As a jazz musician moonlighting as a psychologist, Michael Pedicin Jr., PhD, has a particular knack for helping clients overcome performance anxiety or writer's block.
The nationally known tenor saxophonist, who has performed with the likes of David Bowie and Dave Brubeck, sees clients in his Linwood, N.J., practice Tuesday through Thursday and travels for gigs with his quintet Friday through Monday.
Pedicin, the son of 1950s pop musician Mike Pedicin, started performing in his teens and worked steadily as a jazz musician before deciding to pursue a doctorate in cognitive psychology. Most of his clients are musicians, but Pedicin also sees visual artists, dancers and writers for a wide array of concerns, including relationship problems, depression, anxiety and coping with getting another job to support their art.
Though saxophone is his first musical love, he also plays the flute and the clarinet. "Saxophone players must be 'doublers' if you want to work," in the music world, he says. As one who then took the doubling concept to the doctoral level, would he consider leaving music for psychology, or vice versa?
"That's like asking if I love my wife or my children more," says Pedicin, who has two children and three grandchildren. "It's the same for psychology and music--I couldn't give up one or the other now or I would seriously suffer. "