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Hal and Sidra Stone

In the early 1970's, Hal and Sidra Stone developed Voice Dialogue as a method for working with sub-personalities. Through both their personal relationship and their professional collaboration, their work evolved over the next quarter of a century into a complex methodology for working with selves and a complete theoretical system that they called the Psychology of Selves In 1982, they began traveling, teaching, and training people in their work, in the U.S. and abroad.

Hal Stone, Ph.D.(1927-2020)

Hal Stone (December 14, 1927 – May 23, 2020) received his Ph.D. in psychology in 1953 and served as a psychologist in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1957. He entered the training program of the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles, which he completed in 1961. Through the 1960’s and early 1970’s, he practiced as an analyst and used the Jungian training and his fascination with mythology, dreams and fairy tales to guide him along an ever-deepening path of inner exploration.

During the sixties, Hal also became certified as a member of the American Board of Examiners in Professional Psychology (ABEPP), served as a training and teaching consultant to the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, and was one of the coordinators of the humanities program of the new California School of Professional Psychology.

Hal helped to coordinate a series of programs through the University of California at Berkeley Extension program that brought new modes of transformational work to a larger audience. His interest in these new modalities eventually led to his separation from the Jung Institute in 1970 and his resignation as an analyst in 1975.

Hal Stone established the pioneering holistic Center for the Healing Arts and served as Executive Director of the Center until his resignation in 1979. He then re-entered private practice, and began a more active collaboration with his wife, Dr. Sidra Stone.

Sidra Stone, Ph.D.(1937- )

Sidra Stone completed her Ph.D. in 1962 and became a community mental health clinical psychologist in Washington. She moved back to New York where she was born and worked for the Veterans Administration as a Clinical Psychologist. Beside motherhood, she practiced part-time as a psychotherapist at the Lincoln Center for Psychotherapy.

In 1967, Sidra moved to Los Angeles with her family. She continued her private practice and, in 1968, became the psychological consultant to Hamburger Home, a home for teenage girls. In 1972 she became the Executive Director of Hamburger Home and turned it into a holistic residential treatment center for acting out adolescent girls.

idra left Hamburger Home in 1979 to resume full time private practice and begin a more active collaboration with Hal. This collaboration has been extremely creative, both personally and professionally. They co-authored many books and media, and they love traveling the world together seeing new sights, meeting new people, and teaching their work.


Hal and Sidra Stone have five children altogether, Hal's daughter Judith Tamar Stone and his son Joshua David Stone (now deceased) and Sidra's three daughters Elizabeth Winkelman, Claudia Sadoff and Recha Bergstrom.

Hal and Sidra married in 1977. Their work has evolved from their relationship and their professional experience as therapists. Their relationship, in turn, has evolved as a result of their work!

Text summarized from the website of Hal and Sidra Stone.
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