Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NCPsyA, D.Litt is a practicing clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst for over 35 years and Supervisor of Psychotherapists practicing psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, and group therapy, as well as a consultant for those involved in the wish to write for personal healing or for writing projects, related to her experience running writing groups in her practice for 28 years. For more information on Dr. Kavaler-Adler’s private practice and her unique approach to psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, please visit the Private Practice page. Dr Kavaler-Adler is the Co-Founder, Executive Director, and Senior Faculty & Training Supervisor of the Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.
Dr. Kavaler-Adler has an honorary doctorate in literature as well as a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, and has a Diplomate status (ABPP) as a psychoanalyst from the American Psychological Association and the Division of Psychoanalysis. She also has had training as a dance therapist.
Dr. Kavaler-Adler is a prolific author. She has written 6 books and 70 articles on issues of psychological interest that relate to clinical practice, healing, and particularly to issues of mourning and creativity for healing and psychic health. In her books and articles, she has written about such difficult and fundamental to psychological growth issues as fear of success, envy, resolving blocks to creativity, creative compulsion or blocks versus free motivation, and mourning and the opening of erotic desire and spirituality, along with the opening of the creative self, as well as about fathers and daughters, and about finding one’s voice in the world and in creative work, as well as on the capacity to surrender in life and in Argentine Tango. Dr. Kavaler-Adler also has much work on defining a demon lover theme and complex that affects many women’s lives, and has an article on the modern film version of “Phantom of the Opera.” Her acclaimed articles include Mourning and Erotic Transference (International Journal of Psychoanalysis,1992), and Opening Up Blocked Mourning in the Preoedipal Character (American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 1995). Dr. Kavaler-Adler has helped many in her practice to convert anxiety and depression into creative self expression in love and work. Her three well-known published books are The Compulsion to Create: Women Writers and Their Demon Lovers (Routledge, 1993, 2000); The Creative Mystique: From Red Shoes Frenzy to Love and Creativity (Routledge, 1996); and Mourning, Spirituality and Psychic Change (Routledge, 2003), which won the National Gradiva Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis in 2004. She has won 16 other awards for her writing in the field of psychology and psychotherapy.
Dr. Kavaler-Adler offers individual, couples, and group psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, as well as individual and group supervision for mental health practitioners in her downtown Manhattan office. She conducts a once a month intensive mourning and therapy group and creative healing writing groups for over 35 years, and is currently forming a weekly therapy group to help the group members to get feedback about their self sabotaging tendencies and cycles, as well as on their susceptibility to seduction that can undermine strivings towards an independent life.