David Alter, PhD

David Alter, PhD, is a clinical psychologist whose thirty-year practice combines mind-body medicine, strategic therapeutic interventions, and clinical hypnosis to address the presenting concerns of his clients. He integrates health psychology, neuropsychology, and clinical hypnoses to bring a holistic perspective to his clinical work. He conducts his practice at Partners in Healing, the center for holistic health that he cofounded in Minneapolis, MN.

Books by this Author

Staying Sharp


Author Revealed

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Abraham Joshua Heschel

What suggestions do you have for me to further cultivate my sense of awe?

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Humor, spontaneity, trustworthiness

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Practicing my craft as a clinical psychologist.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Wildlife photographer

Author Voices

October 12, 2015

So many voices and messages say take the leap. The future isn't a foregone conclusion. It is hard to keep looking through that lens when I witness the advance of dementia slowly but inexorably consuming my father. And yet, if I couldn't heed those voices, even for just a little while each day, Staying Sharp would never have come to be. Why would I seek to live my life in accord with what I found? Why would I have bothered? So, in spite of the fear and in spite of the doubts and in spite of the inability to ever really know for sure, I keep living my life with a spirit of fearless realism I called optimism.

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