Meet the Faculty

Dr. William Sharp, Psya.D.

Contact Information

Personal Statement

William Sharp was a high school social studies teacher who became interested in why some students learn and some did not. This interest in the individual’s mind brought him to the study of psychoanalysis. He currently has a private practice in Brookline village for adult, children, and groups.

In addition to teaching at BGSP, he teaches at Northeastern University and Wheelock College where he encourages psychoanalytic research and thinking. Dr Sharp consults with schools and teachers in the Boston area helping them reach children that are often hard to reach due to emotional blocks to learning.

His interests also include writing and movie discussions. He has led talks at BGSP on how film reflects human drives in such movies as: Lars and The Real Girl, Brokeback Mountain, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Warm Bodies. You can learn more about his presentations by following him on Twitter @DrWilliamSharp

Program Affiliation

Programs in Psychoanalysis and Clinical Mental Health Counseling


Psya.D., Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, 2010
M.A., Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, 2009
M.A., Rowan University, 1998


Refereed Articles

Goldman, S. B. & Sharp, W. (2019). Into the Fire: Using Process to Teach Undergraduate Clinical Psychology. Group, 43(1), 45-59.

Sharp, W. & Ahmed, K. (2016). Talk and Action: Iatrogenic Effects and the Research Practitioner Balance. Group, 40(3),456--476.

Sharp, W. (2015). [Review of the book Psychoanalysis in an age of accelerating change: Spiritual Globalization by Neil Altman]. Modern Psychoanalysis. 40(1), 95-99.

Sharp, W. (2014). Sticks and Stones, But What About Words? International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 64(3), 281-296.

Sharp, W. (2007). [Review of the book Practical Psychoanalysis for therapists and patients by Owen Renik]. Modern Psychoanalysis, 32(1), 106-110.


Sharp, W. (2016). Talking Helps: An Evidence-Based Approach to Psychoanalytic Counseling (First Edition). San Diego, CA: Cognella Inc., 194pp.

Chapters in Edited Books

Sharp, W. (2019). Psychoanalysis . In T. Langley (Ed.) The Joker Psychology: Evil Clowns and the Women Who Love Them (p293). New York: Sterling Press.

Sharp, W. (2018). Why Being Blind to the Devil Inside Stunts Emotional Growth. In T. Langley (Ed.) Dare Devil Psychology: The Devil You Know (p187-198). New York: Sterling Press.

Sharp, W. (2016). The Unconscious: What, When, Where, Why and of Course Who. In T. Langley (Ed.) Dr. Who Psychology: Madman with a Box (p53-61). New York: Sterling Press.

Sharp, W. (2016). Id, Superego, Egoless: Where Is the I in Who? In T. Langley (Ed.) Dr. Who Psychology: Madman with a Box (p63-71). New York: Sterling Press.

Public Outreach

Sharp, W. (August 27, 2015). Back to school: A Crucial time for kids social and emotional development. The Conversation.

Sharp, W. (October 22, 2015). To Speak or Not to Speak: How to Talk to Kids About Social Issues. Boston Parents Magazine.

Cited In

Cohan, A. (January 14, 2019). Social media offers ‘no escape’ for bullying victims. Retrieved from: https://www.bostonherald.com/2019/01/13/social-media-offers-no-escape-for-bullying-victims/

Cohan, A. (January 14, 2019). Body shaming follows students online and at school. Retrieved from: https://www.bostonherald.com/2019/01/13/body-shaming-follows-students-online-and-at-school/

McKiernan, K. (January 3, 2017). Special Report: Schools face surge in suicide attempts. Retrieved from: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/local_coverage/2017/01/special_report_schools_face_surge_in_suicide_attempts

Wecker, M. (May 15, 2015). Happier students tend to have higher GPAs. Deseret NewsRetrieved from:


Parents Magazine. (September 2015). How to make the charter school choice. Parents Magazine. Retrieved from:http://www.parents.com/print/81307/