Dr. Paul Hokemeyer in Authority Magazine
Check out the article featuring Urban Recovery and Dr. Paul Hokemeyer.
As a part of my series about “Heroes Of The Addiction Crisis” I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Paul Hokemeyer. Dr. Hokemeyer is an internationally renowned clinical and consulting psychotherapist and the Senior Clinical Fellow at Urban Recovery New York. His work in the realm of addictive disorders has been utilized by The World Economic Forum, Entrepreneur and the government of Dubai. He has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and is a Fox News Analysts. In addition to holding a doctorate in the law he has a Ph.D. in psychology and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in New York and Colorado.
Thank you so much for doing this with us! Can you tell us a bit of your backstory?
I came to the field of addiction treatment somewhat circuitously. I began my career as a corporate attorney, transitioned out of corporate law into the social and environmental justice movements and finally found my true calling as a researcher and addictions therapist working with people who live in the margins of our society in positions of profound powerlessness or extreme power.
My area of clinical expertise has its genesis in my work in the realm of social justice. Here I observed how power was used in destructive ways on the extreme ends of the economic bell curve. I was living in Amsterdam working for GreenPeace International when September 11 happened that day, my world, and the world of millions of other Americans changed dramatically. In the wake of the event I decided to move back to America and channel my energies into healing the division that was destroying our world and the human beings who occupied it by studying psychology. and training to become a clinician The deeper I got into the work, I found that while the field of psychology benefited from robust theoretical constructs such as feminist theory and LGBTQ formulations to deal with human beings who live in positions of powerlessness, there was no research or clinical formulations to address people who possess extraordinary power. This fact remained in spite of the searing reality that pathologies among the powerful are at the root of the very issues that we are struggling with today- issues such as environment degradation, the threat to our democracy, the narcissism epidemic and an opioid crisis caused in large measure by corporate greed. Being a person who loves to solve a problem, I set out to gather empirical data and craft a new clinical formulation to treat human beings who hold enormous power while in the midst of self, relational and cultural destruction.