Walter Edmund Brackelmanns, M.D. of Sherman Oaks, CA passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 10, 2019, surrounded by family. He was 86 years old. Walter was born to Walter and Martha Brackelmanns on September 22, 1932, in Brooklyn, New York. He was a board certified psychiatrist, child psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA, and a mental health consultant to the Los Angeles Unified School District. He was the Director and the Instructor of the Couples and Sex Therapy Training Program at UCLA, and the co-founder and President of the American Association of Couples and Sex Therapists (AACAST). He worked for over 40 years developing and teaching a unique and practical approach to couples therapy, both nationally and internationally. Dr. Brackelmanns twice appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, demonstrated his ideas in a five-part series on the Today Show, and had his own nationally syndicated television program called Couples. He received the Dean's Distinguished Teaching Award from UCLA Extension Division in 2006 and the Outstanding Clinical Faculty Teaching Award in the Department of Psychiatry at UCLA in 2006. He was a very loving, giving father to Lisa Wilder and Jonathan Brackelmanns, and embraced his son-in-law Bob as a son. He was an amazing grandfather to Rebecca, Alexandra and Robbie Wilder. He will always be remembered for the countless people he helped throughout his lifetime, both professionally and personally. His sense of humor and loving spirit will be missed and cherished by all. His funeral service will be held at Leo Baeck Temple at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, followed by an internment ceremony at 12:00 p.m. at Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills.
His newest book, just published in December, "Inter-Analytic Couples Therapy: Book One - Search for the Other" is available here.