David M. Abrams, PhD, FIPA


Dr. David Abrams, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Director of Training, Faculty and Control Analyst at the Harlem Family Institute. A member of the Contemporary Freudian Society and a Fellow of the International Psychoanalytic Association, he is also on the Teaching Faculty of the China American Psychoanalytic Alliance (CAPA), and is certified in Adult Psychoanalysis and Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis. He is a graduate in adult analysis from the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy and in child and adolescent analysis from the Center for Preventive Psychiatry in 1988.

He is the author of over 20 professional articles and the co-author of four books.

He is currently completing a psychoanalytic biography entitled, 'Herbert Graf: From Freud’s Little Hans to Opera Pioneer,' to be published by International Psychoanalytic Books in 2022, and also editing the writings of Max Graf, the father of “Little Hans,” who worked with Freud on the psychoanalysis of music.

Dr. Abrams's foundation is in Contemporary Freudian psychoanalysis with extensive training also in the analytic approaches of Sullivan, Winnicott and Michael Eigen. His major research interests are in Freud’s treatment cases, close-process defense analysis, genetic reconstruction, child psychoanalytic process, the psychoanalysis of music, psychoanalysis and spirituality and in the shift in child and adult cases from psychoanalytic treatment to post-treatment self-analysis.

Contact Information:

Clinical address: 38 West 32nd Street, Suite 1511, New York, NY 10001
Phone: (646) 715-7467
Email: david.m.abrams@gmail.com

Analytic Training

1979: Certificate in Child Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. New Hope Guild. 1979.
1988: Certificate in Adult Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. NYU Postdoctoral
1988: Certificate in Child Psychoanalysis. Center for Preventive Psychiatry.

Practice Details

Areas of Specialization / Expertise

Adolescent, Adult individual, Child psychoanalysis, Child therapy, Conflicts with creativity, Parent guidance, Relationships, Trauma

Treatment Catchment Area

New York County (NY) (Manhattan)

Primary Office

Address: 38 West 32nd Street #1511, New York, NY 10001
Suite: Suite 1511.
Main Phone Number: 646-715-7467
Scroll to Top