Individual psychotherapy, couples psychotherapy, and case consultation to professionals.
Welcome to my website. I’ve been practicing for over 35 years. I received my PhD from NYU in Clinical Psychology in 1975, and then completed a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Yale Department of Medicine (Psychiatry) in 1977. I followed this with a four-year program in Analytic Training at the Westchester Center, where we studied many forms of psychoanalytic orientations.
I am on the faculty of the NYU Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, faculty and supervisor for the Trauma Treatment Program of Manhattan Institute, and faculty of the National Institute of Psychotherapies. I also run private consultation and study groups in my office.
I discovered the importance of trauma and dissociation in the 1990’s, so that now I am a traumatologist as well as a relationally-oriented practioner. What being a traumatologist means is that I am attentive to the huge impact that trauma has on so many people’s lives, as well as how this creates dissociative problems, large or small; and I have an expertise in treating these. What relationally-oriented means is that I think that people develop in the context of their relationships-early and present, and that the way they are psychologically structured, how they interact, and what they expect from other people derives from this.
In order to best treat the problems of the people who come into my office, I have learned EMDR and hypnosis, along with my other trainings. I also use dream work to help people translate thier dream language into ordinary feelings an thoughts. I often find that many people have not had enough attention paid to their needs, feelings and wishes when they grew up, and perhaps in the present. I work to support people’s experience of “I am,” of their subjectivity, but also to help them appreciate their personal impact on others’ feelings.
I have written about the things I care about in my four books and over 40 articles and book chapters. Going backward, my books include: The Dissociative Mind in Psychoanalysis: Understanding and Working with Trauma (co-edited with Shelly Itzkowitz), Understanding and Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder: A Relational Approach, The Dissociative Mind, and Women and Mental Health (co-edited with Marjorie Bayes). I have written articles on a range of topics, including so-called “masochism”, that is, vulnerability to being hurt; narcissism, gender, women’s issues, and dissociative problems.
Books & Resources
Elizabeth Howell's and Sheldon Itzkowitz's best selling book The Dissociative Mind in Psychoanalysis The Dissociative Mind in Psychoanalysis: Understanding and Working With Trauma is an invaluable and cutting edge resource providing the current theory, practice, and research on trauma and dissociation within psychoanalysis. Elizabeth Howell and Sheldon Itzkowitz bring together experts in the field of dissociation and psychoanalysis, providing a comprehensive and forward-looking overview of the current thinking on trauma and dissociation.