History of The New York School for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

The New York School for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy is heir to the ever-expanding knowledge, theory, and practice of psychoanalytic traditions. Our school was inspired by the teachings of Gertrude and Rubin Blanck, who were among the important pioneers in applying psychoanalytic theory. Their contributions to theory led to improvements in the technique of psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Their understanding that psychoanalytic thought could be used with psychotherapy patients began a new chapter in psychoanalytic practice.

Initially, the Blanck‚Äôs established The Institute for the Study of Psychotherapy, which lasted from 1970-1978. In 1978, a group of advanced practitioners who had studied with the Blancks for many years, established the New York School for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. They assembled an outstanding roster of clinically experienced teachers and supervisors and established a comprehensive three-year program in contemporary psychoanalytic psychotherapy. That school continues today, now in its fourth decade, using the seminal ideas from the Blanck’s work on ego psychology, and branching out into object relations and attachment-based theories.

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