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Welcome To Your Inner Life


[fade]Being human is a journey of becoming yourself.

Longstanding feelings of sadness, resentment, or anxiety are signals that you’re off course.  You may feel held back or that you repeatedly find yourself in the same unsatisfying place in love or work. These are some of the reasons to enlist the help of a psychoanalyst – a guide for your emotional life.  A psychoanalyst knows about psychological development, how the mind works, how and why people stop themselves from moving forward, and how to listen without judgement. [/fade]


About Dr. Susan Fine


[fade]I am a New York State licensed psychologist and a psychoanalyst.  I am on the faculty of the Psychoanalytic Association of New York (affiliated with NYU School of Medicine) where I completed training in psychoanalysis with adults (2016) and psychoanalytic psychotherapy with children and adolescents (2005).  My doctoral degree in psychology is from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology – Yeshiva University (1999), and my Master’s Degree in Special Education is from New York University (1993).   

I am inspired by the natural force in people to grow, and fascinated by the conscious and unconscious ways in which psychological struggles block this process. [/fade]

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My Philosophy


The Power of the Unconscious

[fade]We operate based on two maps – one that is known and the other unknown.  If your life isn’t going the way you want it to it means that the two maps have different courses and you’re following the one you can’t see.  The map you can’t see is based on childhood strategies for handling feelings. (A child can adopt unhealthy strategies in order to get along with family members.) Continuing to rely on those ways could be the cause of problems in adult relationships or achievement in school or work. A psychoanalyst knows how to identify these old, unconscious ways of coping and is good at explaining them. When you know your unhelpful ways of handling feelings, you’re free to choose ones which are more adaptive and more fruitful. [/fade]


Linking and Unlinking

[fade]Assembling a puzzle means recognizing which pieces don’t belong together and joining the ones that do.  When gaps in a person’s understanding of themselves and others get filled in with assumptions or misunderstanding, it’s like joining the wrong pieces. While we get clear about your struggles, think about how they developed, and help you handle emotional symptoms, you will also learn to see yourself and others with less erroneous thinking and greater truth.  Knowing yourself gives you the possibility of making more satisfying choices, leading to a fulfilling life.[/fade]


Communication and Connection

[fade]The most important person to be able to understand and to have a comfortable, trusting relationship with is yourself. Knowing yourself deeply means you can tell the significant people in your life who you are, what you need, what makes you happy, angry or hurt in a way that’s clear and honest.   The capacity to describe your inner experience opens you to the possibility of feeling known and understood by others. [/fade]


Working Collaboratively

[fade]I have professional training and experience and you are the expert on your life. [/fade]  


[fade]This wisdom resides in you but can get dismissed as unreliable or unimportant.  Talking with a psychoanalyst can help you tune in and trust this important internal navigation system.[/fade]


Self-Mastery, Emotional Resilience, Confidence, Self-Esteem

[fade]I would like each person I work with to become their own expert guide to their inner life. [/fade]


The difference between a Psychotherapist, a Psychologist, and a Psychoanalyst


[fade]A psychotherapist uses talk therapy to help people with their emotional experiences.  There are many kinds of psychotherapists and their number of years in academic learning, clinical supervision and experience with personal treatment varies.  A psychologist completed a minimum of five years which included academic coursework, supervised clinical work and research. A psychoanalyst is typically someone who completed their professional training as a psychologist, psychiatrist or social worker and has in addition pursued special training in psychoanalysis.

Psychoanalytic training includes a minimum of five years of course work, the analysis of three patients with supervision by senior psychoanalysts, and a personal psychoanalysis which is long and searching and affords them deep self-knowledge. A psychoanalyst has learned about the unconscious aspect of the mind and can work with people on the surface or with greater depth, depending on what’s needed.[/fade]


[fade]A Metaphor of the Mind


Think of your mind as like the ocean.  Just below the surface are fish and coral, and in the depths exists a whole world that you cannot see.  Most people spend their time on the surface, sailing towards goals in work, love and play.  If you get curious about why you think and feel the way you do, it’s like snorkeling. (Psychotherapy is like guided snorkeling.)  As the scuba diver goes deep and remains amidst the sea life to learn and observe, people who want to understand their unconscious processes, such as unhelpful repetitive patterns, immerse themselves deeper and longer in the therapeutic process.   (Psychoanalysis is like guided scuba diving.)[/fade]


People reach out due to struggles with:


[fade]Relationships (family, friendships, parenting, romantic, school, work)[/fade]



[fade]Emotional independence from family[/fade]



[fade]Feeling dissatisfied with your degree of personal or professional growth, feeling stuck in an unwanted role in relationships, persistent unhappiness, anxiety or anger, feeling overwhelmed [/fade]



[fade]Life transitions, loss or traumatic experiences[/fade]



[fade]Identity (sexual, cultural, professional, gender)[/fade]



[fade]Achievement in work or school[/fade]


Services for Adults and Adolescents


[fade]Insight-Oriented Psychotherapy[/fade]

[fade]Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy[/fade]







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[fade]210 W. 90th St, 1B
New York, NY 10024[/fade]

[fade](212) 866-1771[/fade]


[fade]If you plan to receive reimbursement from your insurance company, then your coverage must include out-of-network mental health. [/fade]