Steve Brown, PhD

Psychotherapy Curriculum Supervisor
Psychotherapy Supervisor

Work Experiences / Areas of Interest

I’ve had a private practice in Boise, Idaho for 20 years doing therapy and psychological testing. Currently, I’m not doing forensic work, but I’ve been a court-appointed expert on hundreds of cases from child custody evaluations to sentencing/death penalty hearings. I’ve done projective and neuropsychological testing of adults and children.

I was a founding trustee and board chair for Riverstone Community School. This independent K-12 school promotes environmental and international education. My dissertation, The Names of the Psyche: Metaphors and their reification in psychoanalysis, was awarded the year’s Best Writing and Research.

Current Clinical Work

I see adults and adolescents for psychotherapy, primarily psychodynamic depth therapy. A focus is on bringing the present moment into therapy. Depending on the client’s needs, we also draw from cognitive behavioral, family systems, and existential/transpersonal approaches. A special interest is using eco-therapy to assist people to overcome alienation.

As the Psychotherapy Project Coordinator, I help organize the therapy training and supervision. An emphasis is helping the talented residents develop a strong professional identity where they can be themselves while using science based interventions.

I am writing a psychology book with the working title: The Entrancers: Brain spells, blended realities and our natural selves. This adventure story explores how our brains “couple” or synchronize with virtual people in blended, mixed, and immersive virtual realities.


B.A.1982Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Ph.D.1991California School of Professional Psychology, Berkely, CA
ResidencyCalifornia Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, CA