Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NPsyA, D.Litt

Susan Kavaler-Adler

Title: Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalyst
Company: Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis
Location: New York, New York, United States

Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NPsyA, D.Litt, Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalyst at the Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Health Care Professionals for dedication, achievements, and leadership in clinical psychology, psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.

The founder, executive director and board president of the Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis in New York City, Dr. Kavaler-Adler has dedicated her career to the institution since 1991. In this role, Dr. Kavaler-Adler specializes in individual psychotherapy, couples and group psychotherapy and groups for mourning, supervision, self-expression and writing. Renowned for her work in intensive psychotherapy, she works with patients who have survived struggles with problems arising from past trauma, including issues with creative self-expression, interpersonal communication and intimacy, among other areas. Likewise, she has leveraged such modalities as Guided Meditative Visualization and dance therapy in her practice to best help her patients. Alongside her professional pursuit, she has supervised various other mental health practitioners.

Working out of New York City for more than 40 years, Dr. Kavaler-Adler draws upon a Doctor of Philosophy in clinical psychology from Adelphi University, acquired in 1974. Certified as a clinical psychologist in the State of New York, she has also been a supervisor of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis for more than 35 years subsequent to her graduation from the Postgraduate Psychoanalytic Society in 1985. Throughout her professional career, she has also been a supervisor and training analyst for the National Institute for the Psychotherapies. In light of her success, she earned an honorary Doctor of Literature from Ignatius University in 2008.

An established author in addition to her work, Dr. Kavaler-Adler has published six books and more than 70 articles in professional journals. Among her notable books, she is most renowned for, “The Compulsion to Create: Women Writers and Their Demon Lovers” from 2013, “The Creative Mystique: From Red Shoes Frenzy to Love and Creativity” from 2014, “Mourning, Spirituality and Psychic Change” from 2003, “Anatomy of Regret” from 2013 and “The Klein-Winnicott Dialectic: Transformative New Metapsychology and Interactive Clinical Theory” from 2014.

As a testament to her writing success, Dr. Kavaler-Adler has earned 16 accolades for her books, including the Gradiva Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis in 2004 for her book, “Mourning, Spirituality and Psychic Change.” Previously earning three other Gradiva Award nominations earlier in her career, she has also been a fellow of the American Board and Academy of Psychoanalysis since 2009 and was appointed to the editorial board for the online journal “Psychoanalysis: Psychanalytic Critique” in 2018. Looking toward the future, she intends to keep publishing books regarding psychology, as well as a creative non-fiction book and a book on famous women actresses.

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