PPSC is home to a 25-year tradition in discovering what works in the field of psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Founded in 1986, PPSC has a long history of commitment to the mental health community of New York City. Providing treatment and training founded in the principles of high-quality counseling and mental health offerings, PPSC is proud to be part of the evolving field of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.


Open Houses: Spring 2015

For Prospective Candidates interested in PPSC’s 3-year, 4-year, and licence qualifying programs in Psychoanalysis

We welcome you to attend one of our two Open Houses: Sunday, March 8, 2015 from 1:00-3:00 and Friday, April 24, 2015 from 7:00-9:00 pm.  Each Open House will begin with an information session. In the first hour you’ll hear from our Executive Director, Dean of Admissions, Directors of Training and our Treatment Service.   It is an opportunity to learn about our various training programs and ask questions.  The second part of the Open House is more informal. Have a bite to eat and mingle and talk with people in these leadership roles, as well as with other faculty members,  supervisors, and current candidates.  It’s a great way to get a feel for our community.

Additionally, attending an Open House qualifies you for free admission to all PPSC events, including the PPSC Annex lecture series.

To register for an Open House, contact the PPSC office at 212 633-9162 or ppsc@att.net


Coming January 23rd, 2015 :

“Normality, Perversion and Countertransference”

Presented by: Bill Picker, Ph.D

What do we consider normal sexuality and how does it affect our work with patients? When we delve into the world of sex we tap into primitive psychological processes; the wise therapist will continually examine his/her own internal machinations and responses. Dr. Picker proposes that when it comes to sexuality, we tend to define normal via a rather narrow set of activities that tends to correspond to our personal sexual behavior. The need for attending to and understanding our own primitive processes and countertransference biases as we engage in psychotherapy around sexual matters will be discussed and illustrated. Utilizing clinical work from his somewhat unusual subspecialty–patients involved in BDSM (Bondage/Discipline, Dominance/Submission, Sadism/Masochism) — Dr. Picker intends to explore why someone would desire to be a submissive, as well as the unconscious processes of sexuality and the countertransferential work needed when patients bring up such loaded sexual matters in session. Psychological theories ranging from psychoanalysis to signal detection theory will be incorporated.

Please Be Aware: Explicit photographs and language will be employed during the presentation. Please contact the presenter if you are concerned you might be offended.
Dr. Bill Picker joined the Child and Adolescent faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at New York/Presbyterian Hospital in 1986. It was there that he attended presentations by fellow faculty member, Dr. Helen Singer Kaplan, which sparked his longstanding interest in sex therapy. He is the Administrative Coordinator of the Manhattan Sex Therapy Peer Group (MSTPG) and is listed in Kink Aware Professionals and Polyamorous Friendly Therapists. His sex therapy-specific presentations and publications focus on demystifying and explaining the benefits of sex therapy to non-sex therapists, as well as BDSM issues.


Coming April 12th, 2015 :

“Projective Identification: Blind Foresight”

Presented by: Elizabeth Howell, Ph.D

This presentation will draw on Dr. Howell’s chapter, of the same title, in her book, The Dissociative Mind. She will examine some key explanations of the phenomena we call projective identification, and suggest some alternative ones, eventually raising the question of whether use of the term, projective identification is helpful. She will provide examples, and will also seek the participation of group members with their own examples. Her aim is to create a collaborative discussion about the meaning and clinical usefulness of the term–as well as how to best use the phenomena that are variously described by the two words, “projective identification,” clinically..

A psychoanalyst and traumatologist who specializes in the treatment of dissociative disorders, Elizabeth Howell, Ph.D., is an clinical associate professor for the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis; faculty and supervisor for the Trauma Treatment Center, Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis, and faculty for the Psychotherapy Training Program: Diagnosis and Treatment of Dissociative Disorders, of the International Society for the Study of Dissociation (ISSTD). She is an Honorary Member of the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Society. Her books include Understanding and Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder: A Relational Approach (Routledge, 2011), The Dissociative Mind (Analytic Press, 2005), and Women and Mental Health (co-editor, Basic Books, 1981). She in private practice in NYC and also runs private consultation and study groups.