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 in 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, total of 50 hours, one individual case is also required by NYS in order to qualify for the Limited Permit.


A total of 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, if necessary, may be extended to meet the needs of the individual trainee. Fees arranged individually with therapists.

Psychoanalytic Course Offering

Spring Semester 2019

For Spring 2019 registration information, click here.

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

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 CEUs for each 15-hour seminar (Eligible for Continuing Education for SW, LP)

Fee:  $450

Dates: Fridays, Jan 25, Feb 15, April 19, & May 24 from 6:00pm-9:45pm

Instructor:  Arleen Maiorano, LCSW, LP

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 CEUs for each 15-hour seminar (Eligible for Continuing Education for SW, LP)

Fee:  $450

Dates: Tuesdays, April 30, May 7, May 14, May 21 & May 28, 5:00pm-8:00pm

Instructor:  Johanna Barrett, LCSW

Psychoanalytic Research, The Case Study in Context (ER2)

Through class discussion of course reading assignments and project preparation students will achieve a comprehensive understanding of the contextual field in which the case study prevails as the research model utilized by psychotherapists across a range of theoretical approaches.   Please Note: This summer class meets in-person for the start and closure of the course. All other discussions are facilitated through Google Groups.

15 CEUs for each 15-hour seminar (Eligible for Continuing Education for SW, LP)

Fee:  $450

Dates:  Friday June 28 from 6:00pm-7:30pm and 6 weeks of additional discussion online

Instructor:  Todd Senzon, MA, LP

Fall Semester 2018

For Fall 2018 registration information, click here.

*All classes are held at 36 West 25th Street, 10th floor, NY, NY, unless otherwise indicated.*
Unless otherwise specified, all courses are eligible for NYS Continuing Education for Licensed Social Workers and Licensed Psychoanalysts.

Object Relations, Self Psychology and Gestalt Therapy, an Integration (P5)

Gestalt therapy provides a comprehensive framework for object relations and self psychology psychoanalytic theories. We will review the different schools of object relations and self psychology theories, with an emphasis on how they can be utilized to broaden a Gestalt theoretical view of psychotherapy. Review of case material and use of experiential work in class will be used to enhance an understanding of object relations and self psychology from a Gestalt perspective.
10 hours, $300

Dates: Mondays: 9/10, 9/17, 9/24 & 10/1, from 7:00pm – 9:30pm

Instructor: Evan Senreich, PhD, LCSW

Location: 1133 Broadway Suite 1115

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, 10/27; 11/10; & 12/8, from 10:00am – 3:00pm,

Instructor: Lina Jandorf, MA, LMHC

Location: 166 E. 92nd Street, Apt. 5A

Telephone: 212-876-8118

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  (This Class is not eligible for Continuing Education.)

Dates: Saturdays,  12/8/2018 & 2/16/2019, 11:00am – 4:00pm

Instructor: Patricia Tucker, LCSW, LP & Connie Newman, LCAT, LMHC, 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, 12/15/2018, 1/5/2019, 1/19/2019, 2/23/2019 & 3/9/2019  10:00am – 1:00pm

Instructor: Daniel Bloom, JD, LCSW

Click Here for Program Outline.