Dr. Pierson brings a unique perspective to his work with couples and individuals as a result of his professional training and varied life experiences, which include:

  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (University of Iowa)
  • M.B.A. (University of Chicago Graduate School of Business)
  • B.S. in Economics from Miami University (Ohio)
  • 25 years experience as a psychologist working with individuals and couples
  • Post Graduate Psychology Fellow at Harvard Health Plan, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Vice-President at Chase Manhattan Bank in New York City
  • 40 years of marriage, 2 adult sons

As a result of this varied experience Dr. Pierson relates easily to persons from all backgrounds who appreciate his rigorous yet practical approach to helping clients achieve their goals. 

Marital and Relationship Therapy

Dr. Pierson completed the rigorous training at the Gottman Institute in Seattle, Washington.  John and Julie Gottman are pioneers in researching and restoring relationships.  Their highly acclaimed workshop, The Art and Science of Love, provides an introduction to their evidence-based program to improve marital and committed relationships.  Their book, The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, covers the material presented in the workshop. 

Dr. Pierson has also trained with Terrence Real, another pioneer in the field of strengthening relationships.  In his work with couples Dr. Pierson draws on the down-to-earth, effective strategies described in Real’s book, The New Rules of Marriage. 

Dr. Pierson’s training and experience with the work of these pioneers uniquely qualifies him to help couples complete the journey to a lasting, more satisfying relationship. 

Individual Psychotherapy and Coaching with Adults

Dr. Pierson works with individuals, helping them to cope with anxiety and panic, stress, life transitions, depression, and trauma (including recent and early experiences that continue to negatively impact survivors).  Dr. Pierson is trained in both cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and psychodynamic therapy.  He is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), an evidence-based therapy demonstrated to be effective in recovery from trauma.   Dr. Pierson also has advanced training and experience in treating Dissociative Identity Disorder. 

Dr. Pierson’s background as a lending officer at Chase Bank contributes to his effectiveness in coaching individuals to improve their performance in business and professional settings.  Unlike many psychologists, he is fluent in the language of business.