For more than forty years, I have been a fully licensed psychologist in Michigan. Concurrently, I have also been a business owner, author, guest speaker, consultant for both profit and non-profit businesses, as well as Family Law attorneys and their clients.
In 2016, I moved to California to be near family, and shifted entirely to consulting. Over the decades I have had many successes and my share of failures. I bring the sum of all my experiences to the challenges my clients present. Each is a new puzzle, and every client has specific needs. I am grateful for the challenges as I have loved the working relationships every day of my career. I look forward to working with you in person or remotely.
Ph.D. - Wayne State University, Detroit, M 1979
Collaborative Practice Certification 2006
Mediation Certification 2007
Harvard Law School - Advanced Negotiations 2010
Fellowship, Wayne State University Graduate School
Graduate Adjunct Professor:
Wayne State University, Oakland University, San Jose State University
Fishman/Wilner Property Company, LLC,
Woodcreek Counseling, Inc., an Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic
The Parent Training School, Inc.
Forgotten Harvest, Detroit, founder of the nation’s largest perishable food rescue
A La Carte, mobile food rescue in northern California, created in association with think tank Joint Venture Silicon Valley
SMILE, a national program for divorcing families, co-authored in collaboration with Judge Edward Sosnick and Family Law Attorney Richard Victor
Positive Parenting, radio host on WXYT in Detroit
Coping with Adolescents, column in Observer Eccentric Newspapers, suburban Detroit
Michigan Family Law Journal monthly column (with Nathan Comerford)
Duped: Lies and Deception in Psychotherapy (by Kottler and Carlson), chapter
Seven Steps to a Good Divorce
One World, Two Homes
Can We Stop Fighting Now?
Raising Happy Children
The Divorce Client’s Workbook
Sex, Lies, and Negotiations (with Nathan Comerford)
Eight Lessons I Learned in the Corners of the Field (First and second editions)