Edward A. Dreyfus. Ph.D.
Dr. Edward A. Dreyfus earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Kansas in 1964 after having received his Master's degree in school psychology from the City College of New York in 1960. While a doctoral student, he went through the Veterans Administration Clinical Psychology Training Program, was a clinical psychologist at the Kansas Reception and Diagnostic Center as well as at the Kansas Univerity Medical Center. After receiving his doctorate he accepted a staff position with the VA Hospital in Palo Alto, California on the neurology and general medical services. In 1965 he accepted a position at the Student Counseling Center at UCLA where, for eight years, he was an Associate Director. While at UCLA he was instrumental in developing their group psychotherapy program and their paraprofessional and peer counseling programs.
Dr. Dreyfus spent several years as a consultant for the Peace Corps, was an Instructor at UCLA's School of Dentistry, a volunteer clinical supervisor at the UCLA Center for Legal Psychiatry, an Instructor at the California School of Professional Psychology, and as a guest lecturer at various colleges in Los Angeles. From 1969 to 1989 Dr. Dreyfus was a volunteer clinical supervisor and served on the Board of Directors at the Southern California Counseling Center. From 1991-1995 he served on the Board of Directors of New Start, a non-profit drug abuse facility in Santa Monica, and in 1994 he was elected Chair of the Board. He is presently Director of the Ethical Action Task Forces on the Board of Directors of Kehillat Israel Synagogue where he coordinates seventeen task forces carrying out various outreach programs throughout the Los Angeles area. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Jewish Family Services of Santa Monica. Dr. Dreyfus serves on several APA, CPA, and LACPA committees and serves on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association as well as on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Society of Clinical Psychologists where he served as President in 1994. He is co-founder of LASCP's Senior Clinicians Circle, and is founder and editor of the LASCPer, the society's newsletter. In 1996 Dr. Dreyfus was the recipient of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association's Distinguished Psychologist Award.
Dr. Dreyfus is a Licensed Psychologist and a Licensed Marriage, Family, & Child Therapist. He is also a Certified Sex Therapist of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Divisions 29 and 42, a Diplomate and Fellow of the American Board of Sexology, a Fellow of the Academy of Clinical Sexologists, a Diplomate in Professional Psychotherapy of the International Academy of Behavioral Medicine, Counseling, and Psychotherapy, Inc., and a Diplomate of the American College of Forensic Examiners. Dr. Dreyfus is a Registrant in the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology and is a Registrant in the National Register of Certified Group Psychotherapists.
Dr. Dreyfus has written three books, several book chapters, over two dozen professional articles, and has presented at many professional meetings. In addition, he has appeared as a guest on radio and television talk shows. He continues in full time clinical practice in Santa Monica where he practices individual, group, marital and sex therapy, as well as career counseling. Dr. Dreyfus is also a partner in Alternatives: Divorce Mediation, where he practices as a divorce mediator, and a Network Director for 1-800-THERAPIST Network, a national psychotherapy referral service.
During the course of over three decades in practice as a clinical psychologist, Dr. Dreyfus has helped many individuals and couples struggling to obtain and maintain intimate relationships. His recent book, Someone Right For You, focuses on offering single people a practical, down to earth plan for finding an appropriate mate. He believes that the much of the high divorce rate in the United States can be attributed to inappropriate models for finding a mate and antiquated models for maintaining a marriage. The book is available through the Self-Help Psychology Magazine bookstore.
Classically trained as a clinical psychologist with experience treating people in hospitals, clinics, universities and private practice, Dr. Dreyfus has gradually moved away from the traditional disease model dominating the mental health professions towards a more humanistic model. This model emphasizes the growth potential inherent in all human beings. It views all aspects of the human condition as interrelated and uses methods and theories from a variety of orientations to support the healthy aspects of the human personality found in even the most troubled individual. By focusing on our strengths rather than our weaknesses, we can capitalize on our inherent human tendency to maximize our potential.
Dr. Dreyfus' Home Page can be found at: http://members.aol.com/edreyfus/dreyfus.htm
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