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

Fall Semester 2019

For Fall 2019 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.

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.

Fee: 10 hours, $300

Dates: Fridays, September 13 & 20; October 11; November 8, 6-8:30pm

Instructor: Arleen Maiorano, LCSW, LP

Resistance, Transference, Countertransference II: Winnicott (RTC 2)

This course will draw from concepts of transference/countertransference/resistance as presented in previous seminars and will focus on Winnicott’s models of infant emotional development and of therapeutic interaction. We will execute a “close reading” of Winnicott’s formulations as well as writings that have drawn upon his work in exploration of transference-countertransference. Our deeper appreciation of the subtleties and breadth of Winnicott’s (and related) concepts will open links to Gestalt theory and practice especially in terms of “the use of self.”

Fee: 10 hours, $300

Dates: Saturdays, November 23 & December 7, 10am – 3pm

Instructor: Todd Senzon, MA, LP

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.

Fee: 15 hours, $450

Dates: Saturdays: October 19 & 26; November 9 & 16, 10am – 1:45pm

Instructor: Neila Wyman, LCSW, LP

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.

Fee: 15 hours, $450

Dates: Saturdays, January 11; February 1 & 22; 2 – 7pm

Instructor: Susan Jurkowski, LCSW, LP

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

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