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Dr. Amador

Xavier F. Amador, Ph.D.

Dr. Xavier Amador is an internationally renowned clinical psychologist and leader in his field. His books, and research have been translated into 22 languages. He is a family caregiver of siblings with serious mental illness and addiction. His worldwide speaking tours and extensive work in television news make him truly unique among his peers.

His work as a leading individual, family, child and couples’ therapist has been featured on PBS NOVA, ABC Prime Time Live, and NBC Bravo where he has been filmed doing psychotherapy with couples and individuals. For more than two years he conducted intensive psychotherapy with Bethenny Frankel on the NBC Bravo television show about her life.

Author of many popular books including I am Right, You’re Wrong, Now What?; I am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help!; When Someone You Love is Depressed: How to help without losing yourself; Being Single in a Couples’ World: How to be happily Single and Open to Love; Dr. Amador draws on thirty years of experience as a therapist, his personal story, and solid research when giving advice.

Currently a Visiting Professor of Psychology at the State University of New York, over two decades he also served as a Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University and Professor of Psychology at New York University.

His expertise has been called upon by government, industry and the broadcast and print media where he has appeared as a frequent expert for CNN, ABC News, NBC News, NBC Today Show Fox News Channel, CBS 60 Minutes, New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Cosmo, Wall Street Journal and many other national and international news outlets.

He is the Founder of the LEAP Institute. (see: for information about LEAP, his books, appearances and recent media/press).

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