2022 Boxers / Daniel Sapen

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I’m a clinical psychologist, focusing on individual and couples’ psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. I have offices in Huntington and Hauppauge, Long Island. In addition to providing fee-for-service psychotherapy and consultations, I do plenty of pro bono work, helping patients who aren’t able to afford the cost of mental health services. I also assist military veterans to qualify for compensation for combat-related psychological trauma.

I work with artists, performers, and athletes, helping them with issues impacting their performance and quality of life. I’ve contributed articles on psychology, boxing, music, and audio for Quora; lectured at Columbia University; and won “Contributor of the Year, 2011” for my writing on The Sweet Science website. I am an author and media figure – I’ve published my first book, Freud’s Lost Chord: Discovering Jazz in the Resonant Psyche; been an expert guest on several TV and radio shows; contributed to numerous internet articles on stress, relationships, and mental health; and I manage a YouTube channel and podcast, Real it In (https://twitter.com/realitincast; https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWBCgJVU4jhHTuuxJGPORg; https://anchor.fm/realitincast).

I am married for 22 years to my high-school sweetheart, Dina, who is an interior designer at the Huntington Ethan Allen. We have a 13 year old daughter, Alyssa Jayne, who gave me my nickname, Dr. Danger. I live in Huntington Station, around the block from the Academy of Boxing. I have a BA in philosophy from Vassar College, where I was captain of the Boxing Club, and had the privilege of training with Tony Marchese, whose friendship with Floyd Patterson gave us the opportunity to spar and fight three-rounders against guys from Floyd’s gym. I received my M.A and Ph.D. in Psychology from The Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University. I’m a singer-songwriter and amateur jazz musician, playing guitar, piano, sax, drums, and vocals.

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I train regularly at the Academy of Boxing in Huntington, and I enjoyed hearing about the past events. I couldn’t participate before due to injuries, but I’m ready for my comeback! I volunteered to be a charity boxer because boxing and helping people are two very important parts of my life. Also, as a 57 year old doctor, I’d like to contribute to the health and happiness of others in a different way: by dusting off the boxing gear and seeing what I have left in the tank as an athlete. It will be great to join my fellow boxers to put on a great show which will generate funds for a very worthy cause. Training and fighting in this year’s Main Event means a great deal to me. I always try to give back to people in need, as I have been the beneficiary of other peoples’ sacrifice, and I believe strongly in paying it forward. If I can raise money at the same time, to benefit those in need, then it will all have been worth it. Most
of all, as a father, I’m happy to show my child how much this means, how gratifying it can be to make a great effort to reach personal goals, to work hard on behalf of other people – and to give her a chance to help with my training and promotion!

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