The Opening Path

313 West Liberty Street, Suite #230
Lancaster, PA 17603


About Jim Wanner


Jim is a licensed Psychologist in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a member of the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy. He is a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and credits logotherapy for bringing together his interests in psychology, religion and philosophy.

Psychologist and Diplomat in Logotherapy

Dr. James R. Wanner has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The Union Institute with an emphasis on the interaction between philosophy and psychology, especially through the work of Viktor Frankl, author of Man's Search for Meaning. An Academic Associate and Diplomat of the International Viktor Frankl Society of Logotherapy, his publications include scholarly articles in the International Journal of Logotherapy.

Jim received a Bachelor's degree in philosophy and religion from the University of Virginia and a Masters degree in philosophy and religion from Catholic University of America. Through the 1980s to late 1990s he taught Philosophy of Art and founded the interdisciplinary Humanities Department at the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, as well as teaching courses at Lebanon Valley College and Alvernia College. During this time he studied creative writing at John's Hopkin's University.

Jim is a published poet and has exhibited art work locally. When it comes to art Jim thinks the therapy is in the art and agrees with Picasso- "every child is an artist, the trick is to remain one as an adult."

Upon completion of his doctorate (1998) in psychology he did his Post-doctoral work at Pennsylvania Counseling Services. He is a licensed Psychologist in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He has worked with adolescents and families and has studied extensively at the Child Guidance Center in Philadelphia in Family Systems therapy. He also has expertise in trauma treatment and has studied with Judith Herman, author of Trauma and Recovery.

Dr. Wanner approaches patients from an existential standpoint and will use various means to understand the uniqueness of an individual including psychological testing such as IQ testing, neurological screening, the MMPI and projective testing, especially the Thematic Apperception Test. He agrees with RD Laing that often "insanity is a sane response to an insane world" and with Leonard Cohen that "there ain't no cure for love."

Dr. Wanner lives in Lancaster, PA with his wife, Ursula and has three children- Becca, Kathryn and Sophia.

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