Dr. William Boylin's Bio

After majoring in psychology in both my Bachelors and Masters programs, I came to Connecticut in 1975 to intern at Elmcrest Psychiatric Hospital. At the time, EPI was on the cutting edge of family therapy. During the internship, I was exposed to Alexander Lowen, Virginia Satir, Salvador Minuchin & Carl Whitaker. They were among the founders of the family therapy movement. These Master Therapists shaped my professional development.

For the next 32 years I worked as a psychologist in state psychiatric hospitals. Working with adolescents during the first 15 years of my career was immensely growthful. The next 17 years I served as a Supervising Psychologist and Director of Family Services at the Connecticut Valley Hospital's Addiction Services Division in Middletown, Connecticut. Between 1994 and 2009, we treated over 50,000 people in total attendance at the multi-family therapy program. During this time, I began providing internships for Marriage and Family Therapy students.

From 1988 to 2004 I was an Associate Professor in Clinical Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut Medical School where I supervised psychiatry residents in family therapy. I have been an adjunct faculty member at Central Connecticut State University since 1998. I have also been adjunct faculty at the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut College, University of Hartford, Saint Joseph’s College and the University of Connecticut Marriage and Family Therapy program.

In the year 2000 I received a Distinguished Service Award from the Connecticut Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

For over 10 years I coordinated a family therapy consultation group with Carl Whitaker, MD. Monthly, my colleagues and I would receive family therapy supervision from Dr. Whitaker. I have published numerous articles related to family therapy and specifically Dr. Whitaker’s teachings. Today I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Substance Abuse Counselor. My professional time is split between private practice, teaching and writing. Finally, my novel Bedlam, set in an adolescent psychiatric hospital, was published in 2008.


Listening, communicating and respect are at the heart of Dr. Boylin's work with his clients. As a marriage and family therapist, he specializes in working with couples, parents, adolescence, substance abuse and grief.

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Entertain and learn as Dr. Boylin speaks to both professional and community groups. His talks on parenting, substance abuse and relationships are enjoyable and educational.

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First hand knowledge of working in psychiatric hospitals compelled Dr. Boylin to write his first novel. Both humorous and realistic, Bedlam depicts a young psychologist working with troubled teens. In addiction, author of over a dozen professional articles, Dr. Boylin's work has addressed couples therapy, adolescence, parenting, substance abuse and other topics.

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William M. Boylin, Ph.D. is a marriage, family, individual and systems psychotherapist, a public speaker and author. He currently holds supervisory positions at Connecticut Valley Hospital (Director of Family Services) and at the University of Connecticut Medical School (Associate Professor - Clinical Psychiatry) as well as an adjunct faculty member at several other schools. He is licensed as a substance abuse counselor and is a strong supporter of DARE.

Dr. Boylin has worked with many colleagues to develop 'cuddle groups' to help fellow therapists cope with issues brought about by client interaction. He actively writes articles about his experiences in the field of clinical psychotherapy and recently authored his first book, Bedlam. Dr. Boylin has a private practice in Middlefield, Connecticut.