About Josie Oppenheim

Dr. Oppnheim specializes in individual couples and family therapy as well as career and arts counseling, and relationship and family building, including LGBT parenting and adoption. In addition she works with families who include a member diagnosed with schizophrenia or other mental illness, as well as families with children who are diagnosed with ADD and ADHD, learning differences, and developmental delays impacting on school and social experiences and performance. She is on the research and teaching faculty of The Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies and maintains a private practice in New York City. She holds a New York State license in psychoanalysis.

Dr. Oppenheim is an award winning writer who has authored numerous articles in national magazines, professional journals, college texts and book chapters. Topics include child development, early childhood education, family dynamics, substance use among children and adolescents, raising a creative child, the meanings of adoption and the cultural context of dreams. She presents nationally and internationally for such organizations as: The National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP); The Federation for Psychoanalytic Education (IFPE); and The Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies. In addition she regularly leads workshops for the general public on adoption, creativity, and relationship building.

Dr. Oppenheim practices psychoanalysis, a special form of psychotherapy, which focuses on the whole person, not just symptoms. Psychoanalysis has been called "the talking cure" because the simple act of talking to an interested, involved, and clinically trained listener allows for new thoughts and feelings to evolve and defensive, repetitive behaviors to become obsolete.

Educational Background

Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis--Doctorate (Doctor of Psychoanalysis)
Dissertation: Breaking the Fall: The Rise of Metaphor in Human Evolution

The Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies--Certification
Thesis: Merger and Defense in a Patient With Insufficient Psychic Skin
Recipient of the Phyllis W. Meadow Research Award for thesis research.

Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, New York--MA
Thesis: The Stamp of Julias Freud: The latent content of Freud's "Beyond the Pleasure Principle"

Empire State College (SUNY) BA
Concentration; Writing/Cultural Studies