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List of Famous Psychotherapists

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List of famous psychotherapists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top psychotherapists in the world? This includes the most prominent psychotherapists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable psychotherapists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic psychotherapists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned psychotherapists.

Items here include everything from Nena von Schlebrügge to Nathaniel Branden.

From reputable, prominent, and well known psychotherapists to the lesser known psychotherapists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the psychotherapist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous psychotherapists ever?" and "What are the names of famous psychotherapists?" then you're in the right place. {#nodes}
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  • Carl Gustav Jung ( YUUNG, German: [kaɐ̯l ˈjʊŋ]; 26 July 1875 – 6 June 1961) was a Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who founded analytical psychology. Jung's work was influential in the fields of...  more

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  • Baroness Birgitte Caroline "Nena" von Schlebrügge (born January 8, 1941) is a Mexican-born former fashion model of Swedish and German ancestry from the 1950s and 1960s. She is now the Managing...  more
  • Thomas Carl Hartmann (born May 7, 1951) is an American radio personality, author, former psychotherapist, businessman, and progressive political commentator. Hartmann has been hosting a nationally...  more
  • Nathaniel Branden (born Nathan Blumenthal; April 9, 1930 – December 3, 2014) was a Canadian–American psychotherapist and writer known for his work in the psychology of self-esteem. A former associate...  more
  • Wendy Lee Walsh, Psy.D. is an entertainer, journalist, unlicensed Canadian American psychotherapist, author, actress and television commentator. Walsh's family is from Prince Edward Island, however...  more
  • Alfred Adler (; German: [ˈaːdlɐ]; 7 February 1870 – 28 May 1937) was an Austrian medical doctor, psychotherapist, and founder of the school of individual psychology. His emphasis on the importance of...  more
  • John J. McNeill (1924 or 1925 – September 22, 2015) was an American Roman Catholic priest, psychotherapist and academic theologian, with a particular reputation within the field of queer theology....  more
  • Melanie Klein née Reizes (30 March 1882 – 22 September 1960) was an Austrian-British author and psychoanalyst who is known for her work in child analysis. She was the primary figure in the...  more
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  • Carl Ransom Rogers (January 8, 1902 – February 4, 1987) was an American psychologist and among the founders of the humanistic approach (or client-centered approach) to psychology. Rogers is widely...  more
  • Albert Ellis (September 27, 1913 – July 24, 2007) was an American psychologist who in 1955 developed Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT). He held MA and PhD degrees in clinical psychology from...  more
  • Beverly Engel

    Beverly Engel is an MFCT and psychotherapist and the author of eighteen self-help books. She is an expert in the fields of sexual abuse, women's issues, relationships, and sexuality. She has appeared...  more
  • Milton Hyland Erickson (5 December 1901 – 25 March 1980) was an American psychiatrist and psychologist specializing in medical hypnosis and family therapy. He was founding president of the American...  more
  • Jürg Schubiger

    Jürg Schubiger (14 October 1936 – 15 September 2014) was a Swiss psychotherapist and writer of children's books. He won the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis (German Youth Literature Award) in 1996 for...  more
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  • Constance Booth (born 1941 or 1944) is an American-born writer, actress, comedian and psychotherapist based in Britain. She has appeared in several British television programmes and films, including...  more
  • Virginia Satir (26 June 1916 – 10 September 1988) was an American author and therapist, known especially for her approach to family therapy and her pioneering work in the field of family...  more
  • Charles Harper Webb is an American poet, professor, psychotherapist and former singer and guitarist. His most recent poetry collection is Shadow Ball (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2009). His...  more
  • Friedrich (Frederick) Salomon Perls (July 8, 1893 – March 14, 1970), better known as Fritz Perls, was a noted German-born psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and psychotherapist. Perls coined the term...  more
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