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Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Psychoanalysts – in Individual, Couple’s, and Group Settings

Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler is a practicing clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst for 35 years, who works with individuals, couples, and groups. She is also a clinical supervisor of mental health practitioners, as she conducts supervision groups, as well as individual supervision sessions. Dr. Kavaler-Adler is a prolific author, as well as a consultant for those involved in the wish to write for personal healing or for writing projects.

Unique Approaches as a Psychotherapist

Underlying all forms of anxiety and depression are deep seated fears of pain, pain related to loss, (abandonment, betrayal, bereavement, separation, a feeling of emptiness), pain related to guilt and shame, and pain related to coming out of hiding behind one's own walls and defenses that may have been held onto for a lifetime. Dr. Kavaler-Adler's feeling level approach to clinical healing process, in which internal and external disruptions in connection, are always carried through to a developmentally progressive mourning process, allows for the gradual tolerance of all forms of pain with the support of the therapeutic healing environment. This is an organic approach in which all talents, capacities, intellectual and creative abilities are freed to emerge naturally as the resistances against feeling blocked and repressed pain are overcome within the supportive relationship with the psychotherapist or with the group led by the psychotherapist. As the creative talents in the self emerge so too, in parallel, do the capacities for intimacy in interpersonal relationships, so that commitments that can support an expanding and successful life in the world can be made.

No matter what the initial problem is that brings anyone to psychotherapy (and or psychoanalysis) the underlying fears of involvement in life, because of the pain that such involvement brings, is pressuring and stressing one's body/mind/heart/soul through its inhibiting power in the background. Whether your relationship is failing or ending, or you feel suffocated, controlled, or trapped within a relationship, or whether you yearn for a relationship that you can't attain, Dr. Kavaler-Adler's ability to engage with the feeling level of the difficulty and with the whole range of irrational beliefs and self sabotage that go with the problem by giving support to open the resisted pain and longings can help move those forward who have been continuously repeating their frustrations, inhibitions, and failings over and over again! She can help individuals face the denied or feared anger that haunts them and makes them afraid of others, from whom anger is feared.

Dr. Kavaler-Adler has gained her clinical expertise as a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist and psychoanalyst over a 35 span of practice in New York City. She is not only attuned to the thoughts, feelings, despairs, and behaviors of those who consult with her as a psychotherapist, but she is also attuned to the sensory level, since she is a dancer who has early training as a dance therapist. Further, Dr. Kavaler-Adler has an honorary degree in literature, related to her books and many articles on women artists and writers, since she is extremely attuned to the strife and struggles of the creative process. Her literary side also adds to her clinical dimension as she is sensitive to the metaphors and symbols within dreams, daydreams, musings, and ordinary thoughts that float through one's minds, and which sometimes start to haunt by repetition. She can help translate these metaphors and symbolic fantasies into meaningful awareness of the hopes, fears, dreams, and longings of each individual so that each person can come to understand the conflicts and blocks that inhibit them, as different parts of themselves block each other through their friction.

Dr. Kavaler-Adler has developed an original guided visualization technique that she uses in her groups and workshops, to help participants reach deep into the depth of their internal worlds, and to then engage with those who come to them from within in an active dialogue that can be shared and translated into the meaning of conflicts, inhibitions and blocks to further development and progress in life. Occasional this same psychic visualization technique can be used in individual therapy sessions as well to facilitate contact with both the conscious and unconscious levels of the internal world that exists within all of us. In this way, Dr. Kavaler-Adler also helps individuals to reach their spiritual sides and dimensions, as well as their loving and creative sides. In her book, Mourning, Spirituality and Psychic Change (Routledge 2003), which won the National Gradiva Award (2004), Dr. Kavaler-Adler has demonstrated her profound engagement with the spiritual sides of individuals, along with their creative, intellectual and sexual sides. This book followed The Compulsion to Create: Women Writers and Their Demon Lovers (Routledge 1993, Other Press 2000) and The Creative Mystique: From Red Shoes Frenzy to Love and Creativity (Routledge 1993). These former books illustrated Dr. Kavaler-Adler's engagement with the creative process struggles of well known women artists and writers, and with their struggles to compensate for early trauma that damaged and aborted their interpersonal and love relationships in the world. In writing about these artists and writers and about creative women who overcame the tragic fates of some of these well known and brilliant figures through psychotherapy Dr. Kavaler-Adler faces the terrors of muses who turn to demon lovers in men who repeat mothers and fathers turning from the yearned for supportive parents into the medusa witch monsters and paternal demons during childhood. Facing the demon lover, who repeats the frustrations and deprivations of each individuals past, is a specialty of Dr. Kavaler-Adler, as she guides each individual along upon their very special and personal journeys.

When addressing self sabotage in individuals, Dr. Kavaler-Adler helps each person to see how unconscious loyalties to early figures in one's life, especially to parents and siblings, can be the prime cause of repeating self sabotaging behavior in both work and love. Dr. Kavaler-Adler also addresses how fears of the envy of oneself and of others can intensify such self sabotage, and how fears of success are related to these unconscious loyalties as well.

To contact Dr. Kavaler-Adler, please call 212-674-5425 or email DrKavalerAdler@gmail.com.

Office address: 115 East 9th Street, Suite 12P; NYC, 10003


***Over 35 years Experience in Psychoanalytic/ Psychodynamic/ Object Relations Psychotherapy with Individuals, Couples, and Groups, while utilizing unique approaches to working with: ***Depression, ***Anxiety & Fears, ***OCD, ***Loss, Grief, & Mourning, ***Self-Sabotage/ Abandonment & Separation, ***Guilt & Shame, ***Trauma & PTSD, ***Relationship & Betrayal Issues, ***Divorce/ Domestic Abuse & Violence, ***Dissociative Disorders, ***Elderly Persons Disorders, ***Gay Lesbian Issues, ***Parenting issues, ***Blocked Creativity, ***Spirituality, ***Personality Disorders & Borderline Personality. ***Supportive therapeutic groups: Self-Sabotage, Fear of Success, & Fear of Envy; Developmental Mourning; and Creative Healing Writing. *** Group supervision for Mental Health practitioners: Utilizing the Object Relations approach in therapy, and Envy issues in personal and professional life of therapists.***Additional modalities utilized: Guided Psychic Visualization, Creative Writing, Life Coaching, and Dance Therapy.

Contact Dr. Kavaler-Adler: call 212-674-5425 or email DrKavalerAdler@gmail.com


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