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David Bookbinder

85 Constitution Lane, 300-C4
Danvers, Massachusetts, United States


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I am a psychotherapist, writer, photographer, and teacher. I have published four books, hold a masters degree in both Counseling Psychology and Creative Writing, have taught writing and literature at the college level, and give presentations and workshops on a variety of psychological topics. In addition to my therapy practice, I run a process-oriented support group for artists on the North Shore of Boston and am a regular presenter at the Creativity & Madness conference in Santa Fe, NM.

I came to psychotherapy later in life, after a transformative brush with death while in a PhD program in English at the University at Albany, a pivotal event that shifted me toward my present work as artist and healer. I see my vocation as a calling. Mindfulness and meditation practices are central to my work with clients, my writing and photography, and to my life. I am a practicing Buddhist in the tradition established by author and teacher Thich Nhat Hanh and participate actively in that community.

I blog for, the largest unaffiliated spirituality portal in the world, where I have about 1500 subscribers. My Facebook fan page has nearly 4000 fans, and I regularly posts to a mailing list of about 1000 subscribers. I am the author of a book on American folk music, What Folk Music is All About (Julian Messner, 1979) and four computer books published by Addison-Wesley (1989-1991). I worked as a freelance photographer and newspaper reporter in New York City in the late 1970s and as a technical writer in the 1980s and 1990s.

I’ve taught writing, literature, and technical writing at the college level as an adjunct professor at Boston University, Salem State University, Middlesex Community College, Endicott College, and the University at Albany.

A collection of images I call Flower Mandalas are my signature photographic work. They won an Artist Fellowship grant in photography from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and were featured in the prestigious photography magazine LensWork. The Flower Mandalas have been exhibited at galleries and museums in the Boston area and in New York City and I license the images for a variety of commercial products and sell prints.

Interests: Writing, photography, Buddhism, psychology, science, film, literature, motorcycling

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: No


Published works:


  • What Folk Music is All About
  • The Lotus Guide to 1-2-3: Release 3