Dr. Larry A. Bugen is a clinical psychologist who has been in private practice for more than 30 years in Austin, Texas.
A nationally recognized expert on relationships and marriage, Dr. Bugen has authored several books, including Love and Renewal: A Couple's Guide to Commitment and most recently, Stuck on Me...Missing You: Getting Past Self-Absorption to Find Love (publisher, Feb. 2011), a guide for couples dealing with narcissism in marriage, a trend that he says is on the rise.
Dr. Bugen has served as director of psychological services in university and community mental health settings. He has also served as Board Chairperson for Hospice Austin where he has been an active board member for 27 years, as well as a founding member. Enjoying the mentoring role as well, Dr. Bugen has served on the faculties of the University of Texas at Austin, the Central Texas Medical Foundation and the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest.
Dr. Bugen believes that our work as imperfect human beings is best carried out through relationships, and has devoted his entire professional career to serving this goal.
Dr. Bugen obtained his undergraduate degree from Temple University in 1968, his masters from the University of Pennsylvania 1971 and his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri - Columbia in 1975.
Also an avid photographer, Dr. Bugen says that both psychology and photography represent the subtle balance between what is in focus, as well as out of focus, in our lives. His work is often featured in photography magazines such as Popular Photography.
Dr. Bugen has been married for 40 years to his wife, Claire, who currently serves as superintendent at the Texas School for the Deaf. They have two grown children, Erik and Jessica. He enjoys meditative swimming in Austin's natural, spring-fed pools.
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"I recommend this book to anyone who would like to read a "love story" about how one may transform from self-absorption to learning how to love, one of the most complicated and important of all endeavors."
Melba Vasquez, PhD, ABPP
American Psychological Assoc.
"In these broken times -- when we are challenged personally, interpersonally, nationally, and internationally -- this book is a must read."
Ambassador Pam Willeford
Former U.S. Ambassador
"Bugen challenges us to look deeply inside ourselves and truly confront reality; then he presents us with six wonderful "gifts," habits of the heart, providing us with the tools of transformation to mature and generous living."
Bishop John McCarthy
Diocese of Austin