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Courtesy of Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York © 2015 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Courtesy of Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York
© 2015 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.
—James Baldwin

We are pleased to announce the launch of the SPRING Project!

The SPRING Project is a new outreach initiative sponsored by the Contemporary Freudian Society.  The Project helps expectant and postpartum mothers and their families who are experiencing mood-related problems during pregnancy and after having a baby.  

  • Psychotherapy options for mothers and their families include individual, couples and parent-infant therapy.
  • Reduced fee psychotherapy is available to ensure access to mental health care for mothers and their families at this critical time.

The SPRING Project – support for pregnancy, raising infants, navigating growth – is operating in the New York, Washington, DC, and Baltimore, MD metropolitan areas.  Learn more about the Project at!


 Did You Know?

  • The Guardian newspaper recently published a piece entitled “Therapy Wars: The Revenge of Freud” by Oliver Burkeman.  “Cheap and effective, CBT became the dominant form of therapy, consigning Freud to psychology’s dingy basement. But new studies have cast doubt on its supremacy – and shown dramatic results for psychoanalysis. Is it time to get back on the couch?”  This very thoughtful and insightful piece on the ways that CBT has erroneously been established as superior to psychoanalysis quotes CFS member David Pollens as saying, “What happens in therapy is that people come in asking for help, and then the very next thing they do is they try to stop you helping them. . .How do we help a person when they’ve told you, in one way or another, ‘Don’t help me’? That’s what analytic treatment is about.” To read more and for the link to the Guardian article, click here. To view an interview with David Pollens on the article, click here

The Psychoanalytic Training Institute of the CFS has its own website

Our Training Institute has its own dedicated website.  Training is offered in both NYC and in DC. Our trainees come from locations across the East Coast, including Baltimore, Miami, Connecticut, Norfolk and Charlottesville.  Training provides in-depth instruction in multiple theoretical perspectives, including Contemporary Freudian, Contemporary Kleinian, Bionian, Winnicottian and Kohutian.   For more information about training to become a psychoanalyst and other training opportunities, and to learn more about our current candidates and faculty, please visit

Upcoming Events

DC Professional Development Programs

“Who or What is Being Killed in a Terrorist State of Mind?”
Presenter: Mr. Narendra Keval, London
Date: February 12, 2017
Registration coming soon

Annual Cultural Diversity Program
“Muslim Identity Development in the USA”

“Lost and Found in America”
Presenter: Dr. Farha Abbasi, Michigan State University
“Growing Up with Hatred: A Psychoanalytic Developmental Perspective”
Presenter: Dr. Marsha Levy-Warren, CFS
Date: March 19, 2017
Registration coming soon

“Beyond Pluralism: Psychoanalysis and the Workings of the Mind”
Presenter: Fred Pine, PhD
Date: April 8, 2017
More details to come

Annual Scientific Conference
“Differentiation Between Intersubjective, Interpersonal and Interpsychic: Theory and Practice”
Presenter: Stefano Bolognini, MD
Date: October 14-15, 2017
More details to come

NY Continuing Education Programs


Training at our Institute

Learn more about the Psychoanalytic Training Institute of the CFS:

  • Advance your professional expertise.
  • Study with a renowned faculty.
  • Prepare for an exceptional practice.

For catalog with course listings and other information in each of our locations, click Washington DC or New York.

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