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Franklin Sollars, PhD

Core Faculty

Office phone: 248.476.1122, ext. 108
E-mail: fsollars@mispp.edu


Dr. Sollars earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Michigan Dearborn, where he graduated with high distinction, his Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Michigan University, and his Doctor of Philosophy in Educational and Clinical Psychology from Wayne State University. He continued post doctoral studies with the Michigan Psychoanalytic Council, where he earned his certification as a psychoanalyst.

Dr. Sollars is currently a core faculty member of the Michigan School of Professional Psychology. He has worked in the fields of psychology and mental health for over 35 years.

Initially working in community mental health settings with chemical dependency and the chronically mentally ill, Dr. Sollars moved into the private practice of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. He is now the Clinical Director of Sollars and Associates Integrative Psychological Services where he treats a wide variety of psychological disorders and supervises psychology interns for area doctoral programs. He has studied the relationship between spirituality and psychology extensively, and is the founding president of the Michigan Society for Integrative Psychoanalytic Studies (MiSIPS). He is currently the MiSIPS Vice President for Education and Training.


    • PhD, Wayne State University
    • MA, Eastern Michigan University
    • BA, University of Michigan-Dearborn
    • Post-doctoral certification as psychoanalyst from the Michigan Psychoanalytic Council


  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist- Michigan

Areas of Expertise/Interests

  • Psychoanalysis and Spirituality
  • Mourning and Working Through
  • The Concept of Needs in Psychotherapy
  • The Core Self in Humanistic
  • Transpersonal and Psychoanalytic Practice

Select Presentations

Sollars, F. (2003). Mourning, trauma and working through. Presented at a Winter Conference of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Council, Lansing, MI.

Sollars, F. (2007). Psychoanalysis as a spiritual practice. Presented at the International Federation for Psychoanalytic Educations Annual conference, Toronto, Canada.

Sollars, F. (2011). The liberation of the core self. Presented at APA Division 32 Humanistic Psychology Conference, Chicago, IL.

Sollars, F. (2012). A further elaboration of the concept of needs. Presented at APA Division 32 Humanistic Psychology Conference, Pittsburg, PA.

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association
    • Division 32 – Humanistic Psychology
    • Division 39 – Psychoanalysis
  • Michigan Society for Integrative Psychoanalytic Studies
  • Friends of Jung- Michigan Chapter


  • What is Integrative Psychotherapy?

It is the understanding that elements can be drawn from diverse schools of psychotherapy that enhance the technique, practice, and effectiveness of psychotherapy.

  • Tell me about yourself please.

I have a passion for learning, teaching and helping students, supervisees, and clients grow emotionally and professionally. I have three young adult children and two lovely grandchildren. I love taking walks, being close to water, and being with friends.

  • What is your teaching style?

It is my belief that teaching works best as a relational process. Rather than trying to simply provide information to students I try to engage them in a learning process of interaction and dialogue. Experiential exercises, provocative questions, and the imparting of didactic information are all designed to engage the student in reflection and interaction with the material and each other.  Ultimately, I place far more value on evoking the student’s curiosity and sense of adventure with material than simple memorization of facts.  I also embrace the original meaning of the word education which means to educe or bring out from the student his or her inner knowledge, wisdom, inherent potential and proclivities that help define the student as an authentic individual.