About Dr. Pinches


I was born in western Pennsylvania at the height of the post WWII Baby Boom, a fact that played a major role in shaping my values and life direction. The decline of Pennsylvania’s iron-based industry led my family to relocate to Detroit, Michigan, where I graduated from high school in 1965. I attended and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1969 with a B.A. in Psychology, then went on to graduate studies in Clinical Psychology at Michigan State University. I completed the M.A. degree in Psychology in 1972, then the Ph.D. degree in 1978.

In 1974 I was hired at Michigan State University’s Counseling Center, where I counseled university students, supervised graduate students from the clinical psychology program, and co-taught a case conference for psychology interns.

I moved to Oregon after completing my doctoral degree and obtained employment with Multnomah County, where I served chronically mentally ill patients and their families. After one year I moved on to a private rehabilitation agency serving injured workers.

I started a private practice in 1980 in Portland and have maintained it continuously since that date. My professional activities currently focus primarily on providing psychotherapy, psychological evaluations, expert testimony, and consultation and training.