About Joseph Burgo and Therapy Case Notes

Joseph Burgo, Ph.D.has practiced psychotherapy for 30 years, holding licenses as a marriage and family therapist and clinical psychologist. He earned his undergraduate degree at UCLA and his masters and doctorate at California Graduate Institute in Los Angeles. As an instructor, he has taught graduate students in psychology and supervised their training in community counseling centers. He is also a graduate psychoanalyst and has served as a board member, officer and instructor at a component society of the International Psychoanalytic Association.

He spent 13 years in individual psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.  As a writer, he has published two novels, both works of genre fiction released some time ago and now out of print. He formerly wrote a column on parenting for a small syndicate of newspapers in the Los Angeles area and helped develop content for the World Bank’s website, the Development Gateway. His book on psychological defense mechanisms will be released in Spring 2013 by New Harbinger Publications.

He also writes a psychotherapy blog where he discusses personal development issues and provides guidance for people who want to continue to grow after the end of psychotherapy.  Feel free to visit his site, After Psychotherapy Blog.

Therapy Case Notes is a blog that is intended to highlight interesting interactions in psychotherapy sessions — things that shed light on a particular issue or dynamic within the therapy session. The purpose is to try and demystify psychotherapy, and demonstrate the powerful healing abilities of the process.

All identifying patient information has been stripped and/or anonymized to protect the confidentiality and privacy of the patients.


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Last updated: 12 Mar 2012
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 12 Mar 2012
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