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Introduction to clinical services:

The Perplexities of the Mind:

When problems are solutions and
other conundrums of the psyche...

Free Graphology Course

Clinical Graphology: Introducing the Psychology of Handwriting and its Use in Clinical Practice Click Here to Enroll

Just published:  Clinical Graphology: An Interpretive Manual for Mental Health Practitioners. Click Here for more information

Here's an interesting rule of thumb. Any disruptive symptom may be a problem but is never the problem. Symptoms are actually the unconscious mind's attempt to solve another problem, hidden from view, but effectively managed by seemingly unproductive patterns of thinking, feeling or behaving. The key, then, is to identify the root problem and solve that. Tenacious symptoms often fade away when their raison d'etre is no more.

Surprisingly, projective personality assessment measures can uncover much of the genius of individuality while also revealing the architecture of the symptoms: how they work, what they do. With the root problem revealed, brief therapy methods target change by developing resources within the conscious and the unconscious mind. This reconfigures those mechanisms which had previously maintained the symptom. This approach has been used successfully with tenacious obsessive-compulsive conditions and other confounding mental health problems. More generally, I specialize in work with difficult conditions which have not been responsive to standard psychotherapy or drug therapies.

My model and techniques are derived from the work of psychiatrist Milton H. Erickson, M.D. and are strongly influenced by the psychology of Traditional Chinese Medicine.


Doctorate of Education in Counselling Psychology, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

Masters of Science in Social Work, Columbia University of New York

Specialized Honours in Psychology, Bachelor of Arts, York University. Graduated Summa Cum Laude

Advanced training in projective assessment, Ericksonian/strategic therapy, hypnosis, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) & Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).


Co-Director of the Milton H. Erickson Institute of Toronto which was established to advance the use of Ericksonian methods to promote personal, professional and community development. The Institute offers training in hypnosis to qualified health-care professionals and adult education programs in the general community in order to teach neo-Ericksonian models of effective communication.

To be informed about upcoming lectures or seminars, please submit your e-mail address to or leave other contact details at (647) 339-4873.

Chair of the Jewish Health Alliance, established to explore the intersection between Jewish thought and the healing arts.

Member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and the Ontario Society of Clinical Hypnosis.


  • Projective assessment and consultation
  • Brief psychotherapy: Individual, marital and family
  • Specializing in anxiety-related conditions, including the treatment of obsessive tendencies and difficulties with compulsive behaviour patterns
  • Ericksonian hypnosis and psychotherapy, EMDR and related modalities
  • Graphology training: A course teaching the interpretation of handwriting (dates and location TBA) 



Professional Publications:

Other Publications:


  • Unstuck in time: Examining memories of the distant past can lead to an "aha!" moment now

    Published in The Toronto Star, May 28, 2011

  • Graphologist Annette Poizner holds talk at OISE; Gleaner reporter a believer
    Published in The Annex Gleaner, March 2011
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  • Tiger, Karla and Me, Editors Letter 

    Published in Reader's Digest, February, 2011
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  • Beyond Words (Feature article)
    Published in Reader's Digest, February, 2011

  • Every dotted ‘i’ and crossed ‘t’ tells a story: Handwriting analyst wants graphology to be respected as a mental health tool
    Published in Edmonton Journal, June 27, 2010

  • The Science behind Your John Hancock: Cross that ‘t’ and dot that ‘i’ - and read on for what your writing says about you
    Published in Ottawa Citizen, June 23, 2010

  • The Science behind Your John Hancock: The way you cross your ‘t’ and dot that ‘i’ means something
    Published in Nanaimo Daily News, June 22, 2010
  • The Science behind Your John Hancock: Your writing reveals who you are
    Published in National Post, June 18, 2010
  • The Science behind Your John Hancock: Your writing reveals who you are
    Published in Windsor Star, June 18, 2010

  • The Science behind Your John Hancock: Cross that ‘t’ and dot that ‘i’ -and read on for what your writing says about you
    Published in Calgary Herald, June 13, 2010
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  • What does your handwriting reveal about your personality?
    Published in This Week, February 25, 2010
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  • Mind your Ps & Qs
    Published in the Winnipeg Free Press, January 2, 2010
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  • Memory plays central role in determining personalities
    Published in The Jewish Tribune, December 7, 2006
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  • An X-ray to the soul
    Published in The Ryersonian, April 2005
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  • Handwriting analysis may be coming into its North American own
    Published in Excaliber, March 2005
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  • Signature Event - Handwriting Analysis Provides Glimpse into the Person Behind the Pen
    Published in by Justin Skinner
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  • Foundation promotes graphology in field of mental health
    Published in the Canadian Jewish News by Cynthia Gasner
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  • Graphology: A Jewish Angle
    Published in The Jewish Tribune, Aug. 2005
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  • Jewish mysticism can help achieve ‘robust health’
    Published in The Canadian Jewish News, Feb. 2007
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Academic Lectures

June 3, 2011
Sheraton Centre Hotel, Toronto
"Reading between the Lines: Using the Psychology of Handwriting in Counselling and Psychotherapy"
Workshop presented at the Canadian Psychological Association Conference

June 18, 2010
University of Calgary
"Handwriting Analysis and the Tree of Life in Clinical Assessment"
Workshop presented at the International Conference on Spirituality and Social Work

May 28, 2010
Wilfrid Laurier University
"Handwriting Analysis and the Tree of Life in Assessment and Intervention"
One hour presentation at the conference of the Southwest Region of the Canadian Association for Pastoral Practice and Education

February 4, 2010
University of Toronto, Department of Semiotics
"The Semiotics of Handwriting"
Guest lecturer for undergraduate course VIC 223Y, "Signs, Culture and Meaning"

October 31, 2006
Queen's University, Department of Judaic Studies
"Memory, Mysticism and the Evolution of Self"
(guest lecturer in third-year undergraduate class: Judaism and Science)

March 27, 2006
Queens University, Department of Judaic Studies
Guest Lecturer for third year undergraduate course,
"Judaism and Science"
"Jewish Mysticism and the Psychology of Handwriting" (2.5 hr. presentation)

General Interest Presentations

January, 2008
Temple Emanuel, Toronto
"Memory, Mysticism & the Evolution of Self"
A four-part lecture series:

January 9: "Jewish Wisdom on What You Remember and What You Forget"
January 16: "The Sun, the Moon & the Memories"
January 23: "Dancing with Archetypes"
January 30: "Climbing the Tree of Life"

Sunday January 14, 2007 (details)
The Lodzer Centre Congregation
"Thanks for the Memories:
Jewish Wisdom on What We Remember and What We Forget

8:00 p.m., 12 Heaton Street, Toronto
Cost Is $10 ($8 advanced registration before January 11)

Sunday, January 7, 2007
Temple Emanuel
"Kabbalah and the Psychology of Handwriting"
10:00 a.m., 120 Old Colony Road

Sunday, November 26, 2006
Beth Tzedec Congregation Wellness Day
"A Jewish "How-to": Create Great Family Ties and Harmony"
3:00 p.m., 1700 Bathurst St
Cost Is $10 for a day of lectures and presentations

Public speaking on the following topics:

  • Diagrams of the Unconscious: Projective Psychology, Psychology of Handwriting & Personality Assessment
  • Various topics relating to psychology and wellness
  • Jewish Psychology
Contact Information:
37 Spadina Road,
Lower Level
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2S9
Tel: (647) 339-4873


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* Please note I also work out of other offices downtown and in North York.  Mail can be sent to the above address.


"When the diagnosis is correct, the healing begins."
Carl Jung, M.D.
"I think that true psychotherapy is knowing that each patient is an individual, unique and different."
Milton H. Erickson, M.D.
"The cure is to let the individuality come out and flower in all its particular genius."
Ernest Rossi,
Ph. D.
"Being under sentence of termination doth most marvelously concentrate the material."
 David Malan after Samuel Johnson
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