2022 Boxers / Daniel Sapen

Meet the Boxer

This company is my private clinical practice. I am a clinical psychologist, focusing on individual and couples’ psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. I perform disability evaluations, through Veterans Evaluation Services, to assist military veterans to qualify for compensation for combat-related psychological trauma. In addition to my work with veterans, I work with artists, performers, and athletes, helping them with issues impacting their performance and quality of life.  I also supervise other clinicians and trainees. 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 Depths;  been an expert guest on several TV and radio shows; contributed to numerous internet articles on stress, relationships, and mental health; and spearhead a YouTube channel and podcast, Real it In.

As a psychotherapist, I do a great deal of pro bono work – I will work with a number of patients at a time regardless of their ability to pay. (no other affiliations, officially).

I am married for 22 years to my high-school sweetheart, Dina, who has been an interior designer at the Huntington Ethan Allen for 30 years. We have a 13 year old daughter, Alyssa Jayne, who has trained to box, and 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.

I heard about the Long Island Fight For Charity because I train regularly at the Academy of Boxing in Huntington, where much of the training takes place. I had been injured and unable to participate in the last event, but I have prepared to take part in this one. 

I volunteered to be a charity boxer because it is a very important part of my life, and the chance, as a 57 year old doctor, 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.  Also, to be part of a group effort, joining many other beautiful people who are sacrificing to be their best selves, test their courage and ability to learn something new, all for a worthy cause, will be a great way to spend the coming months…especially after a rough few years for America and the world, in which so many people have suffered. No matter who wins each match, it will be a win-win for us all.

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 doing for others and paying good fortune and generosity forward.  On a more selfish level, I’ve had a number of injuries and related surgeries in the last three years, from which I’ve recovered well; I look forward to overcoming those setbacks even further, and finding out what I’m still capable of, as I’ve been blessed with a body that can heal, and maybe, just maybe, the ability to put on a good show in the boxing ring. 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 on behalf of other people -and for her to help with my training and promotion! 

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