Marilyn Wedge – Long Bio

THINKING OUTSIDE THE KID

Marilyn Wedge, PhD, has been a family systems therapist in private practice in California for twenty-three years. She was educated at University of Chicago, where she earned Bachelor’s and Doctorate degrees, and had a post-doctoral fellowship at the Hastings Center for Bioethics. She was trained and supervised in family systems therapy by Jay Haley at the Family Therapy Institute of Washington, D. C. She is the author of Pills are Not For Preschoolers: A Drug-free Approach for Troubled Kids and In the Therapist’s Mirror: Reality in the Making, both published by W. W. Norton.

Marilyn believes that emotional and behavioral problems are rooted not in individuals, but in larger social systems like families, schools and societies. Therapeutic interventions are most effective when they are implemented at the systemic level; targeted changes made within the family system are more helpful than psychiatric medications.