About Me

Counselor, Author and Educator
Nicknamed “The Youngest Pioneer” in the field of poetry therapy, I am a writer named Reiter (pronounced “writer) who is a therapist, author, and educator. Sometimes called “The Poetry Doctor” (no, I don’t doctor poems) - sometimes just “Doc.” 

Place of work: 

The Creative Righting Center in New York & Brooklyn, and I work long-distance via phone and e-mail. Seminars and lectures given nationally and internationally.


To achieve emotional balance, to “right” oneself, despite the overwhelming emotions that occasionally throw us off center. To offset stress, maximize one’s own growth and healing capacity, and work toward inner and outer peace.


Poetry, story, and transformative writing help individuals and groups to reclaim voice, soul, and their innate creative healing ability.

Motto: “No Fight, No Flight, Just Write!”


"Writing Away the Demons: Stories of Creative Coping Through Transformative Writing"
 (North Star Press, 2009)
"Twice Chai" Co-Author of: A Jewish Road to Recovery 
(Bikur Cholim, UJA)

Education: PhD in social work and poetry therapy, Union Insitute & University
LCSW, Wurzweiler School of Social Work
MA New York University in Educational Theater & Creative Arts Therapies
B.A. Emerson College, Educational Theater
Registered Poetry Therapist/Mentor, (National Association for Poetry Therapy)
Registered Drama Therapist& Board Certified Trainer (National Association for Drama Therapy)
Editorial Board Member of The Journal of Poetry Therapy as well as The International Journal of Humanities

Instructor of the Year at Touro College, 2009
Morris Morrison Education Award from NAPT, 2007
Pioneer Award from NAPT, 2005
Distinguished Service Award from NAPT, 1984
Favorite Food: Coffee Haagen Daz Ice Cream
Philosophy: Poetry is “after all, a place for the genuine.” (Marianne Moore). And Gadzooks! When I find a poem that speaks a truth or gives back the stare of the universe, I am in word paradise and want to share it.

Touro College
Hofstra University
Private Practice, The Creative Righting Center
formerly with JBFCS
and Kingsboro Psychiatric Center
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