Washington Square Institute
Training Institute

Psychoanalytic Training Program

Faculty and Supervisors BIOS

Dean ⁄ Co-Director:
Gerd H. Fenchel, Ph.D., LP, FAGPA

One of the original founders of Washington Square Institute, Dr. Fenchel is Dean ⁄ Co-Director of WSI, and a training and supervising analyst. He is licensed as a psychologist in New York and Pennsylvania and licensed as a psychoanalyst in New York State. He maintains a private part-time practice. In addition to his general responsibilities, he is a contributing editor to Issues in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and editor and author of several books such as The Developing Ego and the Emerging Self in Group Psychology (with D. Flapan); Psychoanalytic Reflections on Love and Sexuality, The Mother-Daughter Relationship: Echoes through Time and Psychoanalysis at 100. He is a Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association and the Pennsylvania Psychological Association; member of the Division of Psychoanalysis, American Psychological Association, NY State Psychological Association and member of the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis.

Chair of Training and Matriculation:
Marilyn Tauber, MA, LP, NCPsyA.

Marilyn Tauber is a psychoanalyst in private practice, New York City. She is a faculty member and supervisor at Washington Square Institute and a member of APA and NAAP.

Lillian Ferrari, LCSW

Lillian Ferrari is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she got a degree in psychology, completed a Psychiatric Residency Program and started a Psychoanalytic Training Program. She moved to NYC in 1994, and obtained a Masters in Social Work from Indiana University, and completed her psychoanalytic training program at Apres-Coup Psychoanalytic Association.

She is a practicing psychoanalyst in New York City. She is on the faculty at Washington Square Institute. She is a member and faculty of Apres-coup Psychoanalytic Association, and a member of its Formation Committee. She has taught at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California (PINC), The Atlanta Psychoanalytic Society and has presented psychoanalytic papers abroad. She has written and published a number of articles in psychoanalysis from a Freudian and Lacanian perspective in the Journal For the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society, The Candidate Journal and in the Apres-Coup Psychoanalytic Website.

Jane Genende, LCSW-R

Jane Genende is a Licensed Psychotherapist in private practice in New York. She received her Masters In Social Work from NYU and Post Masters Certificate in Clinical Social Work / Psychotherapy from Hunter College School of Social Work. She is a Washington Square Institute supervisor and faculty member.

Peter Gillespie, LCSW, MA, BFA

Peter Gillespie is a staff psychotherapist, supervisor, and faculty member at Washington Square Institute. He received a Masters Degree from Hunter College School of Social Work specializing in clinical practice with individuals and families; a Masters Degree in Psychoanalytic Studies from Deakin University; and a BFA from the Cooper Union School for the Advancement of Science and Art. He is also a psychoanalyst-in-formation at the Après Coup Psychoanalytic Association in NYC, which focuses on the work of Sigmund Freud and Jacques Lacan as well as other disciplines such as science, philosophy, and art. Prior to working as a psychotherapist, he was a founding member and served for many years as the Executive Director of a non-profit community planning and environmental justice organization in Brooklyn, New York. He also has a private practice in psychoanalytic psychotherapy in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Gene Guberman, MA, LP, NCPsyA.

Gene Guberman is a faculty member and supervisor at WSI. Currently editor of the journal, Issues in Psychoanalytic Psychology, and Secretary, Board of Trustees, NAAP. He is a former director of the New York Center for Psychoanalytic Training, where he was also the symposia & consultation center director as well as board member, faculty member, and training & control analyst. He is a former faculty member of the Hebrew Union College (NYC) where he taught communication and interpersonal skills. Additionally, Guberman is a former founder, director, and faculty member of LIU's adult education Center for Human Development. Has a private practice in Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.

Natalie Z. Riccio, Ph.D., LP, LCSW

Natalie Riccio is a graduate of Fordham University GSSS, the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies. She has been in the mental health field for 35 years and has a wide range of experience: from social work clinical practice to psychoanalysis; teaching, training, supervising, analysis; play therapy, talk therapy, group, couple, family. She is on faculty with WSI, Mid-Manhattan Institute, Fordham Graduate School of Social Service, Wurzweiler School of Social Work and is an NGO representative for International Federation for Settlements and Neighborhood Centers (IFS) at the United Nations. Her specialty is psychopathology which she believes drives clinical practice.

Thomas Wagner, LP, NCPsyA

Thomas Wagner is a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City. He is a graduate in Psychology from New School for Social Research and graduate and member of the NPAP. His is on the faculty of Washington Square Institute.

Psychoanalytic Training Program

Family Law and Family Forensics Training Program

Linda Gunsberg, Ph.D., Chair

Since 1997, Dr. Gunsberg has chaired the Family Forensics Training Program at Washington Square Institute. In 2012, this training program was expanded to offer interdisciplinary training to attorneys, judges, and mental health professionals and has been renamed The Training Program in Family Law and Family Forensics. Dr. Gunsberg’s forensic work has focused primarily in the area of divorce, custody, and recommendations for parenting plans, but has extended into International Hague Convention parental child abduction cases and international sexual abuse allegation cases. Her forensic work also includes evaluation of mitigating factors in criminal cases, sexual harassment in the workplace, sexual abuse in hospital recovery rooms, malpractice suits, assessment of trauma and PTSD in children and adults, federal immigration cases, and professional boundary violations. She frequently is called upon to consult with legal teams both in and outside of the courtroom.

Within family litigation, Dr. Gunsberg has been a forensic expert on issues such as grandparents’ rights, relocation, parental alienation, parental child abduction, child abuse (sexual, physical, and emotional), battered woman syndrome and domestic violence. She has testified as an expert witness in jurisdictions throughout the United States. She was past Clinical and Research Director, and then Clinical Consultant for TAKE ROOT, the only organization in the United States for adults who were parentally abducted as children. Dr. Gunsberg is co-chair of the Psychoanalysis and Law Discussion Group of the American Psychoanalytic Association. In her private practice she divides her time between forensic work, parent consultation, and psychotherapy with children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples. Dr. Gunsberg has co-edited the volume, A Handbook of Divorce and Custody: Forensic, Developmental, and Clinical Perspectives (Analytic Press, 2005), and co-edited the monograph for Psychoanalytic Inquiry, The Psychoanalyst in the Courtroom (2009). She has lectured on numerous forensic topics, most recently on the best interests of the child, parental alienation, and the factors critical to the child/adolescent’s preference to live with the batterer in child custody cases.

Family Forensics Training Program


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