Biography & CV

Dr. Bettelheim has practiced as a psychotherapist for over 20 years and executive/life coach for 10. In addition to her successful private practice, she has held numerous consulting and academic positions.

She is a writer and lecturer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, USA Today, The Atlantic, Family Mediation Quarterly, and Greater Good.

Her personal interests are varied. Among them are art, architecture, media, music, theater, understanding cultures around the world, neuroscience, social policy and social sciences.

She has undergraduate and advanced degrees from the University of Chicago and UCLA in psychology, educational psychology, comparative education and social work and received further training from leading psychoanalysts and psychiatrists including Bruno Bettelheim (her father), Gerald Aronson, and Milton Wexler.

Prior positions include:

  • Over 20 years of adult, child, marital and family psychotherapy practice
  • Mental health consultant for numerous private schools for normal, gifted, and learning-impaired children, as well as for Operation Head Start.
  • Assistant Professor appointments teaching developmental psychology at The Claremont Graduate School, The California School for Professional Psychology, and The Center for Early Education.