Beginning his career as an addiction specialist, Dr, Dan soon became a well regarded clinician, teacher, and supervisor of psychiatrists, psychologists and clinical social workers, teaching at Hahnemann University and consulting with many other faculty members throughout the region.
Personally, he was happily married and loved being a father to his young daughters. However, in 1979, his early successes were tragically interrupted when a near fatal automobile accident left him paralyzed from the chest down.
As expected, there were years of despair and depression and even more loss after his wife left the marriage and passed away several years later. And, in the ensuing year, Dan also mourned the loss of his sister and his parents.
Despite all the adversity, for the last three decades Dan has been observing life with passion and learning valuable lessons about what it means to be human and how adversity can teach us how to live and love better.
For more than thirty years, Dan hosted “Voices in the Family,” an award-winning mental health call-in radio show aired on WHYY 90.9 FM, Philadelphia’s local public radio station. For 15 years, he wrote a highly regarded column for the Philadelphia Inquirer, reflecting his perspective on the intersection of events in our world and events in our minds and hearts.
He has also published four books, including the international bestseller: Letters to Sam: A Grandfather’s Lessons on Love, Loss, and the Gifts of Life. His newest book, The Wisdom We’re Born With: restoring faith in ourselves, was released to rave reviews from mental health professionals around the country. All royalties are being donated to the Khulani school for disabled children in South Africa.
Dan’s writing, radio presence and the more than 1,000 lectures he has delivered all over the world have been an inspiration to many. He is beloved to those have been touched by his compassion, understanding, wisdom and personal resilience.
The essence of his philosophy can be found on his business card. After his name there are no degrees and no fancy titles. His card simply says “Gottlieb. Human.”
Through personal and professional experience, Dan has learned that our greatest suffering is alienation and loneliness. That is these powerful emotions can produce prejudice, hatred, violence, withdrawal and depression. He has learned that all humans long for human contact, compassion and understanding. And without compassion, our spirits wither.
When asked to summarize his life’s work, he says simply: “I teach kindness.”
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