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Leon Redler

Following medical qualification and post-graduate training in pediatrics and psychiatry in New York, Leon moved to London in 1965 firstly to work with Maxwell Jones at Dingleton Hospital, in Scotland, later with R. D. Laing at Kingsley Hall and other Philadelphia Association households, several of which he founded. A practicing psychotherapist, he is also a practitioner of the Alexander Technique, Hatha Yoga and Zen. Dr. Redler was the Chair of the Philadelphia Association from February of 1997 to February of 1999, the first to hold that position since it was vacated by R. D. Laing in 1981. He was also Chair of the PA's psychotherapy training committee from November, 1996 to June, 2000. His therapy practice and The Mediation Partnership he co-directs are based at the Diorama Center for Art, Therapy and Technology in London. Published work includes articles on Laing, Levinas and Buddhist teachings and practice. He is married and has three daughters and one grandson.


Professional History

Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbour, Mich, BA, History,1958 (Phi Beta Kappa)

Albert Einstein College of Medicine. New York, NY, MD, 1962

Post-graduate work in paediatrics and psychiatry, New York City, 1962-5

Registrar with Maxwell Jones, Dingleton Hospital, Melrose, Scotland, 1965

Research Fellow in Psychotherapy and the Social Sciences, Philadelphia Association, London, 1965-70

Regular 1-2/weekly supervision and/or tutorials with R.D. Laing,1965-early 1971

Kingsley Hall, London,1965-70 (resident 6 months, then part of extended community)

Psychotherapist in private practice, 1966-present

Founder, Archway Communities, London, 1970

Visiting therapist to Archway Communities, 1970-4

Member, Philadelphia Association and Training Faculty, 1971-present (including periods as chair of Association and of Faculty)

Founding Member and Chairman, London Zen Studies, circa 1974-78

Qualified as Teacher of the Alexander Technique, Constructive Teaching Centre, London, 1986

Qualified as Mediator, Academy of Experts, London, 1999

Co-director (with Steven Gans), Just Listening (International), 2001-present

Co-director (with Phyllis Adler) of The Mediation Partnership, London, 2001-present

Selected Publications

An Obituary, Ronald David Laing, 1927-1989, Journal of Society for Existential Analysis, London, Vol.1, 1990

Inspiration, Expiration and the Buddhist Connection, in R.D. Laing: Creative Destroyer, editor Bob Mullan, Cassell, London, 1997

"A Response to Dr. Anthony Daniels (on behalf of Dr, Steven Gans)", (response to Daniel's response to Gans' "Awakening to Love: Ronnie Laing's phenomenological therapy), , The European Journal of Psychotherapy, Counselling and Health, Vol.2, No.2, August 1999 (pp. 193-197)

Introduction to Shredded and Pulped, (of The Divided Self, by R. D. Laing), Graham Stewart, NSAD Press, UK, 2000

"Open, Empty and Other" in Contemporary Buddhism, Curzon, London, Vol.1, No.1, May, 2000

"R. D. Laing's Contribution to the 'Treatment' of 'Schizophrenia': Responsible Responses to Suffering and Malaise", The Psychoanalytic Review, The Guilford Press, NY and London, Vol.87, No.4, August, 2000

"Remembering Ronnie" (with Steven Gans), Janus Head,The Legacy of R.D. Laing (special issue), editor Daniel Burston, 2000

Just Listening: Ethics and Therapy (with Steven Gans), Xlibris, 2001

The Mediation Partnership, booklet, (with Phyllis Adler) London, 2004

Forward, The Distracted Centipede, by Mina Semyon, Trafford, London, 2004


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