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 every analyst must find their own 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.