Washington Square Institute

history [1960-2020]

Washington Square Institute is a non-profit Training Institute and Treatment Center which is integrated under an absolute charter granted by the New York State Board of Regents. Our mission is to provide excellent psychoanalytic and psychoanalytic psychotherapy training and continuing education to mental health practitioners, and we are committed to providing affordable personalized mental health services by highly skilled clinicians to a broad and diverse population.

Washington Square Institute was established in 1960 by Edwin Fancher, MA, Gerd H. Fenchel, Ph.D. and Anthony Lenzo, LCSW, serving the communities of Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn, it attracted wide attention from both professionals and the lay public. WSI is chartered by the New York State Board of Regents. This charter stipulates that the Institute is to provide education about psychoanalysis, psychology and psychotherapy and permits the training of aspiring professionals in our Treatment Center for their practicum experience.

WSI Training Institute has a long term prestigious history of education in the mental health field and offers Clinical Training Programs in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, Family Forensics and Supervision of the therapeutic process. Our educators and training supervisors are involved, clinically experienced and remain dedicated to the WSI mission.

WSI Training Candidates study and work in a scholarly and intellectually stimulating environment, complimented with WSI Institute’s renown educational programs as an approved provider of Continuing Education by The American Psychological Association, affiliated with the International Federation of Psychoanalytic Education (IFPE), the Association of Autonomous Psychoanalytic Institutes (AAPI), and the National Association of the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP).

Washington Square Institute also publishes a journal Issues in Psychoanalytic Psychology which is abstracted in the Psychoanalytic Abstracts and the Psychological Abstracts. A professional library is maintained on the premises. The Institute occupies 200,000 sq. ft. on the fourth floor with a variety of space for individual therapy, group therapy, classrooms, lectures and conferences. A pleasant and bright waiting room, coffee and or tea welcomes visitors.

The Institute is conveniently located at 41 East 11th Street (4th Floor) and is staffed by 85 professionals with various specialties who conduct therapy in English, Spanish, Italian, German and French.


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