About Our Instructors

Marybeth Atwell, L.M.S.W. is a psychoanalyst and psychotherapist in private practice in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  She has more than 35 years of experience working with individuals, couples, and families, and is a consultant to family businesses. Marybeth has provided clinical supervision, and currently participates in Access program through MCPP.  As an instructor for MCPP she has taught the Dreams in Clinical Practice class, and Incorporating Brief Dynamic Therapy Techniques Into Clinical Practice.  Marybeth has served in various roles in the organization over the years, and is currently the MCPP coordinator for social work continuing education.
Jerry Brandell, Ph.D., B.C.D., is a Distinguished Professor, Wayne State University School of Social Work, where he has taught since 1992.  A practicing psychotherapist-psychoanalyst, he is (Founding) editor of Psychoanalytic Social Work. Jerry has led workshops, has lectured widely, and has been a visiting scholar in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and the Pacific Rim.  His scholarly interests include theoretical and clinical psychoanalysis, the portrayal of psychoanalysis in the cinema, psychotherapeutic process, psychodynamic supervision, and therapeutic storytelling with children. He has received the Selma Fraiberg Award for his contributions to the field of child and adolescent treatment and the Edith Abbott Award for Lifetime Achievement from the University of Chicago. Jerry has published over 50 journal articles and book chapters, and fourteen books.
David Freiband, M.S.W., Ph.D. completed his graduate work and clinical training at Columbia University and the University of Michigan.  He has more than 25 years experience working with individuals and couples.  Over the years he has taught various courses for undergraduate and graduate students in the fields of English, psychology, and social work, and has supervised practitioners in psychiatry, psychology, and social work through the U. of M. Department of Outpatient Psychiatry, the U. of M. Psychological Clinic, and now through MCPP's Access Program.  At MCPP he has been a Member at Large and is currently the Vice President for Programs. 
Sonya M. Freiband, Ph.D. is a psychoanalyst and psychotherapist with a practice in Ann Arbor. She has over 30 years of clinical experience working primarily with adults, in both inpatient and outpatient settings.  Sonya has been the president of MCPP from 2015-2019 and has served before that in various other capacities on the Board, as well as directing the Access Program which provides low-fee Supervision for clinicians and trainees.  She is currently moving into a new role as the Vice President for Education and Training.  Sonya has taught classes at MCPP that include Ego Psychology and Freud’s Cases, reflecting her originally more classical analytic background.  However, she considers herself an integrationist with strong influences from Object Relational and Relational approaches, among others, as her clinical work has evolved over the years.


David B. Klein, Ph.D., is former president of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Council, and current Treasurer of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Council foundation. He practices psychoanalysis and psychotherapy with adults, as well as children, adolescents, and their parents. He has written papers on a variety of topics, including: Revitalizing Oedipus (with Evangeline Spindler, M. D.) (Psychoanalytic Social Work, 2006); Four Modes of Listening in Psychotherapy (MPC Bulletin, 2006); The Therapist’s Patience (MPC Bulletin, 2007); The Concept of Psychological Safety in Development and Treatment (MPC Bulletin, 2010); Providing Psychological Safety in Clinical Practice: Clinical Examples (MPC Bulletin, 2011); The Developmental Partnership in Treatment (Presentation to MPC, 2013); and The Self-Analyst at Work (MPC Bulletin, 2015). 


Michele L. Rivette, L.M.S.W., B.C.D., is a psychoanalyst and psychotherapist in private practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  She also implemented a suicide prevention program at a V.A. Hospital, and continues to work with combat veterans part-time.  She has been an instructor at the Institute for Clinical Social Work psychoanalytic Ph.D. program in Chicago, where she recently taught a course on Clinical Work with Military Veterans.  Ms. Rivette is a former Vice-President of Programs of the Michigan Council for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy.  She received an Honorable Mention Candidate Award through the Nationals Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work for her paper, “An Inaccessible Mind: Meaning and Madness in the Treatment of a Silent Patient,” at the NMCOP (AAPCSW) conference in 2003, and it was published in the Michigan Psychoanalytic Council Bulletin in 2009.


Michael Shulman, Ph.D. is a psychoanalyst and psychologist in the full-time private practice of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy with adults and adolescents in Ann Arbor. He completed his doctorate at the University of Michigan and his psychoanalytic training at the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute. A supervisor of psychiatric residents in the University of Michigan Health System, he also serves on the faculty of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute, where he has taught courses on narcissism, the challenges of aggression, Freud’s cases and his metapsychological papers, comparative psychoanalytic theory, and multiple perspectives in clinical psychoanalysis. Dr. Shulman has published on a number of topics in psychoanalysis, and currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association and Psychoanalytic Inquiry. 
Jean Wixom, Ph.D., is a Psychologist/Psychoanalyst in private practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She works with adults, adolescents, and couples in psychotherapy or psychoanalysis, as well as provides clinical supervision to therapists.  In addition, she is a member of MCPP, an instructor for the Relational Psychoanalytic Group of Ann Arbor, and Director of Supervision and faculty supervisor for the National Training Program in Contemporary Psychoanalysis, a long distance training program based in New York City.


Peter Wood, L.M.S.W. is a psychoanalyst and psychotherapist with a private practice in East Lansing, Michigan. He has 25 years' experience, working primarily with adults. He is currently President of MCPP, and has previously served in a number of capacities, most notably Director of Training from 2008-2015.  He has given papers to MCPP, the American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work, and The International Forum for Psychoanalytic Education. A lover of study groups, he has recently co-led a study group in Object Relations theory.