About Dr. Karpel

Dr. Karpel

  • received his undergraduate degree from Queens College of the City University of New York, his Masters and Doctorate from the University of Massachusetts
  • worked for several years in the Department of Psychiatry at BayState Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts, providing outpatient treatment to individuals, couples and families; working as part of the Crisis Team in the Psychiatric Emergency Service; and serving as Co-Director of the Family Therapy Training Program
  • is licensed as a psychologist by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (#2050)
  • is the author of Evaluating Couples: A Handbook for Practitioners, published by W.W. Norton in 1994 and described by the former Director of the Family Institute of Westchester as “the best and most complete guide to clinical work with couples that I have ever seen”
  • is the Editor of Family Resources: The Hidden Partner in Family Therapy, published by Guilford Press, focusing on how to identify and promote strengths in couples and families in treatment
  • has written professional articles and chapters on family secrets, repairing damaged trust, intimacy, and other topics related to couples and couples therapy
  • has been recognized as a Fellow and an Approved Supervisor by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, served on the Advisory Board of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy and as an ad hoc  reviewer for the journals Family Process and the Journal of Family Therapy 
  • has provided consultation to over a dozen agencies in western Massachussetts
  • is Certified as an EMDR Therapist, with over 20 years of professional experience providing EMDR.

Married for over 35 years, he is the father of two grown children.


Karpel, M. “The measurement of sunlight: Assessing intimacy in couple therapy.” In J. Carlson and L. Sperry (Eds.) The Intimate Couple. Brunner/Mazel, 1999.

Karpel, M.  “The role of the client’s partner in the treatment of multiple personality disorder.” In L. Cohen, M. Elin, & J. Berzoff (Eds.), Dissociative Identity Disorder: Controversies and Criticism. Jason Aronson, 1995.

Karpel, M. Evaluating Couples: A Handbook for Practitioners. W. W. Norton, 1994.

Karpel, M. “Wounded Hearts: Restoring Trust in Couples Therapy.” Family Therapy News, 1993.

Karpel, M. (Editor). Family Resources: The Hidden Partner in Family Therapy. Guilford Press, 1986.

Karpel, M. & Strauss, E. Family Evaluation.  Gardner Press, 1983.

Karpel, M. “Managing Secrets in Family and Marital Therapy.” In Questions and Answers in Family Therapy, Volume II. A. Gurman (Ed.). Brunner/Mazel, 1982.

Karpel, M. “Family Secrets: I. Conceptual and Ethical Issues in the Relational Context. II. Ethical and Practical Issues in Therapeutic Management,” Family Process, September, 1980.

Karpel, M. “Individuation: From Fusion to Dialogue,” Family Process, March, 1976.

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