Douglas LaBier Business psychologist, psychotherapist & writer; director, Center for Progressive Development

Douglas LaBier, Ph.D. is a business psychologist, psychoanalytic psychotherapist and writer in Washington, DC; and Director of the Center for Progressive Development. Dr. LaBier’s work focuses on helping individuals and business leaders identify and resolve the mixture of personal, career-related and organizational conflicts that often undermine psychological health and a positive work culture. New conflicts create new challenges within today’s highly interconnected, interdependent and unpredictable world. As a business psychologist, Dr. LaBier consults to senior executives and senior management teams on ways to integrate personal and career development with positive leadership practices. These include strategies to support individual growth, collaboration, social responsibility, and sustainable practices. Such strategies point the way towards an emerging business model that combines financial success with serving the social good. As a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, Dr. LaBier helps individuals and couples resolve emotional conflicts that impact personal life goals, intimate and family relationships, career development and life transitions. His focus includes building emotional resiliency and self-awareness in the service of internal wellbeing and external success, in the context of today’s turbulent, unpredictable and globalized environment. He helps men and women create greater integration, sense of life purpose and "evolution" in their lives; a challenge that's especially relevant to adults from about 35 onward. Dr. LaBier’s long-standing focus on the psychology of the career culture, human development and the interplay between work and psychological health grew from the work he first wrote about in his highly acclaimed book, Modern Madness. A pioneering examination of how work and career within organizations affect emotional and values conflict, it was cited by Daniel Goleman in the New York Times as “In the vanguard…offering sobering insights into the costs of modern success.” it explained why personal and career-related conflicts are often caused, paradoxically, by successful adaptation to the roles, pressures, and culture within organizations and careers. Dr. LaBier has published regularly in the popular press, and his work has been the subject of frequent coverage by national print and broadcast media, including the Washington Post, the New York Times, and other publications. He’s been a frequent guest on national TV and radio shows over the years regarding issues of psychological health within current political and social culture. Currently a clinical professor at George Washington University, he's also served as a faculty member of the Washington School of Psychiatry; a Fellow of the Research Council of Healthy Companies, a nonprofit organization supported by the MacArthur Foundation; and previously served on the staff of the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. LaBier is currently working on a new writing project that rethinks what psychological health and emotional resilience consists of, in today’s world; and what promotes it in personal lives, in careers, in public policy -- within today's highly interconnected, unpredictable and tumultuous world. He can be reached at, and followed on Twitter or Facebook

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