Susan Kavaler-Adler: Biography

Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NCPsyA, DLitt is a practicing clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst, and a scholar of the object relations clinical theory for almost 40 years. She offers psychotherapy and psychoanalysis for individuals and couples; while in therapeutic groups, she utilizes unique techniques of psychic visualizations, to engage all participants in discovering their internal world’s objects and relationships. Her supervision groups for mental health practitioners are very popular, and include creative approaches of interactive role-play, case studies, analytic-session-as-a-hologram, as well as the analyst-as-instrument techniques.  

Dr. Kavaler-Adler is the co-founder, executive director, senior teaching faculty, training analyst, and supervisor of the Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (ORI) in NYC. ORI is a non-profit NYS chartered educational institute, which started its third decade in making and educating mental health professionals about British and American object relations clinical theory and technique.

Dr. Kavaler-Adler is internationally-known author of five books and over sixty peer-reviewed articles related to her view of mourning as a developmental process (so called “developmental mourning”), which is fundamental to self-integration, healing, and transformation throughout one’s lifetime. Her unique integration of British and American object relations theory can be seen throughout her writing, fully defined as a theoretical perspective related to “developmental mourning” in her first book The Compulsion to Create: Women Writers and Their Demon Lovers (Routledge, 1993, Other Press, 2000, ORI Academic Press, 2013). The focus of this book and her second book, The Creative Mystique: From Red Shoes Frenzy to Love and Creativity (Routledge, 1996; ORI Academic Press, 2014) is on well-known brilliant women writers and artists. In these books, Dr. Kavaler-Adler explores how the creative process can lead to progressive developmental mourning, self-integration, and reparation or otherwise it can be the captive of pathological mourning and psychic arrest in those who fail to mourn. This failure to mourn (exhibited through so called "demon-lover complex") is usually related to developmental arrest from trauma in the primal stage of self-development. 

Dr. Kavaler-Adler’s third book, Mourning, Spirituality, and Psychic Change: A New Object Relations View of Psychoanalysis  (Routledge, 2003), the National Gradiva® Award winner from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP) in 2004,  further explores the clinical arena of the object relations phenomena. This book extends the clinical application of Dr. Kavaler-Adler’s theories that can be seen in her first two books, with in-depth descriptions of the developmental mourning process in dialectic with analytic transference work, and with the interactive engagement of the psychoanalyst and the client.  

Two new books by Dr. Kavaler-Adler are focused on further deep integration of the object relations theory in clinical practice: The Anatomy of Regret: From death Instinct to Reparation and Symbolization through Vivid Case Studies (Karnac, 2013) and The Klein-Winnicott Dialectic: Transformative Metapsychology and Interactive Clinical Theory (Karnac, 2014).

Some other difficult but important topics of Dr. Kavaler-Adler’s writings are: self-sabotage, fear of success, envy, seduction, grief and loss, erotic transference, spirituality and psychic transformation, creative compulsion vs. free motivation, resolving blocks of creativity, along with the opening of creative self, finding one’s voice, as well as the capacity to surrender - in life and in Argentine tango, Susan's other passion.

For more information, please visit www.KavalerAdler.com .

For description of lectures and workshops by Dr. Kavaler-Adler, follow the link HERE


   http://www.ctd.northwestern.edu/   Visit ORI's YouTube Channel, ObjectRelations2009, to view the highlights of our Annual Conferences:

       Thumbnail  2013 Conference - on Countertransference, Regret, Aggression, and Their Vicissitudes

         Self-Sabotage - from Jungian, Kleinian, and Fairbairnian Perspectives  2012 Conference on Self-Sabotage: Jungian, Kleinian,  and Fairbairnian Perspectives.  

  2011 Annual 20th Anniversary Conference on Dialectics of Mortality and Immortality: Time as a Persecutory vs. a Holding Object

2010 Annual Conference on Psychoanalysis & Spirituality

2009 Annual Conference on Eroticized Demonic Object

Visit ORI's YouTube Channel, ObjectRelations2009, to view NEW mini-video series "The Object Relations View"

Intro to the Object Relations Thinking and Clinical Technique - with Dr. Kavaler-Adler (part 1).

Projective Identification (part 2)

Time as an Object (part 3)

Self Sabotage - (part 4)

        Fear of Success (part 5)

        Mourning, Developmental vs. Pathological  (part 6)

        Bad Objects and Loyalty to Bad Objects (part 7)

        Demon-lover Complex  (part 8)

        Psychic Regret (part 9)

        Klein-Winnicott Dialectic  (part 10)

        Depression: The Object Relations View (part 11)

        Anxiety: The Object Relations View (part 12)

        Eating Disorders: The Object Relations View (part 13)

        Narcissism: The Object Relations View (part 14)

        Female Creativity and the Internal Father (part 15)

        Psychic Dialectic: The Object Relations View (part 16)

        Writing Blocks: The Object Relations View (part 17)

        Internal Editor and Internal Saboteur: The Object Relations View (part 18)

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