Core Faculty

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

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

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.

Claudia Feldman, Ph.D., Clinical Director

Claudia Feldman, Ph.D., 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.

Michele Gomes, Psy.D., Executive Director

Michele Gomes, Psy.D., Executive Director

Dr. Gomes is a psychologist and psychoanalyst who splits her time between her two passions: working with a diverse group of adults and couples in her private practice and leading Wright Institute Los Angeles. She spent five years as WILA’s Clinical Director and in 2016 stepped into the role of Executive Director. Her unique educational background in Psychoanalysis, Multicultural Community Psychology, Women’s Studies, and Computer Programming reflects the range of interests and skills she brings to her work. Prior to her clinical work, Michele spent several years at the UCLA School of Public Health assisting with the conduct of epidemiological research related to the intersections between sociocultural variables and mental health. She found her clinical and theoretical home here at WILA during a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. She is a proud graduate of the New Center for Psychoanalysis where she teaches, sits on the Board of Directors, and is active on many committees including being a founding member of the Committee on Diversities and Sociocultural Issues. Michele is committed to a non-profit way of life and hopes, through WILA and NCP, to expand the reach and role of psychoanalysis in the community. Her professional interests include teaching, program development, and training socially conscious mental health clinicians.

Meg Sheehan, Ph.D.

Meg Sheehan, Ph.D.

Dr. Sheehan is a clinical psychologist who did her undergraduate studies at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, studying philosophy and math. She got her M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology, writing her dissertation on intimacy and loneliness through the prism of attachment theory. She did her predoctoral internship at Wright Institute Los Angeles, and did her Postdoctoral hours at Patton State Hospital working with a forensically committed, severely mentally ill population. She completed a certificate in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the Psychoanalytic Center of California in Los Angeles. Meg maintained a full time private practice for 35 years and now supervises at Wright Institute Los Angeles and reads literature and psychoanalysis. She is particularly interested in primitive mental states.

Gabrielle Taylor, Ph.D.

Gabrielle Taylor, Ph.D.

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.

Peter Wolson, Ph.D.

Peter Wolson, Ph.D.

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.

Allen M. Yasser, Ph.D., Director Emeritus

Allen M. Yasser, Ph.D., 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.

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.
Sacha Bollas, Psy.D.
Linda Bortell, Psy.D.
Suzanne Brumer, Ph.D.
Lynda LaBie Chassler, M.S.W., Ph.D.
Frank Clayman-Cook, Ph.D.
Susan Cofsky, Psy.D.
Persila Conversano, Psy.D.
Helen Desmond, Ph.D.
Michael Diamond, Ph.D.
Morris Eagle, 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.
Rina Freedman, LCSW, Psy.D.
Sidonie Freeman, Psy.D.
Diane Garcia, Ph.D.
Sandra Garfield, Ph.D.
James Gooch, M.D.
Shirley Gooch, Ph.D.
Linda Goodman, Ph.D.
Ellen Smith Graff, Ph.D.
Thomas Helscher, Ph.D.
Carl Hoppe, Ph.D.

Judith Hyman, M.S.W., Ph.D.
Marilyn Jacobs, Ph.D.
Robin Jacobs, LCSW
Martha Johnson, Ph.D.
Sylvia Hirsch Jones, Ph.D.
Andrea Kahn, Ph.D.
Elaine Karr, Ph.D.
Ronnie Kaye, MA, Ph.D., MFT
Anne Marie Kelly, Ph.D.
Asher Keren-Zvi, Ph.D.
Dana Kiesel, Ph.D.
Stephen Kramer, Ph.D.
Lynn Kuttnauer, Ph.D.
Sandra Landen, Ph.D.

Esther Lampl, Ph.D.
Ernest S. Lawrence, Ph.D.
Andrew Lee, M.D.
Ellen Lehman, Ph.D.
Maria Leonido-Yee, M.D.
David Leviadin, MD, FIPA
Michele Licht, J.D.
Marc Lubin, Ph.D.
Jill Lummus, Ph.D.
Kathleen Magnussen, Ph.D.
Aimee Martinez, Psy.D.
Carol Mayhew, Ph.D.
Lanning Melville, LCSW
Susan Mendenhall, M.S.W., Psy.D.
Glenn Mowbray, MFT, Psy.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.
Stephen Phillips, J.D., Psy.D.
Myra Pomerantz, Ph.D.

Pauline Popek, Ph.D.
Paul Puri, M.D.
Irene Rokaw, LCSW
Nancy Ronne, M.S.W., Ph.D.
Barney Rosen, Ph.D.
Judith Rosenstock, Ph.D.
Margaret Rubin, Ph.D.
Dahlia Nissan Russ, Psy.D., LCSW
Marc Sanders, Ph.D.
Deborah Sandy, Psy.D.
Sandra Sarnoff, Ph.D.
Joy Schary, Psy.D., LMFT
Elaine Schulman, Ph.D.
Deborah R. Shaw, M.S.W., Psy.D.
Karen Shore, Ph.D.
Ellyn Singer, MFT
Janet Smith, Ph.D.
Linda Sobelman, Ph.D.
Gittelle Sones, Ed.D., Ph.D.
Alan Spivak, Ph.D.
Lorraine Sterman, Ph.D.
Julie Tepper, Psy.D.
Leigh Tobias, Ph.D.
Richard Tuch, M.D.
Joseph Turner, Psy.D.
Joseph Verrone, LCSW
Lisa Vitti, Ph.D.
Valerie von Raffay, Ph.D.
Susan Williams, Ph.D.
Kevin Wittenberg, Ph.D.
Harriet Wrye, Ph.D.