dr.pepper1Dr. Pepper specializes in group therapy. He has been running groups for over twenty-five years and has a special gift in helping member’s resolve conflicts with relationships, both personal and professional. His groups are not socialization groups but learning social skills is a by-product of the group experience. Members learn to resolve obstacles to developing healthy relationships through interactions between members of the group.

Dr. Pepper has seen members grow and change in ways that they never expected through the group experience. He has helped them release energy through the verbalization of feelings in the group setting. This release of energy has been a great aid to them in living healthier and more satisfying lives.

  • Director of education and training at the Long Island Institute for Mental Health in Rego Park, New York.  
  • Adjunct Professor of Behavioral Science at the New York Institute of Technology, Metro Campus, Manhattan, NYC.  
  • Author of numerous articles on ethics and boundaries in psychotherapy and has lectured across the country on the subject.  
  • Runs six (6) weekly psychotherapy groups in his private practice in Forest Hills, NY.



  • Years in Practice: 20+ Years
  • School: Hunter College
  • Year Graduated: 1980
  • License No. and State: 025140 New York


Curriculum Vitae


Academic Training

06/1967 BA in Sociology, Queens College, Flushing, New York

09/1971 MA in Sociology, Queens College, Flushing, New York

09/1975 Ph.D. in Sociology, Grad Center of CUNY, New York

06/1980 MSW, Hunter College School of Social Work, New York

03/1981 CSW, New York State Certified Social Worker # R025140


Clinical Training

06/1978 Certificate of Competency in Psychotherapy, Long Island Institute for  Mental Health, Rego Park, New York

06/1981 Certificate of Competency in Group Psychotherapy, Long  Island Institute for Mental Health, Rego Park, New York


Academic Experience

09/1972- 06/1989 Adjunct Assistant Professor of Sociology, Queens College

09/1993-present Adjunct Professor of Behavioral Science, New York Institute of Technology, New York, New York


Clinical Experience

01/2003-present   Director of Training, LIIMH, Rego Park, NY

09/1980-present   Private Practice, Group and Individual Psychotherapy, Forest Hills, New York

01/1981-11/2001   Staff Psychotherapist, Long Island Consultation Center, Rego Park, New York



(1989), “Therapist’s Transparency and Multiple Role Relations”, International Journal of Group Psychotherapy  Vol. 39 No.1  p.131-2.

(1990), “When Transference Isn’t Transference:Iatrogenesis of Multiple Role Relations Between Practicing Therapists”, Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy. Vol.20,No.3,p.141-153.

(1991), “The Senior Therapist’s Grandiosity:Clinical and  Ethical Consequences of Merging Multiple Roles”,Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy.Vol.21,No.1,p.53-70..

(1992),”Psychoanalytic Training Institutes as Cults:An Example of Entropy”, Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy. Vol.22,No.1,p.35-42.

(1996), “The Omnipotent Clinican:A Potential source of Iatrogenesis”,Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy. Vol.26,No.3,p.287-294.

(1997),”Treatment with Unethical Practitioners:Cavaet Emptors”,Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy. Vol.27,No.3,p.215-223.

(2001), “The Leader’s Oral Greed and Gaslighting in Group Psychotherapy”,  The Group Psychologist. Vol. II No.3, p.41-43.

(2002), “Emotional Incest in Group Psychotherapy”, International Journal Of Group Psychology.    Vol. 52, No. 2 p.285-294.

(2003), “Be It Ever So Humble…The Controversial Issue of Psychotherapy Groups in the Home Office Setting”, Group.  Vol. 27, No.1, p.41-52.

( October/November 2003) “Raising Fees and Informed Consent in Group Psychotherapy”, The Group Circle.

(2004) “Confidentiality and Dual Relationships in Group Psychotherapy”.  International Journal of Group Psychotherapy. Vol.54, No. 1., p.103-114.

(2004) “Raising Group Fees: Some Ethical and Clinical Implications”. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy. Vol.34, No.2, Summer 2004.

(2007)  “ Too Close for Comfort: The Impact of Dual Relationships on Group Therapy and Group Therapy Training” International Journal of Group Psychotherapy.   Vol. 57, No.1, p.13-23.

(2013)  “ Stirring the Pot: Some Clinical and Ethical Implications of Blurred Boundaries” GROUP Vol.37, No.2, p.135-146

(2014) “ Group Lite:  The Bane of the Group Therapist’s Own Treatment—Blurred Boundaries”   GROUP . Vol. 38, No.,1 p.55-69.

(2014) “ A Response to Stone” GROUP  Vol.38. No.2,p.171-172.

(2014) Emotional incest in group psychotherapy—A conspiracy of silence Rowman & Littlefield: Lanham, Maryland

(2015) “Response to Stone”  GROUP in press.