Clinical Psychologist, Renowned Author, and Motivational Speaker

About Dr. Andy Erlich

Dr. Andy Erlich is a clinical psychologist with extensive training and experience in the treatment of anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorders, ADHD, and schizoaffective disorder. He is also a renowned author, motivational speaker, consultant and a certified yoga instructor.

Andy trained at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, where he worked with children and families; at the California Institute of Technology, where he worked with staff and students; and at the Affiliated Psychiatric and Medical Clinic/Alhambra Psychiatric Hospital, where he worked with adolescents, adults and families. In 1981, he established his own psychotherapy practice in Los Angeles. Then, in 2002, he moved with his family to Arizona, where he now provides psychotherapy services to children, adolescents, adults, couples and families as a member of the Family Behavioral Health practice in Scottsdale.

Throughout his career as a psychologist, Andy pursued his deep interest in how our differences both connect and divide us. This led to a parallel career as a consultant and award-winning motivational speaker, offering keynote addresses, training exercises and cultural immersion experiences to preeminent organizations worldwide.

Andy giving one of his crowd-pleasing presentations on the life of Jake Erlich, who was the tallest man in the world at the time he lived.

Dr. Andy Erlich - Booksigning

Andy at one of his book signings for Long Shadows: The Story of Jake Erlich.

Andy shared his unique insights about the intersection of psychology and culture in his first two books, Selling to Latinos and Exploring Culture: How to do Business with 17 Cultural and Religious Groups. In 2011, he published his third book, The Long Shadows: The Story of Jake Erlich. This true-life novel is a moving tribute to the life of his remarkable uncle, Jacob Reuben Erlich, who overcame the challenges of an 8 foot 6 frame to win admiration and respect as a circus performer, silent film star, artist, poet, vaudevillian and business executive.

Andy’s unique combination of psychological skills and cultural insights has proven to be extremely appealing to the media, which has called on him throughout his career to write bylined articles and to offer expert commentary for news and trends stories. His byline has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Adweek, Los Angeles Magazine, Ad Age Magazine and Marketing News, among others. He has also been quoted in such prominent publications as Forbes, USA Today, BusinessWeek, Newsweek and The New York Times.

Dr. Andy Erlich - Keynote Freeing the Giant

Andy Erlich giving his beloved keynote presentation, “Freeing the Giant Within You”.

As a media personality, Andy has appeared as a featured guest on local, national and international Spanish-language radio and television programs, including Univision’s 2006 Peabody-award winning series, El 15% de los Estados Unidos. He also served as a consultant for the Oscar- and Emmy Award-winning film, Number Our Days, which examines the challenges and promises of healthy aging. Andy was raised in El Paso, Texas, where he became fluent in both English and Spanish. After graduating Cum Laude from the University of Texas, he attended graduate school at the California School of Professional Psychology, where he earned his Masters (1976) and Doctorate (1979). Andy is a member in good standing of the American Psychological Association.

Andy at one of his book signings for Long Shadows: The Story of Jake Erlich.