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Training Overview

The Training Institute for Mental Health offers training programs for professionals who wish to enhance their understanding and deepen their skill in individual psychoanalysis, couples therapy, group therapy, and the supervision of the psychoanalytic process. 

Our training encompasses drive theory, object relations theory, ego psychology, self psychology, and relational psychology. We believe that every clinician has their own style and brings unique strengths to this work. 

Our goal is not to mold a student into our version of an analyst, but to help each person find their own voice within this broad and ever-evolving field. Classes offer an in depth examination of psychoanalytic theories, which is combined with the clinical experiences of our students and faculty. 

To learn more about The Training Institute and to download a copy of our course of study, please click here. For more information about specific programs, please scroll down or click below:

Individual Programs
Couple Program
Group Program
Psychotherapist's Toolkit



Individual Programs
Alan R. Steinberg, PhD (alan@timh.org)

Couple Program
Albert Brok, PhD
 (albrok@timh.org) or
Ellen Gussaroff, PhD (ellen@timh.org

Group Program
George Lynn, PsyD

Lauren Gargano 




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Individual PROGRAMS

Individual PROGRAMS

Basic Concepts
(1 Year Program)

The One-Year Basic Concepts in Psychotherapy program is an excellent way for students to continue their professional education and serves as a way for students to assess their interest in further analytic training. Basic Concepts students participate in the same academic classes and group supervision as students in the Three-Year program.  Though the classes are the same, Basic Concepts students do not see patients at the Sarah A. Meehan Center, they do not receive supervision, and they are not required to be in personal analysis.  Mid-way through the year, students in the One-Year program have the option to apply to continue on as students in the Three-Year program. Should they decide not to continue their training, a Letter of Completion is granted to all students who graduate at the end of the academic year.

(3 Year Program)


Students in the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis programs follow the development of psychoanalytic thought, learning how each new theory built on and/or altered what came before, with the hope that students will continue to develop their ability to help their clients.  These students must be in their own personal analysis (2x per week for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy students, and 3x per week for Psychoanalysis students) and must be in individual supervision (see below for more details). These students have the privilege of seeing patients at the Sarah A. Meehan Center, if they wish. Hours worked at the Center count toward advanced licensure. Furthermore, students who donate eight patient hours per week at the Center do not have to pay for supervision or tuition. These students are still required to pay an annual registration fee of $200 and pay for their own personal analysis.


In addition to Group Supervision, students in the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy program will have one individual hour of supervision per week during their first year. In the second and third year of the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy program and the fourth year of the Psychoanalysis program students will have two intensive supervisory sessions per week, one of overall supervision and one of intensive supervision/analytic control. A minimum of 30 months of supervision as specified is required for graduation in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and 50 months for graduation in Psychoanalysis. Overall supervision is individual supervision which covers the student's entire case load. Its purpose is to oversee the student's total clinical performance and the handling of administrative responsibilities. Intensive supervision (analytic control) is individual supervision which is focused on one, or, at most, a few selected cases. First year supervisors are assigned. Thereafter they are selected by the student in accordance with the Training Institute's guidelines.

(4 Year Program) 

Students in the Psychoanalytic (4th year) program have the same class and supervision structure as students in the three year program, though they work with more advanced coursework.  However, in addition to the coursework, one of the main focuses of the fourth year is the completion of a 50 page Case Presentation, which focuses on one client that the student has seen 3x per week for at least one calendar year.  The Case Presentation is an opportunity to analyze the work with one client from at least two schools of psychoanalytic thought.  In our view, a skilled clinician is able to understand patient material through the lenses of different schools of thought, and is able to choose from these approaches how best to interact with what is happening, moment to moment, in the therapy room.  Through writing this intensive case, and through working with the faculty assigned to them on their case committee on understanding how different psychoanalytic viewpoints would handle the material in different ways, the student gets invaluable insight into how to fluidly move between different schools of analytic thought.  

Finally, we try to encourage our 4th year students to engage with the larger psychoanalytic world.  To that end, 4th year students have the opportunity to work with Dr. Karen Starr, on how to shape their psychoanalytic material into professional papers.  In addition, we try to introduce these students to professionals who have been recognized for excellence in our field.  This year our students will have the opportunity to work with Dr Joan Berzoff, among other excellent faculty members.

Admission Process

You may download an application here.

To view our 2018-2019 course listings, please click here.

To view information about upcoming open houses, please visit our calendar page here.


Couple Program

Couple Program


The Couple Therapy Training Program is a two-year certificate program that includes:

  • A core curriculum in psychodynamic theory and fundamental techniques in couple therapy.
  • A caseload of at least three treatment hours weekly.
  • Individual and group supervision of couple cases.
  • Engagement in personal individual or group therapy.
  • Seminars, film programs, and workshops presented throughout the year.
  • Supervised clinical hours count for licensure and professional requirements.
  • Advanced training in couple therapy supervision is available beyond the two-year certificate. 
  • Fellowship for course and workshop tuition are available, requiring three hours per week of couple treatment in our clinic.

Annual Tuition: $0 with fellowship

For further information contact: 
Dr. Albert Brok, PhD, CGP Director at 212.580.3086 or albrok@timh.org
Ellen Gussaroff, PhD, LCSW Co-Director at 917.930.9354 or ellen@timh.org
Delverlon Hall, EdD, LCSW Assistant Director at 917.576.1544 or dh2203@columbia.edu


Working with couples presents unique challenges even for experienced clinicians. An understanding of each member of a couple's individual psychological development and emotional experience is crucial for effective treatment. A good couple therapist uses advanced skills to support individuals while maintaining an underlying focus on the couple relationship. 

Our program offers a firm understanding of psychodynamic theory as it relates to each individual's model of relationships and each couple's interactions. Our approach stresses the importance of cognitive, EFT, relational and system-modalities. Our low-cost clinic affords couples the opportunity to work with therapists in our training program where, in turn, therapists are given the chance to put theory into practice. Group and individual supervision allows for a full exploration of issues as they arise. Advanced Training beyond the two-year certificate is available for those interested in becoming couple therapist supervisors. 

Admission Process

To apply, click here to view our brochure containing our application.

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Group Program

Group Program


The Group Therapy Training Program emphasizes a psychodynamic understanding of group interaction, the importance of appropriate diagnosis for successful group treatment, the use of the therapist's self, the value of combined therapy, and the selective use of group modalities tailored to specific treatment situations. Focused courses in working with adolescent, addicted or elderly groups are available. We offer two training tracks. 


A two-year program involving seminars, supervision, leading group therapy, and personal group therapy. There are two one hour academic and supervisory seminars on Fridays per semester for a total time commitment of 4 seminars for the year (two semesters). This track allows for an introduction to the basic concepts of group therapy and theory but could also be credited for those who want to pursue the entire program.


A segmental program wherein a trainee may choose one and/or two components, thereby allowing maximum flexibility over an extended period of time.


  • Seminars and supervision held on Friday evening. All other aspects of the program are individually arranged.
  • Supervised clinical hours that count towards licensure requirements and Certified Group Psychotherapist status (CGP) from the AGPA, as well as supervised clinical hours for social workers. 
  • The opportunity to lead groups through our clinic.
  •  Certificate is awarded upon completion.

For Additional information please contact: 
Dr. Albert Brok, PhD, CGP: Director at 212-580-3086 or albrok@timh.org
George L. Lynn, PsyD, MSCP, ABPP: Associate Director of Group Therapy at 860-227-0676 or george@timh.org


To apply, click here to view our general Group Training brochure containing our application.

Click here to view our Specialty Group Training brochure.

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The Training Institute for Mental Health offers internships to second year social work students and other master's level graduate students. The internships follow the academic calendar beginning in September and ending in the spring according to each student's field work calendar. During the year students are expected to have at least eight patient hours per week in addition to being in their own psychodynamic psychotherapy and individual supervision. Each intern is also expected to attend weekly group supervision and a didactic class on clinical issues that are both held Monday afternoons. 

Contact: Lauren Gargano, Assistant Clinical Director at laurenmgargano@gmail.com