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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

Put your sorrow into words.  The grief you keep inside you will whisper in your heart until it breaks.
Shakespeare, Macbeth

The Contemporary Freudian Society’s

Commitment to Anti-Racism

“I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.” – James Baldwin

The  Contemporary Freudian Society strives to be an anti-racist organization standing in solidarity with Black, indigenous, and all people of color. Racism is a scourge on our country’s history and deeply embedded in the psychic life of all Americans.  The evidence of the ubiquity of conscious and unconscious racism is incontrovertible.

As psychoanalysts, we are committed to bearing witness, exploring, understanding and excavating the internalized aspects of racism and dynamics of privilege. We restate our commitment to making use of our unique knowledge and skills for the enhancement of human life. It is incumbent upon us to continue to review and revise our curriculum to include accurate representation for diverse lives and diverse experience. We continue to work toward the long overdue goal of increasing access to psychoanalytic training and treatment for people of color. And we, as an organization, are fully committed to ensuring that our community is a place in which inclusivity and diversity flourish, and where all members feel enabled to engage in dialogue in a spirit of equity and understanding so that we may all grow toward a greater capacity to inhabit one another’s experience.

The Contemporary Freudian Society

Board of Directors

Resources on Racism, Anti-Racism, White Privilege and Police Reform (articles, books, movies, TV shows and podcasts)

We invite you to step into the Virtual Psychoanalytic Museum. . .

The Virtual Psychoanalytic Museum is an on-line center where one can ‘virtually’ stroll through its halls and view exhibits where artists and analysts unite psychoanalysis with poetry, jazz, classical music and photography.  It houses an original, edgy and innovative take on psychoanalysis.  

Enter here: The Virtual Psychoanalytic Museum


The SPRING Project

The SPRING Project is an 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!

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

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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.

Member News

New releases from CFS members:

Who’s Behind the Couch: The Heart and Mind of the Psychoanalyst

co-edited by Kerry Malawista (with Robert Winer)

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Finding Unconscious Fantasy in Narrative, Trauma and Body Pain

co-edited by Drs. Paula Ellman and Nancy Goodman

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Stalker, Hacker, Voyeur, Spy: A Psychoanalytic Study of Erotomania, Voyeurism, Surveillance, and Invasions of Privacy

by Dr. Helen Gediman

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