Psychoanalytic Program

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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 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


$3400 per year 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.


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.


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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Fall Semester 2017

For Fall 2017 registration information, click here.

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


Case Seminar, Case Studies Through the life 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: Mondays, Sep 23 & Oct 7; 11 am – 4:00 pm

Instructor:  Patricia Tucker, LCSW, LP & Connie Newman, LCAT, LMHC, LP

Sociocultural Influence: Racial & Ethnic Issues (SC3):

This course explores the many ways that issues of “culture” influence the frame of psychotherapy and the relationship between client and therapist. A historical and psychoanalytic context is provided to help define “Multiculturalism, Biculturalism and Interculturalism. Next, an analysis is provided by several Gestalt therapists. Emphasis is given to therapist and client field-related issues with regard to race and ethnicity. Finally, the course looks at social action as it relates to Gestalt therapy theory and to our role as Gestalt therapists.

10 hours, $300

Dates: Mondays, Oct 16, 23 & Nov 6; 6 pm – 9:20 pm

Instructor: Patricia Tucker, LCSW, LP

Family and Couples Therapy From a Systems, Gestalt and Psychoanalytic Perspective (SC1)

This course will address family issues, dynamics and treatment from a Gestalt Psychoanalytic perspective, interweaving ideas derived from Family Systems theory. We will look at the history of the development of Family Therapy, various schools of thought, emphasizing gestalt, psychoanalytic and systems thinking and modes of treatment. We will study tapes and use role play as well as supervision of actual cases to explore various treatment interventions based on solid theoretical formulations.

15 hours, $450

Dates: Saturdays, Oct 14, 21 & Nov 4; 10 am – 3:00 pm

Instructor: : Susan Friedberg, LCSW, LP

Clinical practice with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (lgbT) Clients (sc4)

Utilizing a psychoanalytic and Gestalt therapy framework, the interplay of social factors in the environment and issues of LGBT identity will be discussed in depth. Students will be presented with many of the cultural issues and struggles of this population, and the creative adjustments, defenses, and coping mechanisms frequently utilized by LGBT clients that clinicians need to understand when working with this population in a psychotherapy setting. Assessment and treatment issues will be discussed using both case material and the student’s own experiences with the LGBT population

10 hours, $300

Dates: Mondays, Nov 13, 20, 27 & Dec 4; 7 pm – 9:30 pm

Instructor: Evan Senreich, PhD, LCSW

Developmental theory, bowlby, mahler, & stern (pd1)

This seminar focuses on the developmental theories of Bowlby, Mahler and Stern, and their practical application to Gestalt Therapy. The course includes both lecture and demonstration/participation. Various techniques and strategies are explored for integrating developmental insights into the ongoing process of a Gestalt session.

15 hours, $450

Dates: Fridays, Dec 8, Feb 2, & Mar 2, 30; 6 pm – 9:45 pm

Instructor: Arleen Maiorano, LCSW, LP



Developmental theory, freud, erikson & piaget (pd2)

This course explores impairment of functioning and other symptoms in relationship to their genesis during the socialization process, from a physical, energetic perspective. We will work with memory recollection and in-the-moment re-experiencing of painful past episodes—where cognitive understanding is coupled with appropriate affect (abreaction). This working through process will be examined and discussed in detail, along with specific techniques for dealing with negative emotions and helping patients dispel the tension and confusion associated with repressed intra-psychic conflict.

15 hours, $450

Dates: Jan 6, 20 & Feb 3; 10 am – 3:00 pm

Instructor: Todd Senzon, MA, LP


Spring Semester 2018

For Spring 2017 registration information, click here.

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

The DEvelopmental of gender identity (sc2)

In this course we will explore the multiple and intertwining cultural, biological, and psychological issues that contribute to the formation of a sense of a male or female gendered “self.” We will draw upon the works of such diverse theorists as Winnicott, Freud, Mitchell, Chodorow, Benjamin, and Gilligan, and analyze their contributions to an understanding of the role of gender in personality development.

10 hours, $300

Dates: Fridays: April 13, May 11, June 29,  6 pm – 9:20 pm

Instructor: Arleen Maiorano, LCSW, LP

case seminar, presentness and presence (cs4)

Gestalt therapy has always emphasized the experience of the present moment. This focus has served to heighten our awareness of the immediacy of living our lives, and of contact with what is. Presence is the basis for all forms of presentness. This seminar will include didactic and experiential explorations of both presentness and presence, and will address clinical applications and implications of this expansion of the Gestalt approach.

10 hours, $300

Dates: Saturday/ Sunday, January 27 & 28; 10 am – 3:00 pm

Instructor: Alan Cohen, LCSW, LP

Understanding and working with personality disorders (Pp4)

This seminar will focus on the difficult treatment issues presented by Personality Disorders. The seminar will include: an overview of the different theories and ways of looking at Personality Disorders; their characteristics and diagnosis; and different principles of intervention, with an accent on the Gestalt approach to treatment. Participants are invited to present cases from their practice in this seminar.

10 hours, $300

Dates: Saturdays, February 10 & 24; 12 pm – 5 pm

Instructor: Jim Mulry, LCSW, LP

Case Seminar, dreamwork (CS6)

In this course, we will focus on the clinical use of dreams, noticing their structure and timing in the therapeutic process, and how they arise from and impact the therapy and the treatment relationship. We will use case examples to demonstrate how images from dreams and dreamwork can be utilized as an ongoing homework practice to help patients alter habitual patterns of interrupting contact. Each participant will contribute case examples for discussion, and will prepare a paper and presentation.
(Note:  Dream Analysis, PP3, is a prerequisite for this course, as well as a caseload of at least one current patient.)

10 hours, $300

Dates: Saturdays, Mar 31 & Apr  14; 1 pm – 6:00 pm

Instructor: Susan Jurkowski, LCSW, LP

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