Daniel Masler is a 2014 graduate of the PsyD Program in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University, Seattle.

Daniel Masler is a graduate of Antioch Seattle’s Psy.D. program. He is in private practice, treating children, teens, and adults in several different languages including English and Spanish. He also teaches as an adjunct at Antioch University Seattle. Formerly an academic library director and a freelance writer, he recently co-wrote the short documentary La Trocha, about the Wounaan of Panama. It was featured at two film festivals in 2014.

Dissertation Committee

Philip Cushman, PhD - Dissertation Chair

Mary Wieneke, PhD - Committee Member

William J. Coburn, PhD - Committee Member


relational psychoanalysis, Donnel Stern, technique, trauma, self, dissociation, enactment, multiple self-states, multiplicity, unformulated experiences, interpretive turn, hermeneutics, postmodernism, interpersonal psychotherapy, unbidden experience

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No study has taken an updated and comprehensive review of Donnel Stern’s writings. An investigation of his philosophical assumptions, locating Stern’s work socioculturally and historically, along with an elucidation of Stern’s background in traditional psychoanalytic literature and clinical practice, brings out the meanings and enigmas present in his theories of dissociation, enactment, unformulated experience, multiple self-states, and reflection. Stern has offered one of the best-integrated theoretical models in relational psychoanalytic theory. An examination of his theories within the theoretical traditions to which he makes claim (psychoanalytic, interpersonal, hermeneutic, postmodern, and democratic) helps elucidate the challenge posed by relational psychoanalysis to the Cartesian split and scientism in psychological study and praxis, while also attending to important clinical implications of Stern’s model. The electronic version of this dissertation is at OhioLink ETD Center,