Family Enrichment Center of Seattle

About David Calof

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David L. Calof has practiced psychotherapy, family therapy and hypnotherapy in his native Seattle for 40 years.  A highly regarded clinician, Mr. Calof has lectured and consulted frequently at educational institutions, professional associations, hospitals, mental health centers, and social service agencies across the United States, and in Canada, England, France, Germany, Australia, and Japan on the treatment of posttraumatic and post-abuse syndromes, (with special regard to the dissociative disorders), self-injury syndromes, hypnotherapy, couples and family therapy.

Mr. Calof has authored two books and over 50 professional publications on hypnotherapy, marriage and family therapy, and the treatment of psychological trauma and child abuse.  His last book, The Couple Who Became Each Other and Other Tales of Healing From a Leading Hypnotherapist (with Robin Simons, BantamDoubledayDell, 1996) (a featured alternate selection for the Behavioral Science Book Service in 1997), has been published in North American, United Kingdom, French, German, and Israeli editions and garnered highly favorable reviews (1, 2) internationally.

A student of the late legendary hypnotherapist psychiatrist, Milton Erickson, MD., Mr. Calof was one of the invited faculty at both the 1st and 2nd International Congresses on Ericksonian Approaches to Hypnosis and Psychotherapy (Phoenix, 1980, 1983). In 1993, Self magazine named Mr. Calof one of the top 10 hypnotherapists in America.

Mr. Calof is author (with Mary LeLoo) of the popular primer Multiple Personality and Dissociation: Understanding Incest, Abuse, and MPD (Hazeldon, 1993)

Trained as a professional mediator, Mr. Calof has worked with individuals, families, and organizations seeking alternative approaches to dispute resolution.  In 1995, he conceived and produced “Beyond Confrontation and Mistrust,” the First Northwest conference on family mediation for families conflicted over allegations of sexual abuse.

For the past decade, David Calof, has been a member of a small group of international therapists that has been exploring the practical and theoretical intersection of psychotherapy and organizational consulting. The group is Led by Dr. Edgar H. Schein, a pioneer in understanding corporate culture and the founder of process consultation.  Schein is a Sloan Fellows Professor Emeritus from the MIT Sloan School of Management where he taught for many years.  In 2000, Dr. Schein convened a small group of international psychotherapists (from England, USA, Japan, and Israel) representing a diverse range of orientations and approaches (Freudian, Tavistock, Jungian, brief therapy, Ericksonian hypnotherapy, family therapy, and pastoral counseling), which still meets regularly to discuss and debate the theoretical foundations that inform both disciplines.  Recently, the group published its first book. Organizational Therapy: Multiple Perspectives ([2009] Schein, E.H., Ogawa, J. & Bond, D.S. (Ed.). North Andover, MA: Alternative Views Publishing.)  Mr. Calof’s chapter explores the application of family therapy principles to organizational development and presents a case study.

More information on this book may be found here.

Mr. Calof is a Certified Diplomate of the American Psychotherapy Association, and is a Certified Diplomate and Fellow in Clinical Hypnotherapy of the National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists, and a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Dissociation. He is listed in:

- 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century (2005)
- International Scientist of the Year (2004)
- Strathmore’s Who’s Who (2003)
- Who’s Who in Science and Engineering (2003)
- Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare (2002)
- Who’s Who in Executives and Businesses (2000)
- Who’s Who in America (2000)
- International Man of the Year (1997)
- International Who’s Who of Intellectuals (1997 )
- Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals (1994)
- Outstanding People of the 20th Century (1998)
- Who’s Who in Business Leaders (1992)
- Who’s Who in the World (1990)
- Who’s Who Among Human Services Professionals (1988)
- Who’s Who Among Young American Professionals (1988)
- Who’s Who in Emerging Leaders of America (1987)
- Who’s Who in the West (1984)

Certifications, Memberships, and Affiliations:
- Professional Affiliate Member, American Association of Pastoral Counselors
- Registered Mental Health Counselor, State of Washington (#RC 00000233)
- Registered Hypnotherapist, State of Washington
- Registered Counselor, UK Council for Psychotherapy (08159988)
- Certified Diplomate in Psychotherapy, American Psychotherapy Association
- Certified Diplomate in Clinical Hypnotherapy, National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists
- Certified Fellow in Clinical Hypnotherapy, National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists
- Fellow, International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation
- Certified Hypnotherapist, American Guild of Hypnotherapists
- Professional Affiliate Member, American Association of Pastoral Counselors
- Member, Association of Family Therapists, United Kingdom
- Member, Washington Coalition of Mental Health Professionals and Consumers
- Member, American Counseling Association
- Member, American Mental Health Counselors Association
- Member, Center for Object Relations Northwest Family Development Center
- Member, Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
- Member, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Washington State Bar Association
- Member, Writers’ Guild of America

When he is not working, writing, or lecturing, David is an avid mountain climber, hiker, and wood worker in his native Pacific Northwest.