About Curtis

Curtis Graf, Ph.D. has specialized for more than thirty years in Carl Rogers's person-centered approach as a licensed professional in New York, New Mexico, and Vermont. From 1978 until Rogers's death in 1987, Curtis worked with Dr. Rogers staffing nine residential workshops, launching the first person-centered training program, and co-founding the Center for Interpersonal Growth. Dr. Rogers also served on the committee for Curtis's doctoral dissertation from SUNY, Stony Brook, which compared the self theory of Carl Rogers and Heinz Kohut. In recent years, Curtis has integrated Rogers's humanistic psychology and Dzogchen Buddhism. Relocating to Brattleboro in 2004 fulfilled a long-term dream of Curtis's to live in Vermont and still be near his family including four grandchildren living on Long Island, New York.

Dr. Graf has made continuing education for mental health practitioners a major focus of his professional life. In 1980, with Carl Rogers's involvement, Curtis, Peggy Natiello and Ruth Sanford launched the first continuing education program for mental health professionals utilizing Rogers's approach.

The first training group is pictured here in Port Jefferson, NY in 1981 with Curtis, his colleagues, and Carl Rogers (front row center) among the group of 21 mental health practitioners.

The New York training program thrived for seven years until Rogers's death in 1987, after which Curtis and Peggy Natiello staffed continuing education trainings in Arizona and New Mexico until 2002, when Curtis began offering continuing education trainings in Vermont. From decades of providing continuing education to hundreds of mental health practitioners, Curtis is convinced that person-centered group training is the ideal format for practicing psychotherapists and counselors to enhance their ability to be present, accepting, and understanding in their therapeutic relationships with clients.