Core Faculty

Deborah Willson Bilder, Ph.D., Psy.D., FIPA

Core Faculty

Dr. Bilder is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and certified psychoanalyst in full time private practice in West Los Angeles, with an emphasis on in-depth psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis to address a wide range of issues and concerns. She also maintains a specialization in treating eating disorders and related problems. Dr. Bilder received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from St. John’s University in 1996, a Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from LAISPS in 2005, and a PsyD. in psychoanalysis from The Psychoanalytic Center of California (PCC) in 2016, along with certification by the International Psychoanalytical Association in the provision of psychoanalysis. Her primary interest is in Object Relations and the impact of primitive development and states of mind on later development and functioning.

TEL: 310.826.8889  |  EMAIL  |  WEBSITE  |  LINKEDIN

Claudia Feldman, Ph.D.

Core Faculty & Clinical Director

Dr. Feldman has a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the California Graduate Institute and a Ph.D. from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. After graduating, Dr. Feldman completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at WILA. Currently, she is a Clinical Associate at the New Center for Psychoanalysis, where she continues to deepen her knowledge of psychoanalysis. Dr. Feldman has a special interest in family dynamics, individual differences, intimacy, and relatedness. Dr. Feldman continues to see patients in her private practice. She is fluent in Portuguese and English.

TEL: 424.371.5191 x105  |  EMAIL  |  WEBSITE  |  LINKEDIN

Michele Gomes, Psy.D.

Core Faculty & Executive Director

Dr. Gomes did her undergraduate studies at UCLA where she majored in Psychology and Women’s Studies with a Computing specialization. She earned Master of Arts and Doctor of Psychology degrees from the California School of Professional Psychology. She found her clinical and theoretical home here at WILA during her two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Dr. Gomes maintains a part-time private practice and is an advanced candidate in psychoanalytic training at the New Center for Psychoanalysis. As Adjunct Faculty in the Ph.D. program at the California School of Professional Psychology, Dr. Gomes teaches “Psychodynamic Approaches to Interventions.” Dr. Gomes is passionate about program administration and development and training socially conscious mental health clinicians.

TEL: 424.371.5191 x102  |  EMAIL  |  WEBSITE  |  LINKEDIN

Gabrielle Taylor, Ph.D.

Core Faculty

Dr. Taylor is a Clinical Psychologist in full time private practice in Pasadena where she sees couples and individuals. She is also an advanced Candidate in Psychoanalysis at the New Center for Psychoanalysis. She spent 12 years, including 8 years as Clinical Director, at Rose City Center — a nonprofit mental health clinic that trains predoctoral and postdoctoral graduate students in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Dr. Taylor achieved her Master’s and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Fuller School of Psychology in Pasadena. She is passionate about Psychoanalysis and its helpfulness for all persons. She takes a particular interest in trauma, body issues, couples and spirituality. She practices yoga daily and has completed a 200 hour teacher training to be certified with Yoga Alliance.

TEL: 626.840.1015  |  EMAIL  |  LINKEDIN

Valérie Rubinstein von Raffay, Ph.D.

Core Faculty

Dr. von Raffay is a clinical psychologist and graduate psychoanalyst in private practice in West Los Angeles. She is a faculty member and psychoanalyst at the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies (LAISPS), and core faculty member, supervisor, and teacher at Wright Institute Los Angeles. Dr. von Raffay obtained her undergraduate degree and her M.A. in Psychology from the University of Hamburg, Germany. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the California Graduate School, Los Angeles, California and underwent her training in psychoanalysis at LAISPS. Her training and work in research and as a clinician in Germany and the United States over the past 28 years has provided her with a broad range of experience in inpatient settings and in private practice working with people form a variety of cultural groups struggling with depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, personality problems, dual diagnosis, and trauma. Dr. von Raffay has given presentations on primitive mental states, intergenerational transmission of trauma, the meaning of suffering, and the relationship between psychoanalysis and literature.

TEL: 310.477.6100  |  EMAIL  |  WEBSITE

Peter Wolson, Ph.D.

Core Faculty

Dr. Wolson is a training and supervising analyst at the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies (LAISPS). He has been Past-President and Dean of LAISPS and is on its faculty. He is a core faculty member, supervisor, and teacher at Wright Institute Los Angeles. He is a founding member of the Confederation of Independent Psychoanalytic Societies (CIPS), and  has published psychoanalytic papers on the influence of adaptive grandiosity on artistic creativity and fatherhood, on the existential dimension of psychoanalysis, on the relational unconscious and on the therapeutic importance of analytic love. In addition, he has published a number of op-ed pieces in the Los Angeles Times and blogs in the Huffington Post, Counterpunch, and Thomson Reuters illustrating how a psychoanalytic perspective on contemporary political and cultural issues can deepen the public’s understanding. His private practice, which includes psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic therapy, conjoint and family therapy, is located in Beverly Hills.

TEL: 310.271.9236  |  EMAIL  |  LINKEDIN

Allen M. Yasser, Ph.D.

Core Faculty & Director Emeritus

Dr. Yasser, along with Hedda Bolgar, Elizabeth Cooley and Nancy Wood  founded WILA in 1974. Dr. Yasser was initially Director of the WILA Psychotherapy Clinic. In 1981 he was appointed Director of WILA’s Postgraduate Center, which incorporated our Postdoctoral Fellowship program, the WILA Internship and the Psychotherapy Clinic. In 1987 he became WILA’s Executive Director and in 2016 WILA’s Director Emeritus, his current position. Dr. Yasser received his Ph.D. from SUNY at Buffalo. He completed a two year postdoctoral fellowship in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Yasser is also a graduate of the training program in psychoanalysis at the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalysis. His long time professional interests include the practice, teaching and supervision of Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and institutional development and administration.

TEL: 424.371.5191 x103  |  EMAIL


Emeritus Core Faculty

Hedda Bolgar, Ph.D.
Suzanne Brumer, Ph.D.
Dodd Cohen, Ph.D.
E. Esther Lampl, Ph.D.
Myra Pomerantz, Ph.D.
Paulene Popek, Ph.D.
Leigh Tobias, Ph.D., FIPA

Teaching & Supervisory Faculty

Joseph Aguayo, Ph.D., FIPA
Julie Armstong, Psy.D.
Nina Asher, Ph.D.
Jill Model Barth, Ph.D.
Maureen Baum, Ph.D.
James Bews, Ph.D.
Sharon Bishop, Ph.D.
Sharon Blum, Ph.D.
Linda Bortell, Psy.D.
Suzanne Brumer, Ph.D.
Lynda LaBie Chassler, M.S.W., Ph.D.
Frank Clayman-Cook, Ph.D.
Valerie Coleman, Ph.D.
Susan Cofsky, Psy.D.
Helen Desmond, Ph.D.
Gail Devlin-Moradi, Ph.D.
Michael Diamond, Ph.D.
Karen Donavan, M.S.W.
Morris Eagle, Ph.D.
William Edkins, Ph.D.
Perrin Elisha, Ph.D.
Sandra Fenster, Ph.D.
David James Fisher, Ph.D.
Diane Fletcher, Ph.D.
Cia Foreman, Ph.D.
Les Forman, Ph.D.
Diane Garcia, Ph.D.
Sandra Garfield, Ph.D.
Nancy Goldman, MFT
Michele Gomes, Psy.D.
James Gooch, M.D.
Shirley Gooch, Ph.D.
Linda Goodman, Ph.D.
Lynn Goren, Ph.D.
Ellen Smith Graff, Ph.D.
Kristen Hansen, Ph.D.
Yvonne Hansen, Ph.D.
Corrine Loing Hatton, M.N., C.S.

Thomas Helscher, Ph.D.
Carl Hoppe, Ph.D.
Judith Hyman, M.S.W., Ph.D.
Marilyn Jacobs, Ph.D.
Martha Johnson, Ph.D.
Sylvia Hirsch Jones, Ph.D.
Andrea Kahn, Ph.D.
Elaine Karr, Ph.D.
Anne Marie Kelly, Ph.D.
Asher Keren-Zvi, Ph.D.
Dana Kiesel, Ph.D.
Stephen Kramer, Ph.D.
Sandra Landen, Ph.D.
Connie Lane, M.D.
Melvin Lansky, M.D.
Esther Lampl, Ph.D.
Ernest S. Lawrence, Ph.D.
Andrew Lee, M.D.
Ellen Lehman, Ph.D.
Maria Leonido-Yee, M.D.
Michele Licht, J.D.
Arthur Malin, M.D.
Albert Mason, M.D.
Carol Mayhew, Ph.D.
Terrence McBride, M.S.W., Psy.D.
Susan Mendenhall, M.S.W., Psy.D.
Diana Miller, M.D.
Carole Morgan, Ph.D.
Joseph Natterson, M.D.
Howard Newman, Psy.D.
Lori O’Brien, Ph.D.
Michael Pariser, Psy.D.
Daniel Paul, Ph.D.
Lyndell Paul, M.S.W.
Stuart Perlman, Ph.D.
Jona Perlmutter, M.D., Ph.D.
Stephen Phillips, J.D., Psy.D.
Myra Pomerantz, Ph.D.

Pauline Popek, Ph.D.
Paul Puri, M.D.
Charlotte Riley, M.S.W., Psy.D.
Nancy Ronne, M.S.W., Ph.D.
Elaine Rose, M.S.W., Psy.D.
Barney Rosen, Ph.D.
Judith Rosenstock, Ph.D.
Dahlia Russ, Psy.D., LCSW
Marc Sanders, Ph.D.
Deborah Sandy, Psy.D.
Sandra Sarnoff, Ph.D.
Joy Schary, Psy.D., LMFT
Gayle Scott, Ph.D.
Marc Shatz, Ph.D.
Deborah R. Shaw, M.S.W., Psy.D.
Karen Shore, Ph.D.
Janet Smith, Ph.D.
Wendy Smith, M.S.W., Ph.D.
Linda Sobelman, Ph.D.
Gittelle Sones, Ed.D., Ph.D.
Alan Spivak, Ph.D.
Lorraine Sterman, Ph.D.
Leigh Tobias, Ph.D.
Richard Tuch, M.D.
Jane Van Buren, Ph.D.
Lisa Vitti, Ph.D.
Shirah Vollmer, M.D.
Valerie von Raffay, Ph.D.
Martha Watson, Ph.D.
Susan Williams, Ph.D.
Kevin Wittenberg, Ph.D.
Peter Wolson, Ph.D.
Rose Woo, Ph.D.
Stephanie Woodfin, D.O.
Harriet Wrye, Ph.D.
Allen M. Yasser, Ph.D.