Leon Redler

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Leon Redler is a doctor of medicine, a psychiatrist, a psychotherapist, and teacher of the Alexander Technique.

He was a part of the experiment in radical psychiatry at Kingsley Hall between 1965 and 1970, along with other members of the Philadelphia Association including R. D. Laing and Joseph Berke.[1]

In 1970 he co-founded the Philadelphia Association Communities, featured in Peter Robinson’s film, ‘Asylum’ (1972).[2][3]

In 1967, with Joseph Berke, David Cooper and others he set up The Congress on the Dialectics of Liberation, which was held at the Roundhouse in London from 15 July to 30 July 1967 .[4]

Redler was the second Chair of the Philadelphia Association and continues teaching on its Introductory Course and Psychotherapy Training Faculty. His book Just Listening deconstructs therapeutic practice. Redler is a student and practitioner of the Alexander Technique, Dzogchen, grandfather-hood, music, t'ai chi, yoga and zen.[5]

Professional History[edit]

  • Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbour, Mich, BA, History,1958 (Phi Beta Kappa)
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine. New York, NY, MD, 1962
  • Post-graduate work in paediatrics and psychiatry, New York City, 1962-5

Selected academic and other publications[edit]

An Obituary, Ronald David Laing, 1927–1989, Journal of Society for Existential Analysis, London, Vol.1, 1990

Inspiration, Expiration and the Buddhist Connection, in R.D. Laing: Creative Destroyer, editor Bob Mullan, Cassell, London, 1997

"A Response to Dr. Anthony Daniels (on behalf of Dr, Steven Gans)", (response to Daniel's response to Gans' "Awakening to Love: Ronnie Laing's phenomenological therapy), , The European Journal of Psychotherapy, Counselling and Health, Vol.2, No.2, August 1999 (pp. 193-197)

Introduction to Shredded and Pulped, (of The Divided Self, by R. D. Laing), Graham Stewart, NSAD Press, UK, 2000

"Open, Empty and Other" in Contemporary Buddhism, Curzon, London, Vol.1, No.1, May, 2000

"R. D. Laing's Contribution to the 'Treatment' of 'Schizophrenia': Responsible Responses to Suffering and Malaise", The Psychoanalytic Review, The Guilford Press, NY and London, Vol.87, No.4, August, 2000

"Remembering Ronnie" (with Steven Gans), Janus Head,The Legacy of R.D. Laing (special issue), editor Daniel Burston, 2000

The Mediation Partnership, booklet, (with Phyllis Adler) London, 2004

Forward, The Distracted Centipede, by Mina Semyon, Trafford, London, 2004

We All Go Astray (Radical Psychology, Issue 2, Volume 7, Winter 2008)


  • Just Listening, Steven Gans and Leon Redler (2001), Xlibris Corporation, ISBN 0-7388-9917-8


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