Swiss, born in Geneva, I lived in an intercultural environment all my youth, including my university studies in Massachusetts (USA), as well as in my current professional life in Geneva (within international organizations and NGO’s) and in more than 20 countries.

Married with Elisabeth Loison Apter, with whom we had our daughter, Olivia, in 1992.

Private practice as a psychotherapist since 1988, and co-founder of the ODeF Institute in 1994.



Meeting the other in his personal frame of reference and building with the other , Because, whatever we say or think, each of us remains absolutely unique, with his own configuration of what is common to us (the existence and use of emotions, thoughts, values, behaviors etc…)

We can all co-develop, co-build,

  • by accepting each other,
  • by expressing ourselves,
  • by listening to each other
  • by discovering each other
  • by rediscovering our respective spontaneity and creativity

I have experienced this many times, in my private and social life (and it is a pure gift!). To my great delight, I have also had many such professional experiences in Geneva and in the various countries that I have visited.


from 15 to 23 years old (before I left for the USA)

Semi-professional actor
Facilitator in a youth centre
“Crazy” dancer in discos

Current passions

Humor (more than 200 books, more than 200 videos and DVDs, internet), quotations and writing.

Main shortcoming

JI don’t tell my friends enough how much I love them.

Cardinal figures

Jean-Paul Sartre, Martin Buber, Carl R. Rogers and J.L. Moreno.

Favorite dishes

Crab Matoutou (Martinique), Lamb Tagine with prunes and almonds (Morocco), Fondue au Vacherin (Switzerland), Caramelized slow cooking lamb mouse (France).


Cooking, dancing swing, writing, and …traveling (including for work) with the wonderful encounters it brings.

Principale qualité

J’aime la vie et les gens et les accueille comme ils viennent.

Favorite music

Preferred utopia

“Nothing less than world peace. ” (J.L. Moreno)


Benjamin Franklin

"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn”.

Paul Valéry

"There is of all in each and of each in all”

Hillel (1st century BC)

"If I don't take care of myself, who will? If I only take care of myself, what am I? And if not now, when?"

O. Wilde

"Don't do to others what you want them to do to you. You don't necessarily have the same tastes. »

André Malraux - The Conquerors

"To judge is obviously not to understand, since if you understood you could not judge. »


"Listening well is almost answering. »

J.-P. Sartre

“What is important is not what happens to us, but how we respond to what happens to us.”

Yiddish popular wisdom

"O my God, teach me how to get up, for I know how to fall by myself"