Neal Goldsmith.

Author and psychotherapist

New York, NY

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Neal M. Goldsmith, Ph.D. is a NYC psychotherapist specializing in psychospiritual development and an author and public speaker on psychedelic psychotherapy, innovation and change, and the post-modern future of society. He is a salonier, curates and hosts conferences on innovative science and policy, and is author of Psychedelic Healing: The Promise of Entheogens for Psychotherapy and Spiritual Development (Inner Traditions, 2011). A former strategic planning executive at AT&T and American Express Company, and a market analyst and consultant at Gartner, Dr. Goldsmith is now maintains a private psychotherapy, policy consulting, and knowledge dissemination practice in New York City.

Work experience

Jan 1998 - Present

Author and psychotherapist

Overview: Specialize in psychospiritual development – seeing “neurosis” as a natural part of the unfolding of human maturation. Offer accepting, insightful psychotherapy and practical, highly-interactive counseling, both with emphasis on lifespan development – “from youth to wisdom.” • Applies innovative techniques drawn from Psychosynthesis, Imago Relationship Therapy, yoga psychology and other humanistic, transpersonal and eastern traditions, to facilitate deep life review, awakening to personal history and clear, calm life planning. • Special focus on existential and midlife crisis and with young adults suffering from lack of direction or substance abuse. Particularly helpful with couples - many experience progress after years of vicious cycles. • A frequent speaker on transpersonal psychology, spiritual emergence, resistance to change, drug policy reform, and our post-modern future. • Author, Psychedelic Healing: The Promise of Entheogens for Psychotherapy and Spiritual Development

1993 - 1998


Overview. Led a research and consulting firm with practice capabilities in evaluation research, organizational development and policy research utilization studies for public organizations. Provided strategic planning, market research, and change management services for Fortune-500 companies, start-ups, large technology vendors, and financial services firms. Emphasis on drug policy reform and the impact of advanced technology and the Internet in a global society.


1989 - 1993

American Express

Director, Technology Strategy

Overview. Strategic planning executive responsible for intelligent/risk assessment applications. Primary internal consultant to subsidiaries and corporate departments on advanced technology transfer, quality improvement, and the process of organizational innovation. • Directed multimillion-dollar fund for tracking, prototyping and deploying appropriate technologies internally and as new products. Responsible for selecting, funding, and overseeing projects resulting in over $200 million in documented direct cost reductions and new revenue. • Negotiated corporate volume purchase agreements with major information system suppliers; established and maintained relations with start-up technology vendors and university laboratories. Worked with a wide range of vendors, researchers and consultants to create required custom development tools and hardware platforms. • Monitored advanced technology trends; advised chairman and board of directors on cost/benefits and market timing of technology investments. • Provided staff training and seminars for 350 information systems executives on the introduction and deployment of appropriate emerging technology. Convened quarterly conference on technology and business trends.


1986 - 1989


Research Analyst

Overview. Worked with top management of technology, service and manufacturing firms to resolve problems in the application of strategic business systems. • Consulted to top management of technology, service and manufacturing firms on ways to resolve problems in the application of strategic business systems. • Created and managed a group responsible for identifying and analyzing worldwide trends in the market for advanced information systems and telecommunications. • Conducted competitive analyses; evaluated emerging technology start-ups for venture capital firms; compiled intelligence dossiers on major US computer vendors.


1984 - 1986


Research Associate

Overview. Member of an internal consulting and tactical planning group responsible for facilitating the adoption of emerging information technologies internally and as new lines of business. • With Bell Labs, assessed user requirements for first AT&T personal computer; after deployment, evaluated user reaction over entire learning curve; changes incorporated into final product. Evaluated desktop software for company-wide use; cut costs $2 million over 18 months. • Reengineered operations of end-user computing training and walk-in help centers; provided training and professional development sessions to center staff. Costs decreased 45%, client satisfaction increased 33%. Recommendations adopted for use by centers division-wide; project publicized company wide and in press releases. • Developed methodology for identifying and deploying promising new technology, adopted for use across AT&T.

1981 - 1983

Princeton University and Carnegie Mellon University

Deputy Director

Overview. Managed a federally-funded, nationwide study of executives’ adoption of research-based policy information and analysis ($500,000 budget). Study resulted in improved methods for applying technical, organizational and financial leverage when attempting policy change management. • Major responsibility for data collection, analysis, and reporting on three policy research datasets. • Responsible for staff supervision, budget preparation and accounting, quarterly conference administration, presentations to government agencies, and liaison with publishers. • Responsible for all facets of development and management of annual professional conference. • Assistant Editor of the journal, Knowledge: Creation, Diffusion, Utilization.


1976 - 1981

Claremont Graduate University

Ph.D., Psychology

1974 - 1976

New York University

M.A., Counseling Psychology

1973 - 1974

The New School


1969 - 1973

Case Western Reserve University

Bachelor of Arts (BA), Psychology

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