Stephen is the founder of the Institute for Identity Development. He trained with Dr. Franz Ruppert and Marta Thorsheim in Oslo and Munich. He facilitates ID sessions in North America as well as trains ID facilitators based on the IoPT method. He is a proud father and grandfather.

For over 50 years he has pursued two careers: 1) as an award-winning director of over 60 films and TV shows, including Losing Isaiah, Waterland, Homegrown, Twin Peaks, Rectify, Billions and Bosch; 2) as a “professional patient,” trying to gain clarity about his own personal issues through some form of therapy, analysis or 12 Step Program, including Cognitive Behavioral, Alderian, Attachment, Gestalt, Integrative, Jungian, Marriage and Family, Freudian and Kleinian Psychoanalysis, MPD (DID), Alanon, ACoA, SLAA and DA.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and sees himself as a fellow traveler with whomever shares the iD process with him, in either groups or in private sessions.