Washington Psychoanalytic Institute


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Fellowship Program in Psychoanalysis 2016-2017


** Admissions for the 2016-17 year are now open.  We welcome your application.**

altLearn about psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic ideas as they relate to treatment, development, and to everyday life.  

The Fellowship features didactic seminars, individual mentoring, and the presentation & discussion of an ongoing psychoanalytic case.

We welcome mid-career clinicians as well as those at the early stages of their professional development who show promise, including graduate students.  Our cohort is educationally and culturally diverse.  Typically, we include, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and counselors.  Also, we welcome K-12 educators and university faculty across all disciplines. We are particularly interested in academicians whose scholarly inquiry overlaps with psychoanalysis, such as those in social science, education, history, political science, law, business, philosophy, music, literature as well as other disciplines. 

Admissions are now open for 2016 - 2017 year. We accept applications until all spots are full. To ensure full consideration, please apply by June 6. We welcome your application.

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Continuing Education

The fellowship comprises: 

  • didactic seminars in ethics, confidentiality, child development, cultural competence, psychoanalytic therapy & psychoanalysis.
  • participation in a clinical case conference of an ongoing psychoanalysis
  • mentoring by a practicing psychoanalyst or psychoanalytic psychotherapist. Every effort will be made to link K-12 educators and academic scholars with someone knowledgeable about their discipline.
Chair: Lynn Friedman, PhD
Co-Chair: Lindsay Brancato, PsyD
Time: 10:00-1:00pm
Location: Bethesda, near the Intersection of Massachusetts Avenue & Little Falls Parkway
Application Fees: $60 Professionals
$45 Graduate Students & those graduated for less than 3 years
All fellowships are FULLY Funded; there are no additional fees.
Continuing Education: A total of 18 units will be awarded; 3 in ethics and 3 in cultural competence to physicians, psychologists, social workers & counselors
Mentoring: All participants are assigned a mentor who is a practicing psychoanalyst or a psychoanalytic
psychotherapist and is a member of the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis. Mentoring spans the duration of the program and includes individual meetings to discuss issues related to: human
development, psychoanalytic and psychodynamic ideas as they apply to the fellow's work setting
and/or clinical and/or scholarly activities, psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.
Participants are also invited to attend programs offered by the Center.

2016-17 Schedule

The fellowship entails 6, three hour sessions: The program meets, in Bethesda, from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. The dates of the sessions are, in 2017: January 28, February 4, and 11 and 25 and March 11 and April 1.


Lynn Friedman, PhD, Washington DC Psychologist, Psychoanalyst  
Dr. Friedman practices in Chevy Chase, MD, where she works with adolescents, adults & couples providing evaluation, psychotherapy, & psychoanalysis. Beyond this, she has extensive experience providing executive coaching & organizational consultation to independent school and education association leaders. She is on the faculty at Johns Hopkins and is a Supervising and Teaching Analyst at the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute.

Lindsay Brancato, PsyD, Middleburg, VA and Friendship Heights Psychologist, Psychoanalyst 
Dr. Brancato in private practice in Chevy Chase, Maryland and Middleburg, Virginia. She provides evaluation, psychotherapy and psychoanalysis to kids (ages 12 on up) and professionals. With teens and pre-teens, she has expertise in helping the anxious kid feel comfortable in their own skin. With adults, she has expertise in anxiety, work-life balance, relationship difficulties, self-esteem, self-assertion, sexuality and other difficulties. She is on the faculty of the WCP. For many years, she has provided supervision to clinicians-in-training.

Johanna Arenaza, PsyD is a clinical psychologist, psychoanalyst in private practice in Washington, D.C., works with adolescents and adults in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. She earned her doctorate degree at George Washington University where she is now an assistant clinical professor supervising graduate students in psychotherapy. She completed a post-doctoral internship at Georgetown University and is a frequent lecturer at universities in the D.C. area. She has served on the faculty of The Catholic University of America and the Close Attention Program at WCP.

Don Ross, MD
practices in Baltimore, MD and is the Medical Director of the Retreat at Sheppard Pratt, a residential treatment
program for adults. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine where he
serves as the Director of Psychotherapy Training for psychiatric residents. For 20 years, he has taught at the Washington
Psychoanalytic Institute where he is a Training and Supervising Analyst.

Silvana Starowlansky-Kaufman, MSW is a psychoanalyst in full-time, private practice in Washington, where she sees children, adolescents and adults. She served on the faculty in the Modern Perspectives on Psychotherapy Program (MPP) of the WCP and, currently, is on the faculty in the Infant and Young Child Observation Program at the Washington School of Psychiatry.  She consults to a nursery school, helping teachers appreciate the developmental milestones.

Karen L. Weise, PhD is a clinical psychologist and child/adolescent psychoanalyst with a private practice in Washington DC. She has extensive experience with parent and school consultation. She is a Teaching analyst at the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute, a faculty member at the Washington School of Psychiatry and an Associate Professor in the Clinical Psychology PsyD program at the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University (DC).