A soft-spoken student who was once a violent hit man, an elderly man tormented by memories of wartime imprisonment, a fortune-teller who finds his therapist inscrutable, a woman who can’t get satisfaction from her mother or her therapist . . .
These are just a few of the intriguing patients treated by Gerald Amada during nearly forty years of practice as a psychotherapist. From the ridiculous to the tragic, the tales of Amada’s treatment of unusual patients are fascinating, disturbing, and utterly engrossing. Amada not only lets us peek into his office but also leads us into the hearts and minds of his patients and himself.
Dr. Gerald Amada was one of the founders and the director of the City College of San Francisco Mental Health Program during a thirty-year career at that college. He had also maintained a private psychotherapy practice for over thirty-five years. He received B.A. and M.S.W. degrees at Rutgers University and a Ph. D. in social and clinical psychology at the Wright Institute, Berkeley, California. Dr. Amada has published twelve books in three genres: psychotherapy, college student conduct issues, and fiction. As well, he has published in professional journals more than eighty articles and book reviews on the subjects of psychotherapy and disruptive college student issues. He has lectured at more than 150 colleges and universities on these subjects to faculty, counseling, and administrative audiences.
Dr. Amada is the recipient of the 1984 Award of Excellence in the category of Administrator, Post-Secondary Education, conferred by the National Education Special Needs Personnel, Region 5, which comprises eighteen states.He lives in San Rafael, California, with his wife, Lorraine, and their dog and cats.