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Dan Gottlieb, Ph.D.
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Daniel Gottlieb, a psychologist in the Philadelphia area. In addition to his practice, he hosts an award-winning mental health call-in show called "voices in the family" on Philadelphia's NPR affiliate.

He is the author of "Letters to Sam and Learning from the Heart," which have been published in 15 languages and received worldwide attention. In 2009,he was flown to Taiwan to receive their "Fervent Love of Life Award."
His most recent book is "The Wisdom We're Born with: Reawakening Faith in Ourselves"

in addition to his postings on Huffington, he writes a weekly blog for the Christopher and Dana Reeve foundation.
A sought-after speaker on family and social issues, he lectures locally and nationally on a variety of topics affecting the well-being of communities.

Entries by Dan Gottlieb, Ph.D.

A Divine Encounter

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 12:27 PM

Last week I had the honor of spending some time with a young lady with a heart-wrenching history.

Growing up in the dangerous inner-city of North Philadelphia in the 80s, she told me how strong she had to appear just to avoid being beaten up or raped. Then in her...

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Thank You for Saving My Life

(2) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 3:03 PM

I've known for many years that my body is vulnerable. And as I age, it's more vulnerable. You see, 68 years of life combined with 35 years of quadriplegia, would have anyone's body compromised and vulnerable. Nevertheless, most systems in my body look pretty good considering... even my heart. That...

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3 Easy Steps to a Lifetime of Happiness

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 1:48 PM


You really thought you could be forever happy in just three easy steps? At the very least, that means you've been reading way too much pop psychology. Seriously, for millennia our species managed to survive without magazine articles and self-help books promising that you can fix up your...

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Broken Lives and Open Hearts

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 3:55 PM

This week will mark the 34th anniversary of the accident that resulted in my quadriplegia, and I have been reflecting about how life happens and then unfolds.

It was a clear crisp December morning when I kissed my wife and precious little girls goodbye and walked across the frozen...

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Hope That Helps

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 4:05 PM

My recent blog was called, "When Hope Hurts." In it, I described how so many people suffer when they clutch hope that something external will change in their lives. They tell themselves when things change for them, they will be happy.

How many of us hold onto a vision of...

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When Hope Hurts

(3) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 11:42 AM

One day an emotion called Hope walked into the Last Chance Saloon. All of a sudden the mood shifts from dark to light and everyone is happy as they've all absorbed some hope. Everyone is laughing and hugging one another, and the future looks great. But then it's time for...

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Seven Years to Live?

(5) Comments | Posted July 25, 2013 | 3:51 PM

Someone told me last week that given my age (67), and the number of years I've lived as a quadriplegic (33), my life expectancy was about seven years! I immediately called my financial advisor and said "Remember how you told me last year that the way things looked now I...

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The Sickness That Affects So Many

(4) Comments | Posted December 13, 2012 | 1:09 PM

He was a respected teacher and father. He was a scout leader, and in 1958 he was the idol of most of the children in my middle school. He was relatively young and a powerful man who cared about children and quickly became a father figure for many of us.

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What Does 'Giving Thanks' Really Mean?

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 10:40 AM

Every year at Thanksgiving we begin the meal by going around the table and asking everyone what they are thankful for this year. It's a sweet little ritual and forces everyone to focus on what positive in their lives. And then we eat. And nothing changes.

So lately I've been...

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Living Between Life and Death

(3) Comments | Posted August 24, 2012 | 3:34 PM

About 15 years ago I got a call from a middle-aged woman named Caroline. She had advanced metastatic cancer and wanted to come in for treatment. I shouldn't have taken the case because at the time my sister was slowly dying of a brain tumor. Conventional wisdom said that treating...

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Create a Miracle? Simple!

(5) Comments | Posted April 11, 2012 | 2:11 PM

I usually get gas at the same neighborhood station. Lately, the same man has been pumping my gas so we smile when we greet one another. He is a handsome young man with cocoa skin and a warm smile. Because my fingers don't work, he is always happy to help...

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After Trauma: 'Why Me?'

(1) Comments | Posted February 3, 2012 | 5:10 PM

I recently received an email from a mother of a disabled child. And like almost anyone who experiences trauma, she continually asks: "Why me?" But somehow she knew this question only made her feel worse, she wanted to know when I stopped asking myself that question. She knew that I...

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Lessons From a Wheelchair: Treat Your Body With Compassion

(5) Comments | Posted September 10, 2011 | 11:27 AM

It's been seven months since I last wrote a column for The Huffington Post. I've got a good excuse.

As my readers know, I've been in a wheelchair for 30 years, paralyzed from the chest down. And although I don't have use of my hands, I've always...

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Love Changes Everything: Getting Past Expectations in Parent-Child Relationships

(125) Comments | Posted November 21, 2010 | 10:53 AM

As much as I hate to say it, the Beatles were wrong when they said, "Love is all you need." It's just not that simple.

Love nurtures life, but we need much more. I think Andrew Lloyd Webber got it right when he wrote the lyric, "Love changes everything,"...

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Are We Hung Up on Happiness?

(64) Comments | Posted October 26, 2010 | 8:39 AM

The U.S. Declaration of Independence gives us the right to pursue happiness. That's all well and good, but are we finding that the pursuit of happiness can make us miserable?

In today's culture more people are pursuing happiness and not succeeding, leaving them frustrated and living with a sense of...

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How I Know That Listening Is an Act of Love

(6) Comments | Posted October 11, 2010 | 3:58 PM

Thirty years ago I was driving alone down the Pennsylvania Turnpike on a brisk December morning when I looked into the sky and saw a massive black sphere barreling down on my car. Several days later I was told that black sphere was the tire of a large truck driving...

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Life Lessons We Learn from Our Children

(11) Comments | Posted September 28, 2010 | 7:00 AM

My 10-year-old grandson Sam is like most grandchildren -- the most beautiful, kind, intelligent and wonderful child in the world. In addition to all of those things, my Sam is on the high functioning end of the autism spectrum, so his view of the world is a bit different from...

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