Ariel Compton MD, MPH ’71 graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine in 1951. In 1974 she completed her psychiatric training at the Menninger Foundation, and in 1983 she became certified as a psychoanalyst. The mother of five children, Dr. Compton and her husband, Richard F. Cruce, live in Newport Beach, Calif., where she has been in private practice as a psychiatrist for more than 30 years.
She has recently published a book, Couples’ Therapy: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to a Better Relationship (Createspace, Oct. 2012). She wrote the book to help the many couples who struggle on their own to make their relationships a success. Drawing from her training as a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, her many years as a therapist, and her own personal experience as a woman, she takes readers through a therapy hour just as if they were in a session with her. Although Couples’ Therapy is meant primarily as an aid in dealing with everyday problems, it also can be used as an intermediary step for more serious problems.