Supporting our members, offering outstanding psychoanalytic training to mental health professionals, and educating the general public about psychoanalysis since 1999.

Advisory Council

The mission of the NPSI Advisory Council is to provide non-binding informed guidance to the Board of Directors for the purpose of enhancing the organization’s development and governance. Council members are nominated by the President and approved by a majority vote of Directors. Council members serve at the pleasure of the Board for a term of two (2) years. Terms may be successive. The Board of Directors and Advisory Council meets annually to discuss long-range strategic planning and implementation of current operational goals. Council members also provide individual consultation to the President and other members of the Board related to the current needs of the organization and the council member’s area of expertise.

If you have experience as a social media coordinator, marketing specialist, business strategist, bookkeeper or accountant and would like to contribute to the mission of Northwestern Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, please contact Administrator Peggy Swenson for information on joining our Advisory Council.



Doug Ulrich joined NPSI as a member of the Advisory Council in 2014. He attends the annual NPSI Board/Advisory Council retreat and, throughout the year, offers the Board insight on a variety of NPSI initiatives. His personable style and interesting life experiences makes him an insightful resource as NPSI strives for growth.

Doug is a founding partner of a wealth planning practice in the Washington, DC area. He earned his designation as a Certified Financial Planner™ in 2002, and runs a successful practice rooted in financial and retirement planning as well as advising corporate executives in managing a variety of complex compensation decisions.   

Knowledgeable on the increasingly important topics of Social Security and Medicare, Doug leverages a background in radio broadcasting to shed light on the many nuances of both retirement programs in his work as a frequent and entertaining presenter.

Previously, Doug served in radar surveillance and navigation with the United States Coast Guard, including being called upon to assist in the wake of the Space Shuttle Challenger tragedy, for which he was awarded a medal of Commendation.

Doug resides outside the Washington, DC area, in Leesburg, Virginia. He has participated in the NPSI Major Donor Program since 2014 and visits the Seattle area often.



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