President: Erik Craig, EdDErik is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Santa Fe and has been teaching and practicing humanistic and existential-analytic psychotherapy for over 40 years. During that time has worked extensively with leading figures in humanistic and existential psychotherapy and held full time faculty positions at Assumption College, University of New Mexico, and Pacifica Graduate Institute. Since 2004 he has studied Eastern approaches to depth psychotherapy, especially Tao Psychotherapy from South Korea. Erik has published nearly fifty articles and edited two groundbreaking special issues of The Humanistic Psychologist entitled, “Psychotherapy for Freedom” (1988) and “Depth, Death and Dialogue” (2008). Erik is a past president of APA’s Society for Humanistic Psychology and in 2015 was given the Society’s Rollo May Heritage Award “for independent and outstanding pursuit of new frontiers in humanistic psychology.” Erik has been active in NMPS since 2007 and loves the intellectual home and human family it provides.
President Elect: Position open, nominations welcome at: email@example.com
Past President: Adrienne Larkin, PhDAdrienne is a clinical psychologist in Albuquerque. As president she guided us through a difficult time with a calm and steady hand, and even came up with an endearing nickname for our members that still survives and unites.
Program Committee Chair and CME Coordinator: David Landau, MD, PhDDavid has been in private practice for over 30 years and worked in correctional psychiatry in New Mexico and Arizona for 25 years. He has been Board-Certified in forensic and general psychiatry. David is one of the co-founders of NMPS, along with his wife, Marcia Landau, Ph.D., and Elizabeth Roll, Ph.D. He has presented workshops to NMPS on the Origins of Violence, focusing on shame and paranoia. A student of animal behavior for over 50 years, David has held positions as a Clinical Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Assistant Professor of Biology at UNM. When not focusing on the dark side, he tap-dances, plays violin and studies African drumming with his son, Neil.
Treasurer: Marythelma Brainard, PhD
Secretary: Deborah Schweiger-Whalen, MSW, LCSW, CSAT, CEDSDeborah is the Founder, Executive Director and Clinical Director of Zephyrus of Santa Fe - a specialized Intensive Outpatient Program for women, men, teens and children struggling with eating disorders, body dysmorphic disorder and trauma. Deborah is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist through the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals, and a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. She has a master's degree in Social Work from Hunter College of The City University of New York and is certified in the treatment of trauma by the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis. Currently, she is completing her psychoanalytic training at the Colorado Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies. Deborah has presented at multiple national conferences and to the clinical staff of major universities and hospitals. Deborah's work has been featured in Behavioral Health Care Journal and she has appeared as a guest on National Public Radio.
Membership Committee Chair: Nicole M. Seitz, LPCCNicole is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and holds a Masters Degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA. Nicole took post-graduate training at the Philadelphia School of Psychoanalysis, where she earned a Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy after completing a five-year training program in 2014. In her private practice, Nicole specializes in working with people living with chronic pain and other health issues; she helps her patients translate the language of the body into the language of thoughts, feelings, and reactions.
Nominations Committee Chair: Josie Gibb, PhDPsychodynamic psychotherapy is not only my work, it is my life. Change is about gently nudging one past their comfort zone because that is where the change happens. In so doing, I change. As one mentor taught me, "in all good therapy, we both grow." I have been in practice for about 25-28 years. As an adolescent I was in a Modern Dance company and I also was a certified Rolfer. This experience has helped me to understand my patient's body language which is an integral piece of the therapy. Not only that, my journey in psychotherapy further allows me to be more present with my patients. I lived in California for 9 years and moved back to my beloved NM 2.5 yrs ago. While in California, I had a radio show discussing psychotherapeutic issues.
APA Representative and CE Coordinator: Joan Scott, PhDJoan has been a Clinical Psychologist in private practice since 1976. She finished her graduate work at the University of New Mexico in 1974. She has practiced with a close knit group of providers since 1980 and feels fortunate for her long career in the field of psychotherapy. She served as president of her group APP, LLC in the 1990s. She is a former faculty member of the Southwest Group Psychotherapy Association and also served as Program Co-chair on the Program Committee of NMPS. Currently she remains in part time practice with her long term group and is serving as the Division 39 liaison between Division 39 (the APA, Division of Psychoanalysis) and NMPS.