The Metropolitan Society Of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists

The Metropolitan Society of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists (MSPP) was formerly known as the Professional Association of the Metropolitan Center for Mental Health. The name was changed in 1980. The organization is comprised of candidates and graduates of The Metropolitan Institute for Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (MITPP), which is affiliated with the Metropolitan Center for Mental Health (MCMH). Members also include graduates of other Institutes which offer trainingin Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, and supervisors and faculty at MITP.

The purposes of this organization shall be:

A. To establish and maintain high professional standards;

B. To encourage training and research in the field of psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis;

C. To offer scientific assistance to its members;

D. To provide educational programs in an atmosphere which facilitates ongoing learning;

E. To encourage community interest and education in the field of psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and to expand the public’s appreciation of its theory and methods.


Membership is maintained on an annual basis with dues of $75.00 for full members (graduates of MITPP and of other Institutes), $25.00 for associate members (candidates of MITPP), and $35 for affiliate members (those currently taking courses at MITPP but who are not matriculated). Membership entitles one the opportunity to attend the David Wachstock Memorial Clinical Lecture Series, which offers 3—4 presentations per year on a range of important topics.* Members may also participate in a reading/study group, and/or attend various social functions. Additionally, a private practice referral website is being developed. If you are not a member, or think your membership has lapsed, please contact (*Dues and MSPP membership are not required to attend the MITPP/MCMH/MSPP sponsored Friday Scientific Meetings.)

Metropolitan Society of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists is a professional society affiliated with MITPP and Metropolitan Center For Mental Health. Matriculated candidates are automatically enrolled in MSPP by paying annual membership dues of $25.00 (student rate) with the Spring registration cycle. Non-matriculated students may join MSPP by mailing dues in with a form that will be sent to them. MSPP offers active participation for candidate members as well as peer support, clinical events, and a collegial forum. The MSPP Membership is comprised of candidates and graduates of MITPP, as well as graduates of other analytic and analytic psychotherapy institute training programs.


  • Barbara Reichenthal, LCSW, Interim Acting President
  • Carol Lachman, LMSW, Vice-President/Membership Chair
  • Thomas McCoy, LCSW, Recording Secretary
  • Pearl Greenberger, LCSW, Ph.D., Corresponding Secretary
  • Louise Buck, Ed.D., Treasurer
  • Patricia Grandison, LCSW, Ethics Chair
  • Barbara Reichenthal, LCSW, Acting David Wachstock Clinic Events Chair
  • Carmen Bracero, LCSW, Member-at-Large
  • Wanda Jones, LCSW, Member-at-Large
  • Jonathan Schnapp, LMSW, MITPP Candidates' Representative

David Wachstock Memorial Clinical Series: Past Presentations

  • Daniel Minuchin, LMFT. "Structural Family Therapy: A Theoretical and Case Discussion.”
  • Janet Burak, LCSW. “Capturing the Bad Object: An Object Relations Treatment Approach to Multiple Trauma.”
  • “Pediatric Psychopharmacology and the Id: Wrestling With Self-Control and Affective Dysregulation.”
  • Betsy Robin Spiegel, LCSW and Jeffrey Seinfeld, Ph.D. "12 Step Programs and Theories of Development.”
  • Elliot Kronish, Ph.D. “Repetitive Painful States: Clinical Comparisons.”
  • Alan Dolber, Ph.D. “The Expanded Nature of Analytic Intervention in Self Psychology”
  • Tania Jospitra, M.A. and Sasha Griffing, Ph.D. “The Effects of a History of Childhood Trauma on Attachment and the Emotional Connection to an Abusive Partner.”
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