Leadership & Culture Intelligence in Context: Examination in Austria” course, in which they partnered with Austrian students at IMC Krems. Discussion topics included cross-cultural intelligence, international business leadership, global startups, immigration debates, and networking.  

‘Scared Selfless’ author finds inspiration about trauma at Saybrook University

Michelle Stevens

Michelle Stevens thought she lived a normal childhood. But once she moved 3,000 miles away from her abusive stepfather, traumatic memories started coming back to her. With nowhere else to turn, she used psychology and trauma books to learn more about herself and to help others who may have experienced the same—and eventually earned a… Read more »

Why one psychologist took clinical hypnosis to ‘heart’

Dr. Flavio Epstein

Dr. Flavio Epstein, a heart failure/transplant psychologist, wasn’t quite sure what results would come from being a first-time attendee at the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) Annual Scientific Meeting & Workshop. He was pleasantly surprised to get clinical hypnosis experience, a warm welcome from other medical professionals, and new ideas to help heart transplant… Read more »

‘Visions of Warriors’ brings attention to ongoing PTSD concerns for veterans


Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) reportedly affects approximately 7.7 million American adults, with members of the military as one of the high-risk groups. After experiencing severe trauma or life-threatening events, the mind and body will either go into mobilization mode (fight-or-flight) or immobilization. When the nervous system is unable to return to its normal state of… Read more »

Saybrook professor announces new scholarship with Ernest Becker Foundation

Saybrook University faculty member Louis Hoffman, Ph.D., recently announced that the Ernest Becker Foundation of Seattle, Washington, has agreed to offer a $1000 scholarship each year for the continuing Saybrook student who writes the best research paper using the work and research of Dr. Ernest Becker. Dr. Hoffman, who directs the Existential, Humanistic, and Transpersonal… Read more »

Reflections on ‘The Butterfly Effect: The Art and Performance of Social Transformation’


On January 25, 2015, at Saybrook’s Spring Residential Conference for the Schools of Psychology and Interdisciplinary Inquiry, Clinical Psychology, and Organizational Leadership and Transformation, students and faculty put on a community-wide event, “The Butterfly Effect: The Art and Performance of Social Transformation.” Click here for link to the video of Joel Federman’s presentation on “Open… Read more »

Faculty and Student Presentations and Achievements


PhD faculty Orah Krug and Kirk Schneider presented a workshop in E-H Therapy last month at the Division 32 Conference experiential training course as part of the existential humanistic institute certificate program. PhD Psychology student, Juanita Ratner shares her essay on the program in the EHTP Newsletter.

Alumni Spotlight: Kirk Schneider


Some Thoughts on an Integrative Humanistic Psychology Kirk J. Schneider, Ph.D. From AHP Perspective June/July 2005, p. 8 Humanistic psychology needs to move toward serious cultural and professional integration. By this I mean that in order for humanistic psychology to survive, let alone thrive, it needs to be much more proactive. It needs to reach… Read more »