Eliezer T. Margolis, PhD, ABPP
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Eliezer T. Margolis

I am Board Certified in Rehabilitation Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP), and am now retired from research and teaching as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine where I contributed my services from 1991 to 2016.

In my work, I was often called upon to integrate my advanced training in clinical neuropsychology, family therapy, and sex therapy. Probably far more significant, though, were my core beliefs about psychotherapy: I am of the conviction that psychotherapy is a fundamentally sacred process, not a technical procedure. 

In the overwhelming majority of instances, the true purpose of psychotherapy should be expressed in the genuine response–accurate and selfless–of a psychotherapist to some crisis in the way that another person experiences their humanness–not in manipulations to engineer a treatment for psychiatric disorder. The single most important activity of psychotherapy, therefore, is the establishment of a committed but non-possessive relationship in which the authentic dialogue of mutuality can occur. 

I firmly believe that this kind of mutual coming-into-relationship between two people, meeting face-to-face, is the necessary condition for psychological and spiritual healing. This humanizing relationship must be radically individualized and fully confidential. Most of my energies as a psychotherapist were devoted to seeing that these conditions were met to the greatest extent possible.

 

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