Welcome to the official website of Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler. Here you will find information about Dr. Kavaler-Adler's life and work in the field of psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, and Object Relations theory.
Dr. Kavaler-Adler has been practicing psychoanalysis and psychotherapy in NYC for over 40 years. She is an Executive Director, Faculty, Training Analyst, and Supervisor for the Object Relations Institute. Dr. Kavaler-Adler is a prolific author with three books published by Routledge and about sixty professional articles in peer-reviewed journals.
If you are interested in joining any of Dr. Kavaler-Adler's upcoming or ongoing groups, click the Groups tab above. For information on individual and couple's psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, please click the Private Practice tab above. To read about Dr. Kavaler-Adler's books, articles, and other publications, please visit the Books and Articles pages of this web site.
For a special treat, visit the Tango page!
Calendar of Events
June & July 2017
Course: The Dark Side of Creativity
October 15, 2016
Interactive Workshop: Fear of Success: My Graduation is my Mother’s Funeral
Presentations by Dr. Kavaler-Adler at the 39th Annual Conference of the International Psychohistorical Association.
Or see the ORI listing of this event.
Mondays, June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11 & 18 2016
8 pm - 9:30 pm
Attend in-person: 115 East 9th Street, NYC, 10003
or virtually (log-in information will be provided by Dr. Kavaler-Adler)
9.0 contact CEU Hours for social workers will be awarded for this program by ACE Foundation of NYSSCSW; To register - visit http://www.ace-foundation.net/Event.aspx?id=41
9.0 contact CE hours in post-graduate education in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy will be awarded by the Object Relations Institute for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy.
Friday, January 16, 2015
APsaA's 2015 Natinal Meeting – Book Signing
New! Tuesdays, 3pm–4:15pm
Starts last week in October, fee – $360 / 6 weeks
Conducted by Susan Kavaler-Adler, Ph.D., ABPP, DLitt, NCPsyA, senior supervisor and training analyst, author and theorist, founder and executive director of the Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, 39 years in practice
115 East 9th Street, 12P, NYC, 10003
This six week supervisory experience will be unique in the variety of ways. It is offered for psychotherapists and psychoanalysts to experience the internal world of their patients, while also becoming aware of their own subjective experience when in the room with their patients.
Role-playing, in vivo writing, guided meditative visualization, process presentation, reading and discussion of Dr. Kavaler-Adler's journal article on "Pivotal Moments of Surrender to Mourning the Parental Internal Object," and body awareness focus on "being in the moment" with the patient, will all be part of this six week workshop experience. During the course of six weeks, Dr. Kavaler-Adler will help each participant formulate and integrate their experience through teaching psychoanalytic and object relations concepts, theory, and clinical technique.
See the full breakdown week by week.
Reading Betty Joseph, M. Gerard Fromm, and Frank Summers–
–Part 3: Reading Donald L. Carveth and Frank Summers @ ORI–certificate course with Susan Kavaler-Adler:
Current Concepts in Object Relations Theory on Psychic Change and Clinical Process:–Part 3: Reading Donald L. Carveth and Frank Summers–offered via virtual participation.
–a certificate course with Susan Kavaler-Adler:
Neo-Kleinian Thought and Developmental Mourning Theory
"Melanie Klein and Her Internal Mother: The Effect on Her Theories and on Our Clinical
Work: Putting the Death Instinct to Sleep as Metapsychology."
The Klein-Winnicott Dialectic–
–first trimester of the new One Year Certificate Program @ ORI–with Susan Kavaler-Adler:
Current Concepts in Object Relations Theory on Psychic Change and Clinical Process–offered for in-person and virtual participation.
Spring meeting of APA Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) on Global Psychoanalysis in Social World
on Anatomy of Regret: From Death Instinct to Reparation and Symbolization through Vivid Clinical Cases (Karnac, 2013)
Annual ORI Conference: Countertransference, Regret, Aggression, and Their Vicissitudes.
by Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler: Countertransference, Regret and Aggression: Dramas and Free Associations in the Object Relations Therapy Group.
by Dr. Jeffrey Rubin: Regret, Failure, and the Hidden Value of Crisis. For more information - visit ORINYC 2013 Annual Conference
Schizoid Personality and Schizoid Phenomena - course at ORI - can be taken in-person, virtually, and via video recordings.
11/29/2012, Thursday, 8:30-10:30pm
Dialectics of Mortality and Immortality: Time as an Internal World Phenomena, with Persecutory and Holding Object Perspectives
WSI, 41 East 11th Street, NY, NY, 10003
See the workshops/seminars page for full description.
10/27/2012 (Saturday), 3:40pm—5:10pm
2012 NAAP Annual Conference, Workshop IIB: Generosity and Greed: Shaping Self and Society.
Authentic Generosity vs. Generosity as a Mask for Repressed and Dissociated Envy, Hunger, and Resentment: Object Relations Theory and Experiential Workshop.
Argentine tango performance with Sid Grant at the 3rd International Emotionally Focused Therapy Summit in NYC - "The Power of Emotions: Loving Connections, Lasting Bonds"!
ORI OPEN HOUSE! Discussion about our multiple and re-structured traditional and virtual training programs will be complemented by examples of therapeutic role-play with implementation of the object relations clinical technique.
Location: 115 East 9th Street (1t 3rd Avenue), 12P, NYC, 10023
06/03/2012 (Sunday, 12—4pm)
The Dark Side of Creativity - Workshop sponsored by Committee for Creativity and Transformation of NYSSCSW. This presentation will focus on how psychopathology, when related to developmental arrest and character disorder, can trump the healthy and developmentally enhancing aspects of the creative process.
Location: 248 West 71st Street (between Broadway and West End Avenue), NYC, 10023
04/18/2012 to 04/22/2012
Invited Panel (with Beatriz Dujovne, PhD): In the Arms of a Stranger - at the APA's Division of Psychoanalysis (39) Spring meeting, "The Leading Edge of Creativity," Santa Fe, NM.
03/15/2012 to 05/24/2012 (10-weeks at ORI; Thursday evenings)
Contributions of Ronald Fairbairn to the Object Relations Theory (ORI, certification course with Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD)
Dialectics of Mortality and Immortality: Time as a Persecutory vs. Holding Object - Lecture/paper presentation at The Postgrad* Psychoanalytic Society (with Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD).
03/11/2012 (Sunday, 10am-4:30pm, workshop)
Theoretical and Experiential workshop - Object Relations Psychoanalytic Perspectives of Self-Sabotage: Loyalty to the Internal Parental Objects.
02/25/2012 (Saturday, 9:30am- 4:30pm)
ORI's Annual Conference: Voyages into the internal world: Archetypes, Internal Objects, and Internal Saboteurs. Three ways of looking at self-sabotage (with Jungian, Kleinian, and Fairbairnian perspectives).
ORI Holiday party and Celebration of establishment of the ORI Press. First two books planned for publishing through the ORI Press are "The Creative Mystique" and "The Compulsion to Create" (by Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler), earlier published by Routledge. See our Books page. Location: Lafayette Grill (54 Franklyn Street (between Broadway and Lafayette), NYC, 10013).
11/30/2011 to 12/21/2011 (Wednesdays, 7:45-9pm)
4-week Supervision Study Group: The Clinical Moment as a Hologram of Patient's Internal and External World. 115 East 9th street; 12P; NYC, 10003. Fee: $200/ 4-week group.
11/18/2011 (Friday, 7:30-9pm)
Tribute to Joyce McDougal – Discussion at NPAP (with Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, D.Litt). Check out Dr. Kavaler-Adler's article "Tribute to Joyce McDougal."
11/12/2011 (Saturday, Full day workshop at ORI, 10am-4pm)
Barriers to Success: Object Relations Psychoanalytic Perspective. 115 East 9th street; 12P; NYC, 10003. Fee: Pre-registration: $75/$40 (professionals/students). At the door: $85/$50 (professionals/students).
June 20, 2014
NIP's Annual Psychoanalytic, Integrative & Creative Publications Program
NIP's Psychoanalytic, Integrative & Creative Publications Program recognizes papers published by the NIP community in the past year. In addition to providing recognition to individual authors, this program keeps members of the NIP community up to date with each other's creative and scholarly work and, hopefully, serves to inspire further contributions.
This year, we are recognizing the papers and books listed below, published between June 1, 2013, and May 31, 2014.
- Kavaler-Adler, S. (2013). Dialectics of mortality and immortality: Time as an internal and transitional world object experience: Time as a persecutory versus a holding object. Issues in Psychoanalytic Psychology, 35, 47-61.
- Kavaler-Adler, S. (2013). The compulsion to create: Women writers and their demon mothers. New York: ORI Academic Press. (republication of the former 1993 Routledge book, and the 2000 Other Press book, with new editing and illustrations)
- Kavaler-Adler, S. (2014). Fear of intimacy. In Salman Akhtar (Ed.), Fear (pp. 85-121). London: Karnac.
- Kavaler-Adler, S. (2014). The Klein-Winnicott dialectic: Transformative new metapsychology and interactive clinical theory. London: Karnac.
See the original email.
Monthly Psychotherapy and Mourning Group, with Guided Psychic Visualizations
Schedule: 1st Saturday of the month, 12-4pm; September through June
115 E 9th Str., 12P, NYC
$130/monthly. Membership is limited, but openings are possible in September 2012
This a unique four hour intensive psychotherapy group has been meeting for 17 years, with new and evolving membership. Each group starts with guided psychic visualization, to help each group member enter their own internal world, where deeply needed dialogues with the others (also parts of the self) who emerge from within, can take place.
This internal world experience is translated into communication in the external and transitional world of the group as each interactive group begins with the person who wants to share their "in vivo" psychic visualization. This visualization process has a developmental journey of its own, from one group to the next. The visualization process, combined with the dynamic group interactions, allows each member to locate themselves in their own developmental mourning process, so that each person can confront and gradually let go of old internal object constellations that are inhibiting or sabotaging them. Consequently each member can open more freely to receive new internal and external relationships that enhance the creative, erotic, spiritual, and loving aspects of the self. This journey involves dealing with aggression and grief, and understanding how these powerful forces and feelings within us get played out with others. Projections and transferences can be addressed so that group members can get to their inner core, and then can re-own dissociated or repressed parts of themselves. Group communication grows as blocks to such communication (in the form of transference projections) are defined.
Monthly In-Person Supervision Group, with Role-playing and Teaching Clinical Theory
Schedule: 1st Friday of the month, 1:15-2:45pm; September through June
115 E 9th Str., 12P, NYC
$75/ month. Group is ongoing & open for new members. All mental health practitioners are welcome!
In this monthly group, group supervision is combined with experiential role-playing, as well as with Dr. Kavaler-Adler's own teachings on object relations theory as applied to clinical and developmental processes. Members of the group benefit from explanations of concepts related to borderline, schizoid and narcissistic character disorders, distinguishing between splitting, projective identification, and neurotic modes of blocked affect and blocked psychic fantasy, due to repression and unconscious psychic conflict.
Other important concepts of the object relations clinical theory are discussed, such as: "projective-identification," therapist's "object survival," the analyst as a "psychic container," "the holding environment," "primitive" vs. neurotic transferences, "primal envy" and its manifestation in treatment, "the transformational object," "object internalization," "objective vs. subjective countertransference," empathy developing through the Winnicottian "capacity for concern" and Kleinian "depressive position," capacity to process loss, and "existential guilt," self-sabotage related to "unconscious loyalties" to patient's internal parental objects, "the true self," and "the capacity to be alone," as well as such challenging topics as developmental mourning, envy, and erotic transference.
During the role-play, Dr. Kavaler-Adler takes the role of the psychotherapist, allowing the presenting group member to experience the process of being "inside the skin" of the patient. This allows the group member who is presenting a case process to feel his/her patient from the inside out, while this allows other group members to vividly experience the presented case, so that their own thoughts and feelings can become part of the dialogue about the process with the patient. Objective and subjective forms of countertransference are discussed. References to readings in the psychoanalytic and object relations literature are offered.
Monthly Virtual Supervision Group
Schedule: Second Friday of the month, 11:30am -2:00pm (NB: New time!); September – June
Virtual participation -via Internet/phone – using Go-to-Meetings
$75/ month. Group is ongoing group & open for new members. All mental health practitioners are welcome!
This virtual group was begun at the request of two practitioners in Chicago. It operates through audio-video "Go to Meetings" (through Internet or phone) and offers all the benefits of the other monthly Friday supervision group, in terms of role-playing with Dr. Kavaler-Adler and theoretical teachings related to psychopathology, developmental issues, and clinical process theory. Members take turn presenting as in the other monthly Friday group.
This group is open to mental health professionals both outside the New York area, such as our Chicago members, and also to all those in New York City. Computer expert is on call for technical support, if needed.
Individual supervision (case-by-case or on-going) is available via video and audio conferencing