Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy for Artists Service

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The White Institute’s Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy for Artists Service offers a range of services to facilitate creativity and to help with difficulties that interfere with the lives and work of performing and creative artists.  We believe that problems such as writer's block, stage fright, self-undermining behaviors, the emotional consequences of career changes, and other struggles are often best treated with exploratory psychotherapy.  Authentic self-expression and emotional responsiveness, common goals both in artistic work and in therapy, are prerequisites for dealing effectively with inner conflicts and personality issues.

 

 

The Service was developed in view of the unique challenges artists face in their work.  The heightened sensitivity so necessary for creating and performing may lead to a more painful experience of the exigencies of everyday life.  Public scrutiny of the artist's creative and performing efforts, which are frequently based on intensely personal experiences and material, has a potential for psychological injury.  Economic hardship and strained interpersonal relationships may often be part of the price artists pay for the pursuit of their careers.  Psychotherapy and psychoanalysis can contribute not only to a greater emotional aliveness in the artist's personal life, but also to the vitality and wholeness of the artistic process.



Treatment Services Offered

The Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy for Artists Service offers a range of services including psychotherapy and psychoanalysis to facilitate creativity and to help with difficulties that interfere with the lives and work of performing and creative artists.



How to Apply for Treatment

To arrange for treatment with a member of the Service, please download the application and send a completed copy to the White Institute Clinic at 20 West 74th Street, New York, NY 10023.  Please write, “Attention: Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy for Artists Service on your application.  The White Institute staff member who receives your application will make every effort to arrange an intake interview as quickly as possible.  Not everyone who applies can be accommodated, nor will the Institute’s services be appropriate for every applicant.  In such cases, the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy for Artists Service will make every effort to provide referrals to alternative sources.

 

 

Fees for Psychotherapy

Fees for psychotherapy are set according to a sliding scale based on financial ability, the type of treatment, and patient need. We also accept many insurance plans.



Staff of the Service for People in the Arts

All psychotherapy is conducted by highly skilled clinicians whose interpersonal focus includes a profound respect for individual differences and a resolute belief in the human potential for transformation and growth. They are trained in working with the unique needs of people in the arts.

 


Co-Directors of the Service:
Eric Dammann, Ph.D. and Helene Kafka, Ph.D.

Clinical Staff:

Janet Benton, Psy.D.

Joerg Bose, M.D.

Grant Brenner, M.D.

Olga Cheselka, Ph.D.

Rebecca Curtis, Ph.D.

Alison Feit, Ph.D.

David Gluck, Ph.D.

Diane Goldkopf, Ph.D.

Valentina Harrell, Ph.D.

Evelyn Hartman, Ph.D.

Lawrence Jacobson, Ph.D.

Janet Jeppson, M.D.

Richard Loewus, Ph.D.

Ronald Puddu, L.C.S.W.

Sherry Ross, Ph.D.

Sue Sarlin, L.C.S.W.

Susan Eve Shachner, Ph.D.

Martin Walker, Ph.D.

M. Margit Winckler, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Winship, Ph.D.

Miltiades Zaphiropoulos, M.D.