Perel, M.A. is a licensed marriage
and family therapist who has spent half her professional life treating
patients and the other half coaching, consulting and training for
organizations and lay and professional audiences. An acknowledged
authority on cultural identity, cross cultural relations and ethnic
and religious intermarriage, she has led private and public interventions
around the world. For nearly a quarter of a century, her expertise
in wartime, post-war and refugee families has been sought after
by victims of conflict as well as by therapists and crisis counselors
Ms. Perel, fluent in eight languages, has a private psychotherapy
practice in New York with multilingual clients. Her clinical teaching
and interests center on culture and sexuality with a focus on couples.
A frequently referenced author, Ms. Perel’s book, Mating
in Captivity: Reconciling the Erotic and the Domestic (HarperCollins,
2006) is due in U.S. bookstores on September 5. Her 2002 essay,
“Erotic Intelligence: Reconciling Sensuality and Domesticity,”
was featured on the front cover of the Utne Reader and was included
in the anthology, Best Erotic Writings 2004. She has written numerous
articles and chapters about intermarriage, the families of Holocaust
survivors, cross-cultural couples and cultural and religious identity.
Ms. Perel’s innovative strategies and models for leadership
have won her an international clientele of non-profit organizations,
foundations, schools, community groups and corporations, including:
New York University Medical Center; Hebrew University in Jerusalem;
Psycho-social Center for Refugees at the University of Oslo, Norway;
The Soros Foundation’s Open Society Institute; The Wexner
Foundation; The 92nd street Y, The Skirball Center and United Jewish
A frequent keynoter, she regularly addresses the therapeutic and
lay community at conferences, cross-cultural forums and workshops.
In New York Ms. Perel hosts the Downtown Salon, a capacity crowd
forum on zeitgeist issues that grew out of the Ideas Cafe she launched
at the Skirball Center in 2003.
Born and raised in Belgium, Ms. Perel holds degrees from the Hebrew
University of Jerusalem and Lesley College. She was trained and
supervised in family therapy by Dr. Salvador Minuchin and serves
on the faculties of the Department of Psychiatry, New York University
Medical School, and the International Trauma Studies Program at
Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.
A popular media commentator, Ms. Perel has been interviewed in leading
publications such as The Washington Post, Tikkun,
New York Magazine, Parent and Working Woman,
and has appeared on television programs ranging from the Oprah
Winfrey Show and Good Day New York to Women Aloud
and CBS This Morning.