Brad E Sachs Ph.D.

Dr. Brad Sachs is a psychologist, educator, consultant, lecturer and best-selling author specializing in clinical work with children, adolescents, couples, and families, in Columbia, Maryland, and the Founder and Director of The Father Center, a program designed to meet the needs of new, expectant, and experienced fathers.

His most recent books are entitled Emptying the Nest: Launching Your Young Adult Toward Success and Self-Reliance, and ​Family-Centered Treatment With Struggling Young Adults:  A Clinician's Guide to the Transition from Adolescence to Autonomy.

Another book, When No One Understands: Letters to a Teenager on Life, Loss, and the Hard Road to Adulthood, is based on his between-sessions correspondence with a suicidal adolescent whom he was treating.

He is the author of numerous other books, including The Good Enough Child: How to Have an Imperfect Child: And Be Perfectly Satisfied, which was named as an Editor’s Choice by, featured on NBC’s The Today Show, and was excerpted in Family Circle Magazine.

He has also written The Good Enough Teen: Raising Adolescents with Love and Acceptance (Despite How Impossible They Can Be) and Things Just Haven't Been the Same: Making the Transition From Marriage to Parenthood, which was named one of the Top Five Books for New Parents by Child Magazine. His books have been translated into numerous languages, including Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, German, and Danish.

Dr. Sachs regularly writes articles on family life for magazines such as Redbook, Parenting, Parents, Child, and American Baby, is renowned for his creative and innovative treatment of children and families, and has lectured and led seminars and workshops both nationally and internationally. He has been interviewed on over three hundred radio and television shows, including The Today Show, 20/20, The Montel Williams Show, The Sally Jesse Raphael Show, and The Diane Rehm Show.

His original poetry has been collected in In The Desperate Kingdom of Love: Poems 2001-2004, Blind Date: Poems of Expectant Fatherhood, and Why Am I Telling You This?: Poems From Psychotherapy.  

Dr. Sachs is also a composer and performer, most recently releasing Hard Tales to Tell, a cycle of sixteen original songs based on the stories his patients have told him. Other recording projects include Opening Day: Songs of Expectant Fatherhood, Love So Hard: Songs of Marriage, and the soundtrack for the NPR series on minor league baseball, Appalachian Almanac.

He is a graduate of Brown University, where he met his wife, Dr. Karen Meckler, a psychiatrist and medical acupuncturist, and together they have raised their three young adult children and assorted rescue dogs in Columbia, Maryland.

Author of

Emptying The Nest

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