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About Us

Welcome From The Directors

The Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (WCSPP) is a non-profit academic center which provides high quality post graduate training to mental health practitioners representing a variety of licensed disciplines. Founded and chartered by the New York State Board of Regents in 1974 as an interdisciplinary, psychotherapy and psychoanalytic educational center, we were the first in Westchester County to provide such intensive training to non-medical clinicians. As New York State has expanded the scope of licensing, we are currently able to train students with a variety of graduate degrees. Since our origins, WCSPP has been dedicated to an open exchange of ideas and dialogue. Our faculty represents diverse perspectives on human development and psychotherapeutic technique.

Over the years we have expanded our programs. Initially we provided training in adult psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. Gradually as we grew, we initiated specialty programs in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and Couples Therapy. We have also provided training in Supervision. In addition, WCSPP prides itself on providing low cost accessible psychotherapeutic treatment to the community. Our Psychotherapy Center gives our candidates the opportunity to develop their treatment skills under the careful supervision/consultation with our experienced and highly accomplished faculty.

Together with our Psychoanalytic Association, we offer a wide variety of conferences, Scientific Meetings, professional retreats, film presentations and opportunities for social engagement with members of our supportive community. If you are seeking a professional community to function as your professional home, which will help you network to create or grow your private practice, please join our many hundreds of graduates and candidates and become part of our WCSPP family. We invite you to become acquainted with all of our programs and events that might serve your professional interest. We look forward to introducing you to the Westchester Center.

Diane Girdwoyn Caspe, LCSW
Arnold Zinman, Ph.D.
Executive Directors

History and Mission

The Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (WCSPP) was the brainchild of a small group of eminent psychoanalysts who valued pluralistic psychoanalytic training set in a strong and vibrant professional community. The vision of its founders continues today at WCSPP, with its deep commitment to the rigorous academic training of clinicians amid open discussion of multiple psychoanalytic perspectives. WCSPP has continually moved forward to develop new programs that meet the changing needs of mental health professionals and to expand its Psychotherapy Service to best serve individuals in need of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy.

We believe that education in psychoanalytic techniques grounded in a wide range of theories best prepares one to do psychoanalysis or psychoanalytic psychotherapy for adults or children by fostering a deep understanding of human character. Our training encompasses the study of contemporary Freudian theory, interpersonal theory, relational theory, attachment theory and self-psychology, In psychoanalysis or psychoanalytic psychotherapy, processing what is occurring in the present day and connecting that to long term patterns of relating is important to understand the issues that bring patients to treatment.

We seek talented faculty and students who will constitute a vibrant community that draws on the strength that comes with a substantive institutional commitment to diversity along dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, veteran status, interests, perspectives, and socioeconomic status. Grounded in equal opportunity and nondiscrimination, WCSPP’s robust commitment to diversity is fundamental to the Institute’s mission of advancing knowledge, educating future leaders in the field, and providing public service.

Psychoanalytic Association

The Psychoanalytic Association (PA) is a professional, collegial association open to all graduates and current students of WCSPP for a yearly membership fee.  Licensed professionals who have not trained at WCSPP can apply to be an auxiliary member.

The many benefits of membership include opportunities to network with clinicians from many disciplines throughout the tri-state area and listing in a directory of all members, including their specialities (a very useful tool), access to PEP-WEB, an online comprehensive library of psychoanalytic journals and books, invitations to attend bi-monthly Scientific Meetings and Fireside Chats, as well as the association’s annual retreat/conference. Most importantly, attendance at PA functions can help you develop and foster a professional home.

Program Directors:

Advanced Psychoanalytic Program and Foundations of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program
Directors: Judith Berenson, LCSW and John Turtz, PhD
Associate Director: Cynthia Heller, PhD

Child/Adolescent/Parent Program
Directors: Jane Bloomgarden, PhD and Irene Studwell, LCSW

Couples Program
Directors: Rosalind Cohen, LCSW and Bari Smelson-Kanwal, PhD, LCSW
Associate Director: Carolyn Cullen, PhD, LCSW

Supervisory Program
Director: Linda Fleischman, LCSW

Board of Trustees:

Elliot M. Adler, PhD
Helen O. Adler, LCSW
Diane Girdwoyn Caspe, LCSW
Stewart M. Crane, LCSW
Bilha Goldberg, LCSW
George Goldstein, PhD
Janet Shimer, LCSW, MBA
Steven Spitz, PhD
Arnold Zinman, PhD
Janet R. Zuckerman, PhD