My approach to psychoanalysis, expressive psychoanalysis, is a result of having studied and graduated from the Institute for Expressive Analysis (IEA), a New York State License qualifying program. After graduation in 1993 I joined the board; I later became the Director of Education for 6 years, then the Executive Director of the Institute for 6 years in addition to teaching, supervising, and serving as a control analyst. My PhD in psychoanalysis explores the relationship of astrologers to astrology and their charts through the lens of Winnicott’s transitional phenomena and Bollas’ transformational object.

IEA places a particular emphasis on the integration of scientific-theory based aspects of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis with the creative process. Focusing on both verbal and nonverbal aspects of treatment, IEA promotes the development of therapeutic artistry by providing a solid clinical base along with exposure to creative currents in contemporary psychoanalysis. In order to have therapeutic artistry, a psychoanalyst must have mastery of their technique and discipline.

IEA believes that every analyst must find her/his own therapeutic metaphor, style, and ways of integrating the many dimensions of training. The curriculum provides a diversity of theoretical approaches including Object Relations, Self Psychology, Relational Psychoanalysis, Jungian, and Contemporary Freudian theory. Central to this integration is developing a deep understanding of one’s own subjectivity and patient-analyst co-created dynamics related to the transference-countertransference; the heart of psychoanalytic treatment.