The American Health Council has welcomed Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NPsYA, D.Litt, as “ Best in Medicine ” in recognition of her extensive experience in the specialty fields of Clinical Psychology, Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis, Group Therapy, and Literature.
Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler has amassed over 40 years experience in the field of Psychology and Psychoanalysis. Currently she is practicing as a Psychotherapist and Owner of her own Private Practice as well a the Co-Founder, Executive Director, and Senior Faculty & Training Supervisor of Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. In addition, Dr. Kavaler-Adler acts as a consultant for those involved in personal healing writing projects related to her experience over the past 30 years running writing groups within her private practice.
Within the scope of her private practice, Dr. Kavaler-Adler’s work primarily focuses on Psychology, Psychotherapy, and Psychoanalysis with individuals, couples, in group settings. Her work as a Mentor and Clinical Supervisor for Mental Health Practitioners focuses on individual and group settings, and her Psychotherapy, Support, and Writing Groups are held for the general public and mental health practitioners.
Dr. Kavaler-Adler received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1974 from Adelphi University’s Gordon Derner Institute. Subsequently, she received a Certificate in Supervision of Psychotherapy from the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health in 1985. In 1981, Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler obtained a Certificate in Comprehensive Psychotherapy from the National Institute for Psychotherapies. Dr. Kavaler-Adler has an honorary doctorate in literature, as well as a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, and has a Diplomate status (ABPP) as a psychoanalyst from the American Psychological Association and the Division of Psychoanalysis. She also has had training as a dance therapist.
Among her many achievements, Dr. Kavaler-Adler has authored 6 books and 70 articles regarding issues of psychological interest relating to mourning, healing, clinical practice, and creativity for healing and psychic health. Her five well-known psychoanalytic published books are The Compulsion to Create: Women Writers and Their Demon Lovers (Routledge, 1993; Other Press, 2000; ORI Academic Press, 2013); The Creative Mystique: From Red Shoes Frenzy to Love and Creativity (Routledge, 1996; ORI Academic Press, 2014); Mourning, Spirituality and Psychic Change (Routledge, 2003, National Gradiva® Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis, 2004); Anatomy of Regret: From Death Instinct to Reparation and Symbolization through Vivid Clinical Cases (Karnac, 2013); and The Klein-Winnicott Dialectic: Transformative New Metapsychology and Interactive Clinical Theory (Karnac, 2014). She has won 16 other awards for her writing in the field of psychology and psychotherapy. Dr. Kavaler-Adler’s trade book, Saturday Nights at Lafayette Grill: True Tales & Gossips of NY City Argentine Tango Scene (MindMend Publishing, 2017), brings the reader into the center of New-York City Argentine tango craze and passion.
Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler has been a recipient of 16 awards for her books and articles, including the Gradiva® Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP) in 2004 (as well as 3 other Gradiva Award nominations), and has 11 book awards from psychoanalytic training institutes.
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- Psychotherapist and Owner of her own Private Practice
- Co-Founder, Executive Director, and Senior Faculty & Training Supervisor of Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis
- Consultant for those involved in personal healing writing projects related to her experience over the past 30 years running writing groups within her Private Practice