Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy

Are You Considering a New Career as a Psychotherapist? Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy is pleased to offer its Licensure Program in Psychoanalysis, chartered since 2006 by the State Education Department & leading to Psychoanalyst (LP) licensure in NYS. Candidates with a Master's Degree in any field may apply to this program to become licensed to practice psychotherapy in NYS. Using Gestalt theory as its theoretical foundation, the program is experience-rich and features lectures, demonstrations, live practicum, and a supervised clinical internship. Participants complete our Clinical Fellowship program plus a set of State required courses in psychoanalysis and become qualified to sit for the New York State Psychoanalyst Licensing exam. For more information on licensing of Psychoanalysts, see the New York State Department of Education, Office of the Professions website,

Admission: Admission is based on review your application and personal interview. A Master's Degree in any field is a pre-requisite required by the New York State Department of Education, Office of the Professions. To apply, complete an application form, and send additional requested materials. Once received, we will contact you to arrange an interview. For additional information, email us at

Tuition: $3400 Clinical Fellowship Program tuition.
Supervision, Analysis and Psychoanalytic courses are paid separately.
Weekly Supervision: $40 per group session and $80 per 1-hour individual session.

Trainees in the Psychoanalytic Program take all courses in the Clinical Fellowship Program plus two or three 10 -15 hour Psychoanalytic courses each semester. These courses are each offered every 2 - 3 years. All of the Psychoanalytic courses must be completed to be eligible for graduation and to be qualified to sit for the New York State Psychoanalyst licensing exam. Courses may also be taken on an elective basis. The courses may be completed in a four-year sequence, or the length of time for completion may be extended if necessary to meet the needs of the individual trainee. To access a program outline, click on this link. To access a sample schedule, click on this link.

Clinical Work:  300 hours of supervised clinical work is required, in order to apply for the NYS Limited Permit.  This clinical work begins in Level II and continues into Levels
III & IV. 

Supervision: Candidates are supervised on a weekly basis, and clinical work is evaluated before continuation to the next Level. In addition to this weekly supervision, 50 hours of supervision, on one individual case, is required by NYS, in order to qualify for the Limited Permit.

Analysis:  300 hours of psychotherapy is required, including at least 3 years of individual therapy, and at least 1 year of group therapy. The therapy requirement may be completed in four years, or the length of time for completion may be extended if necessary to meet the needs of the individual trainee. Fees arranged individually with therapists.

Psychoanalytic Course Offerings
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For Fall 2016 registration information, click here


History of Psychoanalytic Thought (P3)
This course delineates the last 100 years of psychoanalysis and its evolution into its many theoretical perspectives, with the goal of providing the student with a deeper historical and conceptual foundation for practice. We will trace this evolutionary tree from Sigmund Freud and Anna Freud, Heinz Hartmann and the beginning of ego psychology, object relations (Spitz, Mahler) through the Sullivanians, Melanie Klein, the British object relational school with Fairbairn and Winnicott, Erickson and Kohut and their contributions to Identity and the Self, through to contemporary Freudian theorists i.e. Kernberg, Lacan, Schafer, Loewald and finally to the relational school of psychoanalytic thought. We will also discuss how the “humanistic” schools of psychotherapy fit into this history i.e. Rogerian, Jungian, Gestalt, Bio-Energetics etc, which although distinguished by their theories and techniques, are still historically grounded in psychoanalytic theory.
15 hours, $450
Dates: Fridays, 8/26; 9/2, 9, 16, &23; 10/7, 6 – 8:30pm
Instructor: Johanna Barrett, LCSW

Diagnosis and the Body: An Historical Understanding of How We Diagnose and Work with the Body in Therapy (D3)
This course explores the contributions of Freud, Reich, Perls, Lowen and Pierrakos, and the profound insights they brought to the unspoken language of the body. We will focus on what our clients' bodies (muscular armoring, body structure, posture, breath and movement) reveal to us and how this helps orient us in developing a diagnosis and treatment process. The course will be both didactic and experiential.
15 hours,$450
Dates: Saturdays, 10/22, & 29; 11/5 & 12, 10am – 1:45pm,
Instructor: Neila Wyman, LCSW, LP

An Historical Overview of Resistance, Transference, Countertransference (RTC1)In this course, we will explore how Freud's concept of 'transference' began to focus the work of analysis closer to the phenomenology of the present moment, and the gradual development of this concept into that of a 'transference/countertransference field.’  We will explore the concept of phenomenology, as introduced by Husserl and further developed by Heidegger and others. We will compare Stolorow's idea of transference as 'organization of experience' to Goodman's emphasis on 'analyzing the internal structure of the actual experience' as the fundamental work of Gestalt therapy. We will consider Rank's idea of resistance as an expression of the patient's will, and explore its influence on the Gestalt view of resistance.
$15 hours, 450
Dates: Saturdays, 11/19; 12/ 3, 10, & 17, 10am – 1:45pm
Instructor: Daniel Bloom, JD, LCSW

Introduction to Research Statistics (E1)
Students will master the basics of research and statistics, will be able to review and critique psychological, psychoanalytic and social research articles, including research design, analysis of samples, and understanding of qualitative and quantitative data.
15 hours, $450
Dates: Saturdays, 1/7 & 21; 2/4, 10:30am – 1:45pm
Instructor: Lina Jandorf, MA, LMHC

**All classes are held at 36 West 25th Street, 10th floor, NY, NY,
unless otherwise indicated.

For Spring 2017 registration information, click here

Dreaming, Dream Analysis, & Dreamwork (PP3)
This course will review historical ways of thinking about and approaching dreams and theories of the psychology and physiology of the dreaming process. We will learn about Freudian, Jungian, and Gestalt approaches to dream analysis, interpretation and dreamwork, with a focus on exploring their similar goals of uncovering and understanding unconscious processes. We will especially attend to the differences between interpretive and experiential ways of working with dreams, utilizing case material and working with students' dreams during the practicum hours. 
15 hours, $450         
Dates: Saturdays, February 25; March 18; April 1; 1 – 6pm
Instructor: Susan Jurkowski, LCSW, LP 

Resistance, Transference, Countertransference, Existential Issues (RTC4)
This course will examine transference/countertransference/resistance in its historical context as it emerged from an intrapsychic individualist model and developed into a model focusing on the emerging structure of the situation. We will analyze the influence of phenomenology, gestalt psychology, and existentialism, as they relate to the innovations of Gestalt therapy. Clinical material will be presented to exemplify contemporary Gestalt therapy’s use of transference/counter-transference as a functioning of the contact-boundary in a psychotherapeutic meeting.
10 hours, $300                  
Dates: Saturdays, February 11,March 4 & 25; 1 – 4:20pm
Instructor: Daniel Bloom, JD, LCSW            

Developmental Theory, Attachment (PD4)
Attachment Theory is a psychological theory that provides a descriptive & empirical framework for interpersonal relationships throughout the life span. The central theme of Attachment Theory is that the infant-caregiver relationship informs styles of attachment which impact behaviors later in life. This course explores the work of John Bowlby, the first attachment theorist; Mary Ainsworth and her ground-breaking “strange situation” study, Margaret Main, & John Fonagy. The implications for psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, and parental support are addressed. 
15 hours, $450  
Dates: Saturdays, March 11; April 15, May 13; 12 – 5pm
Instructor: Connie Newman, LMHC, LCAT, LP

Case Seminar, The Person-in-Relation (CS7)

This seminar will examine the individual cases of participants, focusing on the patient’s relationships. We will look at the patient’s early development and explore its impact of on the dynamics of the patient’s adult relationships. We will look at the patient’s attempts to repair early fragmentations or to “close” unfinished gestalts, focusing on their choice of relationships and patterns of interacting within their relationships. Each seminar participant will present a written case summary, exploring the specific dynamics of one or more primary relationships. 
10 hours, $300   
Dates: Fridays, April 14 & 28; 6 – 9:00pm & Saturday, April 8;  12 – 4pm
Instructor: Arleen Maiorano, LCSW, LP

Ethical Considerations in Analytic Practice (ER3)
Intrinsic to ethical practice is the therapist’s respect both for the patient and for the complex and profound relationship, the “space between,” that is co-created by the patient/therapist meeting. We will discuss the philosophical, legal, & professional foundations that come together to form the core of current ethical practice.                       
15 hours, $450                      
Dates: Fridays, June 9 & 30; July 14, & 21, 6 – 9:45
Instructor: Arleen Maiorano, LCSW, LP 

Case Seminar, Case Studies through the Life Cycle of Treatment (CS5)
In this course, students read examples & then present their own cases surrounding the following topics: Beginnings: Introductions and Engagement; Middle Phase: Core Issues & Major Theme Development; Transference and Countertransference; & Endings: Termination Issues in Treatment. 
10 hours, $300   
Dates: Saturdays, 9/23 & 10/7; 11am – 4pm
Instructors: Patricia Tucker, LCSW, LP & Connie Newman, LCAT, LMHC, LP   

**All classes are held at 36 West 25th Street, 10th floor, NY, NY,
unless otherwise indicated.


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