Mid-Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis

 Charles Bershatsky, PhD
 Deborah Greene Bershatsky, PhD
Now available...NEW Vol. III, No. 1
Annals of Modern Psychoanalysis

Board of Trustees

Core Faculty

In Memoriam
Dr. Hyman Spotnitz September 29, 1908 - April 18, 2008

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the Narcissistic Defense

Grief saps my strength, the sands of life are run,
and in my early youth am I cut off;
but death is not my bane - it ends my woe.
I would not death for this that is my love,
as two united in a single soul
would die as one.

       Narcissus and Echo
       from Metamorphoses, Ovid


What gets in the way of satisfaction - in love, in work, in life? Finding the answer to this question is what psychoanalysis is all about. Teaching the science and art of psychoanalysis is the goal of the Mid-Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis.

MMI welcomes psychotherapists, social workers and mental health practitioners seeking to deepen their skills and theoretical understanding; people who want to expand their effectiveness in business, teaching, the arts, or parenting; and anyone who wants to achieve better understanding of themselves and others. Whatever your background, we invite you to look through these pages and learn about Modern Psychoanalysis and the Mid-Manhattan Institute.

Modern Psychoanalysis grew from the work of Hyman Spotnitz, a neurologist and psychiatrist who began his clinical work in the 1950's. Dr. Spotnitz believed that many of the neuroses and more severe mental illnesses seen today stem from the preoedipal period: the first two or three years of life, before the transformational development of language.

MMI is proud to have earned Dr. Spotnitz's
emphatic endorsement. To read it, click here.

Building from the work of Sigmund Freud, Dr. Spotnitz formulated a theory of technique that recognizes the powerful, destructive role played by bottled up anger and aggression in the formation of emotional illness. Spotnitz's work has led to the successful treatment of addictions, eating and impulse disorders, as well as severe borderline conditions and psychoses prevalent in our society. These same techniques have been found to be effective in the treatment of relationship issues, career conflicts, anxiety, depression and the various life issues we all face.

With an exceptional faculty well versed in the art of engaging students on both an emotional and cognitive level, MMI offers courses to people at all levels of understanding. In addition to intensive training in modern analytic theory and technique, courses are offered in specialized areas such as group therapy, child and family therapy, addictions, gerontology, parenting, relationships and conflict resolution.

MMI grants a certificate in psychoanalysis and also provides its students with the support and opportunity to earn advanced academic degrees.

We hope you'll get in touch with us, and together we can advance the cause of satisfaction in life.

MMI is provisionally chartered by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York since 1985.

Our site is still under construction. Over the coming weeks, we'll provide curriculum notes, application forms, faculty biographies, and many other features. In the meantime, to learn more about modern psychoanalysis and the Mid-Manhattan Institute, please contact us by email at mmi@mmi.edu, call 212-799-8558, or write to us at 239 Central Park West, Suite 1AS, New York, NY 10024.
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