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I am a psychotherapist living and working in Vancouver. Born in Hungary during WWII (1940), after the defeat of the 1956 revolution, I immigrated all by myself to Canada at the age of 16. I hold an Honours BA in mathematics, physics and chemistry from the University of Toronto, as well as an MA in psychology from the University of Western Ontario. In 1972, I enrolled in the psychology PhD program at SFU, however, due to disagreements with my thesis advisor and committee members, I left SFU in 1976 without completing my thesis. From the beginning of 1979 until the end of 2005 I was a R. Psych. of good standing in the College of Psychologists of British Columbia. January 1, 2006 on, however, I have refused to register in the College, which, I thought, was mismanaged and autocratic. I remain, at present, an Honorary Life Member of the Canadian Psychological Association (C. P. A. Membership No.: 1131).

 

During 1974/75, I spent a year in London, England, intensively studying and training in the practice of psychotherapy under renowned and controversial Scottish psychiatrist, R.D. Laing. During this year I also studied with Francis Huxley (the anthropology of healing), John Heaton (existential psychotherapy), Hugh Crawford (community therapy), and Leon Redler (spiritual emergency). These relationships became life-long friendships.

 

I have taught, lectured and lead workshops at SFU, UBC, Emily Carr and Douglas College. I have also worked extensively overseas, mainly in Hungary. In 1989, I was a guest on a 3-part CBC Ideas radio series entitled R.D. Laing Today. I have also worked as a consultant in both television and film. Most recently (2001 & 2002) I consulted for Showcase's Kink series. Other career highlights include work with the United Nations; founding the Integra Households Association, a non profit charity working with those in extreme mental distress; as well as Third Mind Productions, a film production company that went on to turn out the 1987 film, Did You Used to be R.D. Laing?

© 2015 by Andrew Feldmár

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