A former President of the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA), Dr. Warren Procci sits on the Board of Trustees of Wagner College in Staten Island, New York; he also teaches his specialty as a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Procci holds faculty positions as a Training and Supervising Analyst at both the New Center for Psychoanalysis (NCP) in Los Angeles, and the Newport Psychoanalytic Institute in Tustin, where he also sits on the Board of Trustees and chairs the Training Committee. Dr. Warren Procci will become Chairman of the Wagner College Board of Trustees in September 2012.A summa cum laude graduate of Wagner College, Dr. Procci earned his medical degree in 1972 from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, where he earned membership in the national honor medical society Alpha Omega Alpha. After finishing his internship and residency in psychiatry at the University Hospitals in Madison, he performed a fellowship in consultation and liaison psychiatry at the Los Angeles County and University of Southern California (LAC/USC) Medical Center. Dr. Procci earned his Ph.D. in Psychoanalysis in 1984 from the Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute.Dr. Warren Procci has conducted several studies on a variety of topics, the results of which have been published in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis, Archives of Sexual Behavior, the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, and the Journal of Psychiatric Education. He views the goal of psychotherapy as the expansion of patients’ freedom and autonomy. This facilitates the identification and elimination of stereotypical and unproductive behavior, which in turn restrains them from achieving their full potential. Dr. Procci warns patients against expecting immediate results from psychotherapy, pointing out that such expectations can create a self-defeating pressure. Likewise, he counsels therapists against trying too hard to help patients. While the therapeutic relationship is collaborative, Dr. Warren Procci insists that it is the clients themselves who must take ownership of their therapists' insights.