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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 35 years. She is an Executive Director, Faculty, Training Analyst, and Supervisor for the Object Relations Institute (see www.orinyc.org). 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 Books and Articles pages of this web site.

For a special treat, visit the Tango page!

Calendar of events (Spring-Summer 2012)

3/15/12-5/24/12 (10-weeks at ORI; Thursday evenings) - Contributions of Ronald Fairbairn to the Object Relations Theory (ORI, certificate course) - completed!

4/19/12  - 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 (La Fonda Hotel, Main Ballroom North). This panel is on Argentine tango and psychoanalysis, and the analogies between the clinical moment and the Argentine tango moment. Includes paper presentation and live Argentine tango improvisational performances - completed!

6/03/12 (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 - completed!

6/10/12 (1-3:30pm) – 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 - completed!

7/13/12 (7pm) - Argentine tango performance with Sid Grant at the 3rd International Emotionally Focused Therapy Summit in NYC - "The Power of Emotions: Loving Connections, Lasting Bonds"! 


Monthly Psychotherapy and Mourning Group, with Guided Psychic Visualizations

Schedule: 1st Saturday of the month, 12-4pm; September through June

Location: 115 E 9th Str., 12P, NYC;

Fee: $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

Location: 115 E 9th Str., 12P, NYC

Fee: $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

Location:  Virtual participation -via Internet/phone – using Go-to-Meetings

Fee: $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.


To contact Dr. Kavaler-Adler, please call 212-674-5425 or email DrKavalerAdler@gmail.com.

Office address: 115 East 9th Street, Suite 12P; NYC, 10003

***Over 35 years Experience in Psychoanalytic/ Psychodynamic/ Object Relations Psychotherapy with Individuals, Couples, and Groups, while utilizing unique approaches to working with: ***Depression, ***Anxiety & Fears, ***OCD, ***Loss, Grief, & Mourning, ***Self-Sabotage/ Abandonment & Separation, ***Guilt & Shame, ***Trauma & PTSD, ***Relationship & Betrayal Issues, ***Divorce/ Domestic Abuse & Violence, ***Dissociative Disorders, ***Elderly Persons Disorders, ***Gay Lesbian Issues, ***Parenting issues, ***Blocked Creativity, ***Spirituality, ***Personality Disorders & Borderline Personality. ***Supportive therapeutic groups: Self-Sabotage, Fear of Success, & Fear of Envy; Developmental Mourning; and Creative Healing Writing. *** Group supervision for Mental Health practitioners: Utilizing the Object Relations approach in therapy, and Envy issues in personal and professional life of therapists.***Additional modalities utilized: Guided Psychic Visualization, Creative Writing, Life Coaching, and Dance Therapy.

Contact Dr. Kavaler-Adler: call 212-674-5425 or email DrKavalerAdler@gmail.com


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